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Why are 1/2 (or 3/4, etc) violins called that way if they are not 1/2 size?

On the question Do 1/2 size violins sound at normal pitch? I found out that 1/2 violins are actually ~86% of a full size violin. What do the fractions 7/8, 3/4, 1/2 etc for violin sizes represent, if ...
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How to start piano composition? [closed]

How can I start composing a piano song. I often get some ideas but how great pianists start composing a song ? Should I sit on my piano and start playing some notes or should I think about something ...
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435 views

Do 1/2 size violins sound at normal pitch?

With wind instruments, young kids with small hands are often advised to start on smaller instruments (e.g. Soprano Sax, Eb Clarinet) before moving to full-size instruments. (Terrible advice IMO, but ...
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Musically Interesting Guitar Exercises

I'm bored to tears of the usual exercises - scales, chords, finger independence, arpeggios, etc. Most of my boredom stems from these exercises being musically boring and uninspiring. Any suggestions ...
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Is it okay to remove the cork from a trumpet's mute?

I bought a mute for my trumpet because I want to practice playing in my dorm. However, it is not very effective in minimizing the noise I make when I play. I suspect that it is the pieces of cork ...
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462 views

Why does this progression sound good, even if it not resolve to the root?

I'm trying to learn some music theory. I'm interested in the magic of chord progression, and how little changes can make a dramatic change in the feeling. Anyway, I suppose that a progression moving ...
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289 views

Can any guitar be tuned in Drop D

I have 10+ (years) guitar with new steel strings and I was just playing around trying to tune it to Drop D however the 6th string snapped while in the process. I'm a newbie in guitars so I was just ...
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132 views

How cold is too cold to move a piano?

I'm having a piano moved by professionals to my house tomorrow morning when its supposed to be between 40-45 degrees F and 65% humidity. I've asked them to cover it during the move. It should take ...
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307 views

Finding motivation learning guitar without a band

I've been learning guitar for a year. Sometimes it can be really lonely practising without a band or someone to perform with. How do I find motivation to continue learning? Sometimes I'm envious of my ...
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33 views

Is it legal to sample a karaoke version of a song? [closed]

I recently sampled a karaoke instrumental track of a song and was wondering if this is legal? If it's not legal then who should I clear the sample through? Should I clear it from the people who made ...
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354 views

Is it ever too late to learn guitar?

I feel that I'm already past the 'critical point' for learning guitar. My friend started playing guitar when he was ten - and I felt like the nerves in his left hand were much more developed. My left ...
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5answers
126 views

What's music? A question about 'foundations'

First of all, I'm new here. I'm a mathematician who's intersted in understanding music in a foundational way. Basically, I want to understand why we call things musical notes, and why there are a ...
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152 views

Tell the difference between a natural and a sharp/flat tone?

Is it possible to tell whether or not a single note that you hear is a white key or a black key on a piano (i.e. whether a note is natural or sharp/flat)? Can anybody actually do this? I've heard ...
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58 views

Bass fret board position knowledge

I`ve been playing 6 string bass for quite a while now, but during live performances with low light, l sometimes find it difficult to find the right notes on the fretboard, esp C on the E string ...
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1answer
81 views

What kind of chord progressions am I using?

I taught myself music theory mostly by playing with chord progressions and writing music based on what I like. (I've since learned music theory proper.) As a result, I prefer to use some chord ...
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1answer
89 views

Do chord changes affect the key of a song or do all chords in a song belong in the same key?

So I'm not really sure I'm phrasing the question properly but I'll try to explain. My theory level is pretty basic. I'm trying to deconstruct a song and (according to a website) it's in the key CMin. ...
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0answers
31 views

String bending on an acoustic? [duplicate]

my exercise book had me trying to bend strings up two half steps. I have to use all my strength to even do one half step, and to do this I have to push the string all the way to the adjacent string. ...
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2answers
83 views

What does a DI box do?

I'm not new to recording music but I've almost always used a microphone to gather the sound. I have heard people referring to a "DI box" when plugging an instrument (guitar/bass) directly into a ...
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1answer
37 views

Research and studies in Melody

Are there any published articles to get started with in order to learn about research in music cognition and musicology specific to melody? I just need a few names to get me going and can find the ...
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4answers
514 views

Any heads-up tips for recording bass guitars?

I'm getting myself into recording (bought several equipment already) and I'm really having fun! I've only tried the drums yet and it goes well so far. I want to move on to the bass guitar next. ...
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1answer
38 views

Is there a tradeoff between vocal flexibility and safety?

I would like to learn to sing, ideally with a large variety of textures. In my googling, it seemed widely accepted that classical vocal styles were safer (reducing long term voice damage) than ...
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1answer
46 views

Help for electro-acoustic pickup? (Element Active System)

A couple of years back I bought a classical guitar (Admira Avila), and had an acoustic pickup called the Element Active System put in. I was wondering what amps people would recommend for this ...
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1answer
59 views

What does “I Solisti Veneti” mean?

