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Is it right to play a triad left hand chord with fingers 4-2-1 on a piano?

I used to play all triads of the left hand with fingers 2-4-5 instead of 1-3-5 Is this acceptable or do I have to practice 1-3-5?
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Is it possible to combine a guitar with a theremin cello in the same neck?

For reference, a theremin cello is similar to the classic thermin of 50s sci-fi sound effects fame, but packaged with a neck and played like a cello with the left hand selecting pitch along the neck, ...
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How does one learn the different scale patterns that change when you change fret?

I have just learned what a scale is and I am practicing the minor pentatonic scale on guitar. I have noticed that when you change what fret you start on, the pattern changes. For reference, I am ...
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How to notate extended vocal techniques (i.e. inhaling)?

While the Wikipedia article indicates many types of extended vocal techniques, their notations are not available. Despite hearing such effects in modern pieces, I've never had the chance of knowing ...
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Experimenting with the pickups magnetic field to create new music /effects

I stumbled upon a vey interesting post on JustinGuitarCommunity.com : Experimenting with the pickups magnetic field to create new music I want the opnion/experience of StkEX's Musicians Community ...
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Parallel thirds (e minor) on piano

I'm a bit of a novice on piano. In a piece I've written, I have the following passage (right hand), at about an Andante (q = 85, perhaps). The fingerings above are what I've done. I'm ...
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Record custom sounds for each key on a MIDI/USB piano [closed]

I would like to play back a different custom-recorded sound for each key on my piano keyboard, similar to how some keyboards have different percussion instruments per key. I am connecting to my ...
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Fingering for fast playing notes on the same fret, but different string

Sorry, I couldn't think of a more precise title. In some songs I encounter parts where I play two single notes on the same fret but, for example, 12th fret on the b and e string in fast progression. ...
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How do I show phrase markings on a string quartet score?

How do I show that a group of notes should be played as a phrase? Am I meant to make this marking with literally every phrase in the piece, or just be more selective about it? Any other phrase ...
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Double tonguing on flute

I am trying to learn double tongue on the flute, but I am struggling to do so. I can tongue well generally, but I don't understand the back of the tongue part. What syllable or method is used to ...
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Can I use a BOSS Power Supply with a JHS Andy Timmons Drive Pedal?

I had to order my JHS Andy Timmons Drive pedal from the United States (it is not available in my country). Apparently the pedal does not use battery and requires a 9V DC power supply. I am not sure ...
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Why crescendo or decrescendo over one long note in piano music?

That C-chord on measure 6 of the system, from Grieg Piano Sonata, Op. 7, IV. Finale - Molto Allegro: Why couldn't they just mark that D7 chord with a p? That G chord is marked pp. Once you press a ...
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What is the difference between Gregorian chant and Gothic chant?

I understand both belong to the plainchant class of music from the pre-renaissance period. However, I am not sure if they differ in any identifiable way. I have also heard the term Roman chant being ...
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What is the relationship of the chords in the bridge section of the song Lenny [closed]

In the song Lenny by SRV, there is a bridge section where the chords do not follow the traditional harmony, i.e. I ii iii IV V vi vii-dim Why does this sequence of chords work harmonically and how do ...
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Fermata over Rest

I was learning Santa Lucia when I came across a Fermata (bird's eye) over a whole rest. I wasn't sure how to play it. Is it that we have to rest for a little more time, like an eighth/sixteenth more? ...
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Help Reading Part of Sheet Music

I'm a novice piano player and still have occasional difficulty reading some pieces of sheet music and translating that into practice. Below is two measures of a piece I'm currently trying to learn: ...
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How to switch quickly between two intervals on the piano

In a piece of music that I'm learning, I'm asked to switch between playing a G# and a B. Although, I'm supposed to play two G#'s that are an octave apart from each other at the same time, same with ...
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Is it possible to slave a Yamaha MX49 to a Yamaha DGX-230 (lacks 5-pin but has a USB-B)?

Currently, I have a Yamaha DGX-230. I'm planning to buy a Yamaha MX49 at Thomann and slave it to the DGX-230 since the DGX-230 has more keys (76 vs 49) and I'd like to ask if it's possible considering ...
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Is a white Double Bass okay for practice?

I have been playing double bass for 3 years, and I have been borrowing a bass. However, as I can no longer buy a bass, I am looking to buy/rent one. The best one I have found is this White one. It is ...
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What does “moderato” in the middle of a musical score mean?

A study I am playing has these tempo hints: Slowly, Freely in the beginning Accelerando when the next section starts moderato shortly afterwards (I cut the score in the middle) What does ...
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I've found the chords to Chicago by Meg & Dia but can't figure out the theory

Chicago is one of my favourite Meg & Dia songs (RIP 2012). I've tabbed out a few of their songs and figured out their keys and such, but this one seems to be more than your standard vi-IV-I-V ...
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Improving my table of contents for teaching the harmonica through videos

I am attempting to make a video book for learning harmonica using the YouTube videos, that are already uploaded by the harmonica players. Following is the categorization I created, under which I would ...
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Learning to free-form harmonise when singing

Recently I've started trying to harmonise when singing in church, as the only place I regularly sing with a large group of people. I'm finding it really hard and I wondered if anyone can suggest how ...
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How to fix Bias FX buzz?

