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Recording: Dealing With Cicadas?

Usually it's pretty quiet near where we record, but it's summer time and cicadas are loud as hell. It doesn't matter what kind of direction the mics are pointed, the sound of the cicadas always gets ...
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Is it too late for me to play violin?

I'm 14 years old and I've become very fond of classical music. I was wondering if it's too late to get the hang of playing the violin. Note: I've never learned to play any classical instrument
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Acoustic guitar: How to stop right index finger nail from wearing away?

My nails tend to chip and crack when playing steel-string acoustic guitar. Cracking and ripping can be kept partially in-check by keeping my nails well-trimmed. However, a far worse problem is that ...
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How can I practice clarinet quietly?

How can I practice clarinet more quietly? Is there a clarinet mute that works well? Particularly good ear plugs? I'd rather not either soundproof a room, or move to the basement / garage. What I ...
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194 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 ...
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Looking for cheap or free music software

I was wondering if anyone can tell me some music software the can write music or record (I mean two different apps). I want something that has lots of options and can do anything from advance to basic ...
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Where to start with sight reading

I am an intermediate-advance guitarist who has been playing for 8 years and can read TAB and sheet music fairly well but I want to improve my sight reading. I am not the worst at it but i want it to ...
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Using the correct enharmonic equivalent

I'm trying to figure out in which situations say, a G# is preferred to an Ab. I know that the two spellings wont necessarily represent tones of identical frequency, and that they only coincide in ...
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Tips on improving rhythmic notation

I know in theory what rhythmic values are such as quarter note, half note, and whole note etc.., and I can do linear scale exercises very quickly without metronome, but I feel difficult to integrate ...
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1answer
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What does this horizontal dotted line mean?

This appears in the sheet music for Luigi Legnani's 36 Caprices (for guitar). This is in Caprice no. 18. What I'm asking about is the dotted line that appears between the F notes in the third and ...
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3answers
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Difference between a baroque violin bow and a normal violin bow

I just came across a baroque violin bow while browsing for strings, which looks something like this. I wondered if there is any difference between a bow of this kind and a normal bow. After a quick ...
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Is it possible to write polyrhythm in Guitar Pro 6?

I want to create a polyrhythmic track on Guitar Pro 6. Let's say that I want the guitar to play 4/4 and the bass to play 6/4. Is it possible to write it on Guitar Pro? If yes, how? If I try to change ...
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41 views

Correct octave technique

I am an amateur pianist (of about 17 years) and I'm not sure if I ever learned correct octave technique. I just "finished" Chopin's first ballad and there are several sections which require some ...
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Is there a term that describes straight 8ths / 16ths vs swing?

I'm a student and have been playing exercises that are either straight 8ths, swing 8ths, straight 16ths or swing 16ths. I'm wondering if there's a term for these different rhythms. If used in a ...
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1answer
21 views

SDC or LDC for specific cymbals?

Not exactly your typical SDC vs LDC question here. I have 2 condenser mics, a Samson C01 Pencil SDC and a PreSonus LDC. Say I have the rest of a drum kit miked up properly, but also wanted to record ...
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2answers
22 views

What should be clearance of the violin strings from the fingerboard at the bridge end?

The violin strings rise away from the finger board as it reaches bridge, right? What should be the optimum clearance of the strings at the bridge end from the fingerboard? I am asking this ...
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3answers
480 views

Minimal MIDI digital piano

I'd like to buy my first keyboard instrument. I want a piano touch with 88 keys and MIDI output and otherwise extremely minimal features. I'm hoping this will allow me to experiment with different ...
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3answers
44 views

How should I store my bow if I'm not using it for long periods of time?

I have a bow that I don't use over long periods of time (over 6 months, at times). I generally release its tension, and just leave it out in the open. I recently wondered if this is enough, or if I ...
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2answers
186 views

Rhythm notation for lyrics?

Are there any good notations for rhythm in song lyrics? Usually when I'm writing lyrics with pen and paper, I underline emphasis, which works for rap, but probably misses a lot of nuance for sung ...
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2answers
58 views

How is sheet music conventionally conveyed among professional musicians?

At my university, we carry around sheet music in black folders in backpacks. I imagine this practice is not the same among professional musicians, such as those in an orchestra or a big band. How do ...
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118 views

Why do I need to change chords throughout a music to make it pleasant to listen?

Why do I need to change chords throughout a music? For example, playing guitar accompaniment for 'Amazing Grace' does not sound pleasant when you play only a G chord throughout the song. However, when ...
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2answers
44 views

Play Right Handed, Want to Learn Left

I have been playing guitar for about a year now right handed and I would say that I am fairly good at it. Today I thought I would get a little crazy and after one of my strings broke on my strat, I ...
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2answers
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how much risk is acceptable with damaged classical guitar

I saw cracked guitar Admira Solista at internet on sale with half price. I am not an expert so I can't define it how much damage that it has or is it acceptable, or is it worth for it? Any help is ...
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2answers
97 views

What is the correct way of filling a 9/8 bar with a single note?

Similar to how you can fill a whole 4/4 bar with a single whole note, what is the best or most correct/readable way to fill a 9/8 bar with one note? I was thinking about a dotted half note tied with a ...
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4answers
9k views

Why Move to a 7-String Guitar?

