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Playing Sax and Clarinet

I currently play tenor sax but would like to pick up clarinet in the near future. How difficult would learning to play Clarinet be, given my experience as a tenor and long time piano player? How much ...
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Can piano be self learned? [duplicate]

I'm 24 and very interested in learning piano (to a professional level). I've never been to any class and I have to start from the scratch. Is it possible to learn piano on your own? How long does it ...
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Play drums with a MIDI keyboard

How could I use my Novation Ultranova to play various types of drums with the keyboard ? (it does not contain any drum sound) Do I need additional hardware or simply a software with samples? How to ...
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How can I notate this slur with LilyPond?

I have a slur that starts on as multi-voice and ends on a single voice as measure 3–4 of the following: Here's what I've got so far (right hand only): \relative c' { << { c4 c c c8 c c4 ...
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Learning to read music, please help, understanding time signatures

I am attempting to teach myself how to read music and have hit a wall. My trouble is time signatures and it was described to me as this: Imagine you are walking and you walk 1-2-3-4. This would ...
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Can you help me to identify, solve or improve my vocal problems?

I would like to find out a way to diagnose my vocal problem and assess my voice quality, such as too little or much nasal sound, wrong pitch, weak or loud sound, .... I would like to find out what ...
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Electric guitar amp won't switch to distortion channel

I have a Peavey Classic 30 combo amp (tubed). There's a channel switch button on the amp that is meant to toggle between the clean and distortion channels. However when I attempt to toggle from clean ...
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The importance of cut time [duplicate]

I have wondered for a while what the purpose of Cut Time (2/2) actual is. While studying music theory I've always been told the reason is to reduce the use of eighth notes and sixteenth notes in a ...
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My guitar sounds off tune

Lately, I noticed that my excellent acoustic guitar is always sounding off tune even when I have tuned it with keyboard and even electronic tuner. Another thing I noticed is that when I play the ...
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881 views

Cheap easy and portable instruments [duplicate]

I am 14 and would like to start playing an instrument. I sing rather a lot in local musicals and in my school choir but am always jealous of those in the orchestra. it must 1) be easy to learn ...
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Which are the ~15 most common time signatures?

I'm working on a metronome app and wondering which are the most common time signatures in classical and modern music so I can add them. Now I have 10: 2, 3, 4, 5, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12 4 4 4 4 8 8 ...
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Is there a way to mitigate Floyd Rose Bridge movement during bending?

I have had a discussion with a friend recently, involving Floyd Rose guitars and the way they behave during bends. The issue is that, since the bridge floats, by design, when performing a string bend ...
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The Harmony of Clashing Tempos

The jazz guitarist John McLaughlin once published a book of scores for a number songs that he composed for his Mahavishnu Orchestra. There are some very unusual theoretical conundrums that come up ...
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How do I develop a structured way of thinking?

A lot of times, when I'm trying to come up with a riff on my guitar/bass, my bars' time signatures change a lot, and I don't realize it. For instance, the first bar might be 4/4 then the second 5/4 ...
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How to get rid of nasality in singing

Whenever I sing I can notice my voice is overly showing nasality and I hate it.I tried to keep my tongue flat rather than bulging to touch the top surface of the mouth. But nothing works exactly as I ...
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Nashville numbers in major vs minor keys

Some songs refer to their key as specifically major or minor, but others use both the major and relative minor as key centers, in an even enough proportion where it can be hard to say whether the I ...
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208 views

Methods for improvisation practice (beginner)

Suppose we start with an idea, a three note motive. We want to practice improvisation skills by playing this motive over the form. That is, all phrases must be constructed with specific relation of ...
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Guidance on buying a bass guitar amp

I'm looking for basic guidance on buying a bass guitar amp. I currently own an Acoustic B200 and I've tried other small learning amps. I would like to find one that matches the sound I'm going for ...
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How can I play my new tenor recorder (a'=440) along with someone playing a harpsichord (a'=415)?

From an article I read online, I believe I've understood that it's possible to treat the middle C (fingers covering all holes) on the tenor as if it were a D flat, and all higher notes on the ...
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Why does taking an extended break sometimes help?

Sometimes as a musician, I find myself in a rut. My solution is to simply put my instrument down and walk away from it for a few weeks, sometimes even a month, and when I come back I'm better than ...
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649 views

Guidelines for piano composition/transcription

I'm a classical guitar student but I always loved the piano. Though I never owned one, most of my musical ideas come to me as harmonies on the keyboard so I often have to translate that into something ...
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Correct fingering for playing staccatto fourths on guitar

How should I play this phrase? It needs to be played at a fast tempo, so changing strings on 6th fret using 3rd finger does not seem economical. Should I practice this way (fingerings on top of each ...
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Training muscle memory without focusing. Is it necessarily bad?

Many people claim that you must focus completely on what you are doing. If not, the end results will be far inferior to what you would achieve if you give it "everything". However, muscle memory and ...
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How to do apoyando in Romance de Amor?

