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What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?

To clarify the title, I'm not asking if it helps your mandolin skills to play violin (or vice versa, whichever you feel is "more difficult"). Let's say you are a guitarist: Does it help or hurt to ...
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How to keep guitar strings from breaking so quickly?

I have a takamine g350 acoustic-electric guitar (not that it really matters for this quesiton), and my strings tend to break every two or three weeks. I do like to experiment with different tunings, ...
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Physiological basis for note durations?

For some reason (probably read something like this a long time ago), I have it in my head that there was some sort of physiological basis for some note durations. This may have been something like, a ...
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228 views

Did Rostropovich ever play his Humoresque himself?

"Humoresque" op.5 for cello and piano is the only piece composed by Mstislav Rostropovich himself. Did he ever play Humoresque himself? From some sources I know that he didn't, whereas other sources ...
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678 views

Keyboard volume pedals

I have a Yamaha S90 XS synth and when I perform I would like to control the volume of one or more of the zone sliders (in Performance mode) with foot pedals so I can quickly switch from backup to lead....
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2answers
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How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
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1answer
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Acoustic guitar damaged by impact. How to repair?

Introduction My acoustic guitar has suffered damage at four locations. It still sounds very good, and it is more than twenty years old. The damage done The different damage locations are pictured ...
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Is there any practical difference between 3/4 and 3/8 time?

Is there any practical difference between 4/4 and 8/8? regards a common and unusual time signature; both 3/4 and 3/8 time are pretty common. What difference in performance is implied in the the ...
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3answers
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How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?

When I'm playing (learning) difficult chords on guitar (ex: F,B7) my facial muscles (basically lips) form a weird action (I felt it and I saw it in the mirror). I feel I'll get used to it as I go and ...
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1answer
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Does registering with a performing rights organization conflict with licensing directly to a music supervisor?

Since Performance Rights Organizations collect royalties on plays on TV, cable etc., does this conflict with licensing your music directly with a music/sync supervisor? For example, if I were to ...
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1answer
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What is the effect/technique used to make the slide in 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins?

In the song 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins, there is a re-occurring downward slide when the guitar changes chords at the end of the first bar (from 7x9 / 2x4): $5.6.$4.x.$3.8 $5.6.$4.x.$3.8 $5.6.$4.x.$...
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1answer
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Is there such a thing as “pop music theory”?

There is large body of work describing the theory of Western classical music; I'm unaware of the state of analysis of popular music forms. Are the differences between, say post-50's American pop-...
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When playing drums behind the beat, what instruments define the actual beat?

As a drummer, I'm trying to improve my micro-time to put more feeling in the grooves I play. For certain songs (ballads for example), you usually try to get a "laid-back" feeling by playing slightly ...
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4answers
804 views

Annoying hot humbucker pick harmonics

I have a weird "problem" I recently bought an ESP ltd les paul style guitar with a Duncan JB pickup on bridge. Yesterday while i was practising with my headphones and with full hi gain distortion i ...
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1answer
329 views

Sixth and Minor Seventh inversions conflicts

For example consider C6 [C-E-G-A] and Am7 [A-C-E-G] which share the same notes in different order. When we play [E-G-A-C] how is it called?(is this a inversion of C6 or Am7) Generally, how are these ...
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1answer
947 views

What are the qualities of sound and playability of an SilverStar Harmonica?

I recently bought on impulse an harmonica, however i'm wondering how good it is in terms of sound and ease of use considering i plan using it to learn to play. It's a Hohner SilverStar Diatonic ...
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628 views

Rave drum loops like Netsky?

I want to start making some rave music. I listened to a few songs which seamed to share a nearly identical beat. (listen to Black & Blue - Miike Snow (Netsky Remix) for an example. I've been ...
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How could you make instrumental sounds come out of a computer?

I've been working on some music generating software, and have laid out the basic algorithms, now all I need are actual instrumental sounds. By instrumental sounds, I mean the sound that comes out of a ...
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1answer
644 views

How can I reproduce the effects on this riff in Iron Maiden - Afraid to Shoot Strangers?

Listen to this Iron Maiden song called "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" at about 2:43 (Iron Maiden fans will probably recognize the riff). This sounds very simple to me, but I don't know how they did it. I ...
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5answers
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Where to start when learning guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need Help in Starting to Learn Guitars? What's the best way to start learning and progress at guitar? Should I start with scales, basic chord progressions or simple songs?...
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Assign a volume pedal to a DSP on a Psr keyboard?

I have a yamaha Psr-2100, and a volume pedal (yamaha fc7). I was hoping I could assign my pedal to affect a certain parameter of an effect that is applied on a voice, for example distortion or vibrato....
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305 views

Grace notes in Minuet by Boccherini

This is an excerpt from Minuet by Boccherini from John Thompson's Grade 3: Is the grace note in the 3rd measure played concurrently with the E on the bass line, or just before it?
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how do you choose the correct stem length for notes on a beam?

Stems are supposed to be 3.5 stave spaces tall. When the notehead is on the 2nd line outside the staff or beyond, the stem should extend to touch the center line. When the 3rd flag (or beam) is added ...
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2answers
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What scale is used in the Morrowind theme?

Do you know the name of this scale? C D E♭ F G A♭ B It's used in the Morrowind theme:
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3answers
193 views

How to make a career out of music?

