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A good source to learn the theory of chords in an accordion

I have been learning to play accordion for a few months and I can play 15-20 songs with their chords now. I know the physics behind the musical notes (such as I can understand what one implies by ...
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What to look out for when buying a super-cheap used guitar

I found a red Yamaha Pacifica fat strat at a local pawn shop. Most of their guitars are $60 and up, but this one has a $25 sticker on it. I'm considering buying, cleaning, and restringing it but I'd ...
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Percussion notes in the vocals

This an excerpt from an arragment to the song "Hakuna Matata" from the movie "The Lion King": Why are there percussion notes in the vocals?
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How do I play (and sing) a chord pattern song?

There are many questions I have regarding a chord progression so decided to use a simple song to start... Happy Birthday, since we all know it. C G Happy birthday to you ...
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How is electronic music performed live?

I produce electronic music like electro house/dubstep. I am releasing it on the internet for some time, and I think it's time to do a couple of live performances. How can I perform it live?
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Can anyone learn to sing higher?

So, I sing to myself a lot, and one thing that really frustrates me is that I cannot even reliably hit a middle C. (I'm male.) This is basically unacceptable to me even for ordinary shower-singing. ...
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How can I learn timing from a guitar tab?

When playing guitar/bass from tabs, I find that I can learn the fingering easily, but the timing is often wrong when I play with a backing track. I'm fairly noobish to music notation/tablature, but I ...
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How important is it for a guitar player to know the notes which make up a chord?

If you play piano you immediately see what notes construct what chord. For example you see on your keyboard that C Major is constructed of C E G. It's much harder to visual that on guitar even if you ...
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What should I look for in a metal bass guitar?

I am playing bass in a humorous metal band. The idea is to make parody out of metal using as many cliches as possible (at the same time respecting the scene and having fun, of course). We have some ...
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Finger landing order for D#m chord (and similar)

Which one is a faster finger landing order for this and similars chords: 4-3-2-1 or 3-4-2-1 (4 is a pinky finger). I play 3-4-2-1(somehow faster for me)
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Learning 4/5 trills on the piano?

This has got to be one of the hardest technical things to teach your hands. I'm looking for advice from someone who's already surmounted this particular obstacle. To be clear, I'm talking about ...
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Different representation of consecutive sixteenth notes

These are two different bars from "John Thompson's Grade 3" arrangement "Hungarian Rhapsody no.2". Is there a difference between the time value of the first F in the first picture and the first D in ...
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How should I finger A# and F# Major on piano?

How should I finger A# and F# Major with the left hand, 5-2-1 or 5-3-1?
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Tools to create drums backing track for non-drummer

I am looking for a comfortable way to create a drums backing track in order to use them in my recordings. currently I have 2 options (since I am not a drummer) drum machine - very mechanic and ...
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International Touring

I've had my share of booking in the states, but would like to know what differs abroad. I'm looking to take my solo project on an international tour... (My genre is dark piano rock/electronica.) Any ...
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Hannon or Czerny

What are the best exercises for someone who had played the piano for 3 years but has had a 4 year break and wants to get back into playing, Hannon or Czerny?
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Why do the notes of a blues scale sound good with the I, IV, and V chords?

If you are playing the blues in the key of C, any note in the blues key of C should sound good in the melody with either of the C, F or G (I, IV or V) major chords in the bass. Why is this and how do ...
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Changing compound intervals into simple intervals to simplify a piano arrangement

I am learning to play "raindrop keep falling on my head". In the sheet I have there are in the base line there are tenth interval that I simplified into thirds: My questions are: Is it very ...
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Why do these two songs seem impressive yet are easy to “sing”

Sorry for the snarky title, but I am genuinely curious if there is some fundamental musical properties to these songs that make them the "go-to" songs for their typical amateur performers. (Also, ...
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Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?

I am writing an a Capella choral work. I need to know if the following ranges are reasonable or not. S1: Eb4-Ab5 (One S1 is assigned an optional Db6) S2: Eb5-Gb5 A1: C4-F5 A2: C4-F5 T1: C3-Bb4 ...
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Do I need to play chords exactly as the tablature says?

For example, a D chord: But sometimes, I think the 1 should be a 2, the 2 should be a 3, and the 3 should be a 4. This seems easier to play; can I play it in this way? Or do I need to play exactly ...
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Correct or natural left hand position when plays tabs w/o marking finger number

When I play w/ simple tabs such as The GodFather which does not mark finger number or chord types, I just feel uncomfortable between notes: I'm not sure whether my hand style and the finger pressing ...
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What are the pros and cons of doubling on two brass instruments?

I am a trombonist and have played in a band for almost 3 years now. I am hoping to continue on by also doubling with the trumpet, and at the same time also continue to play the trombone. The thing ...
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Scale modification in sus2 and sus4 chords

I've recently been looking at what makes chords what, and hence my first target for this was looking at major, minor, sus2, and sus4 chords. I know major chords are made up of the first, the third, ...
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Why did Lou Reed make Metal Machine Music?

