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Does using a portable keyboard with slim or mini keys mess with muscle memory, as a pianist?

I am an amateur pianist who would love to compose in a tight place or on the go with a small MIDI keyboard. I face this dilemma Buy a standard key size mini keyboard with 2 octaves only (and 25 "...
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What did Claude Debussy write? [closed]

Can someone please tell me where to find how many works did Claude Debussy write. Because I found two different results.
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Do film scores match film dialogue pitch?

Human speech (including dialogue in movies) has a certain pitch. The harmony between the film dialogue and the film score can be influenced by the filmmakers. For example, the score can be composed ...
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Is there a miniature handheld/lap acoustic piano? (not electronic) [closed]

So as I understand it a piano works by the keys pulling strings that make hammers ring bells based on how hard you hit them. I would guess that would be quite a sophisticated instrument. I myself have ...
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What is the difference between a triplet and a dotted-quaver/dotted-quaver/quaver rhythm?

I am aware of how in theory these two are different, that the triplet are three notes with same length and the dotted-quaver/dotted-quaver/quaver have the third notes slightly shorter in tempo. But I ...
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Connecting Acoustic Piano to Laptop for Recording in Logic? [duplicate]

I know about connecting digital pianos (MIDIs) to a laptop for use in logic. My question is concerning a standard normal acoustic piano. My baby grand has a silent piano Yamaha system attached to it ...
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How to apply Paul Hindemith's harmonic theory

I have been studying Paul Hindemith's "The Craft of Musical Composition, Book 1: Theory", trying to apply Hindemith's principles to my own harmonies and melodies. As you may know, Hindemith'...
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How could I get my Classical Music Compositions published and known?

I'm a first timer on this site. Have patience and mercy with me. For years I've been a professor, performer and Conductor. I'm a composer, not that many would know, I'm on my 711th opus. All classical ...
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Two questions about altered countersubject in Bach's first invention

Above is the opening subject and counter subject. My two questions are about the transformed counter subject in bar 5. When restating the counter subject why does Bach: Displace the circled D by an ...
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Does this song use chromatic mediant in G major? and what other music theory concepts this song's verse utilize

I'm currently learning basic music theory and along the way I review old songs on my playlist then analyze what key, chord progression and somehow discover the composer's way of creating music. The ...
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What are the trends that led to fizzling of ars antiqua and rising of ars nova?

What is the trends that led to the fizzling of ars antique and to the rising of ars nova?
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What are some techniques used to make a song sound more cinematic or invoke imagery in the listener?

Maybe cinematic is the wrong word to use(?). But techniques that might evoke imagery in the listener? Maybe for example: I know this is highly subjective and there’s ...
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How to emulate a piece effectively as exercise

I'm a starting composer and I've been trying to write some pieces "in-the-style-of" to hone my craftsmanship. Today I tried to emulate Schumann's Op 94 first movement by looking at the ...
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Military band music

Which instruments typically double up (play unison) in military bands? I have googled this question in different ways, but without an answer.
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How “hard” to read is this rhythm? A rhythmic comparison

I've recently heard a rhythm that sounded like this It seems slightly tricky to play it perfectly, so I wonder if I could somehow improve this writing to make it more natural and "readable"....
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Help! How would you write this rhythm (audio linked below)? [closed]

The audio source can be found here. I'm interested in the section highlighted in blue. There is naturally some freedom in the artist's interpretation, but I would like to transcribe it in a relatively ...
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How do you begin a 16th note triplet on the last third of an eighth note triplet?

My piece has a 16th note triplet motif. In the B section, the theme is slower and is based on eighth note triplets. I would like to begin the 16th triplet motif again on the last eighth note of an ...
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How do I improve my composing skills [closed]

I've been composing for over a year, since the pandemic has started. I've been composing a lot of simple pieces, most of them are SATB. I want to improve my composing skills because when I listen to ...
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Why Should I always follow the rules of functional harmony? [closed]

I have used functional harmony many times in my compositions to write chord progressions with success, however there are times when using functional harmony doesn't sound good to me and others when I ...
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Composing music for an insane/deranged character [closed]

I was wondering what techniques you could use in songwriting to write a song for an insane sort of character. The song idea I have in mind is a kind of frantic deranged circus song, but I need a bit ...
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Is the “Compose” music tablet by Ouyang Xi available? [closed]

Anyone know if this hardware device, where you write music on a tablet and it plays back, ever made it to market? (See link below). I would pay handsomely to get one. No jokes about using an iPad ...
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Modes — C Lydian feels like G Ionian [duplicate]

I've been studying modes recently and since I have a piano, tried to experiment with them by improvising simple tunes. My problem is that as soon as I use something else that Ionian, my perception of ...
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Question about Inventions and writing an episode (sequences)

I am writing the first part of an invention. I wrote it to the first cadence (C Major) but realized I did not create an episode with sequences. I am a little stuck on how I would go about doing that. ...
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Why do some composers/songwriters choose inverted chords over root position chords?

I know that if you want to go from one chord to another, using an inverted chord might make the bassline smoother and more melodic without big jumps but are there other reasons why root position ...
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Does the starting note for a song have to be the starting note of its scale?

