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What does it mean for a sound to be “dirty”?

An effect that many electronic music creators go for is a "dirty bass synth" or something similar. What exactly does this term mean, if it has a precise definition at all? What qualities of a synth ...
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1answer
347 views

How do different strings (of the same gauge) affect the tone?

Something I've been wondering quite long, but never had the time to really try it out myself: Let's say I buy two sets of strings, both with the same gauge, a cheap one and an expensive one. What are ...
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3answers
608 views

I need help understanding a complex (or maybe compound) time signature

I composed this song a few years ago originally using a tracker (an old-school, very freeform compositional workflow), and have been recently trying to transcribe it into a more modern DAW (Ableton ...
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4answers
729 views

Why does tab have CGCGCE instead of normal EADGBE?

I'm pretty new to learning guitar music. I've heard some great songs that I would like to learn on my own, and mostly I've been able to read the tabs. I just came upon a tab that looks like this: ...
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2answers
322 views

Singing an opera “all'italiana”

When an opera is played without staging (be it either a rehearsal or an actual concert) it is called all'italiana (translated: "in the italian style"). Or, at least, this is how we call it here in ...
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2answers
284 views

How should I practice stretched chords?

How do you play this chord? Any tips? Which fingers should I position first? Especially hard is stretch between 2nd and 4th finger. How to avoid 3rd finger muting G string?
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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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Linking organ pedals to a keyboard

Having 'rescued' the bass pedals from an old organ, I wish to use them as add-ons to my keyboards, when the bassist can't make it.What is a simple way to connect them so that they work through the ...
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1answer
190 views

Software for virtual midi device?

I have software that supports input from a midi device (Plugging a keyboard into pc to record MIDI audio). I have recorded a few MIDI files on my keyboard, but I don't have the keyboard anymore. Is ...
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225 views

What does “al primo” mean?

I' m currently playing a sonata from late baroque, which ends with two menuets, minuetto primo and minuetto secondo. Now under the closing repeat mark of menuet two "al primo" is notated. I assume, ...
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How many keys are enough to learn to play piano?

How many keys are sufficient to learn mostly all basic piano exercises? Electronic versions came with variety of keys, and versions with less keys are cheaper and use less space at home. However it ...
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1answer
143 views

What does a Clavinet “Register” mean?

I've got a keyboard (Korg Krome 88) that has a few clavinet sounds. They're named "Clav Register AC", but also "AD", "BC" and "BD". Trying to figure out what these things mean. I can hear the ...
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1answer
670 views

LilyPond vertical spacing, alternate endings, and chords

I am typesetting a score that contains alternate endings on a volta repeat, as well as chords (using LilyPond 2.17.97). By default, the following MWE: song = { \repeat volta 2 { ...
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1answer
201 views

Using a MIDI-Out port that has been physically plugged up

A little while ago, I purchased a Huntington KB61 electronic piano. At the moment, it cannot hook it up to my computer as a MIDI input keyboard. When I purchased this, it wasn't such a big deal, but ...
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How does “triplet feel” for eighth notes affect non-eighth notes?

I'm a software developer creating a MIDI player that can play with "triplet feel" -- that is, when it sees two eighth notes, it plays them as if they were a triplet of quarter note + eighth note. This ...
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4answers
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How do I make a song swing?

I've been trying to play some swing bass lines, and while technically I can play the swing feel (the 16th notes with some triplets), it doesn't sound like it's swinging. It sounds kinda boring and ...
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4answers
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Learning Piano without a teacher

How can I effectively learn how to play the piano if it is simply impossible for me to get a teacher? I'm 17 years old, and I took it upon myself to learn the piano. However, I am not sure where to ...
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1answer
568 views

Rendering second ending closing bar when followed by another repeat in Lilypond

Using Lilypond, I'm engraving some music that consists of two parts that are repeated. The first repeated phrase contains an alternate ending. By default, Lilypond renders the MWE below: \version "2....
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Really light electric guitar strings and the blues

I just got a new Fender Strat Mini. I have super weak fingers. Is it possible to replace the strings with some lighter-weight while retaining a good sound for blues? What repercussions does using ...
7
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2answers
259 views

When transcribing a song and the speed doubles or halves, is it best to change the tempo and note values to reflect that or keep them the same?

This is something I've struggled with for awhile now, and applies to both transcription and composition. So, let's say we have a song at 160 BPM. The main subdivision is eighth notes, and the beat (...
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5answers
387 views

The Musical Effect of a Unison Ensemble

Upon reading sheet music for black spirituals, I discovered something unusual: As you might notice, the bass, tenor, alto, and soprano parts are all singing the exact same notes throughout the ...
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3answers
641 views

Is there a MIDI music notation program (e.g. Finale) that automatically detects rhythm?

I want to notate some piano songs that I have written. My problem is that I can't find a program that will record the pitch and the rhythm of the note. In every program that I've seen, you have to ...
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What type of exercises should a guitar beginner do?

I'm learning classical guitar theory from internet, i get free random courses video on the net. I've tried to play some tabs that i found them on youtube, most tabs I've seen are very hard to play.. ...
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2answers
953 views

How can I make my voice sound like a breathy female?

My vocal category is technically "Bass" (not Baritone). But I can hit some pretty high notes easily; I have a wide range. When I hit high notes though, it always sounds unmistakably male I think. I'd ...
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1answer
484 views

When learning vocal, is it important to learn some other instrument as well?

My child (age 11) is currently learning vocal, with professional teacher. If we want in the future to do something with this knowledge (join some playing group, maybe proceed with musical education, ...
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3answers
814 views

Beginner on guitar fingerpicking ? Using same finger twice?

