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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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1answer
49 views

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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7answers
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How to notate that a specific note be underlined in a piano chord?

I have the following set of chords for piano. How can I tell the performer to either stress or underline specific notes in the chord (so as to show the melody), i.e. the notes on the heads of which I'...
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3answers
209 views

Why do thicker guitar picks result in a darker tone color?

I recently had a vendor send me extra-heavy picks rather than heavy picks. I like the sound so I think I'll keep them but each note picked with the heavier picks definitely has a darker timbre (tone ...
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3answers
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Digital piano sound fonts

I have a Yamaha YDP-142 and the piano sounds great on it, but it only lets me download MIDI files that I have recorded, and I can't find any piano soundfonts that sound like the piano itself to play ...
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2answers
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How does Indian and Western Musical contain Seven Notes ? Is it a Coincidence?

How does Indian (sa,re,ga,ma,pa,dha,ni) and Western(c,d,e,f,g,a,b) music have seven notes ? Is it a coincidence or someone copied from other ?
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Should i buy a midi keyboard or a standard keyboard to learn? [duplicate]

i am brand new to music production and i want to start with learning keyboard. So my question is shall i buy a midi keyboard or a standard keyboard to learn. i am total beginner.. is there a ...
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76 views

Piano…JS Bach fan…he blows me away [closed]

What are all the available chords for every bass note? I am looking for a way in to use partimenti to supply chords quickly to a given bass line, without figured bass
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2answers
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Is a triangle okay for rock music?

My friends and I are performing "Don't Stop Believing" and I think the triangle is the only instrument I can play and not ruin everything. Are there any better basic instruments. We are just doing ...
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1answer
66 views

How to practice singing

So I’ve been practicing singing for about 4 months now about 4 hr a week doing 30min sessions when I have time. I’ve started recording myself over the past month to see what I sound like in recordings....
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1answer
31 views

What Language Is Prevalent for Tempo/Mood Markings in Contemporary Music?

Italian has historically been the gold standard, but Mahler and Beethoven used German quite a bit, and French composers have used their language for a long time. David Gillingham once told me that ...
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3answers
45 views

How to notate pickup measures in the middle of peices?

I'm writing a song where some measures have less than the full number of beats indicated in the time signature. This occurs in the middle of the price, but it is a pickup to the next phrase. How is ...
2
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1answer
44 views

Acoustics of woodwinds with centered mouthpieces/openings

Common woodwind instruments, as you know, are blown into from one of the two ends; the acoustic studies for air columns mainly center around these. But I am attempting to understand the acoustics of a ...
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1answer
67 views

What is the easiest way to get into the groove of holding the guitar neck correctly?

I've been playing guitar every since I was 9 yrs old and now I'm 14 and have found that the way i hold the guitar is giving me Tennis Elbow. What is the best way to get back to playing the guitar ...
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Why do octaves sound equivalent?

It is, I think, a perfectly clear observation that one note an octave above another note sounds as if it were the same in a certain sense; while they are by no means the same exact note, they are ...
3
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1answer
47 views

What does “of the first/second/third/etc. tone” mean in Iberian keyboard music?

For example, "Tiento de 5° tono" - The fifth tone? Mixolydian? I'm not sure about whether "tono" refers to a scale mode because the music is scattered with accidentals that don't seem to follow the ...
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0answers
17 views

I want to learn piano by purchasing a MIDI/USB keyboard [duplicate]

I've been teaching myself how to compose, arrange and orchestrate music for films and games. I just love listening to movie scores and I would like to create my own. I've been using FL Studio for a ...
7
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2answers
82 views

Role of muscle memory vs. ear-based micro-adjustments in non-fixed-note instruments

Many instruments have fixed notes tuned according to equal temperament, but some don't. The most common examples are the violin family, the trombone, and the human voice, but one can also find ...
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3answers
113 views

Exercises to improve guitar playing while singing at the same time

I notice a big gap in the complexity of what I can play on the guitar when I'm just playing, compared to playing and singing together. I'm by no means an expert guitarist but I can learn specific ...
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5answers
190 views

What exactly is a Major scale?

So, typically you compose a happy song in a major scale, or, in my case Progressive House, in a Major scale. But, if C# major's relative key is A# Minor, what exactly is a major scale and how do you ...
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What are some tips for battling forearm fatigue for performing long passages of fast notes (keyboard)?

I am unable to play, for example Chopin etudes (most of them) and Fantaisie-Impromptu because less than 30 seconds in, my forearms fatigue. I slow down a lot and it is physically painful to proceed ...
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2answers
678 views

Should I learn guitar, harmonica, or violin first?

I decided to begin studying and practicing one of the instruments I love, which are guitar, blues harmonica, and violin. Is one of them the easier to play? Also, my ear is not trained on recognizing ...
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1answer
83 views

Why are my fingers suddenly sluggish?

I had a late night last night. I had played my violin several times during the day, and had no problems. Today, I woke up late (as is to be expected after getting to bed at 12:30) and had a slow start....
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2answers
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If E-G-C is first inversion, what is E-C-G?

