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Square bracket next to two notes

I was looking though some old music today and I found a symbol I did not recognize. This symbol as shown below looks like a square bracket next to two notes. So what is the bracket suppose to mean? ...
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191 views

What does it mean to play a note for half a second?

This is my first serious look at the science side of music, as I am getting started with audio programming, and I am greeted by an awkward bouncer first up. I know that a note is simply a certain ...
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2answers
69 views

Pedaling in Satie's Gymnopedie #1

I'm an adult piano novice learning Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1. The edition I'm working with has no pedal markings. You can see the score here: ...
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1answer
44 views

Not sure what voice type I have

I'm trying to decide whether my voice type is bass or baritone. I'm an 18 y.o. guy. I never had vocal education, I just sometimes sing or hum for fun. In chest voice I can do E2 - E4. The lower end ...
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2answers
85 views

Why do so many symphonic works that are named “minor” end “major”?

For example, Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in d minor has the 4th movement end in D major. There are many many other examples that I have seen of this pattern; some that end on the major version of the ...
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5answers
368 views

The Tritone - is it a #4 or a b5?

Generally, in Blues and jazz, the oft-used tritone (C to F#/Gb) is referred to as a b5. Why is this a better term than #4? In the Blues scale, there will always be two notes of the same name, but why ...
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28 views

What's the meter of “All I want For Christmas Is You”? [closed]

What meter is the song "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey? And what would the texture be?
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2answers
54 views

How to get my drum tracks louder for guitar practice , PA ?

How do I get enough volume from my iPad drum tracks to match my guitar amp ? PA ? I have been practicing heavy metal rhythm guitar with drum tracks from my iPad amplified with a blue tooth speaker . ...
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2answers
92 views

Tritone as a passing note

Can a tritone be used as a passing note? (say in key of C, going from note C to G).
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2answers
199 views

Triangle Tonnetz vs. Hexagon Tonnetz

I have just started to learn about Tonnetz and I've run across two very representations of the same information in different types of Tonnetz. In the first one shown below the triangles represent a ...
3
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1answer
82 views

Are there any plain nylon bass strings for classical guitar?

I was checking out some classical guitars at a store today and was surprised to find out that only the treble strings are plain nylon, while the bass strings are nylon wound with bronze or silver. ...
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1answer
52 views

What technique is being used by this pianist at 0:40? [closed]

I've heard this pattern (or riff or progression, not sure what to call it) all over blues music, and I can't seem to transcribe it by ear. He stops playing right at 0:37, then the following two ...
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2answers
68 views

How to sing in mixed voice without tensing/raising larynx?

I've always had problems with tensing while singing. I used to pull up chest to hit all my high notes. About a year ago I finally found my mix and was able to hit the high F-B range (I'm a baritenor.) ...
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2answers
159 views

how long it takes with 1hour/daily practice to be able to freeze people with your music? [closed]

I'm 29 and I always was dreaming of playing piano very well but never had had a chance ; it's been 4 months since I bought a keyboard and started learning by myself with Hannon exercises and pieces I ...
4
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2answers
140 views

Need help leaning to feel and play the upbeat centric soul/gospel/funk groove

I'm a pianist for a contemporary church also. I've been playing for my church for 30 years but I'm trying to improve my playing. My problem is that I really don't know that much about music theory ...
0
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2answers
48 views

Does “through-composed” mean a piece is disorganized?

Wikipedia defines through composed (in relation to musical form) as when "the music is relatively continuous, non-sectional, and/or non-repetative." Does this mean the piece is disorganized? If a ...
7
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2answers
803 views

Why is Mozart's Turkish March considered a rondo?

I read on Wikipedia Mozart's Turkish March has the form A-B-C-D-E-C-A-B-C But I read in my textbook Listening to Music by Craig Wright that a rondo form is supposed to have more "symmetrical ...
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0answers
42 views

Beethoven Virus w/o the violin part!! Backing track [closed]

Does anyone know where I can get the background music to this without the violin? So I can play along? I have a concert with this song this saturday please help!!!
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3answers
109 views

Understanding Inversions

I am not completely understanding how I find the major and minor chords. I understand half of what is going on, but not fully. Can someone please help.
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1answer
75 views

How does the Improvise for Real method compare to others?

