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Violin strings breaking in fingerboard area

My violin's strings have been breaking every 3 to 4 weeks. I only practice about 10 hours a week. It is not normal for strings to be breaking constantly and though the problem could be an incorrect ...
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9answers
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How to select a key-signature for a song

There are so many songs in pretty odd key-signatures like 4,5,6 sharps or flats. At least this is my impression when I listen to songs on the radio/net while trying to follow them on my piano/guitar. ...
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1answer
256 views

Help me understand this progression

A friend showed me this progression: G7, F#m7b5, B7, Em7, A7, Dm7, G7, CMaj7, Cm7, Bm7, Bdim7, Am7, Ab7, Bm7, Bb7, Am7, Ab7 For the most part, I understand that at its heart it is built on a I vi ii ...
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2answers
153 views

Does the protools hardware make a difference?

My brother is an excellent singer/song writer/guitar player and he's looking to get protools to record on the computer. I asked why he NEEDS protools and he can't just use a quarter inch to eighth ...
3
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2answers
522 views

Learning guitar, start at low end or high end?

Just starting to learn guitar and I have access to a good number of beginner material. In almost every single one they start with various chords at the low end - typically frets 1, 2 and 3. Also, they ...
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5answers
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Why does the D string in a guitar breaks so often?

Well... that's about it. D strings (on acoustic nylon guitars at least) break way more often than the others. I guess there's a physical explanation but I wasn't able to found anything on the ...
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4answers
168 views

When and why should the conductor be separate or not from the musicians?

Sometimes the conductor and the pianist or first violinist are the same person; sometimes they're different people. What are the advantages of each system? (I'm talking about inherent advantages, not ...
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3answers
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Should I mute “unwanted” strings or not when playing power chords?

I've been playing guitar for a while but haven't yet actually learned to play any songs featuring hard power chords. Now I'm trying to learn some songs by Metallica and AC/DC, and I don't have to tell ...
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Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?

I don't have perfect pitch, but there are certain things I can do that I've been wondering if there's a name for. Given the name of a piece I've heard reasonably recently, I can sing it in my head in ...
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9answers
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Is looking for chord after having the melody unusual?

Most people I encounter seem to have the opinion that the definitive way is to first have the chords and then "mess around" with the harmony notes until one founds a desirable succession of notes, ...
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3answers
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On the piano, how should you play staccato with the pedal?

In some pieces, there is a pedal designation along with staccato. How should this be played?
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2answers
196 views

What glue to use to repair maracas?

I was recording a percussion part the other day, and one of my maracas broke during the take. It wouldn't be all that much money to replace them, but I like the sound they make. I also have ...
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4answers
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What's a good book for learning how to play the piano?

I'm considering learning to play the piano by reading resources instead of taking up piano lessons. It would allow me to just a buy the piano and learn it by myself. What good books or other resources ...
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7answers
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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?

I'm not a professional singer but I love singing. I find it very difficult to focus on my own vocal line when I hear other vocal lines. For example, When I was in the college choir, I sang bass, and ...
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2answers
1k views

Serato Scratch Live or Traktor Scratch Pro? (Or None)

I've been DJing for around 6 months now, and I think I'm at a mediocre level (even though I've had a month off due to broken tone arm, moving house and a terrible supplier who still hasn't dispatched ...
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5answers
4k views

How do you compose using the chromatic scale?

Writting a piece of music using the chromatic scale would be interesting, but I can't think of a way to start it? What kind of structure would a piece have? Is it all subjective and up to the composer ...
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7answers
948 views

What methods can I use to aid note accuracy when playing a Theremin

The main problem I have with the Theremin is identifying "anchors" to help train my muscle memory for note accuracy. My first violin, about 35 years ago, had tape added by my instructor for the first ...
7
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3answers
447 views

How well does mental practice work for you on different instruments?

Multi-instrumentalists: this is about personal experience (instead of literature review) of mentally practicing your instruments away from them. Do you find it to be more or less effective for one ...
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5answers
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How to turn any (pop) song into a jazz song?

Quite often there are pop songs wich get covered in a jazz style. These covers are seen from youtube to tv. Now I tried doing something like this, with for example Bad Day by Daniel Powter. It's ...
3
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1answer
957 views

How should staccatissimo be played?

How should staccatissimo be played on Handel, Beethoven, and Liszt pieces? I have read that it is like staccato only shorter, but it seems like it is used when notes should be staccato and accented. ...
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3answers
555 views

Collaborative remote music recording

Is there a network of musicians who can record musical phrases/tracks for other musicians? I an an amateur musician, I write and record songs (voice, guitar, and virtual instruments such as ...
3
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4answers
127 views

Managing batteries for live performances

Many musicians use battery-powered "stomp boxes" and wireless microphones. When do you change the batteries? You can't have a device running out of power halfway through the show. Do people put in ...
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4answers
674 views

Theory of improvisation

I am looking for improvisation theory ressources. I mainly focus on free jazz and improvised music but I am also interested in dance, drama and pictural improvisation. I want to know if a ...
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2answers
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Tuning the Ouds

How many strings do various types of ouds (Arab, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Greek, Persia, etc.) have and how are they usually tuned (with pitch reference or not) to what absolute or relative pitches?
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2answers
479 views

What factors to consider when inventing a new (lab) instrument?

I have the idea for a new instrument which doesn't work with wind/blowing, hitting, or keystroked, but rather pressure. What factors should an instrument have? Is there a checklist that I can check ...
4
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2answers
868 views

Why don't pianos use multiples of 12 for the number of keys?

