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Scientific references to singing?

Is there a reference to scientific approaches to singing? For instance a classic book, or a journal? I'm mainly after the acoustics of the voice, and studies about the projection of the sound and the ...
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3answers
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Why can a C major chord be played C-E-G-C-E instead of just C-E-G?

C major chord should be (C E G), But some play (C E G C E). How does this comply with the theoretical definition of the C major chord, which is (C E G) ? What is the concept behind playing 4,5 or 6 ...
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22 views

Hey! I want to buy a, E-Wave pedal! [closed]

I want to buy a ultimate fuzz from E-Wave but i can't find info about the company or about the pedal! Does it worth? it's good? Help! :D
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Happy songs in minor keys and vice versa [duplicate]

I'm interested if it is possible to play happy songs in minor keys and sad songs in Major keys? How would it sound if you where to go beyond the minor = sad / Major = happy stereotype. I'm interested ...
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2answers
74 views

When a drummer wears headphones, what is he listening to?

I recently watched a recording of Jean Michel Jarre's Twelve Dreams of the Sun concert and noticed that his drummer seems to rhythmically move to a beat not audible to the audience, e.g. as 11:10. You ...
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4answers
64 views

When playing arpeggios, should notes be in order or can they be in random order?

In playing arpeggios, should notes be played in order (eg. major 7th arpeggios, notes R, 3, 5, 7 in scale degrees), or anything you fancy?
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When singing, is singing “rough” bad for your larynx?

A good example of what I'm talking about is when Van Morrison sings with that "raspy" voice in, say, Real Real Gone (especially the new recording on "Duets"). When I try to mimic the raspiness, it ...
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1answer
86 views

Is Sideshow Bob out of tune when performing Englishman?

In the chapter Cape Feare from The Simpsons, the Sideshow Bob character sings a couple of excerpts from the H.M.S. Pinafore opera. In the last bit he performs "Englishman", you can hear it here. With ...
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65 views

How much can I expect my vocal range to improve with high quality vocal training

I am a 22 year old male. My range is currently E2 to G#4 and I am untrained. How do I fare compared to your "average joe" singer in terms of the size of my range? I understand that there are plenty ...
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2answers
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What is this called in Taylor Swift's song “Style”?

In Taylor Swift's song "Style", there's a part that I can't make sense of. See here, where the lyrics go "We never go out of style, we never go out of style." In those words, the rhythm of the ...
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1answer
33 views

Minimalist Electric Guitar Recommendation [closed]

I'm looking for a minimalist, yet good sounding and playing electric guitar. What I don't want is a guitar full of knobs and switches. Here's my dream: full size, solid body, electric fixed bridge ...
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51 views

Changing the Key Signature

so I play the saxophone (so E flat instrument) and we got a sheet of music to play in the key of B natural minor or concert D natural minor, and i want to practice that key signature so i want to ...
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1answer
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In Lilypond: Can one absorb the sharps and flats in the key, in order to ease typing?

As I understood from the tutorial, the short code \key d \major cis4 d e fis would generate . Is this the only way to type it, or is there a natural way to get the same output by ...
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118 views

Why are time signatures needed?

I always have had trouble understanding the time signature in music. I have read about this, of course, but I don't understand it completely. Days ago, I think I got something that I want to confirm ...
3
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1answer
65 views

If I'm grade X, how close to X-standard pieces should I be able to sight read?

When you take a grade exam you have pieces you have to prepare, and you are also expected to sight-read... but the sight-read pieces for each grade will be easier than the pieces you prepare. I ...
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3answers
77 views

Ritardando, Rallentando, and Allargando

Three common musical markings for gradual slowing down are ritardando, rallentando, and allargando. How do these differ from each other in interpretation and execution? For example, I was taught many ...
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2answers
367 views

Does failing an entry exam mean that a serious musical career is unlikely?

Would it be possible to get some examples of notable musicians failing various entry exams in very early years of their career? I am especially interested in which instruments and styles are the most ...
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4answers
111 views

Do I need humbucking pickups?

I plan to record in a few months and the studio engineer recommends direct input for electric guitar. I'm mainly a drummer and am new to this... Based on what I've otherwise been advised, I assumed ...
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1answer
67 views

Is there a modulation to the relative minor in the bridge to the Vanessa Carlton song “A Thousand Miles?”

I have been told different things by different people and I don't really understand how to make heads or tails of it. I understand that it is somewhat a matter of opinion but it also seems from other ...
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37 views

Connecting audio interface to mixer

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and a Yamaha MG16/6FX mixer and I am considering to use the Scarlett 2i2 as an interface to a condenser microphone (to be recorded using the USB out). ...
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How can I understand the algorithm behind a Ezmix EQ/COMP preset?

I've bought a model of Line 6 POD HD500x and I've almost found out a cool preset. The problem is that I've added a ezmix eq/comp preset at the end (on Reaper), and it's not the same without that. The ...
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5answers
83 views

Is the quality of a USB microphone worse than using a conventional mic through a separate audio interface?

Is there a difference in quality between using a USB microphone and using a conventional microphone through an interface, or does an interface just give you more control over input?
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1answer
38 views

What do equalizer controls provide in decibels?

What do equalizer controls provide in db? What do equalizers (like New Klark Teknik | High-Performance Dual-Channel 30-Band 1/3 Octave Analogue Graphic Equalizer, DN370 with Low/Hi Pass and Notch ...
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2answers
102 views

Αre these three dots over a note supposed to be staccato?

