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How to play different beats on different hands? Drumset

I am having lots of trouble with my drumming skills. I can't play two different beats on different hands. For example if I'm playing eighth notes on the high-hat and switching off quarter notes on ...
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I started learning the piano a year ago but unfortunately back then I didn't have an excellent teacher; instead of working on reading notes which I'm really bad at, we focused on my playing skills I ...
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Adjust left / right angle of guitar neck?

TL;DR: Can I adjust the left / right angle of my electric guitar's neck? Not the vertical angle that most of the related questions seem to ask about. I've recently inherited an old Squier Bullet that ...
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Is my digital piano suitable for learning to play?

So here's a quick introduction: I started playing trumpet in school when I was in 5th grade, moved on to baritone/euphonium in 7th grade, taught myself acoustic guitar in 8th grade, and now I'm ...
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What are good ways to pick MIDI instruments that go together?

I've been playing music all my life. I just downloaded Ableton Live, and I've been trying to cook up some tracks. The issue that I'm having is that it often feels like the instruments that I pick ...
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Would it be worth buying better pickups for a cheap bass guitar?

I bought a really cheap bass guitar second hand. It works fine, but I'm wondering if it would sound better with more expensive pickups. Since I got it at a market for around £20 I'm guessing that the ...
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Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric

I have a hollowbody electric guitar on which I put some ball-end nylon strings as an experiment and tuned to by preferred tuning (G-D-d-f-g#-b). I really liked the distinction in sound between the ...
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Open D5 tuning for guitars

Will experimenting with tunings (specifically tuning my guitar to open D5) have any affect on my guitar or the strings? I've read a few comments that claimed it would. I tried searching on the ...
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Bracketed phrases in numbered notation

I have some sheet music for a Hulusi (a Chinese instrument somewhat similar to a recorder), in numbered notation: Some of the phrases are bracketed, like the "061 | 321" on the fourth line. What ...
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Is there any difference between these two note values?

I have never understood if these two note values are supposed to be played in the same way: Mathematically, I can understand that they are the same, since both of them have 6 notes that are being ...
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In the 1905 incidental score to Peter Pan by John Crook (1852–1922), there’s a notation I’m unfamiliar with: double-beamed notes with unfilled heads. (See the first four bars of the score below.) In ...
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How do I determine the chord progression Roman numerals?

Let's say I'm playing the chords D, G, A and Bm. I know that D is my key, which would be Roman numeral I. How do I associate the other chords with their proper roman numerals? How would I determine ...
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Can I map half my midi controller keyboard to one octave and the other half to a different octave?

I want to play Canon which requires more octaves than the 25 keys. I'm using an Alesis Q25 and Ableton 9 LE.
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V chord becoming 7th? minor key

Im listening / looking at a song that is in the key of e minor And the chords for the song are just Em B7 Am Now..im no expert but from my theory i learnt a while back for a minor key thr chords ...
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How to learn the piano, if I can already play the piano accordion?

I can already play the piano accordion quite well (I had lessons for many years) and now I would like to learn playing the piano. My right hand is - I assume - quite well prepared, however there are ...
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Using flatted third in 12 bar blues

I've found that when playing the last four bars of the 12 bar blues (V IV I I) with triads (in a typical 70s rock fashion) that inserting a major triad on the flatted third sounds really good as a ...
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Moving to guitar from piano

I play the piano, and also the guitar. My piano playing is free and loose, and I can effortlessly string together melodies and harmonies, melting chords and melody lines into a polyphonic piece of ...
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How many types of modulation are there?

I know a few types of modulation off the top of my head like common chord modulation and and chromatic modulation, but I was wondering how many different types of modulation are there and what are ...
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How do I write music down from a recording?

I am a beginning piano student. I bought some sheet music to play Make Someone Happy, written by Jule Styne, and made famous by Jimmy Durante. The problem is that the sheet music starts with the ...
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Lifting off vs keeping fingers on the fretboard after striking a note

I have recently started learning classical guitar and the book I am studying recommends not taking a finger off fretboard (after striking a note) unless it is needed to be. So, for the following ...
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Program that converts MIDI files to sheet music with notes written in

I'm looking for a program that will convert MIDI files to pdf files (or any document) that I can print. I know there are a lot of programs that already do this, but I'm specifically looking for one ...
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How do I notate multiple musical voices on one staff in Sibelius? [duplicate]

I'm trying to copy (possibly simplified) version of John Lennon's Imagine into Sibelius. However Sibelius won't let me write the first bar exactly how it is on the sheet music I found. Here's a screen ...
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What is the difference between portamento and glissando?

What is the difference between portamento and glissando while singing?
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Vocal free-time song: legato question, and slur (“portamento” vs “glissando”) specific case

I am an absolute beginner to music theory, and I am starting to study some songs which are free time (ie no time signature). Looking at this score: tentatively transcribed from this tune: ...
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Will having an opposite gender vocal trainer affect or slow down one's learning?

Just curious to know if this is a significant factor. That is, will a brilliant female vocal trainer be able to figure out and help a struggling male student just as efficient as a male vocal trainer? ...
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How do I transition smoothly going up or down while singing without strain or breaking? Is mixed-voice the key? How do I work on it?

