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Why does this major-key folk song sound sad?

This is an old Scottish folk song. Why does it sound so sad, even though it is in a major key, and doesn't use any of the typical tricks songwriters use to make major keys sound sad (i.e. IV-iv-I)?
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Why does this song sound sad even though it is uptempo-ish and in a major key?

"Rag Tag Army" by John Edmond The song is uptempo-ish, and in C major without any mode mixture from C minor. There are A minor and E minor chords in it, yet none of them even end a phrase, ...
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How to implement the "dolce" marking?

In Italian, dolce means "sweet", which doesn't help much. How am I supposed to play it on classical guitar? Some people mentioned "softly", which may be good, but there surely is ...
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Which of the great composers wrote expression markings in German?

I am used to expression markings being written in Italian. For example this list is mostly Italian (and English). I recently learned about a high school level music exam where they have to learn the ...
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Means of expression in rock music [closed]

I am a classical pianist and am trying to understand how the means of expression differ for the rock music. Examples: In classic we usually have a very wide dynamics range. We play ppp to ffff. If ...
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What does 'sostenuto (come IVa corda di violino)' instruct a keyboard player to do?

Baldassare Galuppi, a composer of the Italian Baroque, wrote a collection of twelve sonatas for harpsichord. In the first movement (Larghetto) of sonata number 2, the instruction sostenuto (come IVa ...
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Norwegian Wood, no consensus of rhythm and feel?

I have seen many different song sheets for the Beatles Song Norwegian Wood using time signatures of 3/4, 6/8 and 12/8. My question is, why are they all different, why is there no consensus? What I ...
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What's it called when you play the same exact melody with a different rhythm?

As an example, here is the original iconic melodic phrase that's used throughout the Trails Sky games: https://youtube.com/embed/3GB-xej4GFc?start=66&end=85 But here in this next piece, the exact ...
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I can't feel anything from playing a piano piece anymore [duplicate]

I started learning the piano by the age of seven, I remember that my teacher taught me how to build an image about a piece I'm playing, I used to name the pieces myself, draw a painting for each of ...
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How do you develop the ability to express yourself via your instrument (e.g. guitar for my case) [duplicate]

I understand this question may be very broad and the answer may be very complex or allusive in nature. I hope I can get a little guidance from true musicians like you. Last night I watched Ralph ...
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Difference between notes and recoding of performed BWV anhang 122

During the past weeks I've been studying BWV anhang 122, the march in D major. Sheet music can be found here. I'm more or less able to perform the piece, though not yet at the tempo indicated by the ...
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Canceling the rubato sign

Hi if I write rubato in the beginning of a piece, is there an expression to cancel the rubato from here and further, you need to play on time. In other words not rubato?
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Are there any other tempo descriptors that imply melancholy?

So I got this inspirational idea for composing a piece from a fellow composer: His life was good, a girlfriend, friends and a nice family; then out of nowhere, he loses the love of his life for ...
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How can I improve my interpretation, "reciting" ability or just voice expressiveness?

I've been taking some singing lessons lately and I really feel like the main error I have to absolutely correct is lack of emotions and expressiveness in my voice. My teacher some times tries to make ...
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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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How to notate a slide in vocal singing

I am transcribing Capella music. I came across singing from D# to B like a slide transcending without steps. How do I notate such a occurrence? Do I draw a line like a guitar slide? Or is there ...
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Is there a music term for a musician's overall approach to a melody

The notes that a musician stresses and emphasises in a melody, the contouring they use, their phrasing of the melody -- essentially, the way they articulate the melody: I call that "voicing"....
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How to express exhaustion without rallentando or diminuendo?

I'm working on a track that has more of an EDM feel to it, so the obvious methods of expressing exhaustion—rallentando and diminuendo—do not fit the music I'm imagining, since I want it to keep a ...
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What does "moderato" in the middle of a musical score mean?

A study I am playing has these tempo hints: Slowly, Freely in the beginning Accelerando when the next section starts moderato shortly afterwards (I cut the score in the middle) What does moderato ...
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So, what does this tenuto mark mean in Bernstein's piano music?

This is a bar from the fifth of Bernstein's Five Anniversaries, "For Susanna Kyle". It's a nice and easy tune that sounds vaguely like what Satie would have composed in his youth were he not wasted ...
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How much dynamics, tempo fluctuation is acceptable in Baroque music on piano? How to achieve expressivity?

I'm not talking about exaggerated rubato and a deliberate Liberace-style soup of genres, but is it acceptable to add some dynamics and some tiny tempo fluctuations when playing Baroque on piano to ...
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How to express "dreaming" with other than the whole tone scale?

I am working on a little theater play accompanying a poetic clown on piano on the stage. Most of time I improvise to emphasize his emotional moods, since there are no words at all. When the character ...
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How to play short repeated sections differently?

I am practicing some short guitar etudes. Many of them have short repeated sections, which are identical and so sound rather boring (example: both first and second half are played twice in this Sor's ...
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What are the feelings & emotions behind chords?

I studied some different books on Music Theory and all were too much scientific and definitely very helpful to some point. Now that I have started writing some songs, I feel I need to know more ...
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