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What do people mean when they ask me what the chord progression of a song is?

I an amateur pianist and I have theory knowledge. I know what a chord progression is. Although I mostly read from score I can easily listen a music and reproduce it on the piano. People often ask me ...
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2answers
162 views

Do people who don't study modes improvise the same as those who do?

Reading/watching interviews with some noted jazz/rock musicians (e.g., Jimmy Bruno), when asked about modes they will disavow themselves of bothering to study modes because doing so is, to their way ...
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2answers
51 views

Where to install a bridge in an electric guitar? (assuming the scale length keeps the same)

I am planning in building an electric guitar, and I personally believe it would be more comfortable to have a bridge a little bit more to the back of the body, near from where it hangs (which is ...
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2answers
217 views

What is it called when the same melody is played by two different voices but not starting at the same time and on a different pitch?

Complete the following sentence: The 1st violin ______ the 2nd violin at the start of the extract.
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Guitar Octave up and down [closed]

In this link that I have written below,we find E octaves on the Guitar fretbord and my Question is: E note have 8 octaves? and from low E to E on the 12 fret (6 string)is one octave, and from E on ...
2
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2answers
65 views

When would an artist's “interpretation” go too far when performing someone else's work in public? [closed]

I understand that a musical performer has the final say in their performance when it comes to rubato, and overall tempo. For organists, registration is often not specified, and they have to use "art ...
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1answer
55 views

Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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3answers
70 views

What is bass and melody in music?

In guitar what strings provide bass and what string provide melody? What is the difference between bass and melody in song? How it is played in guitar? If play song in acoustic, do I use the 654 ...
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1answer
21 views

Does anyone know the style of what beast boy is playing in the link? [closed]

Hi guys have any one noticed this clip from S01E14 : 4:45. He plays a sad tone with guitar, i guess its Spanish style, the wonderful thing i realized being a guitarist myself is that the detailing the ...
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3answers
70 views

Can i use a chord scale in key signature like CDEFGABC: A CHORD SCALE

To play a song in key is there a possibility of playing a scale of chord in key signature. For example c major key CDEFGABC: In this A is the major 6, can i use A major scale A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#,A with ...
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1answer
107 views

Determining fingering for complex arpeggiations

I've been drafting some composition work and created some arpeggiations in the LH to accompany the RH, but I don't want to start guessing the fingering, ironing in bad habits before asking about it, ...
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1answer
58 views

Can I change the tempo midsong in Bitwig?

I have created a .midi file and I have loaded into Bitwig. The tempo starts off at 120bpm and at a certain point I want to change it to 140bpm, but I cannot find how to do that. Can I do this on ...
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0answers
76 views

How to do a Growl or Gargle-like sound

I've been trying to learn how to do a growl. I trued to use keyword searches in google but I never could construct my question well so I'd like to use examples instead. Most answers and questions ...
2
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2answers
92 views

Muting during tapping

When playing tapping licks that involve string skips or lots of movement between strings, how are you supposed to mute the other strings? The strings above the note being played can be muted with the ...
0
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1answer
63 views

Which books are being taught in famous universities about contemporary harmony [closed]

What are the best books that are being taught about contemporary harmony in universities around the world? Does anyone know about a book that is so famous that is being taught in almost all famous ...
0
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0answers
23 views

How to block while playing these notes on guitar

I am currently making my own song on the guitar for fun, and have run into a problem. I am not sure how to block while playing a note on the high e string and on the low a and e strings. I usually ...
2
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2answers
40 views

How much time should be spent on vocal warm ups for children's choir?

How much time should be spent on vocal warm ups for children's choir, aged 9 - 13, in a 30 minutes lesson?
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1answer
62 views

What makes a composer decide between time signatures 3/4, 3/8, or 3/2? [duplicate]

Is there a logic to why, for example, a composer would choose 3/8 or 3/2 over 3/4? It seems like the n/8 would consume more ink than n/4, or make me look at more stuff at a time (cognitive overload ...
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2answers
77 views

Notating rhythms in 6/8

I've been composing in 6/8, and come up with this, but the notation I've used looks a little messy and it's not something I've seen used anywhere else, is there a better, perhaps easier to read way of ...
3
votes
1answer
84 views

Understanding the notes in the 4th measure of Moonlight Sonata [duplicate]

I'm working on playing Moonlight Sonata on the Piano and I'm having trouble relating what I'm reading on the sheet music to what I'm finding around the web on how to play it. Here's a picture of the ...
2
votes
2answers
209 views

Piece of music suddenly drops an octave in guitar pro 6; How can I have it one octave higher?

I downloaded a piece of music from the internet and whilst listening to it, after a slide, the lead guitar suddenly drops an octave lower. There are no signs on it saying why it's dropped there are ...
0
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2answers
56 views

Should I warmup for every small session I play?

I've had this on my mind for a long time and it's regarding whether I should properly warm-up for every small practice sessions I play (30-45 minutes) or if I should just warm-up the on my first ...
1
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4answers
159 views

why do so many guitarists play on their right leg? [closed]

most electric guitarist i know have a very high preference towards their right leg. even some of my buddies from school who play perfectly comfortable classical guitar on their left leg and then ...
0
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4answers
141 views

What key is this chord progression?

I'm a beginner guitar player and I am just now foraying into theory / keys / chord progressions. I've seen this grouping of chords in several songs: E - C#m - G# (or Ab?) - A (Where Is My Mind - ...
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2answers
58 views

Recording drum machine and electric guitar on the looper during live performance

I want to record drum loops, and guitar loops, during the live performance. For example, I want to begin with guitar riff, loop it, and then overdub with sequence played on the drum machine. I wonder ...
3
votes
6answers
259 views

Acoustic piano vs digital piano: is there any solid evidence for one being better than the other?

