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Free software to create a score from scratch

What open source softwares are available for creating a music score? I have Logic X but I don't think it's geared well for that kind of thing.
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1answer
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Choosing common time or alla breve [duplicate]

From a technical standpoint, there is no real difference between common time and alla breve at half the frequency per beat (e.g. quarter note = 160 under 4/4 or half note = 80 under 2/2). Generally, I ...
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1answer
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How do I play these notes from Ólafur Arnalds' Romance?

I'm studying this Ólafur Arnalds piece called Romance. I wonder how do I play the following notes. First, on this measure, the two F's are supposed to be the same. What should I do? Raise the ...
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3answers
105 views

How long to wait to play guitar again?

When playing guitar the other night, I was having some pain going on. I pushed through it because I was playing with someone else, but I had to stop because it eventually turned into a shooting pain ...
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1answer
61 views

Where can I find a good Für Elise in a major key? [closed]

Out on the internet, most of the Für Elise's that are re-arranged into a major key are not the full version i.e. they are only the first part of the song. Having re-arranged the entire song myself, I ...
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0answers
32 views

Is there a map of culturally popular time signatures by region?

In watching this video we had a discussion about how certain cultures and regions prefer a certain structure to music. Time signatures is just one aspect of how a region may vary from another. Is ...
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2answers
444 views

What is different in double bass bows with black hair?

Looking at various double bass bows, I noticed that some of them have black hair, like for instance: I'm not sure if this happens to bows from other instruments as well, but is there any difference ...
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1answer
43 views

Tired mouth after practicing blues harmonica

I've been practicing playing blues harmonica for over a year now (with some breaks of a few weeks) I'm noticing that after about 20-30 minutes of practice time my lips and mouth become tired and my ...
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2answers
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Why do we not see Stratocasters with Floyd Rose tremolos? [closed]

I guess it is just tradition but why can we not have a stratocaster with a floyd rose or a Ibanez with a Bigsby?
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380 views

Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

I have an ESP Ltd H-101 fm and the fretboard seems to be drying (maybe?) Can I use coconut oil on the fretboard instead of lemon oil or other oils specifically used on fretboards? Also what are the ...
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1answer
71 views

Why are major and minor harmonies multiple orders of magnitude more common than modal harmony? [duplicate]

At least for Western music of the past 300 years, it has been far more common for music to have major or minor scales as their basis of harmony, as opposed to a modal harmony. Is there a reason modal ...
3
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1answer
53 views

What are best practices surrounding polymetric music notation?

I'm writing a piece that has a 13/16 ostinato in it. However, the melodies aren't going to make any effort to have their downbeats line up with the ostinato. What are the best practices regarding ...
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5answers
208 views

How to play power chords without fretting hand getting tired?

My brother and I sat down to play electric / bass covers of Bad Religion together and by the end of the two hour session my hand literally died - like a tingling sensation and a sharp stinging pain. ...
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1answer
80 views

How to play piano with both hands? [duplicate]

I took piano lessons since fifth grade and stopped in eighth grade. I have been taught to play with hands seperate instead of playing with both hands. I have attempted this but I keep messing up.It's ...
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0answers
34 views

Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles? [closed]

Currently, artists just release singles with 1 track - the song. For example, Ariana Grande's single "Focus" has 1 track: Focus But wouldn't it be better to release additional tracks as well, like ...
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0answers
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Lower mordent followed by altered notes [duplicate]

In Bach's Two Part Invention No. 11, G minor (BWV 782) there are a couple of instances of an un-altered note with a lower mordent followed by a sharpened version of the lower note. For example, this ...
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3answers
52 views

Hum or solfege for ear training

I have a "Real Easy" ear training book and it uses solfege, but I have a real hard time with that. I use a guitar tuner app to check myself and I find I can hum much better than singing "do's",ect. Is ...
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1answer
37 views

Is the zoom H4n a good option for chamber music?

A couple of month ago I asked about the best microphone to record a piano. Back than someone suggested that, if not having solid knowledge on recording, it might be better to buy something like zoom ...
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3answers
114 views

Confusion about using scales and modes together in a solo?

Ok so my music theory knowledge is limited. I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now, mostly by ear and I often struggle in applying theory. While writing a solo I wondered whether I ...
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6answers
2k views

Is my fingering correct for F major scale?

I just started taking piano lessons. In the first class, I was taught about the different scales (C through B). But I was instructed to use the same fingering for all the scales (major and minor). ...
1
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1answer
75 views

Does the guitar's bridge affect the tone?

Does changing my bridge affect my guitar's tone? And will it make palm mutes sound good? I want to change it to a Floyd Rose Ibanez bridge.
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1answer
37 views

What is the term for singing around a stable tone?

What is the term for when a stable tone is being preceded by a previous tone and a following tone? E.g., in C major, Si-Re-Do, Re-Fa-Mi, and Fa-La-Sol.
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0answers
19 views

Hobby jazz player looking to get the most out of an H-S-H eight string

I came across a post you left regarding a tele that you had wired up with H-S-H split coils with 250 and 500 k tone and volume pots. I'm looking to do something very similar on an eight string I am ...
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4answers
148 views

Is there room for an electric guitar in Superstition (Stevie Wonder)?

Long story short, we are going to be playing an instrumental accompaniment to this song at school. I can play either a guitar or bass. I know that the lead riff is a clavinet and there is a bass line: ...
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2answers
56 views

Young string student

I received a violin not too long ago that has metal screws in the pegs. I am unable to tune with the pegs due to this and I am unable to change the strings. When i try the pegs slip and won't hold ...
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2answers
259 views

I've played piano for three years and have never seen this symbol above a note, what is it?

