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What characteristics should I look for when picking a microphone to record a piano?

I am looking for a good microphone to record a piano. This is whole new field to me. I looked in the Internet and I found a few places stating about what I shouldn't buy, like, dynamic range ...
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Why does software-synthesized MIDI music sound so bad?

It seems like converting MIDI into sound should be simple enough: record all possible notes, and then just superimpose the individual sounds according to the MIDI data (offsets, duration and volume), ...
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Teaching yourself piano as a support instrument only?

What is the best way to learn piano if I only want to use it to support my singing, and to aid in transcription and composition? All self-teaching courses I've come across seem to focus on ...
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12 to 6 strings on a 12 string guitar?

I have been playing my 12 string guitar for about 40 years and my fingers seem to have recently got fatter, making it harder to hold down individual strings without touching the adjacent ones. Apart ...
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How to improve the process of transcribing my music into notation?

I generally don't concern myself with the notation when I'm producing a new song; basically I just make sure everything's on beat and in key and sounds good. Writing the song down seems like such a ...
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How can i improve my intonation on violin?

I'm sure the right answer is "practice more" but there's a limit to the amount of time I get to do that. Are there any obvious techniques or quick exercises I can use to improve my intonation? Even if ...
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Which enharmonic to use when writing down a sequence of chords

I've got a sequence of chords, denoted using solmization here: S: re di do ti A: ti TA la sol B: fa mi ri re I'd like to write down these chords in B flat major. I'm concerned with the ...
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Once I know the chords, how do I recognize the chord progression?

For example, in the intro to Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers, the chords played are: G#m - E - B - F# in that order. How do I begin to realize the chord progression? Do I need to find the key first?
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Are there guitar/pickup/effect setups for “ganged” distortion?

One of the audio engineering wisdoms of guitar playing is that only comparatively skimpy voicings like power chords go well with heavy distortion because of cross-distortion. Now one obvious solution ...
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Difficulty tuning in Drop D

I went to a guitar shop yesterday to buy a new set of strings and had them replace my old ones. The guitar sounds fine like the usual eadgbe sound but when I tried tuning it to drop D using a guitar ...
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Tempo, time signature and note lengths [duplicate]

Is there any sound numerical correlation between tempo, time signature and note lengths(duration in time)? For example: With some certain time signature like 6/8 or 4/4 and with a 120 bpm tempo what ...
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Does Phish base their improvisational style off of any predetermined techniques?

I have heard of the phrase "The Circle Game" used in reference to Phish and their style of improvisation and extended jams. How does this work, and is it evident in their live performance?
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Barre chord F and barre chords in general

So I am a beginner player of guitar, I have a steel-string acoustic guitar and I've been playing for over a month now being able to play D,A,E,C, G, Am, Em chords very cleanly and now I am learning ...
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How to write music using standard notation / Finding key

I would like to ask a typical question from amateur musician. Most of amateur musicians understand tablature notation and often even some music theory, I personally can read notes but not in all keys ...
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1answer
418 views

What methods can I use to work out the notes in an audio clip?

I would like to know how to work out the notes of an audio clip. Two examples: This seems a basic melody in which notes are played one after the other: https://soundcloud.com/mjohnson52/piano-1 This ...
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Is it okay to have number of notes in a bar that doesn't conform with the time signature?

Just a newbie question. In musical notation, is it okay to have number of notes in a bar that doesn't conform with the Time Signature? For example, look at this music sheet: Can you see that the ...
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Playing a song in a different key

I trying to teach myself guitar and one song I want to perform for a friend (soon) is Akon's "Don't Matter." I can't read sheet music (but i want to learn) but i found the chord progression of the ...
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613 views

Very portable MIDI synth

I was planning to buy a very small MIDI keyboard (akai lpk25). Of course to make it produce sounds, I would need to connect it (via USB) to my laptop. Question: say one day I want to go to the park ...
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Classical music example for seamless transition from one section to other with changing keys

As a search for specific questions for this broad question (Changing key in a song convincingly), I am asking for "mainstream" classical music examples (pre-modern era and movie scores can be ...
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How do I know if I am using mixed voice?

I am practicing singing on my own for fun. I am trying to practice mixed voice, but I am having hard time distinguishing my head voice, chest voice and mixed voice from each other. From the sources I ...
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1answer
522 views

Rendering second ending closing bar when followed by another repeat in Lilypond

Using Lilypond, I'm engraving some music that consists of two parts that are repeated. The first repeated phrase contains an alternate ending. By default, Lilypond renders the MWE below: \version ...
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1answer
322 views

How often is the soft pedal used in piano scores?

I've been playing the piano for a long time, but I don't ever recall seeing any piece of music call explicitly for the soft pedal. Some digital pianos and keyboards don't even have one. I know there ...
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1answer
396 views

What fingering should be used for a chromatic scale separated by thirds on piano?

I started learning Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 16, and I came across a part of the music that requires my right hand to do the chromatic scale twice at the same time, separated by ...
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550 views

How does a man warm up his mixed voice?

I have gotten into my mixed voice in the past when working with a vocal teacher. But now I struggle to get there. Any suggestions?
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How to connect a 16 ohm and an 8 ohm cabinet to the same amp head

I just brought home a Peavey JSX 4x12 cabinet and realized that it's 16 ohms while my other cabinet (Marshall 4x12) is 8 ohms. The JSX has two jacks in parallel for chaining while the Marshall has a ...
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Why transpose at the octave?