What does Vivaldi mean by "I Solisti Veneti"? What does the title mean? There doesn't seem to be a translation I could find of.
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49 views

What kind of a mic should a beginner voice artist look for? [closed]

I am just starting out as a voice over artist. I need to buy a good mic, I would like to know what type of mic I should buy. What I currently have in mind is a USB or a XLR. I don't want to spend ...
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1answer
39 views

Extend measure so it occupies whole line

I am writing some exercises, for my students. Those are mostly one line examples, and this time I need a measure to extend over whole line, so one big measure with ending bar, nothing else. What do ...
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165 views

When learning a song on guitar by ear, how do you find the chord placements? [duplicate]

For instance, let's say you're learning Stairway to Heaven - how do you figure out what the chords are? Because, that whole intro for the most part are single frets being played and you wouldn't know ...
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4answers
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D major in a C major Chord progression?

on this site It gives a chord progression in C major by default(C G Am F), and I'm interested in one of the "Alternatives" it offers for the progression: G,D,Em,C the progression is also quoted in ...
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0answers
58 views

What is a good way to learn to sing? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to learn to sings. I've tried singing into a tuner (ie mic connected to PC with tuner software, or cellphone with tuner app installed), but I find that I am unable to match pitch ...
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2answers
102 views

Memorizing a random sequence of complex chords

I'm starting playing piano and have a trouble with memorizing sequences of complex chords. For example (this is beginning of "Turbine Womb" by Soap&Skin): When chords like simple triads ...
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1answer
40 views

How many outputs needed for live performance when using MIDI controllers?

I'm a keyboard player, transitioning to using MIDI controllers instead of actual synths. I'll be purchasing a USB audio interface for my laptop soon, but I'm worried about the number of separate audio ...
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2answers
154 views

Making all elements clearly audible in the mix

I often struggle with mixing a song when I have all my recordings ready to use and I get closer to the "whole song". My approach is often to take a single track and add effects such as EQs, ...
6
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1answer
81 views

Creamy vs Crunchy Distortion

I'm hearing that you should have a crunchy distortion for rhythm playing and a creamer distortion for lead. In general, I'm usually more a clean player, but I'm trying to learn. I've been playing with ...
5
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2answers
120 views

How to calculate the resulting frequency of two tones played together?

I it possible to calculate the resulting frequency when you play two tones with a frequency of X and Y at the same time?
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1answer
84 views

How do you achieve this bass heavy effect?

I noticed that a lot of modern metal songs sometimes have this booming drum sound (I think it's made on the toms and/or bass), for example before/during a breakdown in some metalcore songs. It's a ...
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1answer
201 views

Soft note marking

There is the accent symbol > to mark loud note (relatively neighboring), but how should I mark soft note? (It's sems logically to mark it with <, but I never seen this in real sheets.)
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Is it reasonable to try picking up the tin whistle quickly?

I used to play the trombone and baritone and I still write music, so I have experience playing instruments and can read music easily. I've read that the tin whistle is pretty easy to pick up (for ...
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3answers
83 views

How should I go about learning the oud?

I'm a clawhammer banjo player interested in learning the oud. I have the following general questions: How difficult is the oud relative to the banjo (i.e., has anyone else made this switch)? What ...
2
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3answers
201 views

Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session

I can write decent original guitar / keys melodies in my own time. But when I'm with other musicians I'm lost in a jam session (unrehearsed). I have a handful of times been lucky enough to produce ...
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2answers
609 views

What exactly are complex sounds in terms of audio waves?

If you listen to a song through headphones you have a "right" sound wave and a "left" sound wave, correct? But these waves have a lot of complex sounds combined in them and a digital sound wave is ...
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4answers
193 views

What are the key points for holding effective auditions?

So I am about to embark on holding auditions to fill out the rest of a line up for a blues band. What can I do to ensure the best chance of acquiring the best musicians for the job? I have plenty of ...
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3answers
734 views

How to memorize a long, seemingly random, sequence of two notes at a time?

When memorizing music, I typically use existing patterns. These are often a scale (sequence of notes) or a chord sequence (sequence of finger positions, giving 3 or 4 notes at a time). It's probably a ...
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2answers
338 views

Ηow can I replicate the sound οf this instrument?

If you go ahead and watch this video, the guy with the drums has a percussion instrument with his right hand that produces the shaky sound, kind of like the maracas. What is it called? Is it ...
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526 views

Do I need a pop filter when I'm recording guitars?

According to @JCPedroza in my previous question about pop filters : It (the pop filter) protects the microphone from things like fast moving air and saliva. Its main function is to attenuate ...
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1answer
61 views

What are “sweeping phrases”?

I am studying music, and English is not my first language. In the follwing sentence, what does "sweeping phrases" mean? Does it have a special meaning? "Laitman’s vocal melodies have large, ...
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1answer
330 views

What gives the sitar its characteristic sound?

The sitar has an instantly recognisable sound: I've always assumed that the characteristic 'lush background drone' that I associate with the ...
6
votes
1answer
136 views

What is the percentage breakdown of different time signatures and their rate of occurrence in popular music?

I'm currently working on a probabilistic, procedural music engine and although I could choose relatively decent arbitrary distributions, I'm curious as to whether or not there have been any ...
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3answers
100 views

Is there a name for the dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm pattern?

I find myself using the dotted eight - sixteenth rhythm pattern/figure a lot and I would like to know if there is a specific name for it. I know the reverse pattern sixteenth - dotted eighth is ...
6
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1answer
122 views

What is a parallel seventh?

Does anyone know what this is? I was reading a book and they mentioned this. It might be something to do with scales but I am completely unsure.
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1answer
113 views

I'm using a Roland TD-11KV Electric drum kit, and recording the toms sound different. Why is this?

I'm not sure if you guys can download the recording here, but please try. All the drum pieces sound well, except for the toms. I wonder what's wrong? Do any of you have experience recording with a ...
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5answers
446 views

How to choose drum pitches?

I've been learning Ableton Live with an interest in making electronic music, and this has been my first exposure to drums whatsoever. Of course, I'm not dealing with a real drum set, but rather an ...

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