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Why does the scale have seven (or five) notes? Why not six?

I'm a programmer by trade, and I have always felt that music was arbitrarily difficult. Please forgive my inexperience with musical notation. I had a little thought experiment with my wife today, and ...
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6answers
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Normal chords are boring, I want more!

Playing for example, pop songs can be boring, max 6 chords are used. When I listen to pro players, they add more weird, dissonant chords while transiting from one of that 6 chords to another. Now, ...
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2answers
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Two kinds of blues scales?

I sometimes read about the major and minor blues scales. Now, this makes me a bit confused. Are there really two kinds of blues scales? I was told that in a 12 bar blues you play the I chord for 4 ...
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1answer
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How to delete MIDI channel in Logic Pro X?

I'm studying the manual atm and the feature that I tried recently is splitting MIDI regions by pitch. It works fine, but when I removed all tracks that has been created as a result I'm stuck with 16 ...
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2answers
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How do I practice to create a finer tone?

When I sing my voice produce more air than tone, as a result it sounds husky. How do I practice to create a finer tone? Also my voice is very timid, how do I practice to make it sound bolder?
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2answers
90 views

two symbols on the same note

I'm having trouble learning Moonlight Sonata without a piano teacher. What does a natural notation and a sharp symbol mean in front of the f, which is already sharp in the key signature?
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1answer
252 views

How does it make sense to leave the root out of a chord?

Chord names can include information about notes to be left out, for instance no5, no3 or even nr (for no root). - Bob Broadley on "Are the names for these chords valid?", May 29 2015 How can a ...
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ESP M-II sounds wavy (oscillating tone)

i bought an ESP M-II. The problem is the wavy tone: Example: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3109806/test.mp3 I tried already different amps. I can hear that the problem comes from the guitar ...
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2answers
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Is it better to turn volume regulators to mute for unused headphone amplifier channels?

I am using headphone amplifier ART Headamp 4. It has four output channels (could support four independent headsets at time) but we only need two. Each channel has separate volume regulator and ...
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1answer
176 views

What is it called when the note pattern is the same in each bar but the actual pitch and note are different?

I have a question for music theory asking me about what I notice about the rhythm in bars 3-6 and the note pattern is the same : crotchet, 4 quavers, crotchet, minim. But the actual name of the note ...
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How important is the 4th finger fingering in Chopin's Butterfly Etude

Chopin's Etude Op 25 No 9, (Butterfly) uses the 4th finger of the right hand when playing octaves in many places. This makes perfect sense when there is no pedal indicated. But, in those parts where ...
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1answer
51 views

The emotional response to a tune

I'd greatly appreciate if you could link me a few academic articles on the impact of music on emotions and feelings. I wonder if anyone ever analyzed how the structure of the tune itself and not the ...
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2answers
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What's a superstrat?

There's a stratocaster with SSS pickups or HSS pickups on Fender web. But some other manufactures made some guitar that they called a Superstrat. What really it is? Is it have a relation with a strat? ...
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2answers
93 views

What is a 6-string bass guitar with normal guitar tuning called?

As I know, there're 6-string bass with B – E – A – D – G - C tuning. But, MusicMan release kind-of 6-string bass with guitar tuning which is E - A - D - G - B - e. You can see the bass here. Is it ...
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What's a “chord register”?

Someone said: "When you're doing more than one person who does the rhythm part, do your chord in another register, maybe higher or maybe lower." What's really the definition of the "register" ...
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1answer
39 views

Markdown for music notation fragments

is there an equivalent of JSFiddle or Markdown for music notation? That would be useful for posting fragments of notation into StackExchange questions, as math.stackexchange.com does with MathJax for ...
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2answers
111 views

Why does the Hendrix E7#9 chord sound good?

The Hendrix chord contains both a flat 10th/sharp 9th, which are a half step (plus an octave) apart from the major third. From a classical harmony standpoint, those two notes in the same chord should ...
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1answer
40 views

What is a Fender Special Run?

What is the differences between a FSR and a regular Fender guitar production model? At fender.com they say that: "FSR" stands for Fender Special Run. These products are specially commissioned by ...
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1answer
39 views

What are the differences between the range of cheaper Fender Stratocaster models compared to American Standard?

I've been lurking through the jungle of Stratocaster lately, and come across a few different models ranging from the original 50's up to the huge selection available today. What are the differences ...
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1answer
45 views

In musescore, is there a way to automatically create a guitar or bass tab from existing notation and keep them in sync?

I use MuseScore on Ubuntu 15. In a couple of pieces I have an existing music as such In musescore, is there a way to automatically create a guitar or bass tab from these lines? Moreover is it ...
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5answers
515 views

Same note to be played with both hands?

Why some notes in the piano are written the same for the left and right hand ? What is the purpose of this ? And how do we play them ? Do we just choose one hand to play them or do we play them ...
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5answers
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Playing notes of a chord not quite simultaneously

When playing a chord on the piano, I'm increasing tending to 'roll' the chord i.e. play the notes in a very fast sequence rather than at once - too fast for it to be really scored . It's more akin to ...
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1answer
150 views

Finding pitch of first note when starting a song

Something I really struggle with when singing is finding the first note as I start a song (singing + playing guitar), or when there's a big jump such as going from a verse into a high chorus. Without ...
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0answers
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Am I a baritone or a tenor based on these points? [duplicate]

I am a 15 year old male that is confused about whether I am a baritone or a tenor. My lowest note that I can hit(barely audible) is a G2 and my highest note is a E4 or F4 in full chest and straining ...
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3answers
126 views

Chord progressions : which note resolves to which note

In the key of C , going from G to C, note B resolves strongly to note C. How should the note D resolve? (To note C or E? I guess it should be to note C, assuming the key note has higher "priority". ...
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1answer
29 views

Tenor sax octave pads: both open or both closed

I play Tenor sax (Kessler Custom), and something has been bugging me: are both of the octave pads supposed to be open or closed at the same time? If you play C# (no keys pressed), both keys are ...
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0answers
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Guitar Pedal Components (DIY) [migrated]

After scouring the internet, I could not find the answer to this question. That is, to learn what particular pieces make certain sounds or alter sounds created (Ex. capacitor x tends to make the the ...
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1answer
50 views

Priority of Da Coda vs. Repeat sign

There are three different cases I can think of, with a Da Coda embedded within repeat signs. My question for these three cases is the same: Do you jump to the Coda right when you reach the Da Coda or ...
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0answers
51 views

what cause voice crack?

