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That's called a 'stinger'. It's an idiomatic thing to do in traditional march writing, and it usually completes the last musical phrase. Some conductors will play with time right between the penultimate note and the stinger as a last little bit of tension and release--a quasi-allargando of sorts. (In effect, playing with the audience, as they are all ...


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Couple of ideas... Harmony: Baroque music was the period when harmonic progression (instead of just counter point) started to become a fundamental part of composition (See Functional Tonality). Dissonance is resolved to consonance throughout a phase. Minimalism tends to focus more on a stable harmony, but in both case the Harmony tends to be a very ...


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Jazz and classical music have different traditions and points of focus. In classical music the distinction between composer (or creator of music) and performer is highly divided - only in specific instances is the performer allowed to improvise (in the historical practice of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, classical piano concertos by Mozart and ...


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I've had a go writing some nautical-sounding music for games before. Andrew's answer about using Dorian is helpful - here's a few other tips I have. For a piratey sound, accordions work well. They're characterised by a stride bass pattern (bass note on beats 1 and 3, chord on 2 and 4) the folk-style melodies are heavily swung, lots of dotted notes. ...


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Jazz is a collective, public and free art. You can train yourself alone, in private, up to a certain point, but a jazz pianist is someone who plays piano with other musicians (sometimes they are only there through their musical legacy): the improvisation component is the important point, not the themes or they origin. In fact jazz artists use any theme from ...


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The closest thing to a genre name for this is "Sturm und Drang" ("Storm and Stress"). This is dark, violent music. It started around 1800 and followed a literary movement of the same name. (Any novel that starts out "It was a dark and stormy night" is probably Sturm und Drang.) Haydn experimented with it once or twice. Listen to the first movement of ...


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Psychotropic means mind-altering. The most common use of the word is in psychotropic drugs -- that is drugs which alter mood, perception, consciousness and behaviour. Psychotropic Music is a term used by some people to describe music which they believe alters mood, perception, consciousness and behaviour in a similar way to such drugs. It's likely that ...


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The first thing that comes to mind is the mode or scale. A "generic" tune in those genres may often be in the Dorian mode (not the Greek version), either original or in transposition. Notably, the mode has the feel of a minor scale but without the leading tone (and with a raised sixth scale degree, when that note should arise). So, the typical dominant to ...


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Well, for one, there are many more cultures in Russia than just Russians. If it's Siberian you're looking for, then search for that. And other regions nearby. There's also some musical overlap between Siberian, Mongolian, and Tuvan folk styles. "Peoples of Russia" is a good search term for general ethnographic information. There have been several books with ...


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A key signature to That 80's sound are drone chords. Many popular songs had phrases in which the right hand of the synth/keyboard would play different chords over the top of a bass note that would not change or vice versa. Eye of the tiger during the verses would be an example. Separate Ways during the verses would be another example. In pop music the Linn ...


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The gated snare sound - putting a bunch of reverb on a snare and then gating it to clip - is very 80s. It's that big snare sound the hair metal bands used. Allegedly discovered on a Phil Collins session with the snare coming back through the headphone send. Also, as mentioned, the rock and roll rhythm stiffened up either by drum machines or a drummer ...


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I believe the style you're looking for is known as Minimalism. It was a style conceived in the late 20th century by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and others. The underlying philosophy is "less is more." The typical pattern in minimalist music is to construct simple motifs and repeat them (similar to Alberti or ostinato patterns ...


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Ragtime and Jazz percussion are similar - they do have their differences though. To focus on developing your ragtime skills, master press roll/rim/woodblock rhythm patterns (less of a swing feel than jazz) and use small splash cymbal patterns for keeping time. Press Roll: 4 beats with the right hand, on beats 2 and 4 do a press roll with the left hand. A ...


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The drum kit does not feature much in Traditional Irish music. Why not sit down at your kit with headphones and play along with some of the pogues numbers or whatever songs you'd like to be able to play? There are apps and software to slow the tune down so you can figure out what the drummer is doing. But as you say, the style is mostly based on rock and ...