If an instrument has a range too high or too low for composers to easily write its music on bass or treble clef, the music may be written either an octave higher or an octave lower than it sounds, ...
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Temporarily Changing Keys - Which accidentals to use?

I've was taught that whenever you write a run of notes going up, you should use sharps instead of flats; And whenever you go downwards, you should generally write flats instead of sharps. My question ...
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Is there a piece of music that “inaugurated” Beethoven's middle period, and thus the Romantic era?

Since Beethoven's early works are considered part of the Classical era, and his later works are considered part of the Romantic era, is there, by scholarly consensus, a single piece of his that ...
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Musical construction in rock - what does this mean?

Andrew Chester writes (emphasis mine): Western classical music is the apodigm of the extensional form of musical construction. Theme and variations, counterpoint, tonality (as used in classical ...
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Why is the last semiquaver outside the last triplet of the measure?

The following measure is from "Clair De Lune ~ Adagio Sostenuto de la Sonata Op. 27 N. 2 De Beethoven", guitar sheet music . Correct me if I'm wrong but the last semiquaver isn't going to be ...
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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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Where can I buy knife-edges for a guitar tremolo bridge?

I recently discovered that I need to replace the edge-knives on my chrome black EDGE III tremolo but I cannot find them on the Ibanez website nor on Ebay. Could anyone tell me where to buy them ...
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1answer
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How can I prevent loss of tuning when changing strings set from 0.11 to 0.12?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and it's tuned in standard C and my playing style is mostly Desert Rock. I'm using a set of 0.12 strings and considering changing to a 0.11 set to have less tension ...
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How to read stacked chords?

I'm trying to learn Laugh and a half by DAD. Everything is clear except for second line of verse 1 where there are chords on top of each other (G on top of D). How do I play them? Em D ...
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Tool to adjust truss rod on a bass guitar

As a follow-up to this question: What tool will I need to adjust the truss rod on a bass guitar? The guitar in question is a Peavey T-40 with too much relief on the neck. While I've found a ...
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Trying to program a piano staff/stave. Is this what it's supposed to look like?

I'm currently writing a software application which creates notes on a staff, when a piano key is pressed. Unfortunately I have no background in music, and thus am finding it quite hard to get started. ...
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What do I need to learn before I can alternate tune my guitar?

What do I need to learn before I can alternate tune my guitar? See, I was taught by my friend how to tune my guitar in standard(EADBGE), and it goes like this: "How To Tune The Guitar To Standard" ...
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How can I improve my fingering on the saxophone in the high notes and overtones?

I have a couple of months working on my improvisation and I'm having some issues with fast passages on the saxophone's higher notes and overtones (starting from D with the left hand palm). I'm ...
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How can I get a sound similar to Shine by Collective Soul?

I love the riff in that song but no matter how much I fiddle with my amp head and pedals, I just can't seem to duplicate that warm, fuzzy feel. Here's a link if you are unfamiliar with the song. I ...
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444 views

Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?

My guitar instructor insists that, as part of my training, I set a fixed minimum amount of time each day for practice and make sure that I practice at least that much, with a fixed upper limit of 4x45 ...
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Harmonic analysis of “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith

I'm trying to do harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith. Verses and choruses uses I to IV progression, but I wonder about the riff in the bridge. It seem to be played in the E key. Joe ...
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877 views

Will a song written in a key only use chords in that key?

When you figure out a key that a song is written in. Will the entire song use the chords in that key? With maybe an accidental?? I've tried several different methods.
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How to play power chords without fretting hand getting tired?

My brother and I sat down to play electric / bass covers of Bad Religion together and by the end of the two hour session my hand literally died - like a tingling sensation and a sharp stinging pain. ...
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Violin, cello, quietly, lessons

I am 16, and I have no musical talents, but I have always loved the violin, I have enough money to buy the instrument, but there is no way for me to afford lessons. I would be dedicated to learning ...
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2answers
94 views

Problem with F minor 7 guitar chord [duplicate]

I am having some problem with an E-shaped F minor 7th barre chord. No matter what I do, it seems impossible to barre 5 strings (and even if I manage somehow to do it, it's very shaky and not clean at ...
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Placement and role of thumb of fretting hand for speed and fast chord changes

As a newbie learner, I am struggling with the usage of thumb of my left hand (right handed guitar player), i.e. where and how to place the thumb, behind the fretboard. Sometimes, I feel that I am ...
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225 views

Learning Guitar and Piano in parallel [closed]

Some background: I started playing the piano since I was about 10, but never moved beyond 2nd year level playing, I can play chords and by ear. Started playing guitar without getting real lessons, ...
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Is 'dur' another way of saying flat (b)?

I found this sheet music for a quartet by Haydn: As you can see, on the cover it says B♭ major/ B-Dur / Si♭ majeur. I can understand the first and the third terms, but is B-Dur another way of ...
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How are note durations named in the British system?

This looks like a dupe of Why are notes named the way they are? but it isn't. I want to know about rhythm. I understand that in the international (British) system, a breve is what we Americans call a ...
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Is there a theoretical maximum number of musical scales one can form?

I am trying to think about what defines a musical scale. To do this, I am trying to consider all the general categories of scales that exist. How can I know how many possible types of scales exist? Is ...

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