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Grand Staff using the Bass Clef and Treble Alto-Tenor Clef

Does anybody have any additional information regarding the origins and usage of the Treble Alto-Tenor Clef symbol? I found it in the late Gardner Read's book on Music Notation, and beyond that - ...
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1answer
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How do you play this part?

There's a capo on 4 but I'm still having trouble playing this part...
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Get clean sound out of vox vt20

I've bought the vox vt20 and while it's great i'm having a hard time trying to get the cleanest sound possible. I've found tha the only way to do this so far is by turning on the tuner, but having the ...
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1answer
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Good books for simple composition?

I've taken a year of music theory, so I know all the basic conventions and I'd like to take it a step further and start composing little songs, like minuets or something. Are there any good beginning ...
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How to improve the sound of a bass when playing with Guitar rig (software)?

Sound is very moody and unclear. When I choose a Bass Amp from the list, even with all high frequency knobs (mid, hi, and presence) turned up in their highest position, it still sounds like ...
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Play quarter tones in Garageband

How can one play an instrument in Garageband but with quarter tones instead of the usual ones? On my keyboard music instrument I can change the scale and it works but this is not recognized by ...
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1answer
48 views

Using ASIO with VST Host and Windows Sounds at the same time

First of all, I know there's related posts: How to make ASIO work with multiple programs: how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface? But they don't answer my ...
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Best way to practice being in key for new violin players

I'm an adult violin player who recently picked up the violin. One of my biggest struggle is learning to play in key. It seems that even if I get a note down perfectly one day, I may be slightly off ...
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Teaching unmotivated students

I teach 2 ten year old twin boys piano, but they both show no motivation to learn. Every time they come over they have a new excuse for why the couldn't practice at all in the last 2 weeks since I ...
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1answer
70 views

What time signature is this?

I was playing an original song in 4/4 but noticed if I instead played the first 3 bars as 3/4 and kept the last 4 chords one per beat in a bar of 4/4, it seemed more interesting. How would this time ...
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1answer
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Clicking key only when action in piano

I recently took out the action on my grand piano to fix some clicking noises. There were two issues I fixed: I noticed the screws behind the wippen were extremely loose and a loud clicking noise ...
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42 views

Mouth Trumpet: Maintenance [closed]

I love my mouth trumpet, but it is an instrument with very little support. How should I properly maintain my mouth trumpet?
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1answer
29 views

In which language ABRSM exams are normally taken?

In which language ABRSM exams are taken in countries where the dominant language is not English? Swiss ABRSM page is all in English, but the dominant language in my Swiss region is German. Can I ...
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49 views

How do I keep my finger from sounding another string when bending [duplicate]

When doing a one and a half step bend on guitar, or even a whole step, I can't seem to keep my finger from grabbing the other strings and I can hear them. Do I need to set my action differently? I've ...
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1answer
113 views

Fingerings for minor and major blues scales

It's my understanding that for the diatonic scales, there's a consensus of which fingerings are optimal for most people. They are not a hard rule, some pianists use other fingerings, but they are ...
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71 views

Accidentals in a piece with no key signature [closed]

I have a piece that has no sharps or flats in the key signature, but in the body of the piece there are sharps and flats. How come?
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2answers
76 views

Why aren't there “fake books” for blues?

A lot of jazz is heavily improvised, and I know that many musicians typically rely on fake books and their progressions to build improvisation on top of. My question is, why aren't there fake books ...
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The practical difference between 2/2 and 2/4 time [duplicate]

In practice, what is the difference between 2/2 and 2/4? Doesn't the emphasis fall in the same place either way?
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1answer
49 views

Terminology: note and “note class”

In music, the term note sometimes refers to a note in a specific octave (like "C♯4") and sometimes to the set of all notes with the same name, regardless of octave (like "C♯"). Which terms should one ...
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1answer
67 views

Understanding metal guitar music writing structure [closed]

I have a software package called TuxGuitar. (Any track writing software will be similar) I can write drum tracks on it no problem. but when it comes to writing guitar tracks I seem to be making a lot ...
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3answers
185 views

Scale degree in minor key

I am just beginning my ear training and I have a question about hearing minor scales. Music theory tells me that minor scale degrees work similarly to major scale degrees. For example in the key of ...
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4answers
219 views

Playing Barre Chords

Is barring only the four top string (E, B, G, D) in playing barre chords wrong in both acoustic or electric guitar?
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3answers
97 views

If the time signature changes, does the key signature change as well?

Consider the following snippet from Where Is My Mind (arranged by Maxence Cyrin). Notice how after the first few bars there's a time signature change. Does the key signature also automatically change ...
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1answer
109 views

Great sounding solos without obvious harmony

When I hear a guitar player like Joe Bonamassa on YouTube playing a solo (fast) without any accompaniment and it sounds great , I always wonder how they do it. I can improvise over chord changes and ...
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1answer
97 views

Does the plectrum you play with make a difference in your guitar sound?

Does the plectrum you play with make a difference in your guitar sound? Is it just the thickness of the pick or does materials also make a difference if at all? What would be the science behind this? ...
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2answers
43 views

How to learn sight singing?

