Questions tagged [identification]

Find the name, term or phrase for the presented technique, instrument or notation. Please note that questions about identifying chords, notes, key and time signatures are off-topic.

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What is this metal M-shaped device for?

I inherited this with a box of piano sheet music, some of which was for beginners, and vaguely recall seeing one ages ago at a music store. It’s about the right size for wearing like a pair of brass ...
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How to identify a particular song or piece?

I’ve heard a piece of music, but I don’t know its name or who performs it. How can I find this information?
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What is this type of notehead called?

I was looking through some sheet music when I came across a notehead that looked very odd. It looks like a whole note with two lines on both its sides. Here is an image of the notehead: What is this ...
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Which (apparently keyboard) instrument is this?

I discovered this image recently while reading about piano. I discovered this young Portuguese pianist photo, Vianna da Motta, while learning in his early stages. I assume this is some kind of ...
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What does an arrow pointing up inside the staff mean?

This was in my audition music, and I can’t ask the person I got it from. It was written by the director at my high school. Edit: Here’s the full music: I’m not sure what style. Also, I can ask my ...
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Which instruments (besides piano) are in one to one correspondence with its range of notes? [closed]

We know that for each note in a piano's range, there is only one key pertaining to that note. This is in contrast to, say, a guitar where there are multiple ways to play, say, middle C. Are there ...
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What chord does C, E, G♭ , and B♭ make?

You can use whatever note, but we can use C. Unfortunately, I don't know what the root position would be in this case, so I will lay them out as positions. I used intervals, too. Position 1: Root, ...
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What Musical Instrument is this? [closed]

So I came across this Snarky Puppy's video and I saw an instrument that I'm not familiar with. Hoping you guys could tell me what's this instrument called? Thanks!
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What's this instrument shown in 1-Nenokkadine?

In 1: Nenokkadine, there is a musical instrument shown prominently. Here is a snapshot of that instrument. Link to that movie This device plays some sort of piano ...
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What instrument is used to create this kind of music?

Today I came across a song and (esp the beginning) it left me in an euphoric state. Here is the song: What instrument is used to create this kind of angelic sounds? ...
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How does one identify leitmotifs in Wagner's Ring cycle?

How does one go about identifying leitmotifs in Wagner's Ring cycle? My usual strategy is: I just know a bunch of them from repeated listening. I open one of the online repositories such as this one ...
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What does a half note followed by three dots mean?

While I was reading some sheet music I had gotten, I crossed a half note with three dots after it. What is this called? How many beats does it get (4/4)?
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Bass identification--No name anywhere

Could someone help me figure out what kind of electric bass this is? I found it in my great-grandparent's attic. There is not a single word on this thing anywhere, and I can't find a similar model via ...
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Name of hemispherical drum from West Africa?

Does anybody know what to call a West-African hemispherical drum with two bands of what seems to be electrical tape crossing at right angles on its "north pole"?? The drum can be seen below: For an ...
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(Answered: A Persian Tar) What is the name of this stringed instrument? It is stringed, skinny, and has a hour-glass-shaped-body

What is the name of this stringed instrument? If any are curious as to where I got this image from, it is here:
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What is really the piece called Suite No. 2 by W.A. Mozart?

I've gotten my hands on an arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet * of a Suite No. 2 / W.A. Mozart. This surprised me because Mozart didn't complete any suites as far as I know. I checked ...
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about old instrument, what is it?

Does anyone know the name of the instrument played here? It's the one the guy is spinning around and playing some keys (similar to the accordion). Incidentally, does anyone know if some company sells ...
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What instrument or synth is this “breathy organ” sound? [closed]

Off the top of my head it can be heard prominently in the "Eve no Jikan" soundtrack from 00:00 and in Fat Freddy's Drop's "Breakthrough" starting at 2:34 or so, though I have definitely heard it in ...
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What is the name of this instrument with 2 strings?

