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When playing in a minor key, will the chords be minor as well?

I've been jumping into music theory myself and I've been stumbling on creating certain melodies and such. I've played guitar all my teenage life and not once have I ever sat down and said I'm going to ...
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4answers
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E-B-G-D-A-E Guitar Strings Vs. E-A-D-G-B-E Guitar Strings?

So I am a super noob to guitar. I play piano mostly. I recently restrung my dad's old classical guitar (nylon string). I am looking at the tabs for a song and the strings are going like "E-B-G-D-A-E" ...
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4answers
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How can I improve my note accuracy and intonation?

Over time my pitch has improved simply through singing more, but I still have some problems with being a bit off sometimes (or way off on very high or very low notes). It helps if I focus on a ...
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1answer
685 views

Weird light instead of pick?

I've been on post rock concert (God is an Astronaut if it helps) and during one song artist were not using something looking like tiny laptop power supply with little light (pickup side). He was still ...
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5answers
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Developing a good practice routine for piano improvisation with a band

I have been playing the piano for 2 years now and I can play some of my favorite pieces through sheet music and a lot of time. I have also been singing in a band for quite some years and want to ...
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3answers
1k views

Andy Timmons Dimarzio AT1 pickup sound

Well, the story goes like this : I have a custom made Tom Anderson guitar which has a fender style body (alder wood). The guitar comes with VAx pickups which sound great but the pickup near the bridge ...
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2answers
287 views

What value does practicing without paying attention to what you do have?

I've recently come across an interesting way to practice. I was asking a very accomplished guitarist on how he practiced technique, since his was amazingly effortless. What he told me surprised me. ...
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3answers
521 views

website with jazz guitar chords and photos of hands?

I'm getting so frustrated with the terrible signal to noise ratio searching for guitar chord websites so thought I'd ask here. I'm looking for something with: lots of different voicings for chords, ...
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What should I look for in a ukulele amp

I bought an electric ukulele and now I need an amp for it. What should I be looking for? Is there any uke specific things that are particular to this kind of amp? Would a regular guitar amp work just ...
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Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat

I'm a pretty good guitarist, and I can play some tricky rhythms (weird time signatures, syncopation, some of the easier djent stuff) but I've always had trouble when my drummer starts to play anything ...
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2answers
290 views

Guitar Hum disturbances

When I connect my Yamaha Pacifica guitar to Vox DA 5 amp and connect the amp to the M audio 2496 sound card input by taking the output from the Vox phones output, I get a hum while playing the bass ...
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2answers
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Can I play `A scale` song on a `C scale` harmonica?

Here is how to play a C scale on a harmonica. But I found a song which is in the A scale. So, is this possible: to play the A scale song on the same harmonica? If so, What would the table look like? ...
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3answers
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Four-chord songs with more than four chords

The Axis of Awesome has a song called "4 Chords", a medley of various songs all written, or so it's claimed, using the same four chords. Now, from what I understand, a chord is just a bunch of tones ...
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3answers
529 views

Arpeggio vs. Acciaccatura

(When writing notation for piano) Scenario: I would like the player to play the chord G (G3, B3, D4, G4), in a "spreaded" way. That is, not hit all keys at once, but start with the bottom G and end ...
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1answer
3k views

How do I use string gauge tables?

I have seen that string manufacturers publish tables of string gauges and tensions. For example, this one. How can I use these to choose a set of strings for my instrument?
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5answers
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12 String Guitars - Some Information?

So I've been playing the guitar for a while, and I'm comfortable with different styles of music (classical, blues, a bit of jazz, folk etc.) and I have a few different guitars (an acoustic steel ...
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2answers
1k views

What does “TAG for Three-part voices” mean?

Reading some three-part a cappella music, I see "TAG for Three-part voices" above the staff. Any idea what that might mean? 19 is the measure number. There are 27 measures total in the song, so ...
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1answer
1k views

Piano mordent with two notes

I'm trying to play Brahms' Hungarian dance №11 and there is a technical question. How do I play a mordent from the 4th measure? Whether both notes should be played with mordent or just the upper one? ...
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1answer
113 views

What beats does the horn typically play on in a 2/4 march?

Wikipedia states: French Horns tend to always carry the rhythmic backup of a march. For example, in cut-time marches, they are typically assigned upbeats (the + of 1 and 2) to provide the "pah" ...
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13answers
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What instrument is inexpensive and can be self-taught?

I have never played any instrument. Now I want to learn some instrument. My deciding parameters are - it should be compact, inexpensive and can be learnt without a teacher. I search over internet and ...
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3answers
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Making “acceleration” effect

my question is how to make song to feel like it is getting faster, without changing tempo? Example of what I actualy mean is: (watch from 1:45) I know we can change ...
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3answers
912 views

Should a violinist use hand strength exercisers? If so, what kind?

Should a violinest use a hand exerciser, by which I am referring to the kind generally used by guitarists? An example of one may be found here. If so, is there a specific kind and/or tension which is ...
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3answers
948 views

Tips and tools to help transcribing a bass line in tablature

I'd like to transcribe a song that I couldn't find a proper version of on the Internet. Transcribing the guitar and drums (I'm a guitarist and beginner bassist) was not really difficult but I find ...
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2answers
367 views

How is this piano chord fingered in “Graceful Ghost”?

From the first page of the sheet music for "Graceful Ghost" (preview available from Sheet Music Plus), you can see that in the third measure (the first chord the right hand plays after the repeat ...
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2answers
227 views

How to compose an acoustic guitar chorus?

I've been playing guitar off and on for years, and every once in a while I come up with some lyrics and chords that seem to be really great for a few verses. The problem is that I can never seem to ...
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1answer
337 views

How to hold the concertina in an ergonomic way while playing?

