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Why are the natural notes on the staff special?

Disclaimer: long-time lousy pianist, just now trying to get my theoretical underpinnings together. Please disabuse me of any incorrect notions- thanks! I can read music and I also understand how we ...
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Diatonic scales

I'm reading a book on music theory, and it says that a diatonic scale is any seven-note scale that uses the notes ABCDEFG in an arrangement of 5 tones and 2 semitones. I wanted to clarify one point. ...
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Are counterpoint and harmony mutually exclusive?

I understand that harmony and counterpoint are more tools than set of rules to follow, the first works vertically, enhancing a single melody line, while the other combines multiple melody lines in a ...
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Guitar beginner

Is it bad to have have a steel D string on a classical guitar? My D string is steel; does this put to much pressure on the neck of the guitar? I bought the guitar set up like this about a year ago and ...
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How do you identify a good amplifier?

I know that the most important thing is to plug in and test drive it, just like you do when shopping for guitars. But what should I look for when I’m plugged in? And what kind of features do I look ...
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find the notes in a song [on hold]

Please can u help me get the notes for this part of the song that "you are the balm in gilead" title of the song is greatest by vashawn Michell. I need the soprano note and the trebor line of the ...
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Groovy piano/rhodes tunes

I am a beginner/intermidiate jazz player and recentry I have discovered a fabulous groovy world of funk. I was greatly inspired by compositions like those: ...
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Great cheap effects for electric guitar [on hold]

I am thinking to start an metalcore band like, Asking Alexandria or The Amity Affliction but i wonder how i get this typical metalcore sound on my guitar. Are there any cool amps or pedals i should ...
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Automatic “regular” chords (not arpeggios) in FL Studio

Is it possible to configure an instrument in FL Studio to play a chord (e.g., a major triad, a dominant seventh, etc.) when a single note is played (using the single note as the root)? For reference, ...
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Will different gauges resolve my sound/distortion problem?

So, i have a cheap electric stratocaster with cheap pickups and a cheap ampli, now, at start i had 09-11-16-24-32-42 strings on, it was too buzzy when distorted on G/B/E but preatty nice sound on ...
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Rhythms notes for didgeridoo

I'm learning to play didgeridoo and have a question - How can I write the rhythms on paper? It's overtone musician instrument and I don't know how can I apply musical notation or something other. I ...
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Electric guitar grounding

I have serious grounding issues; my guitar buzzes very much, but if I touch any metal parts it's decreasing. I have some pictures of wiring if you want. I want to know how to locate broken or loose ...
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Electric guitar vs classical guitar

I currently have to decide whether to buy a classical or a electric guitar for playing songs and maybe composing some melodies with it. Here are my conditions: 1)I have some knowledge of guitar. 2)I ...
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Composing melody for recorder

I learned a bit about composing melody by using piano. But then, when I tried to composing melody for recorder and it didn't sound right. So, what is the things should I aware when composing melody ...
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Simple explanation of counterpoint?

Wikipedia defines counterpoint like this: In music, counterpoint is the relationship between voices that are interdependent harmonically (polyphony) yet independent in rhythm and contour. What ...
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How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?

I have trouble figuring out my guitar amplifier's equalizer settings, how does one know what the different knobs (bass, treble, mid, overdrive) do to derive a desired rock sound/feel?
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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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Right hand position for mandolin

On a mandolin should the meaty part of you hand below your palm, gently rest on the bridge or the strings behind the bridge, or should it not touch at all?
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Do any musicians release the original separate tracks for remixing/remastering? [on hold]

Do any musicians release the original component tracks to their songs, for remixing/remastering by others? I.e., do any famous recording artists release their Pro Tools files or even just a CD of the ...
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Connecting several speakers to an amplifier - multi room sound [on hold]

I would be happy if anyone can help me with the following project I wish to build : I have an old amplifier 4ohm impedance with A and B zones, support for mono and stereo and playing both A and\or B. ...
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How to compare clavinova models from different years?

I am looking into buying a used clavinova CLP. A used one because I don't need all the new features and heard in several places that it's better advice to buy a 1 to 10 year old model from the middle ...
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Basic effects for bass

I’m an amateur bassist looking to get started with effects pedals. Most bassists use effects a lot more sparingly than guitarists, so I’m not sure which ones are common or important. I have AmpKit, so ...
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Do I need an effects loop in a bass amp?

I understand how an amplifier effects loop works and why it’s useful. It’s a good place for modulation and timing effects. But is it essential? I primarily play electric bass in rock and blues ...
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How to teach the staff to a teenager?

A friend of mine who is 18 has played guitar for practically his whole life, except he's only played by ear and tablature. He's been playing piano for a year and a half now, but he's never learned to ...
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Clicking noise in digital piano should i return it?

I am learning piano and music theory for the first time. I got a Casio privia px 150 - it was recommended everywhere. I especially liked the weighted keys. But then today I noticed this and recorded ...
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Do different synthesizers produce the exact same sawtooth (and square, etc) waveform?

