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Sheet music equivalent of ellipses/etcetera

Let's say you're notating patterns up a scale and it becomes obvious how the pattern continues, but you don't want to write out the full thing. You'd like to use the equivalent of "..." or "etc." to ...
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9answers
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Why do many songs in major keys use a bVII in the chord progression?

Based on my understanding of chord theory, the chords used in most modern popular songs are comprised of notes that occur in the scale of the tonic key for that song. So the I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, ...
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Why do I wear out the frets on my guitar faster than most other folks? Do I need a lighter touch?

I know all about the fact that the unwound strings on my acoustic guitars are steel and the frets are nickel. And I understand that fret wear - especially under the plain steel un-coated strings is ...
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4answers
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Do accidentals apply to other staffs of the same type?

In this excerpt from Bach's BWV 772, does the B flat accidental on the lower staff also apply to the upper staff(second to last beat)? I know that accidentally usually do not apply to different ...
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0answers
182 views

Logic Pro X and Ivory II American Concert D No Sound

I installed Ivory II American Concert D and let me say it sounds amazing. It works perfectly in standalone, however when I try to use it in Logic Pro X, I get no sound from the plugin. Anyone else ...
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3answers
84 views

Is there any easy technique or guide to remember chord conversion?

I am able to play chord progression in any key, but if I want to play by changing the KEY then it is difficult for me to play in the new key. So is there any easy technique to remember the chord ...
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607 views

transposing instruments: How to learn to play standard sheet-music?

I am learning to play trumpet. I would like to be able to play with my friends who play other instruments and be able to share sheet music with them. What is the best way to learn how to transpose ...
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3answers
840 views

modulating by a tritone

I have heard that modulating by diminished fifth/tritone is the hardest of all modulations. Interestingly my non-musician husband has just composed a tune with a smooth tritone modulation (ie. from C ...
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4answers
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Why are four-chord songs (I-V-vi-IV) so prevalent?

Over time, many musicians have experimented with various chord progressions, but none has stood the test of time as the four-chord song. What is it about this progression (and its variations) that ...
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1answer
124 views

Palatino student clarinet compared to a Allora Vienna intermediate one?

I've been wanting to get a professional clarinet but they cost too much. I've been using the same Palatino clarinet for over 10 years now, so does a intermediate Allora make any real difference ...
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2answers
225 views

Do non-tonic ear training exercises hurt music students?

I've always had a problem with some of the songs that are used to remember what an interval sounds like. Particularly, the ones whose melodies don't start on the tonic. For example, Here Comes The ...
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3answers
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Really silent guitar practice [duplicate]

I don't have much time for guitar practice so this will often have to take place at night. Right now I am using an electric guitar, a software amp and effects and headphones, which is okay for ...
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6answers
647 views

Scraping my index finger on frets

When I shift from chord to chord I end up scraping the inside of the bottom joint of my left index finger as I move it up and down the neck. It's getting pretty raw. A coworker says I should file ...
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2answers
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How do I play Do Re Mi Fa etc using just one string?

I'm training my voice and need a point of reference.
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1answer
760 views

Garageband 10 pitch correction

I am mixing some vocals (live recorded) with a backing track in GarageBand 10 - and there is a falsetto vocal that has a slight 'wobble' half way through. I know you can use the pitch correction ...
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3answers
270 views

Why is the diminished scale 'artificial'?

Upon reading Mark Levine's Jazz Theory Book, on the chapter of the diminished scale, there a footnote that says: The diminished scale is artificial in the sense that it is not derived from the ...
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1answer
94 views

What is the optimal proportion between the teacher time (lesson) and self dependent work?

I am aware that it is important to practice between the teacher lessons, otherwise they will not bring much use. From the other side, learning self-dependently or just very little guidance is also ...
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8answers
868 views

Essential things to memorize in music theory

What are some of the essential music theory concepts to memorize? I just started looking at music theory earlier this week, and I have to admit that it's pretty overwhelming especially since my only ...
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4answers
443 views

How do you find the best teacher?

I'm looking to start taking music lessons after a break, and am looking for a new teacher. Its easy to find people teaching music, but once you've got a list of names, how do you figure out who the ...
0
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3answers
150 views

Can I switch from the keyboard to the piano? [duplicate]

I have had keyboard lessons for 1,5 years now and I've come to the conclusion that piano music is more of my style. I want to take piano lessons. Do I need to buy a piano? Do I need to start from the ...
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4answers
243 views

How does Gdim7 fit in C# minor?

I'm pretty new to music theory. This song is actually the reason why I even started reading about theory, but I still can't comprehend this chord progression. I ...
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2answers
228 views

Are these parallel octaves?

I am writing a chorale in C flat major and I currently have a 3 chord going to a I6 chord. Stacked, the chords are EGEB to EGEC. Is this considered parallel octaves? HELP.
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2answers
310 views

Which Piano Course is Best for Me (trained musician but beginner at piano)?

I am an adult (38 yo) professional sound designer and musician. I went to music school for drums. I can play basic jazz chords, read treble clef, still remember theory. Now I am studying classical ...
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12answers
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What exactly does practising scales teach?

First off, I'm not claiming that practising scales isn't a good thing to do. I'm just curious what specifically it teaches you that doesn't come from playing music. I'm aiming it as a generic ...
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1answer
95 views

Analyzing a Jazzy ending [closed]

I'm analyzing a jazzy ending and things are getting a little bit complicated. I was listening to this piece and heard the "circular" ending that starts with the first degree and ends with it. My aim ...
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6answers
4k views

Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?

