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Are P-bass pickups noise cancelling?

I'm getting conflicting information as to whether the two halves of a P-bass pickup are configured so that they are noise cancelling, so Are the pickups in standard P-basses (say a Fender American ...
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As a composer, should I be composing music for an instrument I don't play?

I wanted to know if composing music for a specific instrument demands that you know how to at least play the instrument. I'm sure if you know how the instrument sounds by itself as well as within an ...
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Resource for sheet music for blind musicians

Question: Do you know any sheet music resources for blind people, i.e. sheet music in braille notation? I don't seem to find any braille files in IMSLP (the Petrucci Library at http://www.imslp.org). ...
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What actually changes in related scales?

I'm a guitar newbie, and I've only been taking lessons for about 2 months now. My goal is to rock out on an electric guitar - for the time being, I have a cheap classical one. Thus far I've been ...
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Silent drum warm-up exercises

In my brass band, we usually start rehearsals with a hymn tune to warm up. Hymn tunes make a good warm-up exercise, but not for the drummer: I usually have either tacet or long rests punctuated by ...
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Playing a Coltrane polychord and the limits of space

As I was the reading sheet music for John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, I noticed a chord I had never seen before. It looks like this: I'm familiar with slash chords, but never had to practically ...
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Speaker clipping when bass guitar controls turned up, but not when amplifier controls turned up to same volume

I've noticed if I have my bass guitar's volume and bass EQ knobs turned all the way up, it sounds like the speaker is clipping. If I then turn the volume and bass down on the guitar while turning the ...
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Practicing Trills

The slowness of my trills is getting annoying. I am able to play Blue by Yngwie Malmsteen but yet fail at doing the trill in the intro. How can one practice to make them faster? Endurance is not an ...
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How to play chords on full fingerboard without looking?

Are there any secrets behind learning to play chords on full fingerboard without looking at fretting hand (except that practice is the key)? Maybe some exercises?
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Good exercise for precision in picking (with pick)?

Can you suggest me exercises for precision in picking? My goal is to pick and sing at the same time and it is hard for me for now because since I'm pretty used to strumming while singing where not ...
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Piano Maintenance

What should be done to maintain an upright piano? I am not asking about tuning it, but what can be done so it does not have to be tuned as often? I heard someone once say about a particular piano ...
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String configuration on a bass guitar

Having swapped my 4 string bass about 12 years ago,for a 5 string, I'd never go back. Lots of players love them, but some hate them. The advantage for me is having an extra low string, not necessarily ...
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Learning how to be a good rhythm guitarist before becoming a lead guitarist, where to start?

I have recently been trying to hone in my improvisational skills. I'm stuck in the first position of the Am pentatonic box and can't move away from it. Whenever I try to move out of it, I randomize ...
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Drums - Having trouble playing bass 16th notes

The title is an understatement. I've been trying for months, and I can't for the life of me play bass drum 16th notes while playing 8th notes on the hi-hat. I can play snare 16th notes and hi-hat 8th ...
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How to play together online?

We had a band of musicians but unfortunately, my partners went abroad for further studies. Currently we're far away. We want to meet at some time in a week and play together online. We've tried Skype ...
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New Guitar Strings Buzzing

I bought new D'Addario 12 gauge Strings got my Fender CD 100 Acoustic Guitar. The E,A,D Strings seem to be buzzing a lot. Is that normal for new strings?
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One note sounding louder than others - resonance? What to do?

When I play my guitar, the note A sounds annoyingly louder than other notes. This is most prominent with the open A string, though it happens in other octaves too. I guess this is because of ...
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Acoustic considerations for positioning an upright piano against the wall?

I know that upright pianos are usually positioned against the wall for aesthetic reasons, but I was wondering whether there are any sound quality considerations. Searching the web it seemed like some ...
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Would a Digitech RP90 or 255 effects pedal work on vocals?

I am sorry if this is kind of a newbish question but I was wondering if anyone knew if a Digitech effects pedal intended for a guitar could be used as part of a vocal chain following a Tube preamp or ...
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952 views

How to know whether my guitar is the problem or I am the problem

I've recently bought an acoustic guitar (nylon string). However, the guitar doesn't produce a clean sound. It gives some kind of noise when I play it. In addition, I face little difficulty when trying ...
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strange fingering in moonlight sonata

This is an except of bars 47-50 moonlight sonata from Henle In bar 49 in the middle of the second triplet there is a fingering of 21 (pressing with the 2 finger and switching to 1 while pressing), ...
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2answers
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Instrument Register tone and quality chart

I have been looking for some time now, for a chart of all the different register tone qualities of all the instruments played in an orchestra. If you have a hard time understanding what I mean by ...
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Stopping high E string from muting by palm when using thumb to frett

After seeing many people recommending, I started following the book "Beginning Fingerstyle Blues". I was following the book perfectly till now but with the following piece I got a problem. The author ...
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Are repeated octaves permissable in a fourt part SATB?

I am writing a four part SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and wanted to know if repeated (that is, successive) octaves are permissible? I know that parallel fifths/octaves are not allowed, but what ...
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Amplifier has no aux in, what alternatives can I use?

