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What are the principles for improvising over an ostinato?

An ostinato or repeating riff is a basis of improvisation for everything from Elizatbethan music (Grounde) to classical music (basso ostinato) to jazz and rock. It's quite different from improvising ...
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How can I deduce in which scales and mode to play?

This is maybe a naive question. Often, guitar tabs are given as a succession of chords (and/or a melody). Is there a method to know systematically in which scale and/or mode can I play? Maybe this ...
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How do you know what beat to emphasize based on the time signature?

In learning the guitar I have run across various time signatures. In each time signature it seems as if you are supposed to emphasize different beats. Is this something that you just have to intuit, ...
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How to discover the strum of guitar tabs?

This is the tab I'm using for "Pogues - Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn tab" I'm using But what is the strum of each of the notes ? For example for the C chord is it "Down,Up,Down,Up,Down,Down" ? Is there ...
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What are some of the components of a good guitar solo?

Putting aside the emotional value of listening to a great guitar solo, what are some of the criteria that can be applied to make an educated judgement as to the quality of a solo within the context of ...
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High E string on tele has “sitar tone”

I have a Nash Tele with the Bigsby B5 trem, which uses a jazzmaster style bridge and saddles. I have raised the action twice by adjusting the truss rod, but still get a tinny sitar like tone on the ...
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Common Practice Music Theory - Easier method to memorize 4-part harmony doubling rules?

My main question is in the title above. Chords in Common Practice Style only have three notes, so in 4-part harmony (SATB), one note will be repeated. In music theory, there are a ton of doubling ...
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How do instruments with discrete tuning play chords alongside those with continuous tuning?

I was taught that when playing a triad, the third should be played sharper and the fifth flatter than the notes would sound on an instrument tuned to equal temperament, such as the piano. However this ...
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Love Flatwounds, but need a bit more bite - thoughts?

I am a bass player in an instrumental post-rock trio. I have been using, and love, flatwound strings for years. I do a great deal of slides, pickoffs and such. I often use these techniques to build ...
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Playing on white notes only

My keyboard has a transpose function which lets me transpose its keys up and down a given number of semitones. This consists of a button with # and a button with b. So lets say I'm playing a tune ...
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Triplets in 9/8 time

How do eighth note triplets work in 9/8 or 6/8 time? I know in 4/4 they take up the space of two eighth notes but haven't been able to figure out how they work in 8.
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Quality Bass Effects Brands

I'm getting back into playing again after being on hiatus for a while, and I'm looking to replace some missing components from back in the day. Was all over DOD effects when I was more active (their ...
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1answer
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In C major, if the third note is 14 cents sharp from JI, does the V/VI have a third that is 28 cents sharp?

In the key of C major, the note "E" in equal temperament is 400 cents above the root, but in just intonation it would be a ratio of 5:4, or 386 cents above the root. If this is true, is it not also ...
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Are the highest pitches always the easiest to hear in a musical texture?

Are the highest pitches always the easiest to hear in a musical texture (all other factors, such as dynamic, timbre, articulation, etc. being equal)? Is this why melodic parts tend to be the highest ...
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Piano/keyboard versus synth

I've been aiming to buy a keyboard for quite a while now, but just recently, I've been interested by synthesizers due to some new band I've been listening to. I don't know much about these two ...
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How to play musical notes in a DAW

I play Acoustic Guitar & Harmonica as well. Recently, I have started using DAWs for composing my own tunes. Fruity Loop & Magix Music Maker are the two DAWs I use. These DAWs have built-in ...
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How to use choirs in epic music

I'm relatively new to MIDI orchestration and would like to start using choirs and vocals in my tracks. I understand using them to emphasize hits and climaxes, but I would like to imitate songs like "...
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How to build up endurance for bass trombone after many years away

I played bass trombone at a pretty advanced level for many years. However, due to personal reasons I gave it up (I quit cold turkey). That was 15 years ago. I would like to get back into playing again,...
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Why am I always sticking to minor keys?

When I'm improvising on my keyboard, or trying to compose a melody, I always find myself playing in a minor key -- and never a major one. (For keyboard it's usually G minor or D minor, but that I ...
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What's it called when a piece of music starts off-beat?

I've noticed that this seems to be some sort of trick music composers have been using more and more of recently. Consider this song for example: Nothing is odd for ...
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2answers
877 views

Floyd Rose string tension and action question

I've been playing for quite some time, but have always owned and played non-trem guitars. These days, I'm in a kind of band where some whammy is of great use, so I picked up a Jackson Warrior with a ...
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How to clean a dirty flute [duplicate]

I have recently gotten an upgraded flute but I kept my old one as well. I completely forgot about the old one and left it out, sitting on the piano for a few months because I forgot to put it back in ...
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234 views

How to get a super short guitar strap?