Really freaked me out when I saw something this uncommon in a beginner song. It's piano solo music if you need that info.
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2answers
99 views

Crossing fourth over fifth finger

I am not sure what the most convenient fingering is for the first three notes (D-E-A) in the above measure. The shown fingering (5-4-5) is the only one I have found that makes the legato on top ...
3
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1answer
96 views

Is there a tuning that gives open Maj7 chords?

A song I'm playing with (Ordinary People by John Legend) basically has a 3-chord pattern BbMaj7, EbMaj7, FMaj7. I can strum these as barre chords OK but not reliably finger-pick, and as I'd like a ...
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2answers
102 views

Can I use a DI Box to practice guitar without an amp? [closed]

I normally play bass, but I dabble with guitar sometimes. I also live in a small apartment, and since I often play late at night and I like my upstairs neighbors, I practice using headphones. I have a ...
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28 views

What is the style of song in this video and where can I find the entire version? [closed]

Maybe someone knows where can I find the entire song played in this video from 3:55. As I was looking for it, I unterstood that it is not realeased or something. I hope I'm wrong. ...
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1answer
51 views

After singing, how long do you remain warmed up for?

If you are singing on and off during the day, and begin with a decent warm up in the morning, how frequently do you need to sing/do exercises to remain warmed up? Doing a warm-up over and over again ...
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1answer
98 views

Save Tonight - sounds wrong

I been trying to learn and master my first guitar piece, which is Save Tonight, by Eagle Eye Cherry. The following image what I have done to see the chords easier for myself. This is the youtube link ...
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4answers
104 views

Mixed triplets and ordinary notes

I'm trying to write out a bar which is in 4/4, and has five crotchet triplets, the last one staccato, followed by a pushed quaver into the next bar (A quaver tied to the next crotchet in the next ...
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3answers
68 views

Grace notes different to normal notes under sustain pedal

I play a song, which ends with: Does this technically sound any different to: The only reason I would think it sounds the same is that the sustain pedal should sustain the grace note for just as ...
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2answers
66 views

confused about modes and the proper way to use them in my playing

I was wondering if someone could explain to me the correct way to play and use modes. some websites that I use to teach myself about them say that (in relation to C major) the Dorian would simply be: ...
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4answers
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Distinction between same notes played on different strings

While playing a particular piece (not chords, fingerpicking/single note playing) on my ukulele (or as far as the question is concerned, any similar instrument), I use the standard notation and then ...
1
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1answer
45 views

Typeset whole note as full measure in 6/8 time in Lilypond

I'm trying to copy a song from a book in which they were using a whole note to represent a full measure in 6/8 time. If I try to use the whole note duration in Lilypond (1), it lasts 8/8 and ...
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4answers
67 views

Violin, cello, quietly, lessons

I am 16, and I have no musical talents, but I have always loved the violin, I have enough money to buy the instrument, but there is no way for me to afford lessons. I would be dedicated to learning ...
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1answer
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Plugging an Active Bass into M-Audio Profire

so I'm going to record direct input but apparently this bass is an active bass (which I think means there's a pre-amp built into the bass. Can I just plug this thing directly into my profire? Trying ...
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1answer
57 views

Could you please advise some piano scores and exercises for extreme finger stretch for a middle-size hand?

Could you advise some piano scores and exercises for extreme finger stretch for a middle-size narrow (8,3 cm) hand? I found Brahms and Godowsky exercises and playing first page of the Chopin`s Etude ...
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2answers
82 views

unable to tune the acoustic guitar

I'm a beginner and currently learning to play guitar. I have a polo acoustic guitar. when I try to tune it using a clip on electronic tuner it doesn't recognize the strings correctly. except for 6th ...
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6answers
464 views

What key could the progression Dmaj7-Amaj7-A6-Esus4-E be in?

A friend is writing a song that begins with the following chord progression: Dmaj7-A-Esus4-E, and then repeats. I changed it to this (just trying things out): Dmaj7-Amaj7-A6-Esus4-E. The two A ...
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1answer
243 views

Transposing notes from piano notation to play on guitar

I have music theory book that is piano centered and switches between bass and violin clefs. I'm wondering how to transpose notes to comfortably play it on guitar. Moving one octave up is best way? ...
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1answer
86 views

Do I have perfect or relative pitch? [closed]

Okay, I fully understand the definitions and differences between perfect and relative pitch, but I've still been wondering what I have because I feel like my abiities fit neither. To make things ...
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1answer
49 views

Practicing projecting over orchestra

How can one practice to project over orchestra? I know that one must reset their perceived level of dynamics so that even a piano dynamic can be heard, but I was wondering if there were any techniques ...
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0answers
66 views

Casio CTK-1300 or Yamaha PSR-F50 [closed]

Alright, so as I have a pretty low budget I'm stuck on these two. Casio CTK-1300 is pretty cool and also has beginner guide built in system. Also a midi USB socket Yamaha PSR-F50 is nice but doesn't ...
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2answers
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Roman numerals analysis

I'm studying music theory in https://www.musictheory.net I have reach a point where the roman numeral analysis is explained. A couple of lessons later, I found the next image: I really can't make ...
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1answer
45 views

Good books for learning how to play the Baroque flute?

I'm looking for good books on learning the Baroque flute, and I already play the modern Boehm flute. I already have Method for the One-Keyed Flute, are there other recommended books? Edit: Modern ...
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5answers
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Why is piano the instrument all music students are expected to have some competency in?

Mostly, it's why is the piano the accepted common instrument that all music students are expected to know, as opposed to any other instrument? Most music programs have some requirement that if you're ...
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2answers
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How to arrange a solo and a chord sequence?

I want to arrange a song for fingerstyle guitar. it starts with four chords arrpegiated: Bm,Em,G,F#.and while those chords are played by a guitar, another guitar start playing a solo around the 7th ...

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