I have a full-time job but I am also very interested in making a part-time career out of music. The aim would be to continue learning as well as making some money out of this passion. So what would ...
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1answer
3k views

Is there a defined note for the triangle?

Do all triangles sound the same note in the same octave, or are there differences between models?
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3k views

Mute other side of String When Tapping (2-hand tapping style)

I couldn't seem to find this existing question, although it may be somewhere boiled into a two-hand tapping question somewhere else. I come from electric bass and the Victor Wooten style of two-hand ...
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1answer
726 views

Will changing the colour of my Stratocaster reduce its value?

I have a Highway One Fender Strat (American), which I'm told has a poor quality satin finish. This has started to "melt" on the bottom of the guitar. I paid about £800 for it in 2005/2006. It has a ...
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8answers
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Why is the key included in classical music titles?

I was always curious why classical composers use names like this Étude in E-flat minor (Frédéric_Chopin) or Missa in G major (Johann Sebastian Bach). Is this from scales of this songs? Weren't they ...
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1answer
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Franz Liszt Liebestraum No. 3 Bar 17 Roman Numeral Analysis

I'm going through Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3 in Ab M.... in bar 17, I don't know how to mark the A natural chord. It's either a #1 or the song has modulated to the natural minor, in which case it would ...
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4answers
482 views

What does 'on' mean in chord notation?

For example, Em(onD) and Em(onC♯). I found these in a Japanese guitar tab book I bought.
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1answer
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What does a triangle mean in chord notation?

For example, what does the △ mean in C△7?
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2answers
1k views

Will a trumpet mute work in a cornet?

I have a cornet and would like to purchase a mute for it. However, the majority of mutes are trumpet mutes. Will a trumpet mute work properly in a cornet? My main reason of concern is that the trumpet ...
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4answers
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What are some interesting ways notes and chords are spelled in cultures outside of the U.S.?

I've heard that German musicians spell the seventh note of the C major scale with an "H" where an American musician would use a "B". And, for the fourth note of the F major scale, where an American ...
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1answer
259 views

Identifying meter on double bass drum

I have a very difficult time picking out the best way to syncopate meter when composing for the double bass drum (I'm not a drummer, but I usually need to sequence some scratch parts to write the ...
11
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3answers
332 views

How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
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252 views

Is there a proper musical term for a piece's “roadmap”?

Band directors and other teachers will colloquially refer to a piece's "roadmap": the flow control commands denoted by repeats, repeat endings, D.C.s, D.S.es, codas, etc. Is there a proper word for ...
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3answers
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How do you keep your mental accuity up during an extended practice session?

When you want to practice for, say, 2 solid hours a day, how do you stay productive throughout the practice session? I find myself going off and noodling after a while of practicing something ...
4
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1answer
123 views

Why is it harder to lip slur without tonguing?

I was practicing lip slurs yesterday, and I was wondering why it is easier to lip slur between harmonics by tonguing than without tonguing. It seems it should be the same either way-- whether you ...
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4answers
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Fingertip sensitivity/pain related to nail separation

I've been playing for decades. Every now and then I do something that causes a fingertip on my fretting hand to be extremely sensitive — to the point where the slightest pressure causes pain. ...
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1answer
490 views

Metronome on Yamaha CP-50 stage piano

I have a Yamaha CP-50 stage piano and I was unable to find a metronome function. Surely metronome is not one of the preset drum settings. Does anyboy know an easy way how to start a metronome on this ...
3
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1answer
276 views

Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp

A Gainclone chip amp makes for a nice benchmark/monitor amp. How can I add controllable even order harmonic distortion to one?
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3answers
5k views

How does sending MIDI over USB compare to using a dedicated MIDI interface?

Is there an informed comparison between sending MIDI over USB versus directly from MIDI interface on an expansion card - would a MIDI interface on a sound card provide some useful system enhancement ...
3
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1answer
263 views

F-Spaced pickups

I want to buy a Dimarzio DP224 pickup which comes in two types : F-Spaced and regular. I heard that the difference is in the distance between the poles in the pickup. I have an Ibanez GRG140 guitar ...
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1answer
4k views

How does one write any melody that he/she hums/pops-into-his-head?

I'm a total newbie who has these tons of melodies floating in his head. I know how to play a synth and when I transcribe stuff from my head on to my instrument I generally use the trial and error ...
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1answer
115 views

Can a book on singing from the begining of the 20th century still be relevant?

I've found a couple of books on Project Guthenberg about singing; in particular I'm interested in "How to sing" by Lilli Lehman. Is the information contained in this book outdated? (Just as one ...
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2answers
3k views

What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Glossary of Guitar Effects What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar? I.e., as a novice, what effect pedal types should I be aware of, that "everybody" ...
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3answers
754 views

How to develop soloing vocabulary

Background: My first guitar teacher used to show me small licks or note patterns that had that special quality of arousing interest during a solo improvisation. They were essentially "tools" in my ...
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2answers
399 views

Why is the note name “a” not on any important scale position? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is C the base note of standard notation and keys? The note names are derived from the alphabet, which starts with "a". But why is our note "a" not on any important ...
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3answers
508 views

Should “Ooh” be sung as “oo” or “oh”?

In my last choir rehearsal, while going over a new piece, after I said, "Let's go back to the beginning and go over the 'oo's", my lead tenor, whom I respect immensely as a musician, responded "Uh, ...

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