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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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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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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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2answers
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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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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 "wakka-...
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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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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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1answer
409 views

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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2answers
154 views

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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679 views

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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3answers
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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
586 views

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
461 views

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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3answers
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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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7answers
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How to improve/train pinky dexterity for guitar playing (after long absence)

I played guitar since age of 12, but haven't really played for the last 5 years and would like to start again. However, when I used to play I rarely used the pinky finger because I have big hands (...
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4answers
500 views

Dissonance across different octaves

When I play to keys that form a dissonant interval (for example a major second using C and D) in the lower octave, I perceive the dissonance to be very strong. But, when I move up to higher C's and D'...
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1answer
333 views

Four dotted sixteenths in a triplet

The following excerpt is from a piece called Brincado by the Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno from the collection 5 Little Pieces for the Left Hand (imslp) How should I count this?
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8answers
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Effects of keeping a guitar in the car

I have a sales job, and am on the road most days. I often find myself with free time between appointments and would like to take advantage of that free time by practicing guitar. I have a 3/4 size ...
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2answers
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How to develop musicianship skills?

There are a lot of books that teach music theory, but are there any books that teach how to develop musicianship? Such as how to acquire it? I'm reading "Revisiting Music Theory", the author said the ...
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2answers
356 views

Is it possible to play a piano piece written for four hands with just two hands?

I was wondering if it is possible to play a four hands piano piece with just two hands. Were any classical musicians capable of doing that?
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1answer
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What strings can I use to get a high-quality sound out of a travelling guitar?

I've just purchased a Washburn Travel Guitar. I know I'll never get full guitar sound out of it, but I was wondering what strings I could / should get to (perhaps) maximise this little guy.
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6answers
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What factors affect a guitar's ability to sustain a note?

There are effects and gadgets that can create a long sustained note, but what about the guitar itself? I have a squier standard strat which I can't help but feel could be letting notes ring longer, ...
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1answer
542 views

Where can I find one-handed piano pieces?

I have sustained an injury in my right hand from playing the piano (my doctor diagnosed it as "tennis elbow"). Where can I find pieces that are suitable for left hand only? Hopefully they are sorted ...
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4answers
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How useful are learning aids in teaching oneself piano?

EDIT: The keyboard is lighted - as in the keys have lights (LEDs) embedded in them. I know there are weighted keyboards. But those are beyond my budget. Of course the weighted ones feel more authentic ...
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7answers
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Is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music?

Generally speaking is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music? E.g. Will the fingerpicking folk player choose one gauge and the rock lead guitarist another gauge, how about the ...
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2answers
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Scale from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

In Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Liszt from John Thompson's Grade 3 (the key singanture is Cm) there is the following scale + 2 following notes: D E F# G A Bb C D Eb F# Is there a name for this ...
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Where can i find good transcriptions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Sites with a good selection of sheet music i have been searching for sheet music for the song Don't Mess With Mr. T by Stanley Turrentine for quite some time on google, but ...
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What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets?

I've seen fanned frets on some extended-ranged classical and electric guitars. What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets? Are there any drawbacks?
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Is Beethoven's title “Sonata quasi una Fantasia” an oxymoron, and does the title instruct how to perform it?

Beethoven's so-called "Moonlight" Sonata is fully titled "Sonata quasi una Fantasia". Google translates this literally to "Sonata almost a Fantasy", but I'll assume it means more like "Sonata in the ...
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1answer
462 views

What is the frequency interval length of k semi-tones? (k = 1…11)

Go up 12 semi-tones from frequency f on a guitar, and the frequency interval difference in terms of f is f = 2f - f. What is the formula for the intermediate 11 non-trivial intervals? So for k=2, ...
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1answer
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A good source to learn the theory of chords in an accordion

I have been learning to play accordion for a few months and I can play 15-20 songs with their chords now. I know the physics behind the musical notes (such as I can understand what one implies by ...
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5answers
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What to look out for when buying a super-cheap used guitar

I found a red Yamaha Pacifica fat strat at a local pawn shop. Most of their guitars are $60 and up, but this one has a $25 sticker on it. I'm considering buying, cleaning, and restringing it but I'd ...
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3answers
387 views

Percussion notes in the vocals

This an excerpt from an arragment to the song "Hakuna Matata" from the movie "The Lion King": Why are there percussion notes in the vocals?
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2answers
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How do I play (and sing) a chord pattern song?

There are many questions I have regarding a chord progression so decided to use a simple song to start... Happy Birthday, since we all know it. C G Happy birthday to you ...
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7answers
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How is electronic music performed live?

I produce electronic music like electro house/dubstep. I am releasing it on the internet for some time, and I think it's time to do a couple of live performances. How can I perform it live?
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11answers
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Can anyone learn to sing higher?

So, I sing to myself a lot, and one thing that really frustrates me is that I cannot even reliably hit a middle C. (I'm male.) This is basically unacceptable to me even for ordinary shower-singing. ...
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7answers
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How can I learn timing from a guitar tab?

When playing guitar/bass from tabs, I find that I can learn the fingering easily, but the timing is often wrong when I play with a backing track. I'm fairly noobish to music notation/tablature, but I ...
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4answers
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How important is it for a guitar player to know the notes which make up a chord?

If you play piano you immediately see what notes construct what chord. For example you see on your keyboard that C Major is constructed of C E G. It's much harder to visual that on guitar even if you ...

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