ABRSM grades for vocal require sight singing (grade 1). Do I need to take some special training to get this skill or is it expected to come with time? I am currently taking both vocal and piano ...
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6answers
482 views

Acoustic guitar's bridge had come off while tuning

I was trying to tune(standard tuning) my acoustic guitar with a digital tuner that captures the playing through a microphone and shows the note/frequency played on its LED screen. I was completely ...
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1answer
65 views

Is there a way to lower your falsetto threshold?

When I go down the notes with falsetto, I reach a point where my voice cracks and I go into my normal chest voice. My question is, is there a way to lower this 'threshold' before going into chest ...
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0answers
29 views

Help with falsetto

I can sing falsetto for short periods of time but it sounds terrible when I drag the note out. Can this be improved or am I stuck without falsetto?
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1answer
17 views

Resistance change on the GST of a keyboard YPG235

Is it possible to increase the resistance of the keys on YPG235 to make the keys a little heavier?
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2answers
125 views

Learning to Patch Synthesizers - “Synth Theory”

I'm currently in the process of learning to produce music, and one thing I'm finding absent in any of the resources I come across is what I guess I'd call "synth theory". For someone who's very ...
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1answer
52 views

Amount of outside-classroom study required for theory/musicianship formal education

I am starting a 2 year masters prep program for adults who have a college degree is something besides music but need to be brought up to speed in order to consider a masters degree in music. The ...
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1answer
56 views

Outdoor evening gigs and humidity/dew impact on gear

I was playing an outdoor gig in North Texas last Saturday evening, and about halfway thru I lost what seemed to be about 50-75% of my volume level in my amp (Marshall AS100D, playing a Jumbo Takimine ...
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1answer
49 views

How do I stop breaking strings so fast?

I have a Squire Fender Telecaster. I play punk rock and usually keep the guitar in E flat tuning. I broke a string on my Peavey Raptor recently but it lasted longer. D'Adarrio 10's and Slinky Cobalt ...
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3answers
438 views

How to make a brass instrument quieter?

I play trumpet at home. I feel a little uncomfortable playing because of the loudness. I found the Silent Brass series by Yamaha, which makes brass sound quieter, and you can still hear everything ...
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2answers
361 views

Software to analyse music for playability

Is there any software that can analyse instrumental parts for playability? I want to compose orchestral music, I know the ranges of the individual instruments, but do not know if what I compose is ...
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3answers
131 views

What is the origin and advantages of this system of chord naming/ notation? e.g. G7 is major minor seventh not Dominant 7th

I've received a few emails through my website asking me what a major minor seventh chord was. At first I thought they had mixed up the sequence and were referring to the A-#7 chord (root chord of ...
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2answers
77 views

Physical problems during singing

I don't know if this is related to signing specifically, but I noticed that when I am signing and I hit a powerful, held note, pushing all of my vocal power forward (to the point of slightly affecting ...
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2answers
556 views

What exactly does a DJ do when producing a track?

I want to understand what a DJ does when producing a track. For example, let's look at the new track - Martin Garrix feat. Usher - 'Don't Look Down'. Who wrote the lyrics for this track? Who wrote ...
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0answers
25 views

How do I make Chord shifting easy in guitar? [duplicate]

I am newbie in Guitar playing. Although, I can play Guitar leads really well and also perform spider exercises and legatos but I am not getting comfortable to shift chords in guitar. Are there any ...
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2answers
69 views

Comparing trumpet and saxophone

I'll try to make my story short as possible, sorry. I have ear training, not perfect, but good. I've never been able to attend music school as child, so no academic music education. After trying with ...
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2answers
84 views

Improv on F blues

I'm trying out for a high school jazz band, and on the audition paper it says I need to improvise on an F blues. Can someone explain to me what exactly that is? I know how to improvise on a blues ...
2
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1answer
64 views

Music Harmonic analysis: Chord identification

I'm struggling with identifying the chords in these measures because the notes on the base clef staff are not part of the chord in the top staff. This piece is in F# minor, so the top chords by ...
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1answer
45 views

Is there a more precise way to play F natural on a D pennywhistle?

I am using a pennywhistle in the key of D major. I was wondering if there is an easy way to make the F# (the third hole from the end) an F natural (between the third and second holes from the end). I ...
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2answers
128 views

What is the relation between the preludes and the fugues in wtc of js bach?

So I have been studying Bach's famous WTC on piano. Even though I really enjoy the preludes and fugues, and I have found some nice preludes to warm up and exercise my touch and fingers, why did Bach ...
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1answer
43 views

Recorder upper register

I have been playing alto and soprano recorders on and off for years - mainly for personal enjoyment. However, I find I am unreliable on notes above top G on the soprano and equivalent on alto. ...
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3answers
426 views

What's the shortest that a note can be and still have a recognisable pitch?

While talking about this question: What does it mean to play a note for half a second? I got to thinking - how short can a note actually be for us to perceive its fundamental pitch? Obviously real ...
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2answers
123 views

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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4answers
242 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
81 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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