(in the piano this would be impossible to play but it's doable in a guitar) anyways, C4, E4, G4 -> E4, C5, G5
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1answer
53 views

My floyd rose is badly sharp on return

If I pull up on my whammy bar and then go to tune, the entire guitar is sharp. II have an Edge zero 2 on an Ibanez js140... any help?
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3answers
167 views

Rule of the octave for melody

In thorough bass (where the bass line is written first) there are simple "rules" for ascending and descending scales with different inversions and other rules in "partimenti". They are all based on ...
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2answers
462 views

Playing concert barefoot

I usually play electric guitar barefoot during my rehearsal,I feel more comfortable and it's easy to maneuver the pedals this way, and it's never been a problem. But in shows, I always been using ...
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1answer
135 views

Meaning of values for MIDI control change event

What is the meaning of the two bytes that come at the end of a MIDI control change event? For eg. I have a MIDI file of Chopin prelude no. 7, and the track for Right Piano has one control change ...
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2answers
72 views

Ibanez Rg series lead guitar

I own a Ibanez RG lead and was wondering if I can play rhythm with it. Just not sure and don't want to damage it with the strumming.
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1answer
42 views

Does MusicXML support arbitrary text?

Is there a way to format a MusicXML file to include arbitrary text, e.g. at the bottom of a sheet? I'm trying to write additional verses to a song without having to show them underneath the notes.
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4answers
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Finger tips getting hard, calloused

I play the piano. And I am newly starting to learn guitar on a classical one. I want to play electric guitar after I improve and manage to acquire one. I wanted to play the guitar left handed, with ...
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1answer
76 views

Clicking sound when switching chords

Here is a demo: https://goo.gl/photos/SmJaUU3LUCvU6Mx66 Amplifier: Roland blues cube artist Guitar: Fender American deluxe plus, with N3 noiseless pickups As you can hear there is a clicking/...
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1answer
68 views

How can I make my own white dot inlays?

I have this old banjo mandoline and its dot inlays are just white stickers covering the holes. One of the stickers is missing and I actually want to replace all of the stickers by proper dot inlays. ...
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2answers
49 views

Fm7 Drop 2 1st inversion confusion

I'm reading a guitar book that has started to describe drop voicing and inversions (both of which I'm already familiar with their concepts). My concern is that I think my understanding of the ...
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2answers
85 views

Should I play in a concert band or orchestra?

I highly enjoy music, and would like to know what would be better to play in if I do not have any real preference for any genre (I listen to rock the most often and I am the most familiar with it, but ...
2
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1answer
34 views

attach tune-o-matic bridge electric Guitar

I have a problem. I have to attach a tune-o-matic bridge on my guitar but i don't know in which angle this has to be. I have done some research in the internet but i found nothing usable. Is there ...
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4answers
54 views

E Flat Major - Guitar chords in roman numeral notation?

Is there a way to write guitar chords, for example E7, in roman numeral chord numbers like I and II etc. ?? And if so, how?
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1answer
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Where should whole notes be drawn within a measure?

In this Lilypond-generated score, the whole notes are in different positions. The first is slightly to the left, the middle one is approximately centered, and the right one is slightly to the right. ...
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4answers
115 views

Are there any examples of music where each note in the piece is played by a different instrument?

I am interested in information pertaining the following questions: To what extent do you have to use a consistent set of instruments when composing? Can one make music where each note in the ...
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5answers
180 views

Get an electric guitar sound without an amp?

I was wondering if it is possible to get an electric guitar (used with, say an overdrive pedal) sound with an acoustic-type guitar without the use of an amp. Similar to how resonator guitars sound ...
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4answers
69 views

How to choose the right pick?

How should I choose the right pick thickness and what are the differences between them? I'm using a 0.5 m pick for extra light strings, but I don' t like it very much. What is the best pick ...
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2answers
73 views

How to notate triplets longer than 1 measure?

I was listening to the theme from "Game of Thrones" and noticed this section (listen for the drum). There is a hemiola that takes four beats, but the song fits 3/4 best. That would make the hemiola ...
5
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1answer
130 views

In Cubase, why are my MIDI tracks' programs not independent?

I have successfully routed multiple MIDI tracks to different channels of one rack (not track) instance of HALion Sonic SE. When I play them back, their sound reflects the sound selected for the HALion ...
2
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6answers
402 views

What is the correct way of learning sheet music?

I don't really know what is the correct way of learning new pieces from sheet music and because of this I get distracted really quickly while familiarizing myself with new music. I tend to follow some ...
0
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1answer
65 views

Mezzo soprano and Soprano difference

What is the exact difference between a mezzo soprano and a soprano? Have heard that both have almost the same range but what is the exact difference? If mezzo is slightly weak in singing in head voice,...
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0answers
30 views

Mastering carnatic gamakas (slides, deflections)

I started learning Indian classical violin a couple of years ago. There is a lot of rigor in getting things right with my instructor, and sometimes I feel I'm plateaued and not making progress. ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Head voice techniques for singing

My head voice goes a little weaker after an hour of practice (after warm ups). I do take sufficient breaks in between. Is it normal and will it improve with regular practice sessions that I do ...
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2answers
244 views

Is it possible to play bongos on bed?

I'm not sure if this the right place to ask this, can a patient play bongos while in bed? He cannot bend one of his knees. I understand that there is a bongo stand that can be put on the ground, but ...
3
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1answer
76 views

How to best isolate a wall for piano practice?

I share one wall with the neighbor in the room where I practice piano. This is the direct point of contact with my neighbor. All the other walls are either to the street or my own apartment. What is ...
6
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5answers
2k views

Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

It seems to me to be the most often recommended method to get a "proper metal tone". Why is that? Why pay so much for a monster and then use the crunch channel and a tubescreamer?

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