I have a roland microcube and I can't find a replacement for it's broken strap. I'm trying to find some kind of a short strap that would be suitable for use with this amp as on the image. Any idea? ...
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Peavey XXX amp - weak / overly loud clean channel

Problem I own a Peavey triple X (XXX) amp. I like most of the amp, but its clean channel is just to clear and clean for me. I mainly play metal/rock and I need the clean sound warmer, compressed and ...
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Determining Vocal Melodies in Contemporary Music

I've been learning to sing over a year or so. I'm also an adept guitarist (for context). One of my biggest challenges in learning a song is the vocal melody. I'm unable to find sheet music for some ...
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A natural minor and A Phrygian dominant

First of all , thanks everyone for this good web page My question : I compose a track . it is based on A . Track has 3 verses and 1 Brigde. Track Build like that 1.Verse : A Phrygian dominant (...
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How to properly vocalise and sing

I am a bass. I can go down to E2 on any day and my voice sound rich and deep on F2-B2. I can somewhat vocalise up to E4, but I cannot sing anything from E3. I think I know what my problem is. I ...
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61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel

I am a road warrior looking to practice piano. I have no home which I can play, and so I am looking for something to sling over my back, plug into my laptop, put some headphones on, and practice. ...
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Is there any research showing that practicing some amount of minutes a day improves ability?

I've seen studies that show exercising over a certain amount per day results in diminishing returns. Are there any research papers, studies, etc. that investigate if there are minimum amounts of ...
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Is the bass note of a chord the only indicative of its [the chord's] inversion?

If a C major chord is voiced as (from low to high) E-G-C, it is said to be in first inversion , if it is voiced as G-C-E, it is the second inversion. But the resources I have read do not specify if a ...
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Improvising “sparsely” on piano

I'm having trouble building my solos on piano - starting off calm, and then building it, in order to keep it interesting for longer periods of time. On other instruments (I play saxophone as well) I'd ...
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Determining Key / Key Change / Chords?

I've been playing guitar for about 5 years... I've been slowly trying to teach myself some of the THEORY behind music.. I've just always had trouble really understanding.. When I hear a song, and ...
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1answer
490 views

Extra speaker for combo amp?

Is it okay to hook up an additional 112 speaker directly to my 110 speaker combo amp? Will it damage the amplifier by adding an additional speaker? It's not wired for another output, no external ...
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What does it mean when there are two time signatures

I am learning the Blazhevic number 34 for tuba and it is in (9/8 3/4) time. What does that mean? It seems to me that some measures equate to be in 3/4 while others equate to be in 9/8. Very confused. ...
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How to play the bridges in a standard blues progression

I know how the typical I-IV-V progression works, and I know the scales (well not by heart but more or less), there's one thing that always gets me, though. How is the bridge constructed? I mean the ...
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Suggested text material about Italian baroque composition

As a hobbyist composer who composes in "almost" traditional music styles (baroque-like, classical-like etc.), I am at a stage where I would like to compose authentic music in a specific style. I have ...
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542 views

Learning standard notation without succombing to simply remembering songs?

I'm in a tricky position. I've been playing guitar for around ten years and am fairly good at improvising and tinkering around on a piano, too. I understand sheet music, I can decipher it, but I can't ...
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1answer
772 views

Fingering for the higher C for an Irish low whistle in D

I have got an Irish low-whistle in D, and have been searching on the internet for the fingering for the higher C, but have been unable to find a working one anywhere. I also tried experimenting by ...
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1answer
311 views

Understanding just intonation, Timidity, and Scala

I'm not a programmer but I am working on a program that manipulates music via MIDI files in all sorts of interesting ways. I want to add the ability to use alternate tunings. I even went so far as to ...
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1answer
232 views

How can I extract or recreate audio for one or more instrumental/vocal parts from a recording?

(In the spirit of this meta-post, and so, in response to this question…) What approaches can be taken to extract or recreate audio for one or more individual parts from a recording with several ...
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1answer
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If my music is very dynamic, should I run it through a compressor after recording?

I am finishing the recording of a song which starts out with gentle piano, builds up to a fairly "loud" bridge with several more instruments, then gradually goes back to the same arrangement as the ...
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Why do films sometimes transpose everything by a quarter step?

Sometimes when playing along to music, you notice that the recording is transposed not by a semitone or a whole tone (whereby you could just play along on any normally tuned instrument), but by an ...
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1answer
83 views

Airplane travel with heavy music gear

I have Pioneer DJ mixer that weighs 17 lbs. along with an oddessey case that weighs 36 lbs. And I want to dj for my cousin's wedding which is overseas but I'm not sure what would be a good way to ...
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220 views

Name for pedal markings

Is there any name for the inverted V (∧) in pedal markings? Or are they just known as part of pedal markings?
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115 views

Showcase Piece in Music

What is a showcase piece? I am doing an audition, and they want me to perform a showcase piece. Can somebody tell me the answer?
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1answer
626 views

Stringing alternatives on classical guitar (headstock)

While looking at several images of classical guitar headstocks, I noticed that there seem to be several ways people wind their strings on the capstans. I have always used the variant where I wind the ...
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1answer
99 views

Improving tone quality of old bass trombone

I'm playing on a very old Yamaha YBL bass trombone. Back when I played tenor I had very good tone quality, but now in the notes above the staff I'm getting a very sharp tone. Is there anything I can ...
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4answers
580 views

How to identify complex time signatures?

What methods can I use to find the time signatures of strange/complex songs? For example, what are the time signature(s) this song uses? One of the stranger parts ...
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2answers
712 views

Small note above a normal-sized note

I'm currently looking at a vocal score, and there's a small note right above a normal-sized note. Ordinarily, I would presume this to be a cue note, except that this isn't the start of the singer's ...
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Get series and parallel pickup wirings from a Strat?

I'm looking for a way to get some thicker pickups-in-series tones out of my Strat without losing the existing Strat sounds, or some extra ones I've added. My current wiring uses one of the tone ...

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