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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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160 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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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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498 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?
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25 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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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!
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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 ...
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1answer
31 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?
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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 ...
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85 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 ...
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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
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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.
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5answers
180 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 ...
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4answers
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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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Slapping Violin Strings with bow

I wonder what the following violin technique is called it happens in the following video at ar 4;50. It seems that it is some sort of slapping motion with the bow and also something that resembles ...
2
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2answers
49 views

How to begin putting chords on variable melody?

One of the things that is mysterious for me is how to put chords on a melody which is so variable. I mean that just a chord is not enough to cover the whole bar. For example it contains (C key) : ...
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1answer
38 views

What “click machine” is Justin Vernon using in this video? [closed]

I would like to know what the "click machine", metronome or "drum machine" is, that Justin Vernon from Bon Iver is using in the first song of this video (you can see it clearly at 0:09, but also ...
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Tips for background piano playing

I am playing background piano music at a dinner tonight. It is the first time I have done this and I wonder if there are guidelines on the order of pieces or if I can just wildly mix fast and slow, ...
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3answers
153 views

Learn music with odd rhythms

I've always had problems with tuplets (3/2, 4/3, etc), until I was taught this nifty trick: subdivide the total duration (4 quartuplets, 3 triplets, etc) by the least common multiple (12, for 4/3) ...
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2answers
145 views

What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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1answer
36 views

Which school is the school that Claude Debussy studied in?

I am confused about the school that Debussy studied in. I searched on wiki it said Debussy studied in CNSMDP. But in the other website it said Debussy studied in school located in 14 Rue de Madrid, ...
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4answers
112 views

Can I Teach Myself to Play Guitar?

Is it possible for me to teach myself to play guitar and be a good guitarist without music private lessons ?? for example : i play everyday for half an hour , and I try to play my favourite song by ...
2
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1answer
41 views

It's possible to connect a usb midi controller into a midi synthesizer?

I do have an usb midi keyboard controller (m-audio keystation 49) and a synthesizer keyboard (KORG KROSS). I would like to assembly my controller to my synthesizer. However my controller only have ...
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1answer
58 views

Is this slide/shift slide?

I found this in a riff, but I don't know the meaning of (sl). I suspect it means slide, however, the slide symbol is / or \. g--(sl)----(sl)----7---- Could someone clarify this, please? And why ...
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1answer
68 views

What is my voice type category in general?

I do not want to categorise myself into an alto or mezzo or soprano, but do want to understand my comfortable voice range. I can do a siren exercise which ranges from b3 to b5 or c6 with ease.But ...
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3answers
31 views

Should a song's meter be tied to the text, or the text-tune combination?

I'm improving a web site that has indexes of hymnals, and one of the things I'd like to do is add an index of hymns' meters. I've learned a little bit about meters but I'm confused about a few points. ...
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3answers
69 views

Secondary dominant of a minor chord?

I understood how to get the secondary dominant of a major chord, but I don't understand how to get the secondary dominant of a minor chord, mainly because I don't know which minor mode (natural, ...
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1answer
18 views

How to apply the right amount of rosin to a bow?

I was wondering if I was applying a bit too much rosin to my violin bow. I noticed that my violin strings are turning white, with white powder specks on the fingerboard and around the F holes. So I ...
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2answers
91 views

Why do barre chords sound bad when I play them

When I try to play one of my favourite songs, I get nervous when I know that it contains a barre chord, because they sound bad on my guitar. Other chords sound good. strings gauge : Extra Light / ...
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2answers
30 views

Why is a plectrum banjo played with a guitar pick and not with finger picks?

I have a four string plectrum banjo, which is essentially like a five string banjo but without the short drone string. Why is a plectrum banjo played with a guitar pick and not fingerstyle or with a ...
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2answers
33 views

Why is a tenor banjo typically tuned in fifths?

I have two tenor banjos both tuned in "Chicago tuning", DGBE, that is, like the four highest-pitched strings of the guitar. I am told, and I see from research on Teh Internetz that this is unusual. ...
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3answers
76 views

Why does my [stereo] electric Guitar recording sound hollow?

I'm not sure if it's something in my setup, something I'm doing wrong or a general lack of knowledge, but I find that recording my electric Guitar->Amp(w/fx)->audio in Mono produces a much fuller, ...
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2answers
66 views

How to make a muted key sounds by using pedals?

One of my friends insists that he can make a muted (but undamaged) key/chord sounds using some pedaling technique. Does anyone know what the technique is and how to do it? Thanks
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1answer
76 views

Creating a romantic melody like Chopin's pieces [closed]

After analyzing Chopin's nocturnes, etudes, ballades, waltz, and mazurkas. I still don't know how to create a romantic melody, I only know how to create a sad and happy-ish but not romantic-ish. So ...
3
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1answer
44 views

Music Terminology: Difference between Additive and asymmetric?

I've been reading up on Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra and came across the two terms 'additive rhythm' and 'asymmetrical grouping'. I would assume they are synonymous... Is there a ...
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What is an X symbol appearing in a piano part?

And it's not a double sharp. I saw it in Miley Cyrus Fugue in measure 88 between the 3rd and 4th beat for the right hand. It's being reached at 2:42-2:43 in the video and I don't hear anything ...
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0answers
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Why are the Tags not in alphabetical order ? [migrated]

As a newcomer I need to look in various mixed up boxes with no logical order .Why not have a switch to create alphabetical access to new information ?
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2answers
72 views

What is the definition of a pad?

I've played in many bands and I do a lot of music production and the term "pad" is thrown around. My definition of a pad is something that is used to fill in the space of a piece usually with chords. ...
3
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2answers
98 views

Do classical musicians edit takes together?

I found a couple of pages that all suggest classical recordings range from slightly to extremely spliced: ...
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1answer
32 views

Composers making translation errors in their Italian directions

Virtually all composers in the Classical, and most composers in the Romantic period followed the convention of notating tempo markings and other directions in Italian. However, clearly not all of ...
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1answer
76 views

How to finger a piano piece? [closed]

In many piano practice worksheets, they write fingers for notes. However, different exercise uses different fingering. Sometimes, the same piece also has different fingerings. Now given a random ...
3
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3answers
78 views

The meaning of Coda

What does a Coda mean in music? I don't understand, it appears in many articles about "sonata form" but I still don't know..
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2answers
85 views

Should i play piano or violin? [closed]

First of all, i have no background in music except for singing. I'm 15 years old and i recently got really interested in classical music, and the instruments that have me the most interested is the ...
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1answer
35 views

Plucking classical and acoustic guitars

I have played the classical guitar for a few years but have recently started giving acoustic guitar a go. I have obviously noticed a few differences but there is one thing I am not sure about. When ...

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