In one of the answers of this question, some pianos with 44, 61, 76, and 88 keys are introduced. I just don't get it. Why notes are not following any formula? I mean, a piano with 63 keys means that ...
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6answers
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With sheet music, how do you determine whether the song is in the major key or the minor key?

For example, if the key signature on the left doesn't have any sharps or flats then it could theoretically be in either the C Major scale or the A Minor scale. How do you determine which one?
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2answers
286 views

What differences with an acoustic kit should a new drummer keep in mind when starting on an electric kit

After years as a bass player I'm thinking of getting an eletric drum kit and learning how to play. (I want to play an electric kit because I'm often home late and want to be able to practise without ...
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8answers
42k views

How high from the ground should the keyboard from a piano be?

When installing a digital piano, I have the freedom of vertically placing the entire piano at any height I want. But, I want to know what the ideal (preferred) height is. Is there a standard height? ...
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10answers
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Is there a “standard” or “typical” drum kit layout?

I am dipping my toes in the water of getting a "real" drum kit -- by drumming standards, it's still pretty crap since it's (basically) the Alesis DM6 entry level electronic drum kit. But one thing I ...
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2answers
623 views

Are there vocal exercises that can be done through the course of the day while doing other things?

I'm a computer science student and I spend a big part of my day sitting in a classroom or typing at a computer. I like to sing and play instruments as a hobby, but it's not always that I have time to ...
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votes
2answers
5k views

How to clean a tuba thoroughly

A tuba is quite large, and can be quite a challenge to clean thoroughly on both inside and outside. I need some good advice on how to do this properly without harming the mechanisms.
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votes
2answers
224 views

Importance of cleaning a tuba regularly?

I am wondering if a dirty tuba affects sound in a great deal. Not regarding if it shines or not on the outside, but as oil residue etc. build up in the valve canals and stuff like that. The pipes and ...
4
votes
4answers
186 views

Does shifting vary on a fretted instrument?

As a beginning cellist, it struck me that non-fretted instruments seem to have a much greater focus on shifting mechanics than fretted. With fretted instruments, it seems to my novice eye that ...
4
votes
3answers
230 views

Is it possible for the unwound strings wear faster than the wound strings on a Guitar?

I have had my guitar for about 7 months or so now (this is my first) and i just learned a few weeks ago that you are supposed to change the strings every so often. well a couple of weeks before that i ...
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2answers
7k views

Should I learn or know guitar in order to learn to play the banjo?

Someone once told me I should know guitar first. Are these instruments different enough that learning banjo is independent of knowing guitar?
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3answers
838 views

How do I learn proper breathing when teaching myself the flute?

I have slowly, over time, begun to teach myself the flute. I play the piano and the recorder (sort of), so learning the note positions and how to read music is not a big issue for me. The biggest ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

What is a harmonic note and how do you play it?

While I was browsing here I came across an interesting question so I decided to see what the answer was and well, I had some difficulties understanding it. I'll quote a short part of the answer. ...
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3answers
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What is the proper action height when your guitar is tuned in standard C?

I've been using 0.0013-gauge string for my guitar (Epiphone Dot) and I tune it to standard C, however I noticed that the notes on the first string all sounded the same and kind of flat after the 12th ...
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votes
2answers
523 views

What makes an amp sound heavy?

What I want to know is what makes some amps sound the way they sound like the Sunn Model T/Sunn Scepter or the Ampeg VT22. What are the components inside the amps which give it a round, fat , heavy, ...
3
votes
1answer
358 views

Is “J41” a known Sousaphone model? Of which brand?

The sousaphone I'm speaking of in another question has "J 41" embossed near the screws that hold the bell. I'm wondering if this could be a model name. Does anyone know the brand ? Or the place where ...
5
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1answer
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What makes a happy song happy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What gives a piece of music its personality and feeling? What makes a happy song a happy one? What are the elements that give this particular property to a music piece? ...
5
votes
1answer
180 views

Is there an amp power formula?

I'm looking to buy a new amp for my keyboards, and I was wondering if there's a formula I can use to help me calculate some of the objective specs I should look for. Something along the lines of: I ...
5
votes
3answers
770 views

Is there some symbolic meaning to breaking all the instruments during or at the end of your music video?

Also, have you been in a music video and done that? I'd like to know why.
3
votes
1answer
446 views

Sousaphone repair suggestions

I've recently bought a cheap battered second (probably mode) hand sousaphone on a garage sale. It is in faily bad shape, but the valves look ok. The instrument is made of a metallic grey alloy which ...
9
votes
6answers
11k views

Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?

In this question, the OP asks about the problem of his wife's fingers being too short to cover the guitar's fretboard entirely. Similarly, my wife wants to start learning piano and her fingers are ...
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vote
6answers
2k views

A guitar won't stay in tune, also dirty pickup selector

My friend has an Ibanez.. something, and it's not the most expensive guitar. Nevertheless, it is a pretty good guitar for its budget. Lately there have been a few problems with it, which I told him I ...
6
votes
4answers
264 views

Can there be more than one barre in a guitar chord?

I'm making a computer program that graphically represents a chord from text like this (chord name = "F") (barre = "Fret 1 strings EB finger 1") oE--- oB--- oG-2- oD--3 ...
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votes
6answers
6k views

Can a 7/8 scale guitar be detrimental to my playing ability?

I was at the guitar shop today, and fell in love with one of their acoustic guitars (Steelstring, Parlour, with Cutaway). For some reason, I like small guitars. However, I found out that it only has ...
3
votes
3answers
527 views

How similar are struck idiophones, and will learning one help me play another?

I have experience playing gamelan, and this year I wanted to start learning a 'Western' percussion instrument, like the vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, etc. Are these percussion instruments similar ...

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