As someone who'll have to buy a piano soon, I'm at the old question of acoustic vs digital. I've done a fair deal of research on the internet, as well as heard the opinion of a piano teacher, and ...
2
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1answer
56 views

Walking bass for half-note chords?

Most courses for writing walking basses focus on 4 bass notes for one chord, where in general the pattern is (chord - maybe chord - chord - passing tone). However, there are also some pieces with half-...
2
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3answers
135 views

What is the difference between writing C#4 and C#11?

I see C#11 in a lot of jazz music, but sometimes I'll see C#4 in jazz, and commonly in other types of music. Is there any difference between the two, and if not, how do you decide which to write?
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0answers
9 views

What is this chant? [migrated]

There's a sample of what sounds like a religious chant that has cropped up in a few disparate soundtracks: Example 1 Example 2 (dropped in pitch) What is it? It's just barely possible that the ...
10
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2answers
2k views

What does ø mean after a chord?

Can anybody tell me what this chord with an ø symbol after F# is? The key signature is E minor.
4
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1answer
79 views

What exactly is it that is so magical about rosin for a bow?

We all know that rosin is the main cause of friction on a string-instrument bow, but it also seems to have other properties. For example, when I have a good coat of rosin on my bow hairs, they tend ...
2
votes
1answer
46 views

Can I record more than 2 tracks at once using a Behringer Q802USB?

I have a Scarlet 2i2, which I use to record Guitar, Bass, Vocals, and Drums. But I hate only being able to use two mics at once to record the drums. Will using the Behringer Q802USB allow me to mic ...
3
votes
1answer
42 views

Choosing between accordion / bandoneon / concertina?

I got myself a 2nd hand Bayan for 200$, made good progress quite quickly (I am a professional pianist), but I am middle aged, and find the instrument a bit heavy to carry / operate (and yet it's a ...
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3answers
554 views

musical theory of lullabies

I'm studying lullabies right now, and am just left wondering about a few things. Why is a common element of a lullaby that it has a slow tempo? Also, why is having a high tessitura so important?
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2answers
60 views

Changing two or three bars an octave lower on Guitar

Is it allowed to change two or three bar notes an octave lower in a song (one tab or sheet music) for Guitar? for this reason some Guitar have 12 frets like mine and this is link (midnight express) ...
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1answer
53 views

How are sets of tunes, jigs, and reels named

How are sets of tunes, jigs, and reels named? In my experience I have observed that sets on CD albums tend to share the same name as the starting tune. Since session playing can create a set that is ...
0
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0answers
6 views

What is the genre of music called with instrumental and vocals that are not “human” [migrated]

So music like Yuki Kajiura - I talk to the Rain, where it has vocals but they are not any language we know of. and songs like heart and courage
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2answers
55 views

How do I get a short snare sound?

How do I get a short snare sound? I recently bought a used Pearl M 1330 (maple piccolo snare). I cleaned it up really well and got new heads (Evans HD Dry batter side / Evans Clear 200 snare side). ...
2
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1answer
39 views

string grounding

I know that string grounding makes my guitar more silent, but by grounding my strings, I am connecting my self to the amplifier and the grid. This can be dangerous, especially with vintage amps that ...
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2answers
94 views

how to learn mixing music [closed]

i am a game developer and designer, and want to make a musical game, that playing it make sense like watching a music video. normal music in games are not so emotional, there are so many silent ...
5
votes
2answers
52 views

What is the difference between tessitura and range?

I was trying to look up the definition of tessitura, and it seems as though it refers to the range within which most notes fall in a piece. I thought this was what range was though? or are they the ...
0
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3answers
118 views

Guitar Acoustic Best Practice for chords hand

I am new to acoustic guitar . What is best practice for chords hand ? I want to improve my chords' hand speed .
5
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6answers
301 views

Tonal harmony: 18th century counterpoint vs. Accessible contemporary harmony and composition

I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to "rules" regarding music of the bygone days of the traditional prelude & fugue, the motet, and four voice harmony of the Baroque era. Specifically,...
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6answers
1k views

Three notes on the violin?

Okay, I've been taking the rather unusual step of playing some violin scores on the mandolin (the tunings are the same, and they're about the same size, so they're usually pretty suitable parts). ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

'True bypass' pedal doesn't allow signal to pass through when turned off

I've never really messed with guitar pedals so I'm a little confused. I just got the Hall of Fame Reverb pedal of TC and it says true bypass on it. When the pedal is off, I don't hear anything from ...
3
votes
0answers
67 views

What are the technical measures of a tenor recorder?

A friend wants to make a tenor recorder from scratch (he is already a gaita maker), and asked me for the technical measures to do it, I searched through the web but couldn't found any complete ...
6
votes
1answer
118 views

Why did Liszt change/add so much to his piano transcription of Danse Macabre?

I'm interested to hear if anything is known about the reasons why Liszt decided to introduce some pretty significant changes/additions to the piano transcription of Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-...
8
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7answers
4k views

Is it possible to write a melody which can't be notated?

Is it possible to have a piece which can't be notated using the musical notes we currently have?
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vote
2answers
54 views

About Orchestral Music

I don't know how to ask this cuz English isn't my native Language. Anyhow, I want to ask what do we call those voices (it feels like lot of people singing together) in an orchestral music or epic ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Technics K300 Keyboard Odd Muting

I'm not sure this is the right SE for this question but I'm going to try my luck. Also, some terminology may be slightly off. I have an old (30 years old, so I know it might be at the end of its ...

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