Hi, I bought this instrument in Kabul and the seller told me it was a dutar. But now that I'm looking at some pictures online, it looks different. Can you tell me what it's called? Thanks. Edit: I'm ...
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Need help identifying Korean-made bass

I am a work buddy who is in wants to sell a bass that he bought while stationed in Korea. Unfortunately there are no brand markings on it, and I have been unable to identify it by its body or ...
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How can I identify a tune?

Can anyone steer me to a book or website or smartphone app that will help me find out where a tune is from? I've got an imperfect memory of a tune that I heard years ago and I would love to listen to ...
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What is this blowing instrument used in the acoustic cover of “Taekwondo” by “Walk off the Earth”? [closed]

At around 1:44 of the acoustic cover of Taekwondo by "Walk of the Earth", the musicians play a blowing instrument. What instrument is this?
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Is there any information about this acoustic Ibanez artist model 2600 (70's) from my late father?

While cleaning the house I came across an old acoustic Ibanez model 2600 that used to be my fathers guitar. Now finding any good info on this guitar with google and duckduckgogo searches was fruitless ...
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What instrument is Stevie Wonder playing in this video?

In this CBS This Morning video Stevie Wonder is talking about Aretha Franklin who has just recently passed, after a long and profound life. What instrument is in front of him? I've never seen ...
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What chord is E7+(#9)?

Came across this on a jazz lead sheet and I have no idea what they meant by the plus. Is it an E7 with an augmented 5th? Is the 7th augmented?
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What types of drums in the picture below?

What types of drums in the picture below? I'm wondering if they are tom drums. Your help is a great source of inspiration for me!
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What pieces influenced the Requiem from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind? [closed]

I watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind recently, and I was really struck by the beginning of this piece: In the movie it's rendered instrumentally; it is well-...
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Bass identification

I got a bass from a friend of mine and would love to know the exact model of it. All I know is, that it is an Aria Bass and that I can't find this model on their homepage. Maybe someone can help me ...
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How closely related in history, construction and use are these two instruments?

A friend shared these two videos with me. He called the double reed instrument a Suona and said that it is traditional both in the Middle East, and central Asia, China and Taiwan. I do not know what ...
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What is this japanese wooden instrument called?

Yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting percussion instrument: (Instrument at 3:28 of the video) The instrument takes the form of an oblong wooden block with 12 ...
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What's the song name that uk voice runs as outro in every of their youtube videos? [closed]

Starting here. My Shazam couldn't find it, nor could I find an answer. Does this song actually exist as a complete soundtrack?
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What guitar brand/model is this? [closed]

So I have always seen this broken guitar and didn't notice since it was broken and all and recently I looked at it and wondered what guitar it might be. I tried searching the guitar for any hints ...
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What is this percussion instrument? [closed]

Latvian electronic music band Jumprava use/used a particular percussion instrument in a number of their pieces, which can be seen in this 1987 concert recording: The ...
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What is the name of this percussion instrument?

I'm listening to the song "There Goes the Fear" by the Doves. There's a peculiar percussive instrument that fades in starting around the 6:15 mark and then becomes the foremost percussive instrument ...
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What is this instrument? [closed]

In the first half of the GoldenEye Overture (called Half Of Everything Is Luck), there is a percussion instrument I've been wondering about. It appears at the fourth beat (or on the off-beat just ...
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What kind of instrument involves simultaneously singing into a microphone and playing a keyboard?

I've been to a few concerts (and recognize the same sound in recorded music) where the singer sings into a microphone and plays chords on a keyboard. The sound captured by the microphone isn't played ...
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What is the name of this instrument?

While watching this exceptional video, I noticed the instrument used to do the whistling at 0:33. It looks like a long ocarina, but I wonder what the exact name of this instrument is (I am also ...
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How ears identify the center(sofa name “Do”) of a piece of music [duplicate]

As titled, say, When humming along with a piece of music, you will probably sing with sofa names without knowing the key signature of it, like Birthday song: 556517, 556521, 5553176, 443121... My ...