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Is there a color code for notes?

A few days ago, to learn to play music, I bought a keyboard (Yamaha, EZ-30). It has lighted keys and all light red. It somehow felt wrong that all keys light up red. If A lights up red, then C should ...
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Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted

I took bass guitar lessons years ago, but decided I was going to start self-teaching again. I have 2 basses, a Squire P-Bass, and a Fender fretless J-Bass. I was thinking about teaching myself to ...
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Left Right Hand Co-ordination on Piano [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano? I'm a intermediate piano student (I can play almost without a break if you give me notes but am still poor ...
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How to achieve this sax tone?

I was listening to Balek by Marc Moulin, and really liked the bright tone of the soprano (or maybe alto?) sax that was soloing: 20 second solo excerpt Would any StackExchangians know a good ...
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Using keyboard/MIDI controller to learn piano

I'm an adult just starting to learn music from scratch. The piano I have been using is sometimes not available for me to use, so I would like to buy a keyboard/MIDI controller so I can practice ...
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son vs. rumba clave and bass line

The answer to Latin jazz: anticipated chord change on last beat provided by Ulf Åkerstedt raises another question: I have written a son bass line, and I realize I have a rumba clave on the drum set. ...
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Is there some software tool that analyzes audio to produce pitch information?

Such a tool would be extremely useful to me. What I want it to do is, given a sound file be able to get the pitch every time it changes. I don't know how this could be done, or even if it's possible. ...
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What's the theory behind switching modes during a passage?

Look, at the following two chord progressions: (1) Dm C Bb Am Gm F Em Am (2) Dm C Bb Am Gm F E A Now, for the first six measures in both (1) and (2), we're just playing chords contained ...
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Latin jazz: anticipated chord change on last beat

I'm in the process of using a midi sequencer to provide me with simple background (drums, bass line, bare minimum piano harmony) to practice improvising on Spain (Chick Corea). From listening to a ...
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Playing trombone with a beard?

I've just picked up trombone, for the first time. I find it really enjoyable to play, but I'm having trouble with my beard and mustache. As far as I can tell, it doesn't affect the sound at all, but ...
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What is the difference between swing and shuffle?

I am learning piano from a book and I can't understand the difference between swing and shuffle. I have searched, but I still can't understand the difference. Could someone please iterate the ...
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What is the meaning of “playing off the beat” and “playing on the beat”?

I am learning piano from a book and I can't understand the meaning of the phrases "playing on the beat" and "playing off the beat" and the difference between them. Can anyone explain them to me?
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Is playing with two hand really necessary in this passage?

This is an except from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Liszt from John Thompson's Grade 3 (The key signature of this section is F Major): Is playing this passage with two hand really necessary? or is ...
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Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?

For the majority of players, the right hand is used for most tasks that require exacting manipulation: writing, throwing, etc. However, guitar, violin, lute, etc., etc., use the right hand for ...
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Most common jazz theory method book

What is the most common text book for learning jazz music theory? I have a strong background in classical music theory and would like to supplement it. I particularly am looking for something for ...
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3answers
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How to prevent snare rattle?

When I play my drum set, the toms make the snare rattle. Also, some pitches played by guitar or bass will make it rattle. I've tried tuning all the drums to certain pitches (somewhat effectively), but ...
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How to predict the loudness of an amp based on description

Related question: Is there an amp power formula? When I look at amps in a shop or online, I ask myself what the amp is suitable for: Can it be played quietly enough for home use without disturbing ...
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2answers
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Playing vinyl with Traktor Scratch Pro 2

Currently I'm mixing manually using raw vinyl, but I'm looking to buy Traktor Scratch Pro 2 with time coded vinyls: When I'm running through Traktor will I still be able to play raw vinyl without ...
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2answers
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Is the time signature switching every measure?

I think that the reason my compositions in DAW's have seemed off is because they've actually been changing time signatures throughout, and I haven't accounted for it. I tested this by making this tab ...
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3answers
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Guitar self repair tutorials and forums

I have a fender squire strat . It goes out of tune very frequently, even after i bend my string once and also is a bit out of tune towards the higher notes. Are there any good blogs or sites which ...
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Numerous questions about advanced guitar tablature notation

8 slide 0...why is 0 in parentheses? 7 slide 9...what does curve under mean? 5 7 5..7 5 0..are they hammers or pull offs..how you distinguish those how to play this? what does this long line ...
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Bass sound in Ride the Lightning

I have listened to Metallica's Ride the Lightning over and over again, but never paid an attention to the crunching bass sound Cliff Burton uses at some places in the song. Any idea how does he get ...
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Why is the highest frequency on a piano 4186 Hertz?

The human hearing range is between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. The lowest frequency on a piano is 27.5 Hz, which is almost at the start of the human hearing range. However, the highest frequency on a piano ...
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What is the device used to draw 5-line staff (empty) with a pencil/pen?

I remember seeing something like that long ago but can't remember what it was called. It is basically a metal gadget that holds 5 pencils or only pencil led and you can draw by hand your own empty ...
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On the guitar, if I play a song which is in the key of D, where should I put the capo?

How can I determine where to position a capo based on the key of the music I am playing? I current can only play songs in the key of C with no capo. Is there any rule to follow?
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2answers
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Is it possible to use video games to help improve one's singing?

