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Is there a name for a 3-3-2-2-2 rhythm?

I have a 12/8 rhythm that has beats on the x's below: 1 + + 2 + + 3 + + 4 + + x x x x x I vaguely remember hearing a name for this years ago. Is it some kind of clave? Is there a name for ...

asked by JamesFaix 15 votes
answered by John Belzaguy 19 votes

What modern innovations have been/are being made for the piano

The piano underwent major changes between its invention ca. 1700 through the late 1800s: the double escapement, the iron frame, cross-stringing, among others. But the piano reached a mature state by ...

piano instrument-making  
asked by Aaron 11 votes
answered by Edward 15 votes

How do you know which finger/key to press for the next note on Piano when thumb is not on C?

This is related to How to you know which finger/key to press for next note?, but the example in that question made people to suggest I need to practise fixed position first, which was great for ...

piano fingering  
asked by James Lin 9 votes
answered by Kris Van Bael 23 votes

Removal of the 5th in extended chord voicings

I regularly see the 5th of the chord being omitted/replaced in extended chords. Is this common practice? Examples below (there are others I've seen but I cannot recall them): Video by Adam Neely on ...

piano chords chord-voicings  
asked by hojkoff 7 votes
answered by Aaron 6 votes

When making a pickup, does the orientation of the magnetic field relative to the winding matter?

The instrument I want seems to be hard to get hold of in my country, so I'm building one. I won't say which instrument, so that the answer will be more generally useful. I have sourced a magnet that's ...

asked by OmarL 7 votes
answered by user1079505 5 votes

Question on La Campanella D double sharp, measure 37

Why specify the D double sharp here and then an E later in the measure? Why not just an E in the first place? Am I just missing something blatantly obvious?

piano accidentals  
asked by gimmethedeetz 6 votes
answered by Aaron 12 votes

Are there any violin family instruments built without a left shoulder?

On the bass and cello (and probably violin and viola as well), it seems like many aspects of proper form serve the purpose of getting ones arm over the left shoulder to play high on the fingerboard. ...

instruments double-bass lutherie violin-family  
asked by awe lotta 6 votes
answered by Shevliaskovic 8 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Piano music with two treble clefs, and notes between staves

I do not understand why there are two treble cleff staves and why there are music notes in the middle of the two staves. Which hand should I play those notes with and why are there two treble cleff ...

theory piano technique notation sheet-music  
asked by Sheela 12 votes
answered by Dave 23 votes

Polymeter vs Polyrhythm

What is the difference between a polymeter and a polyrhythm? Do these words mean anything different for different instruments? PS: I'm a drummer.

theory terminology meter polyrhythm  
asked by Anish Ramaswamy 30 votes
answered by Ulf Åkerstedt 29 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

Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...

guitar electric-guitar noise  
asked by Bijoy Thangaraj 35 votes
answered by Doktor Mayhem 19 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 18 votes
answered by Goodbye Stack Exchange 24 votes

How to find out the Major and Minor chords of a scale?

How do I know which notes of a scale may be a Major/Minor chord? Take this question as an example. The OP states that the C major scale contains the following chords: C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim How ...

theory chords  
asked by TonySniper 15 votes
answered by Sergio 22 votes

What exactly is Bootleg in electronic music?

It's not quite clear what a Bootleg is in the electronic music? What's the difference between a Bootleg and a Mashup?

asked by tftd 17 votes
answered by slim 25 votes

Can you answer these questions?

What is the meaning of the "chiaroscuro" sound that was considered ideal in Classical and early-Romantic Italian opera?

Apparently, in Classical and early-Romantic Italian opera (the "bel canto" opera repertoire), the ideal kind of vocal colour was a so-called chiaroscuro sound. The chiaro- part translates as ...

voice history performance-practice opera  
asked by Julian Newman 5 votes

How to characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar?

As set forth in the title, how might might one characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar? And is there a systematic way to characterize the voicing of these and other chords? In the ...

chords chord-theory chord-inversions chord-voicings  
asked by etisdale 1 vote
answered by John Belzaguy 0 votes

How do I play the last chord of Scherzo, Tarantelle?

At the end of Tarantelle (and also at the end of the first presto), there is a chord with three normal notes and the fourth is an artificial harmonic. I know the harmonic works, because I tried it ...

chords violin harmonics  
asked by TheOwl 2 votes
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