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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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1answer
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What is the clearest way to signify the harmonic function of a polychord?

Chords can be analyzed with roman numerals to indicate function: C, Am, Dm, G I, vi, ii, V (or I, VI-, II-, V in jazz theory) And inversions may be analyzed by adding an arabic numeral indicating ...
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Is there a name for this: text syncopates otherwise unsyncopated vocal music?

There's an interesting musical phenomenon in "O Virgo Splendens" (14th century, in the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat) as it is consistently interpreted across all editions I have ever encountered. The ...
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Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud

I recently got a Yamaha U1 acoustic piano. It sounds great except the E below middle C (E3) is much too loud. Whenever I play a chord with that key it really stands out and dominates the sound. No ...
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Techniques for creating melodies

I've posted this thread: Learning to create melodies I've got a few ideas of techniques towards creating melodies but wanted to ask if there are any specific methods to help get better. I've read: ...
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What things to look for when buying my first ukulele?

I want to buy an ukulele, and I have no idea of what to expect or what to look for. Which brands have a good quality-price ratio? What types of ukuleles are there? What do I want to avoid? What to ...
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When to use a dot or a tie in music notation?

Let's say I have the following piece in 4/4, Should it be notated as: or Are there any specific rules? From my previous experience, I believe the second one is the correct notation since it ...
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1answer
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What to look (out) for when buying a (second-hand) electronic drum kit?

I'm a beginner drummer (only had 4 lessons so far) and I am thinking about buying an electronic drum kit. I've read this post and this post on buying a beginner drum kit, but both seem to be almost ...
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How to express “dreaming” with other than the whole tone scale?

I am working on a little theater play accompanying a poetic clown on piano on the stage. Most of time I improvise to emphasize his emotional moods, since there are no words at all. When the character ...
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What does it mean for a song to be played in C minor, D, etc?

I like listening to classical music, I noticed that a song may come in many versions (example : Hungarian Dances). I know what majors and minors scales are, but my music theory knowledge ends there. ...
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Relationship between 3/4 and 4/4

I understand the meaning of music notations such as 3/4, 4/4 and so on. The first number is the number of beats per measure, while the second number is the note-duration (quarter, half, one-eighth) ...
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Chord Type 7th Extension and the Major Scale

I'm learning about music theory and noticed that a C7 chord is based on the following notes: C E A# C E. I imagined a C7 chord should be based off the major scale where the 7th degree is the note B, ...
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(Post)-minimalist compositional techniques

I was wondering if anyone out there knew of any techniques associated with the minimalist tradition. I've been really interested in the philosophical notion of minimalism over the last few months or ...
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Really Silent Piano

Does anyone have experience with "silent" pianos and knows whether or not there is a properly silent, i.e. neighbor-friendly, piano on the market? Background: for practicing without disturbing the ...
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1answer
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How does a bass with tilted frets work? [duplicate]

I have seen some basses that have frets that are tilted. Here is an example: How is a fretboard like this functional? Is there any difference between this fretboard and a normal one?
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1answer
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How to improve singing?

I am 23 years old with no musical experience, besides 5th grade choir and me trying to learn to sing on my own. Music is my passion though and it's my dream to be able to do it for a living. So is it ...
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310 views

Where to start with orchestration?

I want to learn orchestration. How can I start? Are there any steps on how to start learning for a musician that has never tried it before? What kind of level of music theory do I need before I ...
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1answer
71 views

What is the purpose of the pop filter?

In many professional recording studios, I always see this attached to their microphone : What is the purpose of the thin black sheet separating the source of the voice and the microphone?
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1answer
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music with frequencies : software editor

I would like to compose some experimental music. For this task, I would like to use any "easy-to-use" software (like garageband, or even a tracker like renoise) but I want to compose my music by ...
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4answers
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Live Vocal Effects because I don't like my voice

I'm looking for suggestions for vocal effects to be used in a live setting. I'm not a bad singer, I just don't really like my voice... in fact I'm not a huge fan of female vocals altogether. Its ...
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5answers
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Playing the Ukulele besides singing

I love the ukulele, and I just bought one. The problem is I cannot sing, and I don't really want to. It seems as though there are not a lot fingerpicking songs and most songs just have the chords. ...
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3answers
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Website that analyze songs?

Is there a website that analyze songs? for example it describes the rhythm of the song, what key and chords are used, and what scale the solo is using? for example a song like Pink Floyd's Time, it ...
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0answers
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On/Off switch box [migrated]

how do you make a simple On/Off switch box to start and stop a signal? I want to start and stop a drum beat via a foot switch and would like to know the components to build one.
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2answers
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Is there a technique to “extracting” second voices from songs?

By extracting, I don't mean getting a separate mp3 file or something like that. What I meant was being able to discern the second voice behind all the other voices, instruments, etc. It's easy to ...
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6answers
756 views

Which fret do I place a capo on, to play Eb music using C chords?