I've heard many recording for Maria Callas and i noticed that her voice crack many times even in her prime like in lucia mad scene studio recording 1953 when she say "il dolce sono" between "il" and ...
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1answer
52 views

Is there different bass pedal sizes?

I'm new to drumming. I'm an electric guitar player who likes rock and heavy metal, and after playing drums in school and on my spare time in a "band", I'm planning to buy a Roland TD-11KV kit. I've ...
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2answers
81 views

Learn piano by myself [closed]

I'm new on this 'forum' and I don't know if here is the right place to ask this question but I have bought a Yamaha Keyboard and I want to learn to play it by myself. How can I do to learn piano by ...
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1answer
50 views

b3 == m3, bb3 == d3 and b5 == d5?

I just need some clarification. Am I getting chords notated this way - 1-5-b7-9-11, 1-3-5-b7-#11, 1-3-5-b7-9-13, 1-4-5-b7-9-13 - right? 3 == M3 5 == P5 b7 == m7 bb7 == d7 (?) ...
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2answers
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How to tune your guitar to F major on capo 5?

So i'm learning how to play yesterday by Beatles on my acoustic guitar and I have self taught myself so I have no tuning knowledge about the guitar whatsoever. So when watching this video about how to ...
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4answers
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Practicing string damping

I've got to back up and make string damping a priority. Do you think it's a good idea to practice different scales and use my fretting hand while strumming all the strings? How did you develop this ...
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1answer
64 views

How does one go about harmonizing stepwise melodies?

I possess a whole book dedicated to harmonising. It coverrs perhaps if not all chords and how they can be harmonized with a melody. However, all the examples given so far, is only concerned with ...
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1answer
46 views

Replicating chord tones

I've been engrossed in Jazz music for 8 months now. Since I've had 9 years experience on guitar, I can usually pick out and sing the melody being played. However, chord tones and their harmonic ...
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1answer
103 views

In Piano, what cases do you really need to press 1th, 3rd, 5th, and 8th keys together at once?

In what cases do you really need to play the octave rather than just the root, third, and fifth of the chord? I see other people playing chords and in some places (for example: key of C) they just ...
3
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3answers
640 views

What is the difference between a “triplet” and a “trill”

This may be an easy question... but I have limited Theory knowledge so... I have heard the word Trill being used to describe a method of adding multiple notes into one beat. Now from what I ...
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1answer
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Modulation in synthesizer using a separate device

Are there any analogue devices that can be connected to synthesizers like yamaha psr S550b to modulate sounds and get an output back from my synth's speakers? (Basically I want to minimize the use ...
2
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1answer
53 views

Is there a general explanation for why my timbre varies when I choose to sing at different ranges?

I'm a woman who has generally fit more into the alto range, and I haven't sung formally for more than five years. For the past few years, I've noticed that I've generally found it more comfortable to ...
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1answer
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Can't see the “MIDI To” and “Midi From” options in Live 9 Suite

I'm trying to follow this tutorial in which I should see a Midi track's output options: but I don't even see the menu options for "MIDI From" and "MIDI To". How do I enable these? I was previously ...
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0answers
50 views

Classic book from which to learn harmonium

I've been trying to learn harmonium on my own for a while now, and I've tried a couple of videos online and picked up some ragas from here and there. But I just couldn't get a normal pattern or a ...
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0answers
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How to tie knot for adjustable string strumstick strap

I have a strumstick and part of the requirement to hold it comfortably for playing is to have the string that's used for a strap adjusted to the correct length. The way they do this is with a special ...
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4answers
101 views

How can I introduce a band into working with a drummer?

I auditioned for a band the other day, this band has music that they wrote, BUT they had never wrote the material with Drums in mind. The band never had a drummer before. This wasn't that much of an ...
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2answers
87 views

What to look for in a drum machine for practicing guitar with

I want to practice guitar with a drum machine instead of a metronome. I want something that has a lot of pre set rhythms but also has some flexibility if required. What features should I be looking ...
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2answers
77 views

How can I alter a melody to fit a new chord progression?

I'm playing around with algorithmic composition, and I have the following problem. I have a melody, a chord progression / scale / both that was used to generate that melody (via whatever method), ...
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1answer
34 views

Uploading tones on a synthesizer.

I own yamaha psr S550b and a yamaha psr 295 synths. Lately I've been composing music using fl studio and now I want to perform live using sounds (tones) from fl studio. However I was wondering if I ...
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3answers
49 views

Extended range electric basses versus extended range electric guitars

The differences between standard electric basses (four strings) and standard electric guitars (six strings) are very clear: in addition to have a different number of strings, they also differ in their ...
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3answers
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Whole bar rest in 6/8 time?

Can one expect to find a semibreve rest in 6/8 compound time?
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2answers
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How to convert Vocals into lead Guitar

I have seen many people play the vocals of a song like leads on the guitar. There is not much guitar in my country's music so I am trying to learn how to convert the vocals of songs into guitar lead ...

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