I've always wondered why almost every piano's lowest note is an A. In fact, I've never seen a piano whose lowest note is not an A, and I have also noticed that this pattern only occurs in pianos; most ...
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3answers
1k views

How to mic an upright piano to record singing and playing?

I have a pretty standard upright piano and I'd like to move some of my playing+singing from guitar to piano as a way to get more comfortable playing chords. I like to record myself - just for fun or ...
4
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3answers
716 views

Music notation software for JianPu and erhu notation

My wife's band, which features the erhu, uses music notation like the page shown below. We want to take hand-written scanned/faxed from stained napkins with bad handwriting and two-side bleedthrough ...
4
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1answer
235 views

What can I do if I want to work the kick pedal on Bass Drum with my heel?

I'm a casual (basement band, i.e., not gigging) drummer and I've been thinking of replacing the kick pedal on the bass drum of my (typical 5-piece) drum set with a cajon pedal so I can work the kick ...
2
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3answers
367 views

Fingernails and vibrato

So I've been playing the violin for sometime, and I can play pretty well. But when I try vibrato, I simply cannot get it. I've been trying for ages now, and I've noticed that when violinists use ...
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3answers
1k views

proper uses of minor seventh chords

Having used dominant seventh chords extensively,I am now trying to incorporate minor seventh chords into my compositions... Based on my [rudimentary] knowledge, minor seventh chords are usually used ...
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3answers
325 views

Learning Guitar Licks [closed]

I would like to be able to learn how to play chord filler licks or maybe do some solo playing when someone else is playing a chord progression. Where can I start to actually learn how to do this??? ...
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3answers
1k views

Must one be born with a sense of rhythm to learn to play a drum set with both feet and both hands?

I am a semi pro musician (only because folks are generous enough to pay me to perform on occasion - not because of great talent) and can play guitar well enough to accompany my singing and play a ...
1
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1answer
30 views

What is the difference between splicing and superimposition?

In music editing, what is the difference between these two terms? Both involve overlaying some track onto another, but I don't see the difference, even though I am told by my professor there is one. ...
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12answers
3k views

When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?

I mainly play guitar but sometimes play piano. Occasionally I aspire to improve my skills by practicing - which for me - usually consists of trying to learn to play a more complex passage in a ...
1
vote
1answer
535 views

How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)

How should I go exactly about studying how to play an etude? I know they are mostly pedagogical compositions, meant to practice on a tecnique, but I never really played a piece like this - I'm still ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Chest voice & Head voice? Or Chest voice, Throat voice AND Head Voice?

The concept of chest/voices is pretty basic, but I feel more like I have 3 main sections to my range: Chest voice, from the bottom of my range to about G3 Throat voice, which has some sort of tone ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Microphone positioning to record acoustic guitar & singing with a single mic?

To record a simple unplugged singer-songwriter setup with a single microphone (I have an SM58) is there specific position and orientation to use for the microphone? Obviously it may need tweaking to ...
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3answers
2k views

Does it make sense to do exam grades as an adult learner?

I'm in my thirties; I've played acoustic guitar for about a decade, but recently took up "proper instruments" flute and piano as a beginner - playing from score, learning scales, etc rather than just ...
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2answers
95 views

Harmonic stop on cello without fingers

I'm writing a solo cello piece, and I'd like one of the strings to stopped at the first harmonic (specifically, the G string) for the duration of the piece; The trick is, I need this to be done ...
4
votes
8answers
19k views

How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
4
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6answers
5k views

How to differentiate between 12/8 vs 6/8 timing (or hemiola)

How would a composer differentiate between a 12/8 and a 6/8 time signature? On 3/4 timing you'd have 3 quarter notes as your rhythm, on 6/8 you'd have 2 dotted quarter notes correct? I wrote a song ...
0
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0answers
211 views

How did the notes of the Western musical scale get their letter names? [duplicate]

The first thing a brand-new piano student learns is the name, and location on the keyboard, of "middle C". I've always wondered, why is that note called "middle C" rather than, say, "middle A"? To ...
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3answers
251 views

What is the purpose of two staff lines?

I am not a musician but this question is just out of curiosity. I saw a song book (this has some Christian songs) where the words to be sung are placed between two staff lines. The top staff line ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

I have some lyrics with a melody and a chord progression. How do I go about adding music to it?

I wrote some lyrics and added a melody and chord progression. I would like to add more music to it. From what I know, I would have to add a bass track and add a beginning riff, a solo, drums etc.. I ...
3
votes
3answers
531 views

How much difference does the guitar make when recording with a modeler?

I am learning and experimenting with Maschine Mk2, a MIDI Keyboard, and Komplete 9 for my pursuit of making music, a very EDM/DAW approach. When I got Komplete, although it came with Guitar Rig 5 and ...
0
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3answers
207 views

Taking up piano exams

I have started learning Piano myself, using my keyboard. I wanted to take up exams (trinity guildhall) . When I checked the trinity site it says two different courses for piano and keyboard . Which ...
4
votes
4answers
4k views

Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
1
vote
4answers
985 views

How to press several piano keys with one hand simultaneously?

I'm learning piano, and I have a hard time to use two or more fingers together on one hand at the same time - there is a slight interval, e.g. when I play the first and third finger, there is a slight ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Can I use a pedal for Casio CTK-1200 keyboard?

I bought Casio CTK-1200 keyboard to learn piano. I am an absolute beginner in the world of music. I just know that Pianos have pedals. But I found that my keyboard didn't come with pedals. I saw that ...

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