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Protecting signed acoustic guitar?

This isn’t strictly a music question but I think it’ll fare better here than on the DIY / Home Improvement exchange, so hopefully that’s okay! My wife and I got all our guests to sign and draw on an ...
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Can you introduce fugue themes in the middle of a measure? If so, how?

I recently wrote my first canon. Specifically it was a round. My round involved three parts. First began the soprano part. Then two measures later alto, and then two more measures later tenor. But the ...
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Any quick way to know if my tune is already used?

When I come up with a lick/melody, there always lingers that question of "Has this melody already been used?" Should I worry about it or is there a way to find out without too much hassle?
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I don't like my voice

I’m a 51 year old pro bass player – I play mainly blues and jazz – well that is where my passion is at. I got sick and tired of hiring guitar players that can sing and play really well but were ...
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What does “in position” mean when referring to scored music?

On Justin Sandercoe's site he recommends a flute book for guitarists, this caught my eye: Why a flute book? because most sight reading books for guitar are written for guitarists and are either ...
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What is the terminology for how we identify numbered notes like C4, E3, D6, etc?

Does this system - where C3 is middle C - have a standard name? For instance, is there a wikipedia page which explains this system and if so how is it titled? (note: As mentioned middle C is C4, my ...
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Are Music Grades somewhat standardised around the World?

I've only ever done music lessons in the UK and never wondered before - is the system of doing grades 1-8 something used in the rest of the world or is it different from country to country? To people ...
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DS or DC al coda how to tell go to 3 and 4 verses

I have a song in this format: Verse 1 Verse 2 Chorus has a 1st and 2nd ending Verse 3 Verse 4 Chorus I use repeat for V1 and V2 and then I go to Chorus easy enough. Now I want to go to Verse 3 and ...
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Opposite of rinforzando?

Is there a dynamics marking that is the opposite of rinforzando, i.e. the volume comes down as the note is sustained? I'm adapting some music that uses hairpin decresendoes (sic?) on single notes to ...
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iii9 - I progression in Bach?

In the last of his 15 Sinfonias (aka Three-Part Inventions), Bach uses quite a daring approach to the tonic chord. Occurring in a sequential progression by downward thirds, it can be described most ...
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Simplifying a complex melody in Finale

I'm arranging some music in Finale. It's written for professional instrumentalists, so many of the notes are fast. However, the underlying melody is less complex. Suppose I wanted to create a less-...
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What is the definition of 'playing in the pocket'?

The phrase 'playing in the pocket' is used sometimes, in jazz, hip hop, funk etc. It sometimes refers to the way a drummer plays, sometimes to how an ensemble works together. I've Googled the term, ...
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Books on orchestration specializing in dynamics?

I want to improve two aspects of my orchestration: (1) my use of "dynamics" (2) feel of "force" in the combination of timbers at select points in my pieces to give them better accentuation. (eg ...
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Finale software: How can I add a measure within a numbered repeat ending?

I'm trying to expand a repeat ending (ending 1) that is currently 1 measure to four measures, but if I try to insert measures they always get inserted outside of the repeat symbols. A screenshot of ...
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Multichannel recordings with computer

I'd be interested to hear about the possibilities of recording more than 8 multiple channels simulaneously with a computer, the limitations involved and what is the state-of-the-art way to go. I am ...
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1answer
106 views

Could someone help me understand a little about sound/tone? Beginner/intermediate guidance perhaps

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now. I always hear someone in the band mention something like, 'that tone needs to have low-mids', terms like 'gain..feedback'(just saying). I would like ...
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Guitar tuning problems

I have this guitar for a year already maybe little bit more and like 6 months ago it started doing weird things. I always tuned guitar from high E to low E. But since something happened, when I tune ...
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What's the concert pitch for Saint Petersburg Philharmonic?

Is it 440 Hz? Or 442? Does anyone know? It sounds like 440 but I want to make sure.
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Question about analyzing a Dm C A# chord progression

Say I play the chords Dm C A# How would you describe the chord progression? There seems to be a relationship between Dm and A# but I don't understand how to describe it. They aren't a perfect 5th ...
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Change staff height in Musescore

Using Musescore, I often print off music and find the staff height is a little small for my liking. Is there a way to change the staff height?
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Why do snare drums sound better on up beats?

