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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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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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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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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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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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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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65 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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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 ...
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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
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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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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
50 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 ...
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6answers
856 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
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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
82 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
302 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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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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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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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
700 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
110 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 ...
2
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2answers
258 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 ...
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1answer
91 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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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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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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1answer
72 views

Why (Occidental) conventional rhythm notation became conventional? [closed]

Human languages evolve and adapt themselves to the needs (phonetics, auditory, contextual) of the users. To what extent has been showed that Occidental music notation followed that path? Is it ...
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2answers
51 views

Chopin 2nd sonata 1st mvt: left hand fingering

Being a pretty experienced player, I admit I still wonder what fingering you can use for left hand for measures 17-22 ? For example, when making the huge transition A-F-A at measure 17-18, would you ...
0
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1answer
53 views

connect audio interface to amp's power amp

so I wanna try to use amp sims on logic pro with a real cab. I have a laptop with an apogee one audio interface. My idea was to plug the guitar to apogee, then apogee to logic and finally, connect the ...
2
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3answers
147 views

Chord name does not match the notes it's written above

Sometimes I find the chords above a guitar tab hard to understand. For example, in this piece: There is a C chord written above the first bar even though the note beneath is a single open E-string ...
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2answers
110 views

How does the guitar demonstrate volume?

I am doing a project in music where we have to make our own instrument and i have chosen to make a guitar. One of the questions we have to answer is; Explain how your instrument demonstrates the ...
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2answers
199 views

What makes graduate-level music theory different from undergraduate-level music theory?

It's been years since I graduated with a music minor. My background consists of: Traditional two-semester sequence in music theory (basic notation to borrowed chords), i.e., Kostka/Payne ...
3
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3answers
248 views

Is there a simple way to transpose a song from one key to another? What is the methodology?

What is a simple way to accomplish transposing a song from one key to another key? In other words if I am looking at a song written in the key of C and can't sing it in that key and I want to ...
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2answers
123 views

How are notated the sequences of durations (13/27, 1/27, 13/27) and (4/81, 259/1296, 1/1296)?

The sequence (13/27, 1/27, 13/27) sum to a whole note, and it derives (presumably) from triplets, while the sequence (4/81, 259/1296, 1/1296) sum to a quarter, and may derive from triplets (the first ...
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2answers
259 views

How to learn to play bass guitar from chord sheets as a rhythm guitarist?

I'm primarily a rhythm (acoustic) guitarist with a little bit of music theory. Mainly I play songs from a chord sheet in my church band, no score. I'm interested to learn a bit of bass as I was given ...
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0answers
38 views

Playing a melody in two Scales [duplicate]

1- Could you please tell me when you play a song on the, for example, C Major scale, how do you play this song on the other scales? If you do that, how do you do to show a cool sound? Do you repeat ...
5
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4answers
533 views

Is it possible that a music piece written in a “flat key signature” contains sharp-accidentals (and vice versa)?

E.g. the key signature G Major contains one sharp (which is why I consider it as a "sharp key signature"). Can a music piece written in G Major contain a Db? Or can it only be a C# because the key ...
10
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2answers
1k views

What note values cannot be represented in conventional notation?

Using dots, ties and tuplets of standard note values (whole, half, quarter, etc.), are there values that cannot be represented? Examples: 1/8 is an eighth 7/16 is a two-dotted-quarter 15/8 is a ...
3
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1answer
72 views

Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument

I would like to learn how to play multiphonics on brass instruments. (I am referring to the kind of multiphonics that are produced when singing/humming a note whilst playing another note.) I gave it a ...
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3answers
73 views

Dropping the 5th degree and counting a C♯Dom7

I'm currently writing out (into a chord diagram book) all the different voicing/finger positions for the seventh chords. Some voicings are difficult to play and I so my initial thought was "oh, the ...
3
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3answers
130 views

Changing songs' chords to Arpeggios

I want to know how I change chords to Arpeggios in a song? For example how do you change (Somebody's me) by Enrique from chords to Arpeggios or single notes? Can you show me this or another example as ...
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1answer
25 views

MIDI Keyboard controller and Windows Tablet

I installed Mixcraft 7 on my iBall slide i701 and assigned all the VSTs I required for a particular song to different instrument tracks and pre-set the volume/pan of each. The plan was to select/touch ...

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