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What kind of string should I use for my Folk Guitar?

I have a pretty old folk guitar that needs new strings. I'm new at this; practically not even a beginner yet. I just want to know what kind of strings I should buy if I just want a soft tone.
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Need help understanding tab for ukulele. Does anyone know any good on-line resources?

Can anyone help me understand how tabs are read? I want to learn how to play the theme song of Twin Peaks on my ukulele. I found this very well detailed tab online, but I sadly don't know how to read ...
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Is it possible to play 2 wind instruments well?

I am currently playing the tenor trombone and flute. I have been playing the trombone for quite a while and I have recently taken up the flute. I am finding it difficult to sustain a strong tone on ...
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How to play a piece “cantabile”?

When the performance direction is "cantabile" one must supposedly play it in a song-like manner, but how do I implement it in my playing? Is it just the nature of the piece that will do the work or do ...
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I can't figure out what instrument this is [closed]

Can someone tell me what instrument(s) is/are being played at the beginning of the song "Dumb Dog" from the 1982 Annie movie soundtrack (video: ...
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52 views

Short scale guitar tuning to A

I recently picked up a short-scale electric guitar for my son. While I am in no way a guitarist I can tune a standard guitar to standard tuning, including using the fifth fret method when I know what ...
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Do pianos really need to rest before tuning, after being moved?

I'm new to real pianos and just having bought an old 2nd-hand one, it's obviously gone out of tune being moved to my house. I've heard from a few people, including one tuner, that they need to 'rest' ...
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71 views

Website that displays chords on a keyboard

Is there a website / online service that displays on a keyboard the keys to use for a chord progression? It's not for me (I know how to play chords, and had some jazz courses before), but it's for a ...
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389 views

Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar

I'm wondering if you can tune the second string of a double stringed guitar to something else than the regular octave. You would have to keep the open strings to C Major I guess, so that your barre ...
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95 views

How to achieve jazzier improvisation?

I'm a classic piano player and a beginner jazz pianist, I can play by ear melody and find chords. I have learned jazz theory very well and learned the improvising scales. but I have a problem : I ...
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Editing Karaoke tracks [on hold]

I dont know if this is the right place to ask karaoke questions. If not, please direct me to a relevant group. Thanks I have a karaoke microphone that has inbuilt 1000 songs of .kam format. when the ...
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Guitar construction quality [closed]

Never having purchased a guitar before, I am faced with this choice: Either a Classic Garcia Guitar 1975 Grade No 3 or a Garcia 1973 Grade No 1....both exellent condition. My question: What should ...
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29 views

M-Audio Oxygen v4 49 Disconnection Problem

Using Windows 8.1 x64 Using POD X3 Live as a soundcard (which is working fine and not disconnecting during my guitar recording sessions) I'm using ableton lite x64 Both my POD X3 Live and Oxygen is ...
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1answer
34 views

Is it important to add a noise gate/suppressor to a pedalboard chain?

I have been adding several overdrive pedals to my signal chain, and am getting a little more buzz with each one that I add. Delay and reverb definitely aren't helping either, causing more hum and buzz ...
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81 views

Harmonizing a melody for 4 voices… help?

Recently I've started encountering a multitude of questions that ask for me to harmonize a melody. I've never really seen a question like that before, so I've been a bit lost as to where to start. I ...
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48 views

Where to upload (keyboard) transcriptions?

Once in a while I transcribe keyboard parts or solos. I think some (if only a few) people may be interested, so ideally I would like my transcriptions to be found when someone Googles <the name of ...
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80 views

Acoustic guitar as solo guitar in a band

I play acoustic guitar (with a magnetic pickup through an acoustic amp) in a band that also has drums, bass and an electric guitar. I mostly keep the rhythm with chords (I am an amateur in guitar, ...
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1answer
43 views

What's the term for speaking fast in a verse

Question: Is there any term for the singing style of saying a lot of words very fast in a verse, as if you tried to squeeze what are clearly too many words in that verse? Is it just called rapping? ...
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1answer
57 views

How difficult is to get basic melody out of Theremin?

All instruments are difficult at the end, but how much skills required to play theremin are comparable to skills to play the similar piece on say piano, guitar or the like? Is the amount of effort ...
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Use of Music Theory in Composition

I've been told by many people that music theory is not normative; it doesn't tell you what to write or do in music to create something beautiful that sounds good. I've been told that it's strictly ...
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I am looking for sampling software for the keyring 49?

I am wondering if anyone knows about sampling software for the keyring 49? I basically have loops that I made in Logic. I would like to use them with my keyring 49. I would like to turn my keyring 49 ...
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463 views

Why is the tonic chord of a key formed with the 1,3 and 5 notes of the key but the major chords in that key are the I IV and V?

The tonic chord in a given key is formed by using the 1 and 3 and 5 notes of the scale in whatever key you are in. However, in chord theory, the Major chords that work in that key are the one, four ...
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66 views

What's the name of the “dual voice” effect in hip hop music?

I would like to know the name of the effect that can be heard in pretty much every rap song on earth. It's an effect that sounds like a dual voice, like there's 2 people with the same voice rapping at ...
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2answers
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How to cope with a fickle flute?

(I'm not blaming the flute!) I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves ...
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4answers
103 views

Are the accidentals counted as a single note or double notes?

