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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do ...
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3answers
878 views

How can you distinguish instruments by their timbre characteristics?

What I am trying to achieve is to distinguish instruments by their timbre. What I have read so far made me think that different instruments have different number of overtones. Is it possible to ...
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58 views

Fret buzzing sound

I need help with my acoustic guitar because it keeps buzzing , any tips to stop it forever ? and how to distinguish if this is a bad quality guitar or there is something need fix ? . The neck looks ...
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2answers
53 views

In a song, what helps people distinguish between the main melody and the harmony?

It seems like people, regardless of their knowledge or "sense" of harmony, can naturally tell which one is the main melody and which is the harmony in a song--even if the melody is never played alone ...
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4answers
62 views

How is the cha-cha counted?

I'm trying to understand the cha-cha, specifically to play and write music with that rhythm. In my research, I've come across two ways "the cha-cha" is taught: as a dance and as a musical rhythm. I'm ...
8
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1answer
466 views

Markings in Second Waltz by Dimitri Shostakovich

I came across these indications in a piano piece: the Second Waltz by Dimitri Shostakovich. What do "1.3. x p" and "2. x f" mean?
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6answers
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Why should my band learn music theory?

I recently started a band that plays a mixture of blues, rock, and funk. I am the only one in the trio that knows any music theory. Can someone tell me how to explain to my band members that they ...
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5answers
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“∞-TET”: Is there music that doesn't use discretely pitched notes?

Is there music that doesn't use notes with discrete* pitches, but rather has instruments playing continuously changing frequencies? I know there are microtonal tunings as high as 72-TET, but is there ...
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4answers
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What is the difference between “Opus” and “Song Cycle”?

What is the difference between "Opus" and "Song Cycle", because "Opus" is a separate composition or a set of compositions. A song cycle is the same, isn't it? Whenever I go to wikipedia for a song, ...
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3answers
130 views

A bright sounding piano or a mellow sounding one?

When looking for a piano to buy, should I be taking note of the brightness of the sound of the piano? What kind of piano sound would I be looking for for romantic period music and arranged music? ...
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1answer
48 views

Choose a digital piano

I am playing piano for 5 years now and I am moving away from my parents' place and the upright piano they have. Help me to choose a Roland digital keyboard. No more than 1500 €. Is there a big ...
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3answers
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If I press C4, C5 and C6, is this a chord?

Are there any other special requirements for three sounds to be a chord by musical definition? Do overtones or the same note just sounding on different octaves (sounding together) still can be named a ...
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2answers
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What is the length of the beat?

As I understand, the quarter note is a note that lasts for one beat. the half note, is a note that lasts for two beats, the full note, is a note that lasts for four beats, now i get that, but what ...
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2answers
54 views

does everyone in the orchestra (or ensemble) play in the same key?

Does everyone have to play in the same key or is the key accustomed to the instrument section? for example, clarinet would use Bb major? What is a transposing instrument?
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2answers
69 views

what's the difference between these two notations?

I am using this book http://www.librariamuzicala.ro/cs-docs/12069-1382689258.pdf and just on page 3, the said: I am using this virtual piano http://virtualpiano.net so what is the difference in ...
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2answers
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Why do instruments have a key?

There are many instruments that have keys other than C. For example: The Eb Alto Saxophone The Bb Clarinet The Horn in F Why do these instruments have a key in the first place? Here's a more ...
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2answers
53 views

Is there a name for this scale? (C Locrian with diminished 6)

I see that there are quite a few questions that are essentially "is there a name for this scale" so I thought I would be more specific in the title. Essentially I came up with a melody in a scale ...
2
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3answers
75 views

Tremolo picking, anchor palm or not?

I'm learning tremolo picking and until now I've been resting my palm just above E string and anchoring with my pinky. I noticed that when picking 2 strings at the same time I also mute the first of ...
1
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1answer
72 views

Music theory: Modulation [closed]

So I wanted to compose a sonata like I said before but I have a problem with modulating the keys, can I get some help? I don't know how to modulate, and it's kinda hard to understand when I search for ...
3
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1answer
160 views

Can I create a Finale file that has no bar lines?

I am using Finale 2014 and I want to write a piano piece that has a given time signature (to give the pulse), but I don't want it to have any bar lines. Is there a way to remove all of them from the ...
1
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1answer
46 views

How to extend a pair of RCA cable and improve audio quality at the same time? [closed]

I have a 2.1 speaker system that I have been using for over 6-7 years or so. Recently I have decided to mount the two satellites on the wall, but there is a problem with the length of cables. I have ...
2
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1answer
12 views

Timed Cutout effect - Cubase

so I've been creating metal/rock tracks for years now, and I've recent delved into adding a lot of dubstep/electronic/orchestral features into them, but there is an effect I'd love to use but that I'm ...
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0answers
16 views

Difference Between Cleveland and Eastlake Manufactured King Super 20 Alto Saxopone

What are the differences between a Cleveland manufactured Super 20 (specifically 60's) and an Eastlake manufactured alto Super 20 (specifically early/late 70s)? A Cleveland alto seems to be selling ...
2
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0answers
62 views

Key-agnostic voicing-based notation (piano)

Looking for a simplified notation for piano that is 1) key agnostic but 2) chord and voicing specific. Here's kind of what I'm going for: The chord and extensions are expressed to the left, and the ...
3
votes
1answer
24 views

How do I make Timidity play MIDIs with only the sine wave instrument?

I have Timidity++ installed with FluidSynth soundfonts. How do I make Timidity play back any MIDI, mapping all instruments to a sine wave instrument (patch 81, bank 2, according to General MIDI Level ...
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4answers
80 views

How do I get an emphasized “click” effect at the beginning of my guitar signal?