So, I play a lot of death/heavy metal(core) and I've finally gotten to a place where people tell me they enjoy listening to me play. I've been getting suggestions from other musicians (maybe musical ...
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4answers
81 views

Two silence notes and a note that isn't played? misunderstanding ties

I've been teaching myself Piano (it's just for fun, I can't take classes at the moment so don't start with that) and reading music. I'm practicing a piece from J.S. Bach called Prelude in C major ...
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0answers
78 views

How does the flute range extend with experience?

I can play from C4 up to about half way through the second octave - the highest note I can (reliably) play would be around the G5. I cannot play C6, even when blowing as hard as I can. I'm told being ...
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73 views

What causes your voice to crack?

I've heard many recording for Maria Callas and I noticed that her voice cracked many times. One example is lucia mad scene studio recording 1953 when she sings "il dolce sono" between "il" and ...
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2answers
722 views

Choice of Wind Instrument for self learning

I've been playing the piano (learning on my own) for over 2 years now and I would call myself above novice. I can't read sheet music but I have a good ear. However, I was diagnosed with a problem and ...
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1answer
52 views

How do I hit lower notes on my flute?

I'm having a really hard time playing the lower notes on my flute. When they even come out, they sound really weak. I can play high notes really well, so I usually adapt my sheet music to an octave ...
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0answers
22 views

Connect digital piano to interface

I have a Roland RD-300SX digital piano and it is connected with the Roland quad-capture interface. I connected it with a 1/4" jack. I want to use the sound of the piano itself. The problem is that ...
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4answers
355 views

What chord is FMa?

I'm not sure what FMa is signifying. It appears to have a 2nd and 6th added with the result of "f g c d".
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80 views

Is there a name for this ending tag?

I'm talking about the last notes of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" -- the accompaniment cuts off suddenly on a i chord where its progression ought to end, and the vocals continue to riff for a second. Is ...
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1answer
24 views

What is virtual pitch?

From what I understand, virtual pitch is a concept that is supposed to account for the "missing fundamental" phenomenon. Specifically, A harmonic sound is said to have a missing fundamental when ...
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1answer
269 views

What is a finger bow?

Today, a fellow double bassist, sent me this 'finger bow' : What is the purpose of such a thing?
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1answer
111 views

Practice routine for intermediate to advanced guitarist [closed]

I am a guitarist who has been playing for 9 years, and I would say I am at an advanced level, but currently I am stuck with playing with everything and I feel that I am not improving. So I was ...
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2answers
55 views

Is it bad to play wind instruments with clean teeth?

Since I started playing the saxophone, I've always been told that you are to never play the saxophone if you have eaten recently. I was told the reason for this was that (if any) the sugar on your ...
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1answer
52 views

Which major scale patterns to study?

So I'm very confused I found 3 different systems for the major scale which are: the caged system sweeping pattern (7 3nps patterns) conventional patterns (7 patterns) I've never heard of the ...
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1answer
24 views

Lilypond: how to engrave a double bar at “Fine” when a \repeat statement follows

Under Lilypond 2.18, the following does not work as expected: g b c r-"Fine" \bar "|." \break \tempo "Trio" \repeat volta 2 { c a f f The double bar at "Fine" fails to appear. The line closes with ...
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552 views

Restringing guitar – is it safe to remove all strings at once? [duplicate]

Considering the present truss rod adjustment is good (Vintage Gibson SG with very old strings), is it generally acceptable to remove all the strings before restringing? It's just so much easier to ...
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2answers
55 views

How can one access the lowest ranges of one's bass voice?

Sometimes in specific conditions such as some early mornings, the day after having strained my voice, or having a mild cold, I can reach unusually low vocal ranges. Looking around, there is very ...
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1answer
62 views

Longevity of electronic pianos

It seems to me that an acoustic piano is something that (with suitable care and maintenance) should last for generations. If anything breaks, it can be repaired. With electronic pianos, I can ...
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5answers
7k views

What is Voice Leading?

In both classical music and jazz, we often encounter the concept of voice leading. What is it?
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0answers
15 views

best and easiest way to produce music? [on hold]

what is the best and easy method to produce electronic music
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8answers
18k views

Effects of keeping a guitar in the car

I have a sales job, and am on the road most days. I often find myself with free time between appointments and would like to take advantage of that free time by practicing guitar. I have a 3/4 size ...
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1answer
26 views

Can a motif be found outside of a phrase?

Can motifs be found outside of phrases, like by itself? Or do you think that would actually make that "motif by itself" act like a phrase in it's own right?
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19 views

Jeremy Gratton - Stillness And Forgiveness, what type of music is this? [on hold]

So I stumbled upon this very particular track and I found the drums and what i believe to be sort of a Asian/Hindu style of music very soothing. But I can't for the love of it all remember the actual ...
6
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1answer
600 views

What's the purpose of a sound post?

Almost all bowed string instruments have a sound post. It is said that this adds stability to the instrument and also "transmits vibrations to the bottom". Interestingly though, guitars do not have ...
2
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1answer
36 views

It's there a diference between a MIDI instrument and an analogue one?

I'm new to music recordings, and I would love to get a simple midi keyboard for practicing and composing basic stuff. I guess a MIDI keyboard is much better than using the computer keyboard, but I've ...
2
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2answers
337 views

What are the musical instruments that have the sounding range that has at least all notes on this range A#1-C5?

What are the musical instruments that have the sounding range that has at least all notes on this range A#1-C5? The instrument can go up to C6, or down to c0, it just need to have all the notes on ...

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