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Are there any great open questions in music theory/psychoacoustics?

In many sciences there a are a number open questions that are well known in the field, and for which a solid answer would gain the answerer much Prestige. For example, maths has many open questions, ...
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Was the pitch A given that letter because the minor key was originally the “basic” mode?

It's something that's puzzled me; The key that has no sharps and no flats, in essence the "basic" key, is C Major. Well, fine, but why C? Why not label that key and note A, if it's the foundation of ...
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Are modes and scales the same? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between a mode and a scale? Are modes and scales not the same? If not, how are modes different from scales?
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Saxophone sometimes out of tune by nearly a fourth

Our band's saxophonist has a bizzare intermittent fault with his soprano sax (so normally uses his tenor or alto sax). Sometimes it's fine and sings beautifully, but other times it'll be out of tune ...
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How to free up a rusty trombone slide?

I just bought a crap old trombone for $50. It has a few dings, but sounds fine. The problem is that the slide is slightly rusty (little fleck marks on the inner slide, I can't see inside the outer ...
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Voice leading confusion

I perfectly understand the theory of voice leading when explained in most theory books about moving voices between chords in the shortest possible manner to give a smooth connection between chords. ...
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Adding a new pot to my guitar

I am willing to add another tone potentiometer to my guitar and I wanted to know what is the best way to add a hole in the pickguard for the new pot. Is there a dedicated tool for this task? What is ...
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How to find the downbeat in a measure in a dance rhythm

I dance standard ballroom dances like the waltz, jive, and rumba. Except for the waltz, I have difficulty finding the downbeat of each new measure. Is there some system to find when each new measure ...
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Should a new band seek every possible opportunity to play or just work towards a few big shows?

My band had its debut show a couple weeks ago. The guitarist and singer and I (bass) have been playing together for a year plus, and we started playing with a new drummer in July. I'm really excited ...
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General methods for turning a riff into a song?

Say if have a really nice 2-bar riff that I like a lot. How would I go about composing a song around that? Ok, the obvious answer is "play it a few times, then make some variation of it, play that a ...
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Techniques to develop vibrato in singing

Is vibrato gifted or is it developed by constant practice? Are there any exercises or techniques to develop a good vibrato in singing?
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What are some of the strength building exercises for Bass players?

What are some of the strength building exercises for Bass players, especially for the left palm/fingers?
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Where could I find songs where the drums are muted (to play along on an electrical drum set)?

I own an electrical drum set (a Roland TD-9K, as seen here) which has some pre-set songs in the computer to play along with. In these songs you can mute the drums if you want. You can also connect an ...
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Choice of Wind Instrument for self learning

I've been playing the piano (learning on my own) for over 2 years now and I would call myself above novice. I can't read sheet music but I have a good ear. However, I was diagnosed with a problem and ...
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Guitar volume/tone pots

Looking at this wiring diagram I see there are two 500k-w pots and one 500k-d pot. My question is what is the difference between the two pots (500k-w and 500k-d) and what should I ask for when I go to ...
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How to convert recorded Piano music to midi?

I have recorded the output of an in-built track on my keyboard. It has a few instruments playing in the background, but I am interested in just the piano. How should I convert the recorded .mp3 file ...
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Transfer effect in musical training [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist? Is there any studies on transfer effect in musical training? Or does someone have any ...
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Math formulae for organs?

I already know that an organ can be synthesized by using sine waves at specific frequencies. But if you generate sine waves like that, the timbre of the note is very very plain (it sounds just like a ...
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2answers
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What do the brackets mean?

I'm trying to learn Sea Diver by Mott the Hoople. The first line of notes are: C#(g#) C#(f) F# I understand C# means play the C major chord one note higher. What does the (g#) mean? Does it mean the ...
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What are some solid techniques for playing the piano quickly (fast tempo)?

I have always struggled with speed. When I get my fingers together (i.e. guitar style instrument with a pick), I do down-right horrible with speed. When they are separated (i.e. bass, and piano), I do ...
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Which side should I store my acoustic guitar in its case or travel bag?

I would like to know if it makes any difference storing it "strings down" or on its back (in relation with the bag), as I have heard different opinion on how this affects the guitar neck.
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Replacing a single guitar note with a chord

I am teaching myself to play the electric guitar and I have printed out various tabs to practice with. On one there is a 14 single note introduction but, I have heard versions played where some notes ...
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On a guitar how do you play two notes simultaneously on non-adjacent strings?

For example here is a snippet from moonlight sonata. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12337149/gap.png There are two open strings here with a pretty big gap in between them. How should this be played?
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How do you actually practice playing an electronic keyboard?

Certain electronic keyboards look like pianos, but their keys are weighted totally differently. For someone who has never learnt playing the piano, what would be the best method of taking the most ...
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Unwanted sound while recording Fender P Bass

When I try to record my Fender P bass, I get a small unwanted sound along. I am posting a sample: http://host.jsplash.com/audio/Sound-Bass.wav Is this a hum, hiss, noise or what? Is it normal? What ...
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Do different modes have the same cadence structure?