Most pop/rock music I hear in 4/4 time usually has a snare drum on the 2nd and 4th beats (upbeats). I understand the need to keep rhythm by alternating the bass drum and snare on successive beats. ...
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1answer
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Bass trombone maintenance

I have just purchased a Jupiter 1240 L-T bass trombone which has Thayer Valves. I am wondering if: It is possible to wash the instrument in the bath tub (will the Thayer Valves be ruined?) Can I ...
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Once I know the chords, how do I recognize the chord progression?

For example, in the intro to Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers, the chords played are: G#m - E - B - F# in that order. How do I begin to realize the chord progression? Do I need to find the key first?
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Are canons easier to write than fugues?

Through some previous questions on SE, I have recently managed to find several books on fugues that I like and am having much more success analyzing them. But I haven't gotten to the point where I ...
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What's this thing attached to trumpet?

I hope the image won't bother you guys. As you can see, there's something attached to trumpet's mouth(?). Well I'm not a trumpet player because when I first heard the sound of that, it feels more ...
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Pedals, pedalboards and velcro

I’ve seen conflicting recommendations about how and where to attach Velcro to effects pedals so they’ll stick to a pedalboard. It sounds like most people put the hooks on the pedals and the loops on ...
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How does a tab guitar player learn sheet music?

I have been playing guitar for about a decade. I began by playing chords and quickly moved to tabs. I am quite skilled and have no problem improvising. Recently, I decided to give a try to an acoustic ...
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Are certain instruments “arpeggio friendly”?

Are there certain instruments that are arpeggio friendly? This might seem arbitrary or subject to opinion but I can imagine a test where musicians of various instrument are asked to play arpeggios of ...
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Atypical tetrads

[ADDITION] I am wanting to expand Douthett's "4-cube trio" graph to include more tetrads (https://books.google.com/books?id=5a6mVvjvn5MC&pg=PA158&lpg=PA158&dq=tesseract+trio+douthett&...
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Time signature change.

When changing from 3/4 to 6/8 does the eighth note stay the same? Same thing, does the eighth note stay the same length when switching from 4/4 to 12/8? Thank you!
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Non-diatonic chord?

I've done some looking to no avail, so I'm hoping one of you will know the answer to my question. If I'm in a minor key and I play a i, iv, v progression, but later on I change ONLY the i to a major, ...
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Did they ever make a double bass this huge?

I have seen some pictures where the double bass is literally enormous. Seems like a single person wouldn't be an able to play it on his own. But I don't know for sure if these pictures are real or ...
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1answer
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Beginner books for music appreciation for music-theory illiterate adult

I'm a married adult with a full-time occupation. A long time ago, I took some lessons for the keyboard but have since forgotten almost everything. Could you please recommend me a few books given the ...
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What's a buffer pedal and how to use it?

When I heard of that, buffer pedal has no control, it just on-off switch. What actually is it? How to use it or what's the best practice on using it?
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What keys contain both E and Am and is there an easy trick to determine this?

By 'keys contain' I mean in the normal rules of choosing what chords 'fit' within a given key, since of course you can put just about any chord anywhere if you try hard enough! Is there a shortcut ...
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How to know if my guitar's neck is bent or not?

When I go to my guitar tech, he said that my guitar's neck is already bent. How to know it or what are the methods to see if it's already bent or not? Well, my guitar don't really have a truss-rod. ...
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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 without piano [duplicate]

I'm currently learning this piece and would like to play it along with a record. Where can I find orchestra only variant?
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Will a portable electronic keyboard sound better if connected to MIDI software?

I am a noob who wants to learn piano. I don't have the money to buy a good digital piano and the portable keyboards sound like toys. I read a little online about MIDI software, but a lot of it was not ...
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Why is a reliced guitar often more expensive than a corresponding normal model?

Guitar makers like Fender or Gibson offers a reliced model of a guitar, and set the price higher than the original one. I'm not referring to "Collector Edition" or "Artist Series", but a guitar like ...
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How I am I supposed to “Properly” follow through to the next string while playing the electric bass guitar?

So, I understand that when playing (plucking the string in particular) that when you pluck a particular string, you are supposed to follow through, and let your finger hit the previous, or last, ...
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Beethoven sonata no 8

I'm playing tthe pathetique and in the exposition the Allegra-Di Molto e con brio after the grave section where there is the c eighth notes repeating in the left hand, I can't seem to get it quiet any ...
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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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Question about reading music sheets

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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371 views

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 don'...
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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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1answer
172 views

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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