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Can someone help me with the counting of this piano piece please?

I am trying to learn this piece by Ludovico Einaudi but as I am a beginner on the piano the "count" is coming up all wrong :( Can someone with a little more understanding of music please write the ...
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0answers
42 views

Trying alternative tuning outside 440Hz [closed]

Lately I have used some time and research on the standard pitch at 440Hz.. The tuning of A4=440Hz has been used a couple of times in late 1800 but it was not until 1939 at an international ...
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How often are label recordings off-note: sped up or slowed down? [migrated]

How rare is it that recordings are sped up or slowed down after recording, by a few percent, during the mastering process?
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0answers
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Can an iAXE393 interface with Guitar Amp 2?

Basically, the iAXE393 electric guitar prides itself on its USB interface and relative ease of interface with some online software that's usually sold with it. Problem is, I'm getting the thing used ...
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0answers
50 views

Chord progression analysis

In the song "If You Have To Ask" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers there is this instrumental funk interlude with a bunch of seventh and ninth chords and I want to understand this progression more by ...
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1answer
35 views

How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? [duplicate]

How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? Should it be a note per beat? A bar per beat? How? For example for Hanon, he states to set the ...
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2answers
61 views

Teaching using the Piano Adventures series

I am currently teaching five young piano students using the Piano Adventures curriculum (which is the method I learned by) and so far I am really in love with those books! However, two of my students ...
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4answers
367 views

Would the induced tension be approximately equal on an acoustic guitar for electric and acoustic strings of the same gauge?

Consider a set of electric strings and a set of acoustic strings. If their gauge are the same, would the electric ones in general induce less tension than the acoustic ones? Moreover, if the acoustic ...
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1answer
58 views

Is there a dynamics equivalent of the marking “a tempo”?

Is there a marking (or a term) that means "go back to the dynamic played at before the last (de)crescendo"? I'd prefer to not specify a particular dynamic immediately before the crescendo (in order to ...
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4answers
132 views

The last note and only the last note!

The phrase "Only the last note matters" or "the first and last" or "the first last and highest", etc... come up repeatedly throughout musical education. What, technically is going on when someone ...
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2answers
177 views

Do I need a guitar cabinet in addition to an amplifier head for performing with a PA?

I have guitar, a multi-effects processor, and a public announcement (PA) system. When I perform I use an in-ear monitoring system. I want the warm, rich tone and dynamics that come from having a tube ...
2
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1answer
74 views

Is this chord progression in A minor, or C major? [duplicate]

I got in an argument with a buddy of mine over whether the chord progression I had written was in C Major, or A Minor. I've read up on what makes it one or the other, and I strongly feel it is C ...
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2answers
84 views

Roman Numeral Notiation - Chords not in the key

I've been looking through answers related to Roman Numeral Notation and have seen similar items but I still don't understand what to do when a chord does not fit in the key. I thought I'd ask the ...
2
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2answers
37 views

Should I get a 12 hole or 16 hole chromatic?

I wan to learn a chromatic harmonica and want to start with whatever is standard for a beginner (I can somewhat play a diatonic) There seem to be many types of chromatic available (12 hole, 16 ...
2
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0answers
69 views

How do I learn this Peruvian technique?

I can't figure out how he is playing the part with the triplets beginning 1:18 :( would love to learn this technique but how? Is he playing two notes at once, or just semiquavers like in Recuerdos de ...
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1answer
75 views

Why would a conductor use a pen to conduct? [duplicate]

During Round 2, Phase 2 in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, the conductor Alexey Utkin used a pen to conduct for at least 2 Piano Concertos, such as for Mr Seong-jin Cho's performance of ...
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4answers
1k views

Stretching for a guitar intro

I'm having a really hard time trying to play the intro to Ballroom Blitz by Sweet on guitar. The intro riff looks like this: D 9 11 12 11 9 A 7 7 7 7 7 While I can definitely hit the ...
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0answers
13 views

Why the change to “Let us live to make men free?” [migrated]

The 5th verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me As He died to make men ...
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3answers
604 views

How to grok 20th-century pop music as evolution of classical harmony

With sufficient training, a student of harmony may build forwards from Bach through Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, etc... understanding music of a period in terms of what has gone before. But it's going ...
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4answers
94 views

Playing arpeggio on black notes with white note third

I cannot figure out how I should play the left-hand arpeggio in beats 3-4 of this bar: (Nuvole bianche Bar 54) Currently I use this fingering for the first arpeggio: But I have no idea how to ...
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2answers
35 views

Drum set/Cymbal repair

Is it possible to repair rusted cymbals and cracked drum sets? I have an old drum set I want to repair. I have not tried anything to repair it because I don't know and would like to know what I could ...
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2answers
62 views

How many (parallel) harmonies can we have in a song without one harmony being an octave apart from another?

I usually can only come up with two separate harmonies for a song, the ones I came up with after that are usually an octave higher or lower than those two harmonies.
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62 views

Chord progressions [closed]

I am keen to learn to produce electronic music. I have a beginner level knowledge of music theory, however, I struggle with making simple chord progressions. Any advice on how to learn to make good ...
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0answers
28 views

Asio4all: Simultaneous output on two devices possible?

I am not sure I understood the point of asio4all correctly. I have two USB Audio interfaces (Yamaha AG06 and Line6 Pod X3) that I am using in Cubase AI 8. I use the POD to record the guitar, and the ...
1
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1answer
38 views

Midi out from a keyboard to PA on a budget?