I've been trying to learn singing for sometime now and have gone through dozens of videos and articles understanding voice/vocal folds/registers/bridging/exercises-lip-trills-apreggios..etc,. since ...
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When is a piece in A minor versus C major?

When would you say a piece, or a movement in a symphony, is in A minor versus C major? They both use the same notes on the scale... what would indicate that the piece is in A minor? Let's take an ...
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Can't differentiate between time signatures

I know the general idea behind time signatures: 6:8 is 6 eighth notes in a bar, 3:4 is 3 quarter notes in a bar. I also understand that in situations like these, while the two technically equal each ...
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Can amplifying input port break sound card?

I have been trying different ways to rip my records. USB works perfectly but I wanted to try doing it the way others do it, by analog. I tried doing that with a Monster cable I use for my Beats. I ...
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What do I need to start playing violin amplified?

I play acoustic violin, but would like to start playing amplified sometimes. But when I start looking into equipment, I get lost in options. Piezos? Microphones? DI boxes? Pre-amps? Speaker systems? ...
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Mathematics of Ritardando

Beyond feel & experience, is there a rule conductors use for ritardando in terms of (a) its rate, (b) its change in rate, and/or (c) the relationship between the final tempo and the tempo of the ...
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Chord Roles/Reputations

Does there exist literature examining the particular psychological/emotional role/reputation of each chord in a movement? (For example, I am currently infatuated with IVmaj7, which is to say I find ...
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1answer
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Releasing MIDI key causes a sound - using Ableton Live - how to avoid that?

When I play some instruments in Ableton Live 9 with my MIDI controller, e.g. a "Stranger Lead Guitar" or "Steel jazz clean," it plays sound when I hit the key, which is good, but it also plays a sound ...
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Electric Guitar: is a good practice or bad habit that I tap the strings with my picking hand when there is a rest

When I was learning to play electric guitar, it was very difficult for me to keep up with the beats when there comes rests(I don't know if it is called "rest", I mean the beats which you need to mute ...
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How important are chord inversions as an intermediate guitar player and what are their applications?

I've been on a run to get a lot of theory down after realizing how amazing music theory is. As a guitar player going through a intermediate-advanced theory journey, I would like to know where ...
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How to make a bass growl?

There’s a bass tone I really like, that doesn’t quite sound distorted, but instead is sort of a subtle, warm growling noise. I think this might be what guitarists mean when they talk about “crunch.” ...
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Ranges in the Real Vocal Book

The Real Book for vocalists comes in two versions: The Real Vocal Book for high voice or low voice. What are the actual vocal ranges appropriate for these transcriptions? The publisher’s descriptions ...
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Is it orthodox to use the pedal when playing Bach on the piano?

It is my understanding that Bach's keyboard works were written for the harpsichord, and thus no (damper) pedal is used while playing Bach on the harpsichord. On the piano however, I have heard ...
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Score transcription community

This is my first question on this SE site so I'm not 100% sure I have the right scope ;-) I'm looking for an online platform / community to get help transcribing and arranging tracks. I tend to do ...
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The Elements of the Oratorio

I have had the privilege of singing in choirs performing classical oratorios, which I loved. I am a composer of simpler forms, but have been toying with the prospect of composing what I have been ...
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Detecting absolute pitch by ear

I've been playing classical guitar for a few years and my theory is not bad. I also think that I am really good at detecting relative pitch and chords. I can play most of the things (solo or chords) I ...
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How the body vibration on a semi-hollowbody guitar affect the sound through the pickups?

Are this kind of pickups precisely "magnetic pickups"? If so, the pickups are supposed to be producing sound from the (metallic) string vibration, then how does the body vibration on a ...
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How do I play notes in a scale/key freely up and down the neck without getting caught in boxes and shapes?

I would like to know which approach to learning the scales/shapes is better. As in, is learning the shapes for major seperately and minor seperately benefitial? Or is it good to just learn the 5-major ...
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16/16 vs 8/8 (accents)

How would you notate: /--/--/--/--/-/- 16/16 seems ungainly, but 8/8 puts a downbeat on an "and" in two places. (To get my software drummer to do what I want, I am using two bars of 6/8 followed by ...
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Self learning path for Guitar

I am learning guitar all by myself for the last couple of years, scavenging information from internet. But since I am learning all by myself, I don't know I am missing. My assumption is, in a ...
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Looper app for iPad?

Being a big fan of Christopher Bill and his live performance acts (here is an example: Pharrell Williams covered with trombone), I am looking for an iPad app that allows to record a first voice and ...
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Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner

I'm want to transcribe some jazz piano, but I can't find any easy pianists to transcribe. For saxophone, people like Stan Getz and Lester Young play quite slowly most of the time, so I can transcribe ...
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What is B II, followed by a dashed line, and what does it mean?

In the guitar tab of Opus 35, No 22 in B minor of Fernando Sor that I get from classical clef, there is a notation BII as shown in the above picture. What does it mean?
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AMEB Grade 4 Theory question - harmonising cadence points in a melody?

So i've started doing Grade 4 theory, and came across this question. Normally, i would have no problem if they gave me the bass, but in this case, I'm slightly confused. How are you supposed to go ...
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What is the best way to learn to sing harmony?

I am quite capable of singing the lead vocal but have a difficult time finding the 3rd or 5th harmony in order to harmonize with someone else. Is there a method of learning to hear or find the ...

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