What is the Improvise For Real approach to learning how to improvise and how does it compare to other methods? I would also love to hear about experiences with learning from the resources. One thing ...
2
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3answers
55 views

Classical Guitar. How to study from fret 5 to 12

I started learning to read music with a classical guitar. What I'm doing is to study the C scale from fret 0 to 4, and next I try to play a study based in that scale. So far, I have noted that most of ...
3
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3answers
106 views

Strength / speed exercises for rasgueado

I'm trying to learn the rasgueado strumming technique, but I just can't get my fingers to "snap" out with enough power to get an effective sound; is this just something that comes with practice or are ...
3
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2answers
80 views

Slowing Down To Transcribe

Is there some consensus/study on whether one should slow down music which one cannot play just by hearing it a couple of times (if the goal is to improve as a musician)? If I got a fast run, I can ...
3
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6answers
144 views

Guitar : Difficulty in chords shifting

I have started learning guitar basics,since last couple of months. I am facing huge difficulty in shifting chords. I have started playing simple open chords like C,Am,Em,Gm. I am practicing for these ...
3
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2answers
51 views

What are some good ways to practice rim shots?

First of all, this is not a duplicate of this question. That question is asking about how to reliable do rim shots, and the answer was to practice. This question is about the practicing part. Plainly ...
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2answers
74 views

Guitar technique

How do you call guitar technique for playing one instrument, but making it sound like there are at least two guitars? Example of that might be, probably well known, Tommy Emmanuel's Classical Gas ...
2
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1answer
22 views

Does valve oil in the lead pipe of a trumpet prevent tarnishing?

Sometimes I've gotten the advice to drip a few drops of valve oil in my trumpet's leadpipe before putting on the mouthpiece and start playing. Allegedly this would help to prevent tarnishing and ...
3
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1answer
85 views

Is there a collection of pop or jazz standards that include harmonic analysis? [closed]

I'm learning to do harmonic analysis and I'm quite happy with the sources for the theoretic aspects online and in books. But to practice, it would be great to have excercises with solutions ...
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1answer
24 views

Problem with my left hand's thumb in Viola

It's almost a year I'm playing Viola and my biggest problem is with my left hand's thumb. I cannot put it in a relaxed situation. Actually it will be contracted during the practice. My teacher told me ...
1
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1answer
50 views

Grace note in Bar 20 of Chopin's Op. 10 No. 3

What is the correct interpretation of the ornament in bar 20 of Chopin's Etude Op. 10 No. 3 — that is, the final full bar below: The recordings I've heard generally repeat the G# but not all of ...
1
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1answer
58 views

Where is the manuscript of Escenas Romanticas by Granados? [closed]

TL;DR: is it known where it is kept? If so, where? Until now, I played Escenas Romanticas by the composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916) from a horrible edition with plain mistakes in the score. As ...
0
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5answers
120 views

Can I learn two skills in music by studying them on alternate days of the week?

Is having an alternating practice routine like this: Mon, Wed, Fri Warm up (Chromatic, Finger Exercises) - 10 minutes Lead Guitar Techniques (Scales, Arpeggios, Etc) - 20 minutes Improvisation ...
3
votes
2answers
367 views

What should I think about when acquiring a triangle (percussion)?

What should I consider when buying a triangle to use for recording popular music percussion? For example: What are the differences between cheap and expensive ones (the price range is enormous)? ...
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votes
3answers
76 views

Taylor Big Baby vs Koa Limited Edition Taylor 324ce-k-FLTD

What are the differences between an extremely expensive guitar such as the 324ce-K and a very cheap / affordable acoustic like the Big Baby? Could somebody enlighten me as to why one is worth so much ...
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6answers
158 views

Is learning guitar good without knowing how to sing?

I'm interested in learning guitar, but I doubt it would be useful to play guitar without singing. Is it necessary to learn to sing in order to play guitar?
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0answers
18 views

Why do I sing better after sport? [duplicate]

I noticed that after a good amount of swimming, my vocal chords feel a lot more 'free', so hitting higher notes is less of a struggle. I also noticed that I'm able to achieve a more natural vibrato ...
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3answers
104 views

newbie trying to decide between cubase pro and cubase artist edition [closed]

I can't decide between cubase pro and cubase artist. The artist version is cheaper but I don't mind getting the ultimate package if it means faster learning and composing. I only have a computer and ...
3
votes
1answer
177 views

What is a “7-9” chord? (G7-9, etc..)

There's a chord in the Lennie Niehaus arrangement of the Stan Kenton Orchestra version of Laura, written by Johnny Mercer and David Raksin. This chord is written as G7-9. In googling, I get G7(#9) a ...
6
votes
1answer
114 views

Ιs my tone knob holder broken?

Well, 4 years ago, when I bought my guitar, there was a plastic over the pickguard. 5 minutes ago I realized that I've never got out the plastic completely, and there still was some left under the ...
1
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2answers
54 views

In LilyPond (piano staff) how can I type two eighth notes for different hands?

In LilyPond, while writing a piano staff, how can I type two eighth notes, so that one is played with the left and the other with the right hand? Example. I want to produce this highlighted ...
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2answers
76 views

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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votes
3answers
108 views

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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0answers
17 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
92 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 ...
1
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4answers
110 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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3answers
48 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
90 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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3answers
81 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
125 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
40 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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