I'm a quite new guitar player actually. So I think this is some beginner question? Haha. So recently, I began to learn finger-style guitar. Knowing the basis like p for E A D strings, and i m a for ...
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1answer
180 views

Most common/versatile effects chains for vocals and guitar

Being brand new to using audio effects of any kind, I'm just wondering what are the most common effects chains used for vocals and the most common effects chains used for electric guitar? Of course ...
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1answer
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What are 5 and 6 note chords called?

I only know how to play 2 different types of chords which is a Triad (3 notes) and a 7th (4 notes). But, I often see chords with 5 or 6 notes being used. What are these types of chords called? An ...
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1answer
107 views

What is the most common way to notate dominant chords with a sharp fifth?

Is just adding #5 a common practice? As in: D Gb Bb C E G = D11#5 I've seen it also as D11+. Is there a more conventional way to notate this?
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4answers
483 views

How to analyze music outside of common practice harmony?

I'm familiar enough with common practice harmony, its rules and methods for diatonically harmonizing the scale, tonicizing scale degrees and modulating into new keys. But these tools seem to lose ...
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5answers
711 views

Chords and Intervals - Unison

Just trying to wrap my head around intervals but I'm confused by Unison. If I am playing a chord on a piano, how do you play a Unison chord if you can't press the same key twice at the same time? ...
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1answer
312 views

How to play bass note louder in a chord while keep the treble note soft?

How to play the bass note louder in the given example while keep the treble note in the same chord still soft as the other successive notes? I play it on guitar. I always make the notes in one chord ...
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816 views

Why do melodies have harmonies?

It seems to me that every melody can be assigned chords. Although different people may assign different chords, in many cases, only certain chords (a small subset of all possible chord choices) seem ...
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2answers
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Thumb tension while playing bass guitar

I am doing "spider exercise" from JOHN PATITUCCI Bass Workshop 1 3 Left Hand Dexterity Builders chunk 1, After a couple of minutes I start feeling increasing left thumb tension, in 10 minutes it ...
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1answer
260 views

How to play non-beginner barre chords

I am new to fingerstyle playing and have trouble with some chords that involve streches of five frets or so. A good example is here. V - middle finger ...
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2answers
183 views

Noise gate questions

Here is my signal chain : Maxon od(no gain only boost) > line 6 m5(working as a noise gate decay at 0 and threshold at 30%) > AMT preamp. I get no noise when the amt is on but whenever I engage the ...
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347 views

What are the notes in a 11th chord?

Does a chord like C11 contain (apart from 1st, 3rd, 5th) the 7th and the 9th? Or I can just play the 3rd, 5th and the 11th and the root? I have the same question with chords like C9 and C13.
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1answer
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Tempo:Mendelssohn's Song without Words, op.53. No. 3

All the professional recordings of Mendelssohn's "Song without Words" op.53. No. 3 last below three minutes (look at this list). As a matter of fact, some recordings last just 2 minutes! What's the ...
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522 views

Can the double stop E natural F sharp be played on cello?

I'd like to find out if it is possible to play the double stop of E natural and F sharp on the cello. Thank you
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4answers
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7/6 no 3 or 13 no 3, 9, 11; which chord name is more correct (if any)?

Which name is better, more correct? C13 is C E G Bb D F A. If we remove the third, ninth, and eleventh, we get C G A Bb. Would C13 no 3, 9, 11 be an correct name? I've found that same chord named ...
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7answers
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Are odd time signatures perceived as execution errors by layman people?

I recall being told once that odd time signatures like 5/8, 7/8, etc. are perceived by layman people as if the interpreter had an execution error (like he/she made a tempo mistake). Is it common ...
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How much does an electric guitar's body physics affect the tone, playability, etc?

It makes sense to me based on having some knowledge of physics that on an acoustic guitar the body (and neck, bridge, etc) materials and design has a huge effect on what the guitar sounds like. But ...
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3answers
328 views

Replace Pickups on ANY Electric Guitar

I'm new to Electric guitars and I have a simple question: If I buy ANY electric guitar on Ebay (really ANY), can I buy some new pickups and install them on it without compatibility problems? In ...
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3answers
273 views

Low(est) level digital piano vs keyboard comparison

first of all, I have not touched a keyboard/piano in my life before. I am planning to pick it up as soon as next week. Normally if I knew that I'd stick with this new hobby, I would not limit myself ...
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3answers
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What are G7/D and C/G chords?

What are C/G and G7/D chords? I have been unable to find out. They are used in Heart of Stone by the Stones.
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3answers
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Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator?

Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator when the radiator is hot? If so, why? Also, is there anything else that happens when you place an instrument near a hot radiator?
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395 views

What brass band instruments can a cornet player feasibly cover on short notice?

Is it reasonable to expect that an experienced cornet player should be able to pick up a "middle of the band" instrument, like a baritone, or an Eb horn and become reasonably proficient in a few hours ...
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2answers
807 views

What do you use to train your sense of rhythm?

I am a keyboard player and recently decided to study bass guitar playing. I cannot spend much time for practicing - approximately 40 min a day, so the most of that time I am doing "spider exercise". ...
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4answers
681 views

What is this type of shift called?

In a lot of (usually electronic) music, I notice a section of music that seems to shift up a number of notes and continue with a similar melody in a way that greatly emphasizes the melody. Does this ...
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3answers
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Guitar string not in tune with itself

I have a knock-off telecaster made by Stadium. The strings on it refuse to be in tune with themselves (the G and B strings especially). I hooked it up to a tuner and tested the intonation. The G ...

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