I'm learning Rhapsody in Blue. In the second and third measures(of the below portion) some of the chords have three dots over them. Are they staccatos? I am not sure how to play them. The only ...
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3answers
74 views

Replacing words in the vocals of a recorded song

I am a middle school teacher and we are trying to play the song Roar by Katy Perry at our pretest pep rally. I was wondering if there is any way I can edit the song lyrics to say lion instead of ...
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0answers
28 views

Do these arcs mean to hold the note, or something else? [duplicate]

There's three arcs in the right hand here. The third doesn't start and end on the same note, but the other two do. What do they indicate I'm supposed to do differently than if they weren't there?
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111 views

Chord symbols for diminished and half-diminished

An augmented sign can be '+', which signifies a larger interval in an augmented chord in comparison to , say, the major. But where did the 'o' sign originate for the opposite - diminished? Is there a ...
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2answers
350 views

Why is “A” not used for augmented in Chord symbols?

On Wikipedia it says: Some of the symbols used for chord quality are similar to those used for interval quality: m, or min for minor, M, maj, or no symbol (see rule 2 below) for major, ...
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48 views

Why does a typical 88 key piano keyboard start on 'A' and end on 'C'? [duplicate]

A typical 88 key piano keyboard starts on 'A' and ends on 'C'. Why?
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31 views

Problems tuning an old Egmond acoustic with floating bridge

I have a 1950's/60's Egmond Toledo P1 acoustic 6 string with a floating bridge. The body of the guitar was badly damaged during delivery which I fixed myself. When tuning the guitar, each string ...
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2answers
79 views

How to know which chord shape to use for each root note in the scale?

I know the modes from Ionian to Locrian, and I know 1-4-5(major) rule. My question is how can you apply diminished or dominant 7th chords in these modes. Shall I apply 1-4-5 all being major 7th chords ...
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2answers
139 views

How to name quarter tone chords

Studying the flamenco mode I found that the third note of the scale is tonic when tonic is played, so it would be a major chord, yet minor in all the other cases. Eg. in the key of E the scale would ...
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1answer
50 views

What equipment can be used to measure sound equipment quality?

My audiologist has a special device which measures the performance and distortion of my hearing aids. It graphs input to output quality of reproduction. Does such equipment exist for studio speakers, ...
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1answer
34 views

Preparing click tracks for songs with multiple tempos

I'm looking to get my drummer ready for recording in a studio with a click track, we've usually sworn against it, but I feel it's time for it leading up to a bigger release. Our songs have some tempo ...
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1answer
54 views

How effective are vocal lifts and how do they work?

I read that there is a plastic surgery which repairs some of the damage caused by age and misuse of the voice called a vocal lift. What are the effects? How does surgery and speech therapy help ...
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Etymology of “high” and “low” notes [migrated]

The words "high" and "low" generally refer to magnitude or vertical distance. How did these words come to be associated with pitch? We can draw comparison to high ("large") or low ("small") ...
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72 views

Is there a name for the technique where a singer uses the falsetto register on releasing a note?

As per the title, is there a name for the technique where a singer (especially a female one) voices a pitch in the falsetto register on releasing a note? Examples include:- Alanis Morissette You ...
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107 views

Higher registers and lower registers of piano more difficult to play

I've noticed over the years that when pracitcing my scales (or just playing in very high registers) that it is noticeably more difficult to play at the very high or very low registers of the piano. I ...
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2answers
42 views

Piano: Finger substitution vs spreading hand for different intervals

For the measures shown in the picture, I am able to reach the notes if I spread my hand but I'm not sure if this is good practice. I tried also to use finger substitution but I can make it work only ...
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193 views

Is there a constant relation between a song notes and its chords progression?

Please forgive me in advance if I am using the wrong terms to describe something, I am not a professional musician. Sometimes I can play a song notes on the guitar (same notes the singer sings) and ...
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1answer
48 views

How to learn to exchange hands' roles on keyboard

I'm used to using my left hand to play rhythmic parts and my right hand to play melodic lines (like, I assume, many other players). What kind of approaches would you recommend to learn to swap these ...
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7answers
449 views

Barre chords, how to avoid or simplify?

Any way to avoid them or at least a way to make them a little easier?
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1answer
97 views

How to play chords from a tab where a capo is used

I am using Ultimate Guitar to get chords to play songs. I have noticed that most songs start out by giving you a background, tuning, and where to put the capo. Afterwards, it gives you the chords and ...
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1answer
38 views

lilypond: can I combine \autochange and \change Staff?

With a PianoStaff, and having all the melody in the upper staff, if we put \autochange before the melody, the the notes will be displayed in the upper or the lower staff depending on their height. I ...
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6answers
120 views

What determines whether a chord progression makes sense?

From musical theory I know of no reason not to use any of the chords of the key in any order. Yet actual music tends to be strongly restricted both to a limited set of chords and to a limited set of ...
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1answer
43 views

1 ta te ta counting

My music professor taught students a cool musical rhythm count-clapping system where "1 and 2 and" would rather be "1 te 2 te," and "1 e and a" would be "1 ta te ta," and I believe triplets were "1 ta ...
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1answer
51 views

Relation of the diminished chord to the circle of fifths?

Within each key there are seven chords. If I understand it correctly the "first" six correspond to the minor and major variants of the current key and its immediate neighbors in the circle of fifths, ...
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4answers
100 views

Forcing a slide between different chord shapes

The style of an acoustic song I'm working on benefits (in my opinion) from overemphasised/rough slides between delicately picked chords. In other words, delicate notes interspersed with ...
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1answer
39 views

Can you put a detuner on any string of a 5 string bass

I have a spector euro 5 string bass and I wanna know if there is a way to put a hipshot or some other kind of detuner on my E string. I can hit all my notes with the the low string, just somethings ...
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4answers
100 views

Do song lyrics need to be complicated and have hidden meaning? [closed]

When I learn to play a song, It's often the first time I really pay attention to the lyrics. Very often, it's not really clear what the lyrics are about and sometimes the song doesn't seem to be about ...

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