I am trying to play Romance de Amor, sometimes attributed to Vincente Gomez. I have heard someone recommend using apoyando (rest stroke) for playing the melody (on first string) - since the beginning ...
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what is causing this buzzing sound on my A string

On my acoustic guitar, whenever I strum my high E string my A string starts vibrating. This only happens with my high E string. When my A string vibrates it creates an echoing sound that won't stop ...
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Walking bass line over an auxiliary diminished scale

I recently found out the auxiliary diminished chord, and that I can play it over a dominant chord, but I'm not really familiar with it, I'm still trying to understand it, so there might be some ...
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Can anybody develop their falsetto like Brian Mcknight?

I practice singing a lot and exploring my voice--not that I'm very good at it, but I hope to be. Lately I've been focusing on my falsetto because I want to have control over it like guys like Brian ...
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1answer
307 views

Import a MIDI drum track into a Digitech RP255 multi effects pedal?

I just got a Digitech RP255 multi effects pedal with a built in drum machine. Is there any way to import a MIDI drum track into the pedal? There are around 90 or so drum track samples built in, and I ...
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What are the Reggae Chords

I' am a DJ, I want to make Reggae Remixes but what is actually Reggae Chords. I really don't understand. How can bands like UB40 make such a awesome reggae tracks. I asked few of my friends and they ...
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Max acceptable key range in piano chords?

I learning how to play the piano by myself, using an electronic keyboard and a software called Synthesia along with some books and online resources. I am checking out some songs, and some have chords ...
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Why are two pitches considered a chord?

According to Wikipedia, a chord is any harmonic set of two or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. But I always thought that two notes aren't a chord, they are an interval. ...
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How to respectfully learn “eastern” music for guitar

I've always loved classical Indian / eastern / modal sounds on guitar, but I met a man whom I admire that believed that merely copying some of the outward tonalities and calling it "eastern" was ...
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Why use a baton?

What are the guidelines and benefits for using a baton? I would like to know, specifically, whether I would benefit from buying one for the purpose of conducting a choir. Are there rules that ...
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“First ending” has a notation “2nd time R.H. 8va”

In a simple piano book I'm using, one of the songs that has a first and second ending, has the notation in the bar for the first ending ("1."): "2nd time R.H. 8va". How can there be a second time ...
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In jazz, can anyone play any song?

In Jazz a lot of people play and record songs from other jazz players/composers. For instance Mingus played a lot of songs by Duke. My question is this: Are those songs copyrighted? Can anyone play ...
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History of screaming in music throughout the world

Screaming is a common technique in metal and other music genres but according to Wikipedia it has also been used in blues music and very few times in more classical Western works. Are there other ...
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Is it ok to hit skipped notes while strumming up?

When I strum up on chords like Dm I keep hitting the strings that aren't suppose to be played. In the last few days I've practiced and am getting better at not hitting them, but I was just wondering ...
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How much work do DJ's do?

It appears to me that most major DJ's already published their song and are replaying it with some effects during a live show. When a DJ such as Skrillex is on stage and is mixing, how much work are ...
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What is harmonic mixing / mix in key?

I'm currently learning how to become a DJ. One of the concepts that caught my attention was "harmonic mixing". I know some very basic music theory, and I'm having some trouble understanding it. What ...
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What is it called when a song starts with few instruments, and gradually adds one at a time?

Many songs will start with only a few number of instruments, and after a specified amount of time has passed a new instrument is added, and this is repeated until all instruments for the song are ...
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Progressing from a C Minor 9th

If I am playing a C Minor 9th chord what are the next chords up that work with a C Minor 9th? Am I able to follow the C Minor scale and create a 9th from each note in the scale? A bit confused on ...
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How to establish a mode?

I would like to learn about the art of establishing a mode. For example, how to make A minor sound like A minor instead of C major.
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How to clean a marine band harmonica that cannot be unscrewed?

I've discussed that subject before, and you all insisted that i have to unscrew it. Now I have this marine band, you have to see to believe! Here's a folder containing all the photos that you may ...
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Samba percussion for songwriters

I'm a song-writer (a guitar player) and I need to write drum parts for myself. I discovered how cool the brazilian samba carnival percussion is (not the watered down European jazz-samba), but haven't ...
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Can anyone learn to sing?

It may seem as a kinda dumb question, and I'm totally aware of this. But, what I'm going to ask may be specific enough to not get closed: I've been playing guitar and also a few other instruments for ...
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654 views

Notating Original Songs for Musicians

I have written many songs in a rock band setting and I have notated them in a multitude of ways including lead sheets, standard scores written in Finale, and guitar tabulate. Over the years I have ...
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Where and how can a conductor require execution of orchestral pieces to a string player?

In Italy, up until the '80, conductors were allowed to ask a member of the orchestra to play a passage alone during rehersal. This led to some players being fired right away and their careers being ...
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Finding and improving singing range and power

I know this question gets asked a lot, but neither google/wiki nor stack exchange have provided me with decisive information, and having to change voice so often really confuses me. I'm singing since ...
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Why are pianos traditionally tuned “out of tune” at the extremes?

My understanding is that the vast majority of western music uses equal temperament, i.e. all semitones have a frequency ratio of the 12th root of 2. However I can hear in my piano that the notes at ...
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What is the term for a song without a tempo?

I have a song that is just acoustic guitar/vocals/and cello and I don't want to give it a tempo because I enjoy the way it sounds just played at the tempo of whatever emotion I have or venue I'm ...

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