If the sound of the music is in the key of Eb and I want to play using chord shapes in the key of C, what fret do I put the capo on?
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3answers
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Choosing an electro-acoustic guitar

I am an amateur guitarist and want to buy an electro-acoustic guitar. I tried a lot of them, but two just struck my heart: Fender CD-100CE and Fender CD-60CE. I am confused about the significant ...
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3answers
110 views

Music Theory on guitar chord progression

If you playing in Key C the chord progression can be simple as C-F-G7-C or C-Am-F-G7-C. What are the principles while using chords like Am7,Am6, Cdim7,Csus4,Cdom9,C13,Bflat,Aflat etc (many more which ...
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1answer
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Practicing pitch on trumpet

TLDR: Is there any way to practice hitting notes on correct pitch on the trumpet ? I got back into playing the trumpet two months ago after a nine-year break. I'm playing in a concert band (2 in ...
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2answers
184 views

Looking for a piano sight reading app that listens to your instrument

I've been looking around for a sight reading app. I found this rather excellent iPad app and it has helped a lot. I'd really like an app that allows me to practice using my instrument instead of an ...
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1answer
38 views

Line6 pod hd500x or a different processor? [closed]

I am planning on buying a multi effect processor for my guitar in the near future and I'm currently looking at the mentioned Line6 pod hd500x. My research (reviews, videos, sound samples) shows that ...
2
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1answer
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What poem was the inspiration for Rachmaninoff's duet Suite 1 Op 5 mvmt III?

My understanding is that the poem is by Tyutchev, and is called Tears, but for some reason I can't find an English translation of this poem. The fact that I can't find it makes me think I have the ...
2
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3answers
105 views

Good non-Henle urtext edition of Bach?

I am looking to buy a copy of the English Suites, and need an urtext edition. Normally I'd just go to the music store and buy the book; however, they only have the Henle edition, and being a student, ...
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2answers
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MIDI-Keyboards with integrated audio?

I'm looking for a MIDI keyboard with integrated audio interface so I can play without plugging in to the computer. There were few products like M-Audio ProKeys and M-Audio Keystation 49i but these ...
4
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4answers
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Still Major Intervals?

I have a worksheet to prepare me for my A level music; however I'm confused when being asked to name these intervals: My logic is that as both the tonic and above note are both flat meaning the ...
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2answers
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How can people stand on their double basses?

I have seen some rockabilly gigs where people actually stand on the double bass. For instance: and ...
5
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2answers
43 views

Separate the top matter from the staves in lilypond

How can I add extra vertical space between the top matter, i.e. the stuff in the header like title, composer..., and the first staff of the music? I'd like to leave enough room for additional, ...
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3answers
47 views

Quality of Sound Box changing with time?

Do sound boxes of acoustic instruments (guitar,violin etc) get better with time (decade or so)? That is their overall resonance is more pronounced. Or is it just placebo effect ?
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3answers
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Guitar Pro 6 – electric bass is quiet

First time I'm trying to write music in GP6 with bass track and I noticed that I cannot hear the electric bass. I checked out a many of its settings, but nothing helps me; all I can to check that it ...
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2answers
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Doesn't a major scale share all its notes with its relative minor and vice versa?

I came across this sentence, reading A Theory of Harmony, John Stainer, P 9 item 27: The scale of a relative minor consists of the same notes as that of its relative major, with one exception, ...
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5answers
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How to create an interval from a note which doesn't start a major scale

When constructing an interval, e.g. a major third from A I work like this: Count three notes including the starting one, so A, B, C Now check on the circle of fifths whether A major scale has an ...
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1answer
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is there a note location chart available for 22 hole chromatic harmonica?

I am looking for a chart that shows the location of notes, for both draw and blow, as well as the key pressed and unpressed, for a 22 hole chromatic harmonica Something like this but for a 22 hole ...
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1answer
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What instruments are used in this work? [closed]

I have very limited knowledge of music and musical instruments, despite the fact I have a great appreciation for many musical works and styles. This is one of my favorite musical works by the once ...
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2answers
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How to read guitar pro chord strumming tabs

How should I read something that looks like this? I hear the different pattern of strumming but I don't know how should I read this tabs and play accordingly. How can I find up which of them is "up" ...
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2answers
89 views

How much pedal should be used in practice?

Often my teacher tells me to avoid practicing with pedaling so that my melodies/slurred passages will truly be legato. When I perform for him though, he asks me to use the pedal, which I'm usually ...
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3answers
79 views

Is there a guitar effect set up that can emulate the sound of Nashville tuning?

I really like the sound of Nashville tuning, where you typically replace the EADG (low to high) strings with lower gauage strings to get a really light sparkly sound. Is there a way of emulating this ...
2
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1answer
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Are there other re-orchestrations of Schumann's symphonies besides Mahler's?

Like for example, maybe Stokowski? Bonus question: have Mahler's re-orchestrations ever been recorded and packaged without giving Mahler credit?
2
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1answer
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Consonance & Dissonance Relative To Melodies

I've been reading of consonant and dissonant intervals within a scale and was wondering if this is a rule that is generally applied in current music? Can this rule help make a melody for example if I ...
3
votes
1answer
46 views

Where can I find a complete list of Freddie Green chords?

Freddie Green, the guitar player in the Count Basie Orchestra, had amazing chordal technique. I use his chords all the time but I think I'm missing some of the voicings. Where can I find a complete ...
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2answers
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What is a good way to train one's mental resources for improvising?

I find improvising to be the most challenging and rewarding part about music. When I first started to improvise I found that the ideas I had were limited to the dexterity of my fingers, but now I am ...
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3answers
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“Figured” woods and veneers for guitars

I'm looking for an all solid wood guitar to purchase. I recently came across a Takamine EG333C-LTD that is in my price range, but through my research I'm unable to determine if it is all solid wood ...

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