In major and minor keys, the perfect cadence is V to I Will this structure remain the same in a different mode? I.e. E Phrygian Mode in the key of C (E F G A B C D), the tonic chord is the iii of ...
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Electric fretless bass guitar intonation

Is there a specific way to check the intonation on a fretless bass, i.e. adjusting the string lengths at the bridge, or does it simply not matter, as we're keeping in tune by ear anyhow?
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Slurs that span two staves

I saw some slurs that span two staves (both the bass and the treble clefs) on a piece of sheet music. Are they any different from the regular slurs? How should I play them?
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Which note is consonance and which is dissonance

1) I did some reading saying 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th note are unstable note. where 7th note tends to move towards the tonic and it is the most unstable note. Is it true? When I play through the scale, i ...
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Right hand in top stave?

I'm learning the song shown. How are these chords meant to be played? Are the chords shown in the middle stave (treble clef) meant to be played by the left hand? How does one tell this from the ...
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How to build up to playing an F chord? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I best learn to play barre chords? I recently just got back into trying to learn to play guitar. I'm going through and learning all of the major chords in the ...
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1answer
212 views

How to come over nervousness while stage performance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience? I have played guitar several time on stage. But every time I start performing I feel a lot nervous. I ...
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Can old batter heads be used as resonant heads?

Is it possible to use old worn-out drum batter heads as resonant heads? I have a couple of heads that have dents in them, and are sounding pretty crap, and I'm wondering if it's worth using them as ...
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3answers
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Musical Harmony: When to use more than three chords

I understand that I, IV, and V chords in both major and minor keys are common chords that make up a good progression. I understand that those 3 chords cover all the notes diatonic to the key that we ...
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2answers
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physiological responses to different rhythms

InspIred by Physiological basis for note durations?, I'm wondering about a more general question of how the body responds to different tempos and beat structures, and how musIic is designed to elicit ...
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Leading a jam session

Our local youth center organises a jam session each two weeks. Most of the time, everyone is just playing stuff and not really looking at, listening to or paying attention to each other. The most ...
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How to write a keyboard part for an existing song?

I was asked to make a keyboard part for a song somebody else has written. It's probably going to be organ. I have no idea how to do this. I've been playing for a few years and I can improvise a bit, ...
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3answers
690 views

Why do trumpet valves shift down and not up?

I understand how trumpets work - valves open to force the air through crooks, which lengthens the pathway the air must travel, thus decreasing the resonant frequency. The question is, why are ...
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1answer
549 views

Guidance in buying a tenor saxophone

I want to buy a tenor saxophone. The thing is that I used to play a bit on a very old (& nasty) one and now I want to make an upgrade. I was thinking of buying it from the thoman superstore ...
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3answers
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Can I connect my semi-acoustic guitar to my computer and get output from its speakers?

I know the proper thing to do is to buy an amplifier for this purpose. But can I connect to my computer and get the output from the speakers? Works fine with recording, but not direct output. Is there ...
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1answer
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Is there a name or common usage of this piano damper pedal effect?

I've noticed an effect that I use when playing acoustic piano. Play a note or chord staccato, and quite quickly after playing it, press the damper pedal. The effect is rather like an echo which ...
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What is bad about Roman Numeral Analysis?

I have studied roman numeral analysis in my theory courses and I think that it's a good way of describing and understanding classical music, especially that of the classical and early romantic ...
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What's the proper right arm position for an electric guitar?

With my classical guitar arm positioning has never been an issue. I just rest my arm naturally on the body at the crook of the elbow: My wrist stays pretty flat: I feel like I could sit like ...
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4answers
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What's the correct technique for strumming a guitar?

By correct I mean from a biomechanical perspective to minimize the risk of injury. I have seen some advice saying that strumming should be controlled by the big muscles such as the shoulder. My ...
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1answer
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What is a normal singing range for children?

What is considered a normal singing range for children? That is, when choosing a key for a song for children to sing, what range should the melody fall within? Alternatively, what is an expected full ...
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785 views

What are the major differences in a composition of metal and progressive metal?

I am a bit confused about the differences in the composition of metal and progressive metal. Are there major differences in their orientation of sound, or it is just the difference of incorporating ...
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2answers
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Right way of resting a guitar

While not using or after using, what is the right way of resting a guitar. If I lean it towards a wall, is it right to lean it with the strings facing the walls or otherwise? Is it fine to hang the ...
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2answers
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Interpreting ornamentation in Haydn Piano Sonata in G Major Hob. XVI: 8

This is the first movement of sonata in G Major Hob. XVI: 8 by Haydn: In bars 6, 8 and 12 there are trills (presumably in 8), but each one is represented a little bit differently. In bar 6 there ...
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1answer
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Is it normal for a 12-year-old to have Vibrato?

I'm only 12 and I have my vibrato. I have only been singing for 5 years! Is this normal?
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183 views

How can I stop my left arm from fatiguing while playing guitar in the classical position?

If I let my left arm naturally hang and just reach for the fretboard by bending at the elbow, I find I can access up to the fifth fret. However for access to say the first fret, I need to lift my arm ...

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