I use a magnetic pickup to run my guitar signal through an Electro-Harmonix Super Ego granular synthesizer. It works great but there are times when I want to add a Hammond Organ B9-like "click"--not ...
6
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1answer
608 views

What is the name of the (I think) Renaissance harmonic device used in choral music that sounds slightly odd today?

I remember in college hearing about people playing minor 'pranks' using this device, however I've forgotten the name and I can't remember the exact details. It has to do with notes (possibly ...
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0answers
43 views

Have I blended my singing voice right?

I am able to successfully blend my voice: by following the sound of a baby cry I could bring my head voice to chest voice pitch, at least until f4, and I am able to sing that way, but I found that my ...
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2answers
49 views

Are there any fancy options for the “plain (unwound) strings”?

Guitar strings come in myriad variations of wrapping shapes and materials. But I'm always surprised to find the top ones (without windings) are just "plain steel"? Are there any other options there?
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3answers
58 views

Church band practice [closed]

My band is a new church band, I would like to know what are some of the things we can do, like exercises to improve playing together in terms of groove, rhythm and genres.
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2answers
42 views

Is It OK to use smaller gauge strings than those that came from the factory for an electric guitar?

My electric guitar strings from the factory were: D'Addario 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46. I'd like to put in Earnie Ball Slinky Cobalt 8, 11, 14, 22, 30, 38. Is it safe to use the smaller gauge ...
2
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3answers
57 views

what are the benefits of sound hole pickups?

1-What are the benefits of sound hole pickups? and how to choose one ? 2- Does it sound like electric guitar ?! . I'm not sure if i really have to try it .
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0answers
28 views

What are the rules of improvisation in gamelan music?

I see repeated reference to improvisation in Javanese and Balinese gamelan music but I don't see any reference to the actual rules of improvisation in that music. What are the rules of improvisation ...
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votes
1answer
23 views

Term for movements in a song?

In Skyrim's Score, Combat 6 there are several "movements": 0:17~ 0:33~ 0:48~ 1:04~ 1:36~ 2:07~2:24 Here is the song: I do not inherently believe that the term ...
2
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0answers
29 views

What are the rules of improvisation in Indian ragas?

In How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation? Phil states: With a Raga, there is no theme, per se. A Raga is more like a set of rules as to how ...
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2answers
159 views

Is it a bad habit that I don't play guitar using my pinkie?

I don't play guitar with my pinkie and its been over 8 months now and I am starting to worry... Advice?
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votes
1answer
413 views

Why some guitarists add a plastic gizmo in the guitar's sound hole?

I've seen so many people add something made of plastic in the sound hole of a guitar, but I don't know what it's called. So what is this and why do they use it?
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votes
4answers
491 views

How to convert a dotted quarter note tempo to BPM?

I've got a tempo expressed as "one dotted quarter note = 100" and I want to convert this to BPM. I'm thinking it should be 150 BPM, but I'm not sure. Could someone confirm this?
0
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1answer
24 views

oil conditioner use inside sound box

For a low-end guitar is there a product that can be used inside the sound box to keep the wood conditioned without risking damage to wood or glue. The recently found instrument is 30+ years old; its ...
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votes
3answers
48 views

What fingering to use for Ornithology on piano?

I'm trying to play ornithology on piano and was wondering what fingering would be best for the first line. Whatever I try seems uncomfortable... Thanks!
2
votes
2answers
55 views

How can I find a room suitable for writing, recording and rehearsing with a band?

I've tried rehearsal studios, but you can hear the band next to you, so they aren't good for recording or writing. I've thought about renting office space, but the neighbors probably wouldn't ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Can I play guitar softly with Venus Special?

I have a Venus Special. It looks good but it is hard to play. My fingers hurt while playing the guitar. What is the solution?
3
votes
3answers
317 views

Do I need to keep an electric guitar in a hard shell case if I'm not traveling?

I recently bought an electric guitar and hard shell case. When I'm home is it OK to keep the guitar outside of the case? We have a thermostat that controls the humidity and temperature in the house. I ...
3
votes
3answers
83 views

Can an amplifier with only one output be wired in parallel?

I have a Peavey ValveKing 20MH amp which has a single output jack for connecting it to a cabinet. I'm exploring my options for cabinets and am trying to understand if I can consider running cabinets ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

Should i play left handed or right handed guitar? [duplicate]

i've been playing the guitar for about 5-6 months now. Guitar was always something i wanted to learn but always put up for something else, but finally at the age of 27 i decided i should start. The ...
2
votes
2answers
79 views

What are the earliest examples of chord tones like dominant sevenths and ninths being used?

What are some of the earliest examples of chord tones like dominant sevenths and ninths being used? I am trying to determine how basic harmonic music forms evolved toward forms such as Blues and Jazz. ...
4
votes
2answers
36 views

How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation?

I have heard that Ravi Shankar once said that ragas are not jazz. However, Ravi Shankar had a significant influence on some jazz performers. How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ ...
2
votes
2answers
55 views

Is humming good for the vocal cords?

Does humming at low volume abuse the vocal cords? I find that if I hum for a long time, I have difficulties while performing.
3
votes
5answers
178 views

What key has the chords G, Dm, Bb, C and F?

I've been trying to brush up on my music theory recently, but I can't work out what key "Home" by Sheryl Crow is in. The chords are: G, Dm, Bb, C and F. It would appear to be C major, except for the ...
3
votes
4answers
111 views

Regaining piano skills

I used to play the piano for 6 years between ages 7 and 13. I practiced 3 hours a week and had a weekly one hour lesson with a teacher. I played pieces like Beethoven's Fur Elise, Bach's Inventions ...

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