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Questions related to *The Real Book,* a popular resource for transcriptions of standards.
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a device that translates mechanical energy to electrical energy. Piezoelectric transducers are commonly used under the bridges or tops of guitars to translate the sound of the guitar …
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Musical genre originating in Bahia, Brazil, with its roots in Rio de Janeiro, being influenced by the contributions of African musicians brought to the New World by the slave trade.
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A series of three smaller intervals, together spanning a perfect fourth.
An interval where both notes have the same letter name within the same octave.
A viola da gamba, also known as a viol, refers to any member of a family of bowed or plucked string instruments. The viola da gamba family likely originated in Spain in the 15th century. The only memb…
a percussion technique, usually referring to a marimba or vibraphone. It is achieved by holding 2 mallets in each hand
an Free Software drum sequencer, available on Linux and MacOS X.
supported by a strap around the neck and shoulders, same way as a guitar.
small, tuned disks of brass or bronze that are usually arranged in one or two chromatic octaves. When struck, they create a bright bell sound, and are also commonly played by bowing.
a feature of many acoustic and some high end digital pianos that permits a note to be repeated even if the key had not yet returned to its maximum vertical position.
a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometim…
The Alexander technique teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during their everyday activities.
a thin pointed stick of about 12-16 inches, used by a conductor to amplify and specify the movements he or she uses to communicate visually with an ensemble of musicians.