I just got Bias FX and am using it inside FL Studio. However, when I use it there is a terrible buzzing sound that dominates whatever I'm playing. It sounds like something is maxing out, but I don't ...
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49 views

Music software. Simultaneous start

I am running cool edit pro 2 (oldskool) and fruity loops pro 12 WITH WINDOWS 10 . How do I get the two programs to start to play simultaneously? I'd like to be able to put fruity loops into a line of ...
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Fighting against the F Chord

Ok, first off, let me introduce myself: my name is Diego and I've been practising guitar(acoustic with metal strings) for about a month and a half, like five hours the day. Well, to the point: ...
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Notes to be played together appear offset from each other

Are the highlighted groups of notes in the example below to be played together? My theory is that these groups of notes were drawn at a distance from each other in order not to clutter and create ...
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Additional notes that are being played besides picked ones

I was experimenting with sound analysis lately and from what I see when I plot spectral data of an audio file is that apart from notes that were actually plucked there are some other notes with quite ...
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Sheet music analysis of Hungarian Rhapsody 2; chords, note names, etc

I'd like to learn to play Hungarian Rhapsody 2 by Liszt. To that end, I procured myself some sheet music, which luckily has fingering markings. Is there any sheet music for this piece that is ...
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How to improve/train my memory while playing long pieces on the piano?

This question might result too broad and subjective to answer, so apologize first, but I'll try to make it as specific as possible. Recently I had a piano exam, consisting in three pieces: Partita No....
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Elementary music teacher - grades K-8 [closed]

I have been teaching music for 34 years. I really struggle with knowing what to teach and when. I see my students once a week for a 40 minute period. I get overwhelmed with all the resources out there....
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Name for instruments that can only play one octave, vs one that can play many octaves?

Is there a word for instruments that are limited to only one octave, as opposed to instruments that can play multiple octaves? I think this is a matter of classifying instruments with a certain narrow ...
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Can the melody have more than one note sounding at once?

When more than one note is playing, it probably is a chord. But can the melody section have two or more notes, being played simultaneously? EDIT: I mean for a single instrument whose focus is either ...
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How to choose between different tabs/chords for the same song?

I am very new to guitar and chords. I wanted to learn to play and sing the song "What a wonderful world". However, while looking for the chords, I found 2 different versions of the set of chords: ...
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What Affects “Tonality” on a Violin

In a Certificate of Merit test, I was told by the judge to work on "tonality," which, as I am told by my teacher, is kinda sorta related to timbre (not pitch or rhythm, but maybe similar to ...
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Are there scales and chord progressions particularly used in Rag music?

I am interested in the underlying scale and chord structures of ragtime music . For example, I was reading in my book Jazzology last night that ii-V-I progressions are frequently used in Jazz. I am ...
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do birds know about musical scales? [duplicate]

I sometimes wonder whether musical scales are "merely" the result of our cultural tradition and experience or whether they are (even) more fundamental. In this context - and given that spring has ...
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Tips for writing an aggressive/violent orchestral piece?

So I'm writing an orchestral composition, and it is supposed to sound aggressive and violent, however I'm not sure how one can accomplish this. At first I assumed it would have a fast tempo, and would ...
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What does this symbol represent? “x” with four dots

This is from Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody 2 in C# minor. Is this a double sharp sign? It looks kind of funny. The edition is by Julia Rivé-King, a Liszt student.
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Notate a chord with multiple extensions

if I have a chord made up of the notes: D F# G# B I can write that as a Bm6/D, but can I write it as D#4add6? How would you write this chord as a D chord, or is there no way to
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Improvising blues chords

I understand the concept of the blues scale and its blue notes flat 3rd flat 5th and flat 7th, my question is: What chords can you use to accompany the blues because I'm tired of just staying on the I ...
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Advice for figuring out unusual rhythms when composing

I've been taking lessons in composition for a couple of years now, and one of the only things I've had any difficulty with is converting difficult passages i've improvised and decided to include, into ...
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Why does moving the rear of the tongue up towards the soft palate make it easier to hit high notes strongly?

I sometimes have to sing songs at the very edge of the top of my vocal range. I have a number of techniques to do this but when I'm singing blues or American Oldtime I sometimes use a folk song ...
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How to notate that the hand should be lifted after playing a note?

In piano notation, how can I indicate for the player to lift his/her hand after playing a note? I've been advised to use laissez vibrer ties, but they get messy with other markings present in my ...
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Are there any wrong positions of last 3 fıngers while holding a drumstick?

I am new to this website, so if my question doesn't have the proper form please edit or comment. (while saying holding I mean holding drumsticks with matched grip) I play drums for several years but ...
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45 views

Can I teach other saxophone types?

I have been playing tenor for 3 years now. I am very experienced, and have given lessons to new tenors for a while. However, a new alto asked if I could teach them. I told them I could, because even ...
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How Should I Extend My Range Higher As a Bass?

I was wondering how I should extend my range higher as a bass singer. Right now, I can sing as low as a B2, but I cannot sing very high at all. I can technically hit all the notes towards the top of ...
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How do professionals think about notes/degrees/intervals while playing a melody

By my count there are 3 natural ways one might think about a simple melody - I'll use "row row row your boat" as an example. a) notes: CCCDE EDEFG b) scale degrees / distance from tonic: 11123 32345 ...
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Physical fitness and musical performance

Is there a known relationship, either direct or indirect, between physical fitness and musical performance? I haven't been able to find a definitive source or study that confirms my belief that there ...
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Note errors in Ernesto Lecuona's Suite Andalucía (aka Suite Espanol)?

I am trying to learn Ernesto Lecuona's Suite Andalucía. A review from Amazon.com says that my edition has hundreds of note errors, and as I practice I hear some questionable notes. Here's what I want ...

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