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Major chords on bass guitar

So I've been playing the bass for about a year and a half, I play most nights and play with friends as often as I can. Until now I have only played songs I can get tab for, and spend time learning it ...
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Bass vibration coming from outside

I have a low bass sound in my house that comes from a hvac from a bakery. It's not very loud but it's very hard not to hear. It's variating depending on external condition (in hot weather it's hell) . ...
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Beginner wants app recommendation for making electronic music [closed]

I make mathematical pictures and want to back them with some music of my own composition. I play no instruments besides doodling with pianos. Actually, if I could get an app that would record my ...
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What is this scale: (Bb, C#, D, Eb, F#, G, A, Bb)

I merged Bb major and D major to see what comes up. The scale has the notes: Bb, C#, D, Eb, F#, G, A, Bb. What scale is this? Can I have chords in this scale? Let me know! Notation for the scale:
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What's going on in the South Park intro?

The theme song of the TV show "South Park" has always sounded musically weird to me, but I have never understood why. I've been wondering if it is possible to use music theory to explain ...
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When practicing scales, is it fine to learn by reading off a scale book instead of concentrating on my keyboard?

I'm a beginner, and I'm worried about practicing scales in an inefficient way. Is it recommended for the long term, for the sake of internalizing scale structure, that I memorize where the fingers ...
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Teach beginner staff notation

I'll be teaching an adult musical beginner piano. I've never taught [music] before though I've taught programming and math for decades. [And I don't remember too well how I learnt!] I am asking ...
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I'm a returning piano player, after 30 years [duplicate]

I am 74 years old, and learned piano as a child. I got quite far, my crowning glory was being able to play Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor. I practiced for about a year and managed to get through ...
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Are there some simple fingering rules that a piano beginner can start with?

I realize that fingering is a complex topic. But are there any simple rules that a beginner can start with? EDIT: This question was originally marked as a duplicate of this question I realize now that ...
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What tips would you give to a beginner violinist to execute these pieces well? [closed]

I am practicing these two pieces to enter orchestra, but I am having difficulty practicing it. Specifically, as I am quite a beginner, I am not sure about many things technique wise. For example, how ...
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Writing music for tenor sax from piano [duplicate]

I have a famous song written for piano that I want to transpose for tenor sax. Is that the correct term? It will be put on a piece of art as a gift so its very important I do this correctly. I am very ...
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How do I start learning to play ragtime on the guitar?

I would really like to learn how to play ragtime on the guitar. As a teenager I took guitar lessons. I learned to sight-read and basic chords, but not much beyond that. Years later, I am learning ...
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Where Should I start in regards to making music? [closed]

I have been studying music theory on and off for 2 years. I am 21 now and I have always had a love for music and was involved in school activities for music up until 6th grade. I unfortunately had to ...
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Can I play triads with fingers 1-2-4, leaving my pinky free to enhance the chord or play melodic riffs?

From playing the guitar (for fun), I would always try to make a chord leaving my pinky free to either add flavor to the chord or play other melodic "riff" notes. Question - Would I be doing ...
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Guitar effect in Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb [closed]

In the second guitar solo of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd, Gilmour has some nice effects at 4:31 (the beginning of the second solo), also at 5:21. It is kind of a hollow sound. Can someone tell me ...
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Does the key a piece is written in affect playability for piano?

Key signatures and reading sheet music aside, does the key a piece is written in affect the ease with which it can be played on piano? For example, are any keys known for more difficult or awkward ...
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Fingering first measure Funeral March

Is the 5 5 fingering for the left hand, first measure, correct? I ask it because it is for me as a beginner difficult to reposition my left pink quickly on the right place. Is there a good alternative?...
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Is there a duration or rest error in the last bar here?

In this example - my understanding is that every bar has four quarter notes, in the third bar, we can see only two eighth notes connected to a half note - does that not make a total of 3 quarter notes?...
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What it's the key and chord progression of this four part harmony music [closed]

I'm trying to write a four-part harmony song with some suspended chords and stuff. I'm having some problems identifying the chords, I'm also not sure if the key is in F. Can anyone help me? I'm also ...
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Fingerpicking right hand beginner problems [duplicate]

I just started to try self-learn fingerpicking. I know absolutely nothing about it, but can play some beginner tunes with flat picking. When I try to position the right hand as told in the YouTube ...
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Techniques for improving how I learn a piece

I'm a grade 2-3, and last week my piano teacher gave me "To a Wild Rose" (Edward MacDowell) to learn - page 1 for now anyway. At first glance it seems quite straightforward, but 5 days on ...
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Can I start playing on this clarinet?

Me: no money at all and no experience with wind instruments. Goal: learn how to play clarinet and to read music. Found this "French-styled clarinet from URSS" for 40 dollars. Is it ...
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If The Beatles didn't know music theory, how did they construct whole songs flawlessly? [duplicate]

It is said that the 4 beatle never learned music theory, and is proven by many interviews from them. They are known for writing rock hits that had always hit the charts and the songs they had written ...
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Is there a better UI for musical typing for drums in Garageband?

I'm new to Garageband and when I'm trying to make drum tracks it's frustrating being unable to tell which sound is mapped to which key without playing the key (especially for instrument packs that don'...
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How should I choose a piece for a beginners choral audition?

