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Looking for the lyrics of a traditional American song [migrated]

Some years ago I got to sing an arrangement of a traditional American song which was translated to Catalan; the song should be called something like "The Eagle". I've been looking for the original ...
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1answer
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What does this Time Signature mean?

In Debussy's preludes for piano, there is the number 5 entitled "les collines d'anacapri". It comprises the following Time Signature. One that I have never seen before, and was wondering what it meant?...
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Absolute/relative pitch?

For a few years now, I've been trying to achieve some sort of absolute pitch. I realise it'll most likely never happen, but several times a day, as I walk past a musical instrument, I'll sing a ...
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0answers
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How to set pre-amp to avoid noise?

I have got a Taylor 312ce 12-fret. Since I could not find any acoustic multi-effect processor which has no pre-amp integrated in it (which is also something I do not get), I now got a Trace Elliot ...
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5answers
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Is it hopeless in terms of becoming decent musicians, if they cant count beats?

My flesh-n-blood guitar teacher has tried to get me to count beats (verbally or at minimum in my mind), and I think that I've tried reasonably hard in doing so for few months now. However I've come to ...
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Hum disappears on touching both strings and cable? What is the issue?

I have got a Taylor 312ce 12-fret. I actually rarely plugged it in at home, but I did now due to a new pedalboard. Thereby, I discovered a hum issue. The simplest setup on which it occurs is: Guitar ...
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How do singers know if they hit the right notes when singing acapella?

How do singers know if they hit the right notes when singing acapella? You can't check against the piano as you are singing acapella.
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What did Ligeti mean by 'the ironic theatricalizing of the past'?

The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5 ed). p. 301 Bottom.   Following the opera’s premiere in 1978 and a period of serious illness, Ligeti’s style underwent a profound evolution, as first ...
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What did Stravinsky mean: harpists "spend 90 percent of their lives tuning … and 10 percent playing out of tune”?

The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5 ed). p. 26 Top. Tuning & Temperament A central tenet of music-making is the desirability of singing or playing “in tune”, accurately producing ...
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How does 'meter' differ from 'rhythm' in music?

The following introductory books' definitions don't distinguish meter from rhythm. Please see the titled question. I asked this on Music Fans, but I still don't understand. Please expound more plainly?...
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Perfect pitch inside a scale?

I was reading how a very small amount of people have perfect pitch and how it's very hard for adults to develop it. So I was wondering if maybe there's a hack where I can only limit the notes to a ...
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2answers
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Why does C to F# work?

What's the theory behind this? (Or does it NOT 'work'?)
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how should I play this notes?

In what order should I play this on piano? Where exactly metronome tick should appear? 4&1 - 3 - 2 begin with metronome tick 4 - 3 - 2&1 end with metronome tick 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 start or stop ...
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1answer
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Rotary Trumpet Tubing

Does the rotary trumpet have a cylindrical bore like the piston trumpet, or a conical bore like the cornet? I would assume that it's cylindrical, but for the fact that it has a mellower tone and seems ...
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1answer
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identifying chord in guitar study

I am unsure about which chords I am playing in the guitar study I below Especially I'd loke to know: is the chord in the 3rd bar on beat 3 and 4 a dm7b5 or rather an inversion of an Fm6 or something ...
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1answer
29 views

How To Set Up Shure BLX4/SM58 And What Other Components Are Needed

So I’ve just bought a Shure BLX4/SM58 but am stuck when it comes to setting up. And of course it does not work by itself and needs some sort of stereo or PA system to make the sound work, so what ...
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When you look at (piano) sheet music, how do you “think about” which notes are being referred to?

Trying to learn to read sheet music on my own; the best way to phrase my question is with a quick example: "Canon in D Major". I look at the sheet and I see the scale from this: I get the whole ...
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0answers
34 views

Tuning a 12 string [on hold]

What are the best strings for a Taylor 12 string? Will the strings that need to be an octave higher take the tension without breaking? What would be the best tuner for me to get?
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1answer
50 views

expansion of the tonic

Another analysis of Strokes songs here. I love this band! Looking at the choruses of Hard to Explain, Barely Legal, and New York City Cops, I see similarities. It appears that the boys are just ...
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2answers
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Why aren't notes and intervals plain numbers?

Beginner question: If we were to leave the historical context aside and redesign the system of musical notation: would we base this around the 12 steps we've divided octaves in? What strikes me as ...
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1answer
47 views

Writing music in DAW: what's your workflow?

I'm just curious how people write music in DAW when they have no input MIDI devices. Piano roll isn't particularly convenient to write music, and built-in score editors seem to be so so, too. I used ...
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0answers
77 views

Why does it work? [on hold]

"Why does it work?" Possibly the most common four words on this forum. Someone comes up with a non-diatonic chord sequence. We generally manage to label it for them - "Mixolydian" or "Modal ...
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0answers
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How to make this synth sound in the background around 0:15?

I was wondering whether anyone had any idea on how to recreate this sound. It seems to be used in couple of music I've listened to before, so it could be a preset somewhere as well. ...
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1answer
21 views

Foot switch/mute for XLR microphone? [on hold]

I'm struggling to find an obvious XLR footswitch to let me mute my performance mic like I do my guitar, in situations where I don't have direct access to the amp. Why is this and what are the typical ...
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0answers
29 views

How to create a sound like the opening of this song by Mac De Marco?

Link to the song: I am talking about the sound from 0:00 to 0:22.
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1answer
44 views

Where do I put this expression marking?