I've started teaching myself how to play the English concertina from tutorial books and online videos. The hardest part of the instrument seems to be not learning the keyboards or even how to work the ...
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9answers
1k views

Musical Aids to Memorize Intervals

As the tutor for my school's music department, I spend a lot of time helping students drill intervals. However, I only have a handful of songs to recommend recognition. P8 — Somewhere Over the ...
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1answer
187 views

Learning another instrument?

I have been taking piano for about 6 years, euphonium for 4, and trombone for 1. I tried saxophone but it didn't work out. I am looking to expand my ability in brass instruments instead. Does anyone ...
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4answers
3k views

Flatpicking: how can I make my floating-pick-hand less bouncy?

Can anyone suggest how I might improve my "floating fist" style flatpicking? I'm trying to clean up my pick technique for the sake of accuracy, feel, speed, and general ease-of-playing. I use the "...
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3answers
976 views

What are the most common barriers to becoming proficient at playing an instrument?

What are the most common barriers to becoming proficient at playing an instrument, and how does one overcome them? Multiple answers welcome :) This question does not apply to a particular instrument ...
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3answers
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Acoustic Guitar Body Types - Main Differences (Suggested Genres)

I would like you input on the differences between each body type of acoustic guitars and what genre each type is ideal for.
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3answers
738 views

Piano Concerto Evolution

So I'm currently studying piano concerti, and I'm kind of stuck on a certain aspect of it. How has the piano CONCERTO evolved from the classical period to the romantic period? I always find ...
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1answer
547 views

Tips for bowing in the Spiccato-esque part of Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso on the cello?

See this video, about three minutes in, for details: I'm having difficulty achieving the 'spiccato' sound at sufficient speed, and am looking for tips on the bowing ...
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2answers
732 views

Finding the right rhythm for a tune

I have bought a CASIO CTK-4200 keyboard which has some 180 rhythms stored. I am new to such keyboards, and a beginner when it comes to playing music. I know some tunes which I can play on this ...
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2answers
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Voice - Trouble with high notes

I'm finding I'm having a lot of difficulty singing notes that are in the upper range. I have a voice teacher, and she's giving me warmups and tips about keeping my throat open. I've made some progress ...
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2answers
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Finding chords that match with single notes

I just heard Lenka's "Everything at Once". The Background chord progression is quite catchy. I tried to figure out its chords, but to no avail. I tried singular notes: I found F A C A and also C E G....
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2answers
640 views

Effect of Rubbing Alcohol Upon Reeds

Apparently it is common to briefly soak reeds in rubbing alcohol to disinfect them. This could be due to sickness, reed-sharing, etc. Any thoughts on how damaging this would be to the cane?
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3answers
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Does playing in scale mean only using notes from that scale?

Many melodies contain notes that are not from the scale they are composed in. For example, "Stairway to Heaven" solo contains an A minor pentatonic scale plus an additional F note. I've read that this ...
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6answers
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Breaking out of pentatonic scales for guitar riffs

I've been playing guitar for about 9 years now. From a young age, my teachers focused a lot on pentatonic scales. So that's what I'm defaulting to when improvising, soloing, writing stuff, etc. ...
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3answers
528 views

Baroque Performance Tips

What are some recommendations for performing Baroque music? My studio professor seems to think that I can improvise in the Baroque style as easily as breathing -- which is sadly not true. The ...
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5answers
36k views

How can I reduce the echo/reverb in a large room if I can't add physical damping?

I was at an event this evening in a restored ballroom - absolutely beautiful, but parquet flooring, high ceilings, solid walls etc all made for terrible acoustics, and in fact I could hardly make out ...
3
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1answer
415 views

Is there any PC software that I can use to help edit Roland RD700NX sets/perform maintenance?

I've just downloaded the V2 software for my RD 700NX and see the RD-NX Editor seems to only work on the iPad. I've searched and can't find anything, but does anyone know of any way to edit my keyboard'...
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2answers
515 views

Could B♭ instruments be built in C? Why are they in B♭ in the first place?

Why did the clarinet and trumpet get made to 'be' in B♭? Could they have been made to produce concert pitch C? This would make a composer's life so much easier when physically writing scores. ...
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1answer
164 views

Oboe Fingerings in the Upper Register

Does anyone have a trick for playing notes like high E (three ledger lines above the staff) with all of those lovely pinky keys? My current technique is button mashing and hoping for the best, but ...
5
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1answer
750 views

Is there any algorithmic way to split a piano MIDI into left and right hand parts?

Equivalently, how can I split notes across a staff in the most "correct" way? Something simple would be to just split the parts across a particular note (i.e., middle C), but this would be much less ...
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2answers
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Converting to harmonic and melodic minor

Is this correct? In converting from major to harmonic minor of the same root (not the relative minor (with the same key signature)), flatten the 3rd and 6th. In converting from major to ...
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2answers
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Goldberg Variation 28, right hand 4/5 trills [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Learning 4/5 trills on the piano? At a fast tempo, the 32-notes in the right hand (all marked as 4/5 in my Henle edition), are the first time in the Variations where my ...
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2answers
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Trombone attachments, bore, and range

Contrast a straight tenor trombone versus a larger-bore tenor trombone with F attachment. It appears that the larger-bore with F attachment activated will go down to C2 without having to hit any ...
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1answer
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What are the touch-pad things that the guitarist and bassist of Muse use?

In concert video footage of Muse, I've seen both the guitarist and bassist use touch-pad devices integrated with their instruments. What are these devices, and what are they designed to do?
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Why are some measures separated by double lines?

I play piano. Sometimes, measures in pieces are separated by a double vertical line instead of a single one. What does this signify?

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