I am having a difficult time choosing a piece for a choral audition. The chorus I am aiming for admits new singers with no previous experience in singing, and I was told the audition is not much of a ...
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How long would it take for a beginning piano player to learn to play Bach Badinerie [closed]

Would it be possible for a beginning piano player (in their late twenties) to learn to play the song (see video) exactly as it's played there, within a year of practice (practicing 30 minutes to an ...
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Is it normal to have memorized a piece by the time you can play it?

I've been playing piano for 5 months and have been having tremendous success (it helps that I've played clarinet for years and can read music). By the time I can play a Level 4 piece from start to ...
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How to tell whether the soundpost of a violin needs adjustment?

I am aware that soundpost should be adjusted by a professional luthier when the violinist desires e.g. brighter sound. But as a beginner, I don't think it is relevant for me for now. Does the fact ...
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Do nickel-free bassoons exist?

I am allergic to nickel. I come up in itchy bumps after contact. I would like to try playing bassoon but all the ones I have looked at have nickel silver keys, which isn't silver at all but is nickel. ...
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Rests with triplets across the Grand Staff

Let's say this is the 4th of 4 quaver triplets in a 4/4 measure: Unlike the other quaver triplets in the measure, this one crosses the staves, with one note in the bass clef and two in the treble ...
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Question about held notes in piano musical notation [duplicate]

My knowledge of musical notation is extremely limited, so I'm sorry if this is a dumb question... Could anyone tell me how the the below bar would look if the 3 triplet notes marked in red in the bass ...
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How to know in which scale i am from the notes of a melody? [duplicate]

Is there a way to know in which scale a melody is? I have no musical lessons and i learned the minimum that i know from the internet but i think i have some basis (or i want to think it at least). My ...
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Plateau while learning piano sight-reading

As a 12 year old I had piano lessons for several months until the teacher retired due to ill health and I never kept going with lessons (which I've regretted ever since). On the plus side I've always ...
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What does this sign before the notes mean and how does its placement affect the notes? [duplicate]

This is from Kiss The Rain by Yiruma but the sign before the notes keep bugging me as its position on staff keeps changing and likewise the octave keeps changing and I can't understand how to play it....
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How to highlight top note while playing triads / intervals

I am trying to learn funeral march op 35 by Chopin and the initial motive is played using some intervals in which the top note should be the melody thus should be louder then the other notes you are ...
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My brand new acoustic guitar's bridge has crack?

Alright So today I received my Kadence Frontier Series which I had ordered online. The guitar's sound is really cool and everything else was good until I found a thin crack at the bridge. What should ...
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How to think about SATB when analysing piece on piano? [closed]

I'm beginner, so I read music theory and didn't find straight clear answer about applying SATB in pieces (in modern particularly). What information could I get from dividing voices, seeing all this up ...
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What purpose do chords serve in music?

I'm a complete beginner to music theory and have recently been learning a few basics. One thing I can't wrap my mind around are chords, and to a certain extent, chord progressions. I know how they are ...
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How is it possible to compose music with chromatic scale when it uses notes other than that of the key of the song?

I'm a beginner in the music world. So my question may seem stupid and confusing. So I'm gonna elaborate a bit. Say, I want to write a track in the key of D. So I have the notes D,E,F#,G,A,B & C#. ...
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I'm not sure if I'm executing these instructions on piano time signature correctly

I'm learning piano on my own and I'm using a workbook (Ben Dunnett). Below is the link to my interpretation of what this task is asking (video on YouTube). I know I've played this in common time as I'...
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In Sibelius ManuScript language example, why will the Run method not run?

I am learning to write Sibelius plug-ins by working my way through the ManuScript Language Reference (see File > Plug-ins > ManuScript Language Reference). Unlike other scripting languages I use ...
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BPM, beat durations vs frequency

I understand that 60 BPM means 60 Beats Per Minute. And if the "BPM beat note" is a quarter note, it means a quarter note has the duration of 1 second (each quarter note should be held 1 ...
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How do I hold/use a pick

Seriously. Most people say between the thumb and index coming out the side of your thumb, but I keep messing up, hitting wrong strings, bad rhythm/timing, etc. Any other ways of holding a pick or ...
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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?

Been playing guitar for a few months now and for the last month I've started trying to use a pick since most people (including the best guitarists) do and while it's useful for alternate picking, pick ...
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Piano sight-reading confusion [duplicate]

everyone. I am a beginner pianist and I am to improve my technical and sight-reading skills. I have been sight-reading Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi for the past week and I came across something odd. ...
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Best type/way of scale to start practicing and how to move on? [duplicate]

Learning for past 8 months.. chords are coming up well.. trying now to learn scales (after knowing those are the foundation)... Started with E chromatic scale (2 octaves across first 4 frets) with ...
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what are the sizes of the ocarinas

I have been trying to find the sizes for every ocarina (1C to 7C), width and height of the chamber .The only one I can find was because a youtube video. I am asking this because I want make my own ...
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In the context of G Major, is there anything special about a Am-Cm-Bm-Em progression?

It looks like a ii-V-iii-vi going around the circle of fifths but with the V replaced with a iv, but I don't know what the theory behind that replacement is. I'd heard of tonicization before but I'm ...
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How do I learn jazz on piano? [duplicate]

I am very interested in learning piano but more specifically jazz. I really like the way people can just improvise. I know that I would not be easy but I would like to know what the best book or ...
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Learning to play Guitar, but how can I find the right size for me?

I've already bought a basic Acoustic Guitar off Amazon, but it's uncomfortable to play. I know the correct positioning to hold the Guitar, its just instead of my right shoulder resting down in the ...
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