Does a scale always have to start off with the note it is named after? For example, the Dm scale is defgab♭cd`. If I wanted to sing a song in D minor, would I have to start with the note D? Or could ...
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What is the name of this raga [closed]

I know this question is out of the blue, but please, if anyone knows what is the name of the sitar composition Pandit Ravi Shankar is playing while teaching George Harrison in this clip then it would ...
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Critique on Composition I made [closed]

I was hoping someone with a solid background in jazz music theory to give me a solid critique on a jazz blues composition I made last month. Here's the link: https://musescore.com/user/6040626/scores/...
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Why do some songs change while fading out? What is it called?

I noticed that some songs repeat a theme and then fade out at the end, but before completely fading out the song "changes". For example, the singer sings different words (that don't appear ...
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Can transposing my song help me understand what's wrong with it?

When writing, recording, or making music on the computer, I write what sounds good to me. I listen to it 1000 times in the process, so I'm afraid that I end up losing my ability to judge it. To ...
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How to write triads for strings?

There is something that I have noticed several times when writing chords for orchestral strings (violins, cellos, etc), when I write standard triad (major, minor, etc) chords the strings make an ...
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How to write a string quartet

I have major problems with writing for the string quartet. I have studied 4-part-writing for some time now, but I still have very little clue about how to expand from the basic chorale texture, where ...
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How to argue that it might be a good idea for a composition to follow music theory more closely? [closed]

So I'm a cabaret composer and have been studying music for quite some time. I have a band including myself, an accordionist, and a guitarist. I've been writing progressions and parts for everyone, ...
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What and how much to practice as a composer

I'm striving to better my music composition skills, but I'd also like to improve my piano skills since I like it and I think I am not a very good practical musician. The problem is, though, that I can'...
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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?

Hello fellow musicians, I trying to figure out how to write a good bassline to a pop-ish song (no specific genre, but think Selfless by The Strokes and Lost in Time by The Living Tombstone). I have ...
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Are there musical cryptograms for “Happy New Year”?

Composers have created many clever ways to spell out words and names in their compositions. These are called "musical cryptograms"; the B-A-C-H motif perhaps being the most famous. I'd like ...
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What is Bach doing in these pieces?

Is this a certain progression in both pieces? Both parts are here slowed down: https://sndup.net/7w6t The first part is from that piece (2:18) The second piece: ...
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How can I transpose an audio track in Logic Pro X without having the duration changed?

I'm recording vocal audio tracks, but I don't reach some pitches (like a C2) so i tried singing the parts one octave higher and using the transposition feature in the inspector (Shortcut: "i"...
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How do I learn how to accompany with Piano [closed]

I've been long time sheet music reader and I've recently switched to chord sheets in desperate pursuit of improving my musicianship. I've always wanted to reach a level where can arrange and ...
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Why does tuxguitar sound bad and what can be done about it?

I've used TuxGuitar for a while now and it's good enough for a free product. However, I recently downloaded the most recent version and noticed that when I play what I've typed into the TAB the ...
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How do you quote foreign motives in a composition?

This seems like it should be straightforward, but I don't know how to do it, so it's not for me at least. At the timestamp I provide in this song, the Animaniacs' Presidents Song, there is a quote ...
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How is D7 functioning here? Applied chord both kind of does and doesn't fit

I am composing this Adagio piece in E Minor and there’s one chord in the starting chord progression that I can’t seem to figure out the function of, that being D7. It seems on listening to be an ...
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How to choose chords for chromatic melody?

I've been listening to a lot of impressionistic and avant-garde jazz music lately. When choosing chords in a tonal, diatonic concept, the formula is somewhat clear to me. If it's a note in the scale, ...
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How to compose better chromatic harmony

I've been composing for a couple of years and I have a pretty good understanding of how to choose chords for melody in a diatonic context. However, when I try to introduce some quirky elements to my ...
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How do I know what notes I'm allowed to play? [duplicate]

I have a rough idea but I'm a beginner and I want to get some pointers. If I play a chord, how do I know what notes I can play on top of them that will sound good. I'm thinking any that is part of the ...
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What would you call these song sections between the Verse and the Pre-Chorus?

I have attempted to identify the sections of this song, but I am not sure what to call the section between the Verse and the Pre-Chorus. I have labelled it as the Refrain. Is this correct? [Verse] I ...
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What scale comprises D-E-F#-G-A-Bb-C?

I composed a piece of music (more like a few renditions of a theme) that I sat down to transcribe, but it doesn't seem to fit into any scale! (I haven't looked at Japanese scales yet) Bear in mind ...
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Analysis of a difficult piece of music without access to the score [closed]

I'm aware that this question is long and contains many sub-questions, but I hope it is fine the way it is at the moment. Lately I've started becoming more interested in analyzing musical scores in ...
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How do I make a Rallentando/Ritardando in Guitar Pro 7.5?

I'd like to slow down the tempo at the end of my song - how can I achieve this in Guitar Pro 7.5?
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Do classical-music performers use editions other than urtext to prepare?

Do any performer of classical music use printed editions of classical works (I mean those that published during the composer's lifetime) other than urtext editions for performing. If this is true, can ...
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3:2 polymeter in a single 6/4 time signature, which accent pattern would be which meter?

I've noticed that 6 allows me to have a 3:2 polymeter in a single time signature. I've thought of perhaps doing it for the Saturn movement of my Planets Suite, where some instruments have a 3/4 ...

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