As stated my amplifier has no Aux in jack. It's hindering me from practicing with an otherwise (imo) great amp (a Vox Pathfinder 15r). Been thinking of using this to interface between the music ...
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Sight reading (“two hands”) for one non-performers?

For a long time I have wanted to learn to sight-read piano music, and made a few a ttempts, but failed. The most important reason for these failures, I think, is that I have no interest whatsoever in ...
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Why is a grand piano better than an upright piano?

A Grand piano is considered better than an upright piano. Aesthetically I could understand why, but why does the orientation of the strings matter so much sound-wise?
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Music sheet notation explanation (Alto sax)

I just got some new sheet-music for alto sax and wonder how to play this notation: For example in these contexts: Thanks for every helpful answer!
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1answer
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Are there any practical differences between Humbuckers and Mini Humbuckers?

Other than form factor, is there any practical difference in sound or performance between a mini/single-coil-sized humbucker and a regular sized humbucker?
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How to practice endurance to be able to play boogie woogie pieces?

I'm practicing boogie woogie pieces like Pete Johnson's Dive Bomber. After some time my hands are getting stiff and tired while practicing. Especially the left hand. I can mitigate this by limiting ...
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Polymeter vs Polyrhythm

What is the difference between a polymeter and a polyrhythm? Do these words mean anything different for different instruments? PS: I'm a drummer.
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Should i buy guitar effects even If I'm a beginner?

I've been learning the (electric) guitar for 2 months now, and I am able to play open chords, a couple of barre and power chords. And I'm able play a couple of simple songs. I'm curious to try guitar ...
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how does the bluegrass major chord built off of the flat 7 “work”?

It's in almost every bluegrass song, but I've never seen an exposition of the theory behind the major chord (minor may also be used, but I don't think I've seen it) built off of the flat 7th of the ...
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Drum set made from towels/pillows

I'm a drummer who lives in an apartment. I have an electric set, but it is too noisy and I am receiving complaints. I'm sure this has to do with the pads and the kick pedal. I'd still like to practice ...
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tempo: “Andante allegro” vs “Allegro moderato”

In Händel Harp Concerto in B flat major (Op.4, No.6|HWV294): There three movements: 1.Movement: Andante allegro 2.Movement: Larghetto 3.Movement: Allegro moderato ...
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Sound spectrum to notes software

I'm looking for software that can graphically assist in translating a sound frequency to notes. Closest example of what I had in mind is FL Studio's Wave Candy plugin: Hovering cursor above a ...
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2answers
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Why are these notes separated on the stave?

So I'm just learning this Coldplay piece and it has notes which are not joined but on the same stave. I'm wondering what the purpose of this is or rather what information it's trying to convey? ...
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Transcribing a Standard MIDI File to sheet music

I have a couple of nice guitar midi files that I would like the scores for; is there any software out there that can do this sort of conversion, and output it as a PDF file? Thanks
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Howto: Electric Bass Guitar - Home Recording

My question should be quite clear from the title, but, I want to know what devices should I look to home recording my bass guitar, I've tried connecting my amplifier output to my notebook's microphone ...
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Learning instrument recognition

I want to be able to identify instruments when played. For example, if I'm listening to some symphony, I want to be able to identify the oboe from the bassoon, the viola from the violin, etc. I have ...
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Should barré chords have an acute accent on the E?

I was always taught that it should, but the Wikipedia article doesn't use the accent at all. I'm British — is it an American thing to ignore the accent? I am preparing some content for an ...
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Is there a way to repair key on a digital piano?

We have a Kurzwell digital piano and one of the keys sounds louder than the others. Any way to fix this?
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Teaching a student to match pitch

I'm a piano teacher and I currently have a student that is taking voice lessons from another teacher. Our lessons involve me accompanying her and discussing interpretation and style. She has some ...
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How does countertenor vocal technique differ from “standard” vocal technique?

I am curious about the countertenor voice. What are the techniques for countertenor vocal production? It would be helpful if the answer compared to the standard techniques of vocal production, ...
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Tension when practice arpeggios on the violin

I have played the violin for 2 years. One of the most persistent problems for me is the unbearable tensions in the left hand. The tension is much increased when I practice the arpeggios, with the ...
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What does it mean to be tone-deaf musically and how does one improve?

I had a vocal session over the weekend and I couldn't get the sound right on the song I was supposed to present, it was "Nothing like Heaven" by Men of Standard. My instructor said I needed to ...
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What are Accidental notes?

Can any one please explain what is an accidental note.? Do they have any rules to play accidental notes in a scale? I only have just basic knowledge in keyboard. Thank you..... :)
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What is the reason for pitch inflation?

There's this phenomenon among instrumentalists to constantly raise the pitch of the concert A. This generally occurs among string players, since the range of tunings for woodwinds, for example, is ...
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1answer
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Does it help if you learn to play certain instruments both right-handed and left-handed?

I once heard that if you switch hands when the violin, guitar or any other instrument that each hand has a separate task, it enhances your technical capabilities in music, general technique, and is ...
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Are kevlar straps on bass drum pedals reliable?

Most bass drum pedals connect to the beater cam via one or two chains, or, in the more expensive models, a moulded arm. Some models, like the Gibraltar Velocity 3311D use a kevlar strap instead of a ...

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