I am a newbie to music . I have a doubt about accidentals . My doubt is whether a basic note and an accidental of that note is counted as a single note or double. That is , if a tune X contains ...
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1answer
42 views

Using Fruity Loops to create Pop Music

Will fruity loops create diatonic chords and create natural progressions?
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2answers
64 views

How to bind two different samples one on my pad and the other onto keyboard keys

Have Oxygen v4 49 Using Ableton Lite x64 I have sample packs Using Win 8.1 x64 Using Pod X3 Live as a soundcard. I drag'n drop sample into my pad section, works fine. I would like to drag'n drop ...
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1answer
53 views

Does a person have a biological lower and upper limit with the tone one can achieve with his/her voice?

I want to be better at singing and I'm taking voice lessons for that. However, one of my main concerns is my voice range. I have a low voice and because of that, I can rarely find a song that ...
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2answers
48 views

How to prepare for an audition when chops are tired?

I have an audition tomorrow for my high school band (exactly 24 hours from now) on the trumpet. It's sent in, so I can try a few times during the day if needed. Here's my issue: they gave us the ...
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What is this tropical-sounding percussion instrument [closed]

There is an exotic-sounding percussion instrument that I hear in songs occasionally that sounds somewhat like a short bird caw. I don't know what the name of it is. One example is in ...
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Why does music increase abstract reasoning ability? [closed]

It is said that experimental evidence has it that music (both listening to music as well as playing musical instruments) enhances one's mathematical/abstract reasoning capabilities. My question is: is ...
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26 views

visual beats per minute detecting/setting [closed]

Not sure if this is the right area to ask this question, a long while ago I used an app I think called Sony Sonic foundry to work out the BPM for a song with visual waveform accuracy. It would allow ...
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1answer
51 views

What does a goniometer (sound) show?

In looking into 2D representations of audio, I came across a tool called a goniometer. I'm aware that a goniometer refers also to a device for measuring angles, but in this context it refers to one ...
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282 views

What is a perfect fifth?

I have gone through many documents, but don't understand what a perfect fifth is. Can somebody please explain with an example? (An example is important!) I have already found these explanations, but ...
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1answer
33 views

Middle Eastern percussion MIDI files

I'd like to understand and experiment with various grooves of different Middle Eastern styles (khaliji, saidi, iraqi etc. - it is possible that I mix up the name of dances with the musical genres :)). ...
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0answers
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Akai APC Mini Compatibility with FL Studio

The APC 20 and APC 40 are supported by FL Studio, and the Mini looks very similar. Is there output functionality (eg pattern responsive lights), or just input functionality (ie. pushing a button)?
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Is there some way to quantify melodic transitions?

Are there any theories that model how to measure the pleasantness of transitions between notes in a melody? I'm imagining some kind of "distance" measurement of some sort in a similarity space ...
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2answers
89 views

6th string root dominant 7th barre chord voicing

When I first started playing guitar quite a while back, I bought the Chords and Voicings Guitar Grimoire, and promptly put it on a shelf when I realized I had a lot more to learn then just chord ...
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94 views

Transposing on a guitar

I play flutes, whistles, and the alike in sessions and have recently got myself a decent guitar to start my journey. Whistles are transposing instruments so if I am playing a whistle in the key of D, ...
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2answers
50 views

What does “rhythmically” mean on sheet music?

I often see beginner sheet music with "rhythmically" or "with a beat" in the top left hand corner. I don't understand how this is supposed to be interpreted. Isn't all music with a time signature ...
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2answers
123 views

Violin E string

I'm beginner in the violin and while tuning the E string using a chromatic tuner I've noticed it has two different tuned spots. One is kind loosely producing an squeaky sound and another one is ...
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47 views

Open strings and semitones on a classical guitar

My son in learning guitar, however how do you raise a note up 2 semitones when it is an open string for example open 1st string in e and we want to raise it 2 chromatic semitones.
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Does good intonation alone really make you “louder”? If yes, why?

I have multiple times heard this claim, from very different sources. There certainly seems to be some correlation between intonation and "loudness", in the sense that ensembles with great harmony ...
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1answer
40 views

Two sounds speak in a same time, how can I set it back?

I have a Studiologic SL-880 and a problem too with it. When I hit a key on the master keyboard, two different sounds speak in a same time. Like it be detuned. I use it with a Sennheizer Midi ...
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3answers
314 views

What is it called when singers very rapidly change pitch while singing the same syllable of text?

I have been wondering whether there is a term for the technique singers use when they sing one syllable of text over a large number of different notes very quickly. There are examples of this in ...
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41 views

What is the standard location of piano pedals?

My digital piano has a separate pedal block that can be placed at any distance from the keyboard. However I think makes a lot of sense to position it in a standard way, how it is typically positioned. ...
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3answers
113 views

How can different compositions use C Major?

Pardon what I know is an embarrassing question - I am at the very basics of learning music theory. If a scale such as C Major is an exact pattern of intervals, how can multiple songs be composed with ...
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2answers
101 views

Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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3answers
68 views

DIY pedal board without a hinged lid

I'm looking to make a DIY pedal board. I have all the necessary wood and tools, and I want to be able to have it closed with a cover, for protection while going to gigs. The trick is, I can't have a ...
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76 views

Augmented 5th on B double sharp?

So a perfect fifth on b natural is f#, an augmented 5th on b natural is f##, would that then mean that an augmented 5th on b## would be f####?

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