For background, it's a record that was made "without musical instruments" by rigging up ring-modulators and envelope filters and tone generators to create a sort of living shape of feedback. But ...
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Is singing a matter of talent or practice?

This is something I have always wondered. Is singing a matter of talent, that is, only people born with the 'proper instrument' can sing properly, or is it a matter of practice? I know that practice ...
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Piano tuning just under the absolute pitch

The other day, the piano tuner came to the semi-annual tuning of my piano (a Blüthner baby grand). I was not at the house when he did the tuning. When I got home, the piano was tuned in respect to ...
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Three Days Grace guitar distortion tone

How do I get Three Days Grace guitar distortion sound in Garageband or Logic. What are the other ways to reproduce the exact sound used in their riffs?
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Spectrum of brass tones of same fingering

On valve brass instruments, a single fingering may be used to play different notes. For example on the trumpet, leaving all valves open (up) allows the player to play the following notes: C - G - C - ...
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What are all those extra controls on the Fender Jazzmaster?

The wikipedia article says a lot, but doesn't dissect the artifact.
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Different types of grace notes

This is a definition of a grace note from a Thompson piano course book: But if they don't have any time value, why do I see grace note of different time values? In this picture there is an eighth ...
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774 views

How to do a finger roll on a doumbek

So, I've just started playing the doumbek. I've started trying to pick up finger rolls, but they don't have the same ring or intensity as my tek or ka strokes. While this is probably to be expected ...
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How do you determine the best fingering for arpeggios on the piano?

I'm learning Reverie by Debussy. I always hesitate when fingering arpeggios. I can figure it out, but I always feel like there's a better way which I'm not thinking of. Does anyone have any tips for ...
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Spanish Guitar lessons online

Where can I find reliable, good instructional material about the Spanish guitar online? I'm just not able to find reliable instructors, and I think I'll be a better and faster learner through online ...
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Penciling in piano fingering

This question is related to a previously asked question of mine about adding accidentals. I often pencil in fingering in difficult places, but sometimes I even mark fingering on an entire piece (in ...
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How do preamps and power amps compliment/replace guitar amplifier heads and combos?

I see rack mounted power amps and preamps, mainly for large venues. But I don't know exactly what they do. I know a preamp can be used to boost a microphone signal for a soundcard, but I don't know ...
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What are the differences between these tuning machines?

I just got a used Fender Starcaster S1 to compliment my existing Behringer strat. Upon inspecting it, I noticed that it has different backs on it's tuning machines. What are the differences between ...
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How to correctly position your larynx when singing?

I'm a beginner singer who wants to get it correctly. I've seen quite a lot of videos explaining how keeping the larynx neutral while singing is crucial, but not a lot of the techniques they teach ...
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Adding accidentals that are already expressed by the key signature

I have been learning piano for almost two years now, making good progress. I have good knowledge of the different scales and their corresponding key signatures. When I learn a new piece, I usually ...
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What kind of guitar is used in Edenbridge's guitar solos?

Edenbridge's guitar solos have a unique, almost peaceful sound to them. I am curious, what kind of guitar is used to play them? Here is an example.
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What combination of techniques and hardware does guitarist Joey Santiago use in this concert video?

In reference to the following live performance: ...
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What are the differences between an American and Mexican Fender Stratocaster?

Many Mexican Fenders have the same or similar price as the American-made versions. Some of the parts are also the same. Generally what's the difference?
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Glissando that ends on a flat

I have a piece that is in two flats and has a glissando that starts on G and ends on a B quarter note two octaves higher. Am I supposed to glissando on the white keys through A and then hit and hold ...
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Relative Major/Minor keys question

I've got a question, I thought perhaps one of you fine human beings could help me out. I am under the impression that you can find the relative minor key of a major key by counting down 3 steps, ...
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Acoustic pianos with weighted keys

I'm currently trying to build up my finger strength, and have found that the exercises I do are more effective if I am practising on a piano with a heavier touch, as the keys require more force to ...
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Is it easier to play “softly” on a grand piano?

As I live in an apartment complex, I'm limited to playing on digital pianos; something I can plug headphones into so I don't disturb my neighbors. I recently purchased a Yamaha P95 and have been blown ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of supporting the classical guitar?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of supporting a classical guitar? I know of three methods, each of which has some variation: A footrest A stand or cushion that rests on the left leg and ...
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1answer
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Heavy metal: how to play and “arc down” shown in tablature

I'm currently mastering a Troy Stetina "Heavy Metal rhythm" course, but having troubles with one of the exercises. It has an "half arc pointed down" sybmol after a note on 12th fret, what does it ...
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What are the effects of mounting a full size neck on a 3/4 body?

I have a 3/4 size electric guitar. I've decided to make a custom guitar by creating horns out of additional pieces of wood and mounting them to the body with custom made steel pickguards on the front ...
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How to play a long sustained note on an electric guitar?

I've seen such effects on Santana, Robert Fripp and Steve Hackett. They produce a clean sustained sound and I don't know how to create it.

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