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The quickest solution would be to find as many different recordings of this piece that you can find, to listen to the cadenzas that different performers play, and to construct a written cadenza that feels similar in style. That is always what I have done as a solo singer. Try to find recordings that say that they were made "on period instruments" or "in ...


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One of the three links was broken, but the lower two still work. They both remind me of the X Files. What you've got harmonically in all three is: The strong presence of a simple, 1,3,5 minor triad. This is a very clean sound so in a way it is elementary and childlike, but also eerie and suspenseful due to it being minor, kind of like the little kid ...


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You should try using Pirastro Olive strings which have a natural gut core which will give you the warm deep sound that you wish to achieve. You can also ask your local professional luthier to make the tip of your bow heavier by adding a heavy metal implant into the tip of the bow. This will increase the stickiness of the sound. Alternatively you can try ...


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The benefit of using a pick is a louder attack, which is really important when you're purely unamplified and near other, often louder instruments, and where the attack of the note is crucial. Dobro and banjo players are really top ones here, and I understand it's big for pedal steel players. Classical and flamenco players pick with fingernails, but nylon ...


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I would assume you are hoping to play some of the songs and not just for listening, since this is a musical practice and performance site. Thus it might be helpful to know what instrument you play. With that said, I don't know the genre name nor do I know the Tim Burton music you are referring to but some composers/songs you might want to look into are: ...


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The way you say 'classical' music might not make my answer relevant because I am not sure what exactly lies within that, but there is a world of dark music in quite a few genres that you might love. Do you have a taste for jazz? Because there is a whole movement termed 'darkjazz', and I would suggest you listen to 'The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble'. They ...


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There's no "dark genre" per sé. However, a lot of music written for funerals or mourning has the element you are looking for. So, what you should look for is requiems. They have very common themes that are recycled in other genres of music precisely because they evoke darkness/sadness/mourning/death.


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Fingerpicks are used instead of fingernails. I don't think many (or any) classical guitarists use them, but some steelstring guitar players do(blues/bluegrass). Fingerpicks are basically used to get that nail type sound without destroying your nails. As you see on many classical guitarists they have very long nails, sometimes fakenails, which allow them to ...


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Rather than different strings, maybe try a different bow. You can find a really "heavy" dark and rough horse-hair bow that scrapes the strings a lot more. I've seen it used on a Double Bass but there may be a Violin version. There's also a great technique is in this video by Taraf de Haidouks They tie a single horse hair to the string, put heaps of rosin ...


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This is an interesting question. I learnt the nuts and bolts of playing the piano by doing 'classical' so I can read music etc, but now I play almost entirely jazz and 'popular' music. Without going into too much detail I find that the two disciplines require you to think about your instrument -- and the music -- in very different ways. When I'm playing a ...


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You are absolutely right in saying that both have functional harmony/resolve dissonances but it is in fact more useful in drawing comparisons to compare both of these styles with everything in between them. For example, the shift over the Classical and Romantic periods tended to shift, harmonically, towards countering listeners' expectations over a very ...


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Cadenzas often have a slightly different musical style than the works they are based on -- for example, Joachim's standard cadenzas for the Mozart violin concerti -- but are not usually way off. For example, I wouldn't expect a cadenza in a Mozart horn concerto to include a bunch of pedal notes or lip glissandi or other techniques that were not commonly ...


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The second style is easier to play when you're accompanying yourself, as you only have to strum the chords. However, the more complex playing in the first example sounds better in a lot of songs, but it is harder to play like that whilst singing.Also, each song will ask for a different style of guitar playing, anyway.


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It's difficult to define, because Sci-Fi is such a broad term. When I Think Of Sci-Fi I think: Dr Who, BladeRunner(and by extension Vangelis), Star Wars, Star Trek, War Of the Worlds, Thunder Birds,Journey to the Center of the Earth, Avatar, Metroid, Metal Gear Solid. While containing a range of disperate musical styles, A common theme between the lot ...


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I think the answer depends on one's subjective ability to recognise the improviser; which would probably be highly dependent upon knowledge of their ouvre and instrument. With that in mind, I'd suggest John McLaughlin as a candidate for having success in different styles, where he might not be recongisable immediately. Compare the Mahavishnu Orchestra with ...



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