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What is the rationale of electronic keyboards having the voices that they do?

It inevitably starts with a piano voice, then electric piano voices. Chromatically pitched percussion, guitars, strings, and so on, ending with drums. Even the most limited of keyboards have this ...

midi keyboard history  
asked by JohnnyApplesauce 15 votes
answered by Laurence Payne 24 votes

Is there a difference between playing off the beat and syncopation?

I will be doing my music exam soon for school and I am very confused with this example question they gave me which was "What is the difference between playing off the beat and syncopation?". Could ...

theory terminology syncopation  
asked by Sunny 11 votes
answered by MMazzon 5 votes

Why do diminished chords have 3rd minor?

Why do diminished chords have 3rd minor , not 3rd diminished ? and what is the name of this chord : root + 3rd diminished + 5th diminished?

chords chord-theory  
asked by isac 9 votes
answered by Michael Curtis 6 votes

Jazz piano: chords and melody in right hand. How?

Aiming for being capable of playing solo and in ensemble, a jazz pianist is exposed to the following: Bass player is playing the root tones, hence the pianist can play rootless When playing alone or ...

piano chords harmony jazz chord-voicings  
asked by Frans 9 votes
answered by Old Brixtonian 7 votes

When to vibrato on the violin

Recently, I started practicing and learning music theory and found out that there's "Vibr" written in the sheet when the piece--or any aspect of it-- needs to be played with vibrato but then I looked ...

violin vibrato  
asked by Sen 6 votes
answered by topo Reinstate Monica 4 votes

Violin or piano – which instrument makes more sense to start during Coronavirus lockdown?

During this quarantine, I really want to take this chance to learn playing instrument but I dont know which one should I choose? Piano or Violin? And I do have a reason why I want to learn playing ...

piano violin  
asked by Deemo 5 votes
answered by leftaroundabout 32 votes

Is there a rational method to find out which minor scale sounds best in a given situation?

By rational I mean a method that doesn't entirely depend on one's subjective aesthetics, but rather one that has some kind of system behind it. The obvious rule that you should use the ascending ...

harmony composition counterpoint  
asked by Kim Fierens 5 votes
answered by ttw 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What defines pop music as a genre? Which patterns and trends can we find in pop music?

Today, not all popular music is labeled as pop. To me it seems that pop has become a genre that can be defined by its musical patterns, techniques, and styles. Similar to rock, jazz, and classical ...

theory styles  
asked by Von Huffman 14 votes
answered by Doktor Mayhem 6 votes

How can I reduce the echo/reverb in a large room if I can't add physical damping?

I was at an event this evening in a restored ballroom - absolutely beautiful, but parquet flooring, high ceilings, solid walls etc all made for terrible acoustics, and in fact I could hardly make out ...

noise acoustics echo reverb  
asked by Doktor Mayhem 22 votes
answered by leftaroundabout 26 votes

What is the difference between an amp and a head?

At the moment I currently only use a basic guitar amp, but a few of my friends have 'heads' on top of their amps. What is the purpose of these? What do they do that the amp doesn't do?

guitar amplifiers speakers  
asked by rich2165990 16 votes
answered by Bob Broadley 21 votes

How many hours of practice total are typical for different piano grades?

Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers", stated a hypothesis: becoming good at something takes about 10,000 hours of practice. I've recently been wondering how long a typical piano student has practiced ...

piano practice skill-level  
asked by James Tauber 30 votes
answered by Sonya 6 votes

How do I practice harmonizing in singing?

I'm not good at singing harmonies. In my mind to harmonize, you can just sing an alternate melody and that usually sounds good with the main melody. I don't think to myself that I have to sing a 5th ...

voice harmony  
asked by milesmeow 17 votes
answered by Bob Broadley 18 votes

How many keys are enough to learn to play piano?

How many keys are sufficient to learn mostly all basic piano exercises? Electronic versions came with variety of keys, and versions with fewer keys are cheaper and use less space at home. However it ...

learning digital-piano  
asked by h22 10 votes
answered by Tim 10 votes

What do the 3/4 and 4/4 numbers mean?

In music notation, I've always been looking for a simple explanation of those numbers that appear on the far left of musical piece, such as 3 over 4 or 4 over 4. I have a hunch they affect the ...

theory time-signatures  
asked by BeemerGuy 17 votes
answered by Goodbye Stack Exchange 24 votes

Can you answer these questions?

I have developed the habit of suppressing my voice when singing, how to resolve it?

Recently when I tried to sing, all my friends said that they could not hear me. But when I talk they can hear me well.I want to know how to resolve this.

asked by Harishankar G 3 votes
answered by Alex Lopez 0 votes

Finding root keys and chord progression for arpeggios

I have a riff I've composed using the following power cords notes (here is what is sounds on piano : Time 1 & 2: C#, ...

chords scales chord-progressions key arpeggios  
asked by Tomasz Jasku╬╗a 1 vote

Auto matching tempo

Does anyone know if there's a way to automatically adjust a recorded track to edit out early entries? I'm putting together a collaboration video with everyone having recorded their individual parts at ...

tempo beats  
asked by Chris 2 votes
answered by piiperi Reinstate Monica 0 votes
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