All basic synthesizers can produce the basic waveforms: sawtooth, square, triangle, and sometimes sine. Does each synthesizer "injects" its own character to the waveform? Are all sawtooths the same, ...
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How to order VST plugins correctly

I have recently noticed that the order of the VST plugins on an audio track can make a great difference on its sound. I usually use virtual preamps, compressors, distortion and chorus effects, ...
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Remote Performance Workflow

In my professional job, we're able to hold conference calls with offices all over the world using Skype, and Google Hangouts. Does anyone have a workflow to remotely practice/perform with a music ...
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Strap button repair

One of the strap buttons on my bass is stripped. I’ve seen several methods for repairing this, all of which involved filling the hole with some bits of wood. Insert matchsticks, toothpicks, or a ...
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Novation launchPad S + Yamaha P105 - How do they connect

I was thinking in investing some money in music. I play the flute for 6 years - I am in conservatorio (a private music's school that exists in my country). As I progress in my classes of music ...
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Will learning trumpet damage my single reed embouchure?

I mainly play clarinet and sax, but I'd like to pick up a bit of trumpet to be able to play all the big band instruments (albeit quite badly for some of them). However, I've heard that playing brass ...
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start with lyrics or harmony?

I want to compose a song , I have composed some music harmony and lines I need to write some lyrics but I have a question : in creating songs generally we write the lyrics and then compose a suitable ...
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How does fusion guitar playing work?

So I have seen a lot of guitar players playing fusion rock but never understood what is actually going on in the theory. When watching them play, it sounds like they're not in key and just ...
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Is there a standard notation for piano fingering?

Ofcourse there is the notation 1 2 3 4 5 for each finger. But are there other (quasi-)standard symbols for indicating, for example, hand movements, stretching the hand, putting the thumb under, etc.? ...
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problem with guitar intro on ELPs “From the Beginning”

This be a really dumb question, but sometimes there's a problem passage that keeps being a thorn in my side forever. And I do mean forever, because I've probably messed with this song for decades. If ...
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What are the parts of a modern song?

I'd like to learn the names of the different parts of modern music. I know there are verse and chorus, solo parts where only a certain instrument or the vocal can be heard, but what are the rest?
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What are the parts of a classical composition?

I'd like to learn the names of the different parts of classical musical compositions as compared to the literary work structure that has a beginning, the part where the plot thickens and the ...
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Composing a piece using the idea of Dual Modality

I've recently been studying a few early 20th century techniques and I would like to learn more about the concept of dual modality. I've read as much as I could find on the on the topic, but the only ...
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What are the names of the elements that a musical composition consists of? [closed]

I'm looking for the names of the things that music consists of like tricks and patterns such as repeats, breaks, short silence, drops and whatnot, but I'm a total noob in music, so I don't know the ...
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Working out strums per second given beats per minute - using guitar tabs

Say I have a tune which has following strum pattern : DownStrum * DownStrum * DownStrum,UpStrum,DownStrum,UpStrum The * represents the end of a strum. So DownStrum,UpStrum,DownStrum,UpStrum in ...
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Remembering the Chords

I've been playing bass for almost 15 years, I have a great memory to remember songs, I can remember songs that I learned years ago and still play them quite accurately. Now I got myself a ...
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Fretless bass buzz

I have a new fretless bass guitar, a new Ibanez SRF700 Portamento, with stock D’Addario Chromes flatwound strings. I am having trouble with string buzz in one specific part of the fingerboard. When I ...
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Buzz in the G string

Three months ago, I decided to learn how to play guitar, and I bought a Gomez 001, http://tinyurl.com/mfbmdta. Since I didn't know anything about guitars, I thought it was pretty good. And my teacher ...
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Help identifying an harmonic progression [closed]

I keep hearing this 4 chord progression in some songs and I'd like to know what it is called. In one song you can hear it here: ...
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Why does the following chord progression sound good?

Dmaj Emaj and Bmaj I have looked up the chord progressions of all major and minor scale keys and these three don't fit in any of them?
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4 Voice Part 5 to 1, 4 to 5, 4 to 1, complete 7 to 1, incomplete 7 to 1? [closed]

How can you make examples for 4 Voice Part 5 to 1, 4 to 5, 4 to 1, complete 7 to 1, incomplete 7 to 1?
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Can I use a sound reinforcement (PA) amp with guitar cabinets?

I have separate power- and pre- amplifiers, and frankly, I am getting a little annoyed at my current poweramp. My main complaint being that it is underpowered for my cabinet, and overpriced for ...
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How to breathe properly?

I know for wind instruments and vocals is breathing very important, but how about other instruments? I noticed, that I am breathing different when I play in higher tempo or improvising. I know some ...
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note transcription from classical guitar? [closed]

what are good approaches to automatic (by computer) note transcription of the melody, played by acoustical guitar ? Problem gets harder particularly, when several notes are played in close time ...
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Audio mixers versus computer software

I am an absolute beginner at creating music, mainly interested in hip hop. I have been reading up on how to create music and websites suggest audio mixers, and others suggest using computer software ...

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