I've decided that I want to improve my singing. In order to give me incentive to practice (and regular feedback), I thought getting a video game might be of help. I know that it's no substitute for ...
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5answers
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Using an amp-simulation pedal with a real guitar amp

I decided when shopping for the amplification side of my guitar rig, to buy a multi-fx pedal that included amp simulations, and a PA amp that adds minimal distortion or colour. This means that I can ...
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2answers
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How do you play guitar dead notes quickly switching?

I'm trying to play part of a song that looks like this: 0 x x 0 x x 7 x x x 9 x x 5 x x 5 x x x I find it very difficult to play this. I have trouble playing open strings and letting them ring ...
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1answer
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Learning to trill without a trill key

I don't really like resorting to trill keys when I want to do difficult trills like C-D. For one, the pitch and quality isn't exactly the same. Also, it feels like cheating. I'm willing to use them as ...
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Play high C-D trill on flute

I have a C flute, which I recently dug out and am relearning. I've noticed that the first trill key for C-D doesn't work as well for high C-D. There is a change in pitch and quality, much more ...
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Is it possible for an unamplified acoustic bass guitar to be loud?

One of the groups I play for, a renaissance-faire-friendly folk act, is considering investing in an acoustic bass guitar, for both amplified and unamplified use. However, acoustic bass guitars have a ...
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Why should you begin plucking with the index finger when playing the bass?

According to this question and answer and elsewhere I've seen and read online, you should start the plucking action with your index finger. Naturally, for me, middle then index is more comfortable ...
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Why shouldn't you use your thumb on black notes (Harmonium / Keyboard)

When I was younger I took a couple Harmonium classes and the teacher taught us how to play all of the scales. We weren't allowed to place our thumbs on the black notes. I haven't had any piano ...
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2answers
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Is this disco/funk guitar effect a wah-wah pedal or something different?

I'm no guitarist and this might be an 'obvious' question to those who know - but there's a backing-guitar effect often heard in many funky/disco songs which I can only describe as a sort of ...
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Harmony analysis program

Is there any computer program that automatically analyzes harmony given the score? I refer specifically to roman numeral analysis and functional harmony.
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Sight reading of triads

I need advice on how to sight read triad chords (root position and inversions). For example, lets take a look at "Waltz in A Minor" by Chopin: In the bass clef, on the second bar there is a low A ...
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1answer
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Strange fingering in Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

This is an except from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Liszt from John Thompson's Grade 3 (The key signature of this section is F Major): I don't understand why it recommends playing the E and B♭ ...
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1answer
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Finding out which scales contain a specific chord

Notation note: scales will be notated as C Major, D minor, etc. and chords as Am, F, etc. Once you know a scale, yo know which chords it contains, for example the C Major scale contains the chords: ...
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I have a song in my head, I know how it sounds, but I can't get it to translate well to DAW

I've had a full-fleshed out song in my head for days, but I can't figure out how to get it started. I THINK I have the tempo correct, but when I play it out, it doesn't line up with the measures, and ...
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2answers
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Are there any publicly available databases ( not just web apps ) of guitar chords?

I need guitar chords in a database for a project I'm working on ( preferably MySQL, CSV or some other easily portable format ). I can imagine many formats by which one could store this information, so ...
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1answer
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Software to convert between sheet music and tablature?

Is there any software available that can (semi)automatically convert between ASCII tablature (especially for guitar and drums) and sheet music? And the other way around? I realise that there's not ...
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2answers
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Repeating the tonic when the scale is ascending and then descending

When I started to learn piano about 2 years ago, I practiced scales with my piano teacher. For practicing C Major, she recommended repeating the tonic: C D E F G A B C C B A G F E D C When I ...
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How does Ballet music differ from an Orchestral Suite of the same name?

Now, I've loved Stravinsky's music, ever since 10th grade music appreciation class when we learned that Le Sacre Du Printemps caused a riot at its first public performance. But I discovered to my ...
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How to fret an F# root note with a drop-E capo?

I commonly play with a five-string capo on the second fret of the guitar, leaving the E string open. This only becomes a problem when attempting to play an F# chord with the bass note: As you can ...
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The autodidact's road to piano

I am a computer engineering student who has access to piano's at my school almost 24/7. So why dont learn to play? I am willing to work hard and planning to get a good base starting this summer, that ...
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Can I use a Line6 Spider combo amp as a cabinet?

I just purchased a tube amp head (Peavey Windsor). I don't currently have the funds for a proper cabinet, so I was considering rewiring my Line6 Spider 212 combo amp to behave as a 2x12 cabinet. It ...
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1answer
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Where can I find a new water key (spit valve) for an Olds Ambassador trombone?

I got a pretty nice Olds Ambassador from Goodwill. There was duct tape over the spit valve -- the whole water key assembly is missing. I think I could repair it myself, but am not quite sure where to ...
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2answers
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Why does the quality of the sound of guitar strings decay over time?

Particularly, on classical guitars, strings 4, 5 and 6. At the beginning, the sound is very metallic. After a few weeks, it's like playing on coton.
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What are the advantages of Narciso Yepes' 10 stringed guitar?

Narciso Yepes invented the 10-stringed guitar. What are its advantages? Are there any schools where playing it is taught?
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My high E string broke after one week of replacing my guitar strings. Could that be an installation issue?

I'm not sure if it's even possible for the string to break based on how it was installed. The only reason I can think of is that it was installed on a loose tuning peg, which it wasn't (I made sure to ...

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