So in this passage (for piano) I have a pianissimo part in the right hand that follows the left hand. I want the pianist to treat the notes in the right hand 'like distant resonance' (or something ...
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0answers
6 views

Why are some musician names a letter followed by numbers? [migrated]

Why do some musicians choose a name that is a letter followed by a dash and some numbers (usually a 3 digit number)? I have seen this before a few times (maybe 5). The two musicians I can think of ...
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3answers
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How does one really become present during practice?

When I'm practicing, I often find myself spacing out, forgetting what I had just played, or tuned back in to find that, wow, I'm already almost at the end of the piece! This bothers me because it ...
3
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0answers
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Notating for the pianist to lift the pedal slowly?

So in various sections of a piece I want the pianist to lift the pedal slower than usual, achieving an interesting effects as the harmonics fade. In some areas the pedal lift might be slower or faster,...
6
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1answer
83 views

What is circle picking for guitar?

I just heard a term describing a picking technique for guitar that I hadn't heard before. Can anyone enlighten me as to what circle picking actually is?
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1answer
42 views

Help with songwriting, refrain confusion

I wonder if you could offer some advice. I’m doing well with a collection of ideas for songs but am struggling to get them completed. I tend to use a lot of refrain instead of chorus so for example ...
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3answers
45 views

Songs melody range

I'm writing a vocal song and I'm worried about the range of the melody.. for example in C Major key what is the lowest and highest melody I could go ? I appreciate every answers..but..I don't want ...
3
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3answers
93 views

What exactly is the difference between C Ionian and D Dorian?

Both modes have the same notes. But why do they sound different. How to approach while composing a song in a particular mode as opposed to a key. Is it the harmony or the pivoting root? I read few ...
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2answers
43 views

Is it possible to make a single free reed that plays on both air directions?

If you open an accordion, you will find that for every button there are two reeds, one which plays when in the pull direction of the bellows and one in the push. Sometimes these reeds are tuned to ...
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5answers
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Can I turn a 10+ y/o keyboard into a MIDI device? HELP!

so I have this very old Casio CTK-471 keyboard lying around, so I thought I'd make a midi controller out of it. I bought one of those cheap Viewcon USB-MIDI interfaces and it seems to work because ...
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2answers
42 views

Traveling with an upright bass

This is mostly hypothetical but I was wondering what the safest way to travel with a 3/4 size upright acoustic bass from Minnesota to New York? And what considerations are there
2
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0answers
31 views

What makes a chord have predominant function?

I saw someone make the vague claim that in Debussy you can often identify passages with predominant function, even if they don't represent chords that are typically considered predominant chords. I ...
3
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6answers
112 views

How to modulate from minor to parallel major

I'm trying to find a good modulation from Dm to D. I know that I could use Dm-A7-D but it feels a bit to unsophisticated. I thought that I maybe could do something like Dm-X-C-X-Em-X-D where X is ...
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4answers
126 views

Piano Memorization Techniques

Please share your memorization techniques for piano music. I'm good enough at sight reading to have avoided learning how to memorize effectively, which is now holding me back on tougher pieces. For ...
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0answers
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Custom HSS wiring Strat

I am looking for a schematic to wire an HSS Strat as follows: Volume for bridge with push/pull DPDT series/parallel switch Volume for middle and neck pickups Master tone 5 way selector: Bridge ...
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0answers
17 views

How to Analyse a Chord Progression of “Nature” by Rega Dauna Project? [on hold]

I have a question of the chord progression of the tune called "Nature" by Rega Dauna Project. ( ) I don't know how to analyze the chords of Harmonica solo section from ...
3
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1answer
38 views

Fret markers on guitar necks

Given that classical guitar fretboards sometimes have no marker dots, why do virtually all other guitars have them? I guess the basic 5, 7 and 12 fret markers correspond to the first few harmonic ...
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6answers
57 views

Dominant seventh vs Dominant function

I saw how in the major scale the diatonic functions are: I - tonic IV - subdominant V - dominant and the V7 is called a dominant seventh Also in the natural minor scale the diatonic functions are: ...
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2answers
100 views

How to stop playback after a certain measure in Musescore?

Often when I arrange, I include a jam part where I just use the chord notes. I prefer to have this these sections after everything. See picture: The problem is when I listen to it on my computer. I ...
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1answer
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Theory: How to tell major, minor, melodi, harmonic, natural apart

I'm currently learning theory and need some help. I can't necessarily tell apart Major and Minor scales (from the key signature and the scales) nor can I tell the harmonic form. I remember my teacher ...
2
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3answers
103 views

What are the appropriate/technical approaches that professional composers do to induce creativity in music making process?

I feel like I've already been "programmed" by pop songs when creating new sound. I always enjoy simply improvising on piano but I can never break through that musicality that is "programmed" in my ...
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3answers
78 views

Why does this harmony work?

Here's Soma by The Strokes. If I'm not mistaken, the verse progression moves simply from a G chord to an F chord repeating. If the key is C, then this is just V-IV-V-IV etc. Since the chords are only ...
0
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0answers
39 views

Buying new electric guitar [on hold]

Which electric guitar should I buy ? It's my first time buying an electric guitar. I only played the acoustic guitar before. Is fender squier series good or any other guitar is better. I have heard ...
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1answer
84 views

Should I strive to create more complex harmony? [on hold]

I was watching a video with Jacob Collier on how he goes about playing Amazing Grace with a bunch of 7th chords, add chords, slash chords, sus chords, and everything but the kitchen sink. But to me ...
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1answer
46 views

Scale theory for “Do You Feel Like We Do - Live”, by Peter Frampton

Can someone explain the key and scale theory to this song. It is driven me nuts, I got that it is in the key of D but using D and Dm and then the solo gets pretty modal and out there but still works. ...

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