My brother has this keyboard that feels great to play, but only has one decent tone. Its only outputs are a 1/8 inch headphone jack OR midi, which got me wondering if there were any hardware units ...
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3answers
53 views

Harmonising cadences given the bass line. When and when not to use inversions?

I've been completing practice exams online for Grade 5 theory and I'm struggling with some of the cadence questions. I feel that, without the use of inversions, you reach a dead end. The questions ...
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1answer
60 views

What does it mean when there is a letter c in front of the tempo on a score?

For example, "c. 108". I need to practice and I have absolutely no idea what it means!
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1answer
49 views

Using digital piano as MIDI keyboard in Reaper

I have a HP302 Roland digital piano. It has a usb connector that easily plugs into my computer. The problem is, Reaper is not picking up the piano. It sometimes will say something along the lines ...
5
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6answers
853 views

What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?

I need to be able to play at loud volumes any time day or night. Is it necessary to have a house, or can I accomplish this in a condo or townhouse? If I need a stand alone house, how far must it be ...
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0answers
17 views

John Lee Hooker's “Guitar Lovin' Man” [migrated]

Anyone knows who's the guy singing "So sorry, so sorry boy, you don't rule this steer no more..." in Hooker's song "Guitar Lovin' Man"? Many thanks
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What is the meaning of this squiggly vertical line symbol in guitar tablature?

What is the meaning of that wavy vertical line in the guitar tablature shown in the image?
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1answer
50 views

Singing with allergies and asthma?

Save your voice while being sick but it gets blurry with allergies and asthma. I can hear an allergic reaction from my voice before I can feel anything, like playing Singstar and a pet visiting. The ...
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1answer
81 views

Origin of the Backbeat

Ok, so I've heard a lot on the origin of the backbeat. Some say it came from African voodoo and others say from the Middle East. Where did it actually come from? Also, people say it was expressly ...
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4answers
300 views

Guitar music, notes on different strings

I have just started playing a song named Leyenda on the classical guitar but have encountered a problem. The first bar goes (as shown on picture) E B B B C B etc. I started playing e open, b open, b ...
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302 views

Why do the notes of Melodic-Minor Scale change when you play it in descending order?

Okay I'll admit, I don't know everything about music theory but I was pretty sure that any given diatonic (7 note) scale contained particular notes that defined the scale and were unique to the scale ...
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16 views

Musician in Training/Student [duplicate]

I am playing Hercules vs. The Hydra by Scott Watson, and the tempo is Allegro Agitato. What is the tempo for that?
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95 views

A-minor scale has different notes when descending

I've been working through this A minor scale and I just can't figure why the fret changes when I descend the scale — how is G sharp; now on a different fret when I'm doing it as A flat? Is the ...
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1answer
43 views

How do I count this?

I'm teaching myself to read music and I'm struggling how to count each top bar. It just keeps on being more than 3:( Any help would be much appreciated.:)
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13answers
14k views

A (440 Hz) and A (880 Hz) are completely different sounds to me. Does this mean I'm tone deaf?

A recent episode of the podcast Surprisingly Awesome about music theory featured the line: So just to be clear, pretty much every human, when they hear a 440 or an 880, it’s going to sound like ...
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3answers
72 views

Layering multiple instruments

I am very new to the song writing process. In a section like the chorus, how do you get the layering of many instrument to get that full and rich impression? For my first composition, I just had ...
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3answers
697 views

Was Bach the first to use thumbs on a keyboard?

This question reminded me of a claim that I've heard before, namely, that J. S. Bach was the first keyboardist to utilize the thumbs in his playing technique. I'm not sure where I've heard this, but ...
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1answer
109 views

How to play the piano using less than ten fingers

In my younger days learning how to play the piano (unfortunately I was never one for spending too much time practising), whenever I struggled to move my hands along the keyboard or had trouble ...
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2answers
255 views

Is it possible to tune guitar down an octave?(or to f#?)

As the time goes, I see new bands using lower and lower tuning. For example if my memory serves me right, Torsof*ck uses octave down, band called Batushka uses f# tuning. How are they doing this? ...
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45 views

Why is the key of C the one key with no sharps or flats? [duplicate]

It would seem like that would have been A from a logical stand point. Does anyone know the origin of this as to how music evolved this way with C being the so-called starter key? Just a curiosity on ...
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1answer
87 views

Penta scale. Fingering?

What is the most common fingering for the pentatonic scale? Minor and major. All of them. I don't know about standards; there are lots of different fingerings you could use. I would like to know what ...
0
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1answer
90 views

How to know which fingers to use to play songs?

It's so hard to find a good tutorial these days. Everyone is just focusing on the sheets or sequence of ABCD's to go in sequence, but no one seems to teach which fingers to use to play the appropriate ...
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3answers
1k views

Compositions or songs written for black keys only

I was taught to do improvisation by practising playing random tunes using just the black keys on a piano, and although it had a very oriental sound, the tune was quite pleasant if you introduced ...
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3answers
81 views

Why do we list the key signature when listing a music piece? [duplicate]

I'm brand new to classical music and music theory. I often see something for a concert like "brandenburg concerto no. 2 in f major". Why do we specify f major? Once we've specified brandenburg ...
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4answers
4k views

Why have I never found any music written in the key of C Sharp Major?

Music is written in almost every key that corresponds to every note that is on my piano keyboard. There is clearly a C Sharp (black key right of C) on my piano keyboard but I don't recall ever seeing ...
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3answers
1k views

Triangle above note, with dot in it

What does this symbol mean? I am asking about the symbol before the fermata, I found this in this publication of nuvole bianche, bar 98.

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