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What is the name of this brass (most likely) instrument? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is considered an appropriate post, I hope it is but if not, my apologies. I've heard this distinct instrument a couple times. I'm not sure what it is but am really fond of it, and ...
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What's the earliest known example of music written for an electronic instrument?

The other day I stumbled upon Joseph Schillinger's First Airphonic Suite, a 1929 orchestral suite that includes a part for theremin. Since this was written 10 years after the invention of the theremin,...
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Can mayonnaise actually be a good instrument? [closed]

Everyone knows what one iconic scene from SpongeBob, where Patrick asks Squidward a question: Is mayonnaise an instrument? To which he responds: No, Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument. I've ...
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Did percussion instruments communicate spoken words in click languages?

There are a number of click languages in Africa where 'clicks' function as part of their language. It seems like it would be possible to communicate some words with percussion instruments (maybe a ...
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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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Keyboard where each key has pitch bend? [closed]

Are there any keyboards where each key has touch sensitivity allowing for microtones and pitch bend with the fingers on individual keys? I think that would be a pretty cool instrument, but I only ...
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Fusion of western musical instruments [closed]

Western musical instruments Western musical instruments images Trumpet and Saxophone Harpeji Western musical instruments video Is it possible to design and construct western musical instruments as a ...
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Why are band instruments built in flat keys?

Instruments in a military bands (and similar) are usually built in the keys of B-flat or E-flat. (Whether these instruments are treated as transposing instruments or not is irrelevant. The key that ...
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A Question about Avid Sibelius 2021 and Kontakt (.nki) instruments

Since Sibelius is just using a version of Kontakt in the background to play its own sounds, can I build Sibelius Soundsets that are based on nothing but the .nki files in my authorized Kontakt ...
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What do you call this type of guitar?

Does anybody mind mentioning to me what this type of guitar is called? A pedal lap steel guitar maybe? ...
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Pocket instruments? [closed]

I’ve heard of the guitarlele, but they are about 1/4 the size of a normal guitar. I’m looking for some kind of guitar or other real instrument that would fit in a large pocket (no larger than 10 ...
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What are the key factors for any composer to select instrument for a song? [closed]

There are lots of instruments in all over the world every instrument have its different sound that could attach differently to the person`s emotion wondering how Music Composer think for selecting ...
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Why do snare players only have one drum?

In marching drum lines, like Blue Devils, it's common that there are some tenor drum players with 4-6 drums, but the snare players only have 1 drum. To me, that seems like a waste. Sure, more drums/...
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Question about the abbreviation for 2 instruments in an orchestra score

I'm learning an orchestra score and I'm really new to that. I'm figuring out what instruments are included in this score, and I get most of them (correct me if there is any mistake). However, I'm ...
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Are Pianos and Electric Guitar Keys the same?

So I know that Pianos Keys are pretty simple to understand, yea? Like C1 is just the first time C comes up, but how does that relate to guitar? More specifically, F#5 on keyboard is easy to find, but ...
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what does continuo mean?

In the sheet music for BWV1, "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" the last instrument is labeled as "continuo". What does that mean?
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Unknown instrument named in "Ondine et le pêcheur" by Paul Dukas

(Image source) What is the instrument's name, I've searched it but I can't find it. It's in the score of Ondine et le pêcheur by Paul Dukas (c. 1884, unpublished).
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What is the correct name for this instrument?

I guess it's some type of trombone, but I can't find its correct name anywhere. P.S. If you're wondering, here's where I got this shot from:
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Note designs on the 10 hole major diatonic harmonica [duplicate]

Here is the typical note design on 10 holes major diatonic harmonica in C major: I have a few questions: Why there is a G key in the 2nd draw and the 3rd blow? But it omits the F key? also omits the ...
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Drawing on Classical Guitar with Open Pore Finish

this might be a somewhat naive question, but I am curious if using some type of permanent marker to draw on a classical guitar with an open pore finish will cause any issues? I'd like to give it a go, ...
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Need help identifying a guitar [closed]

I really like the sound and look of this classical acoustic. Can anyone help me identify it? Thank you!
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Service Manual For Rodgers 770 [closed]

TLDR: Where can I find the service manual for the Rodgers Exeter 770 pipe organ? I am trying to repair a Rodgers Exeter 770 digital pipe organ, however, I do not have the service manual. I easily ...
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Bass sine wave on an acoustic instrument

Is there an instrument that can produce a sub bass sine wave like tone, that also has a lot of volume? Something that would sound a bit like an 808 bass. I've listened to some contrabass type flutes ...
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Hot rodding the fender 100 rumble [closed]

I am looking for information on replacing 12 bass driver with a very good quality driver and possibly Stiffening cabinet using acoustic foam. I plan on using other amplification. And or using fenders ...
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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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Not-quite-beginner beginner alto sax, how to select an instrument?

TL;DR: I need some guidelines for choosing a decent instrument for an amateur, at home, that isn't a complete piece of crap. I'm 44. 30 years ago, I was first chair alto saxophone in a marching bad. ...
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Why is the superbone not used more often?

I saw that there is an instrument known as the 'Superbone'. With the slide of a trombone and additional valves like a trumpet, you'd think you would have the best of both worlds. So why is this ...
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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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Is there a word or music term for when a singer is mimicing the instrument, like at the beginning of the song Dang Me by Roger Miller? [duplicate]

Title is self-explanatory. I'm asking if there is a word or musical term for when a singer is mimicking the sound of the instrument that's playing. An example of what I'm asking for is at the very ...
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MuseScore 3: Play Different Instrument per Voice

Is it possible to play different Instrument per voice In MuseScore 3? How to do it?
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What is this instrument that is audible first in this Music video? [closed]

What is this instrument that is audible first in this Music video? is is like some flute?
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Synthesizer suggestions? [closed]

I'm looking for an analog polyphonic synthesizer. I'm really torn between the Moog Matriarch and the David Smith Prophet Rev2. I've not owned a synth before and really want to branch into that world. ...
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Soft-Question: Which music instrument(s) is in the background along with piano [closed]

Here is a relaxing piano music: What is the instrument played in the background of piano music? Noise like sound in low volume. Is this a drum?
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What is this very long pipe instrument?

In at 15:25 there is a very long pipe instrument with no holes. It is supposedly a folk instrument from Argentina since the piece is Misa Criolla by Ramirez, which ...
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Is there a broader term for instruments, like the gong, whose volume briefly increases after being sounded instead of immediately decaying?

For most instruments, their sound immediately begins to decay after they first sound. When you strike a piano key, for instance, the loudest sound is at the very beginning, after which the sound ...
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Harmonica learning [closed]

I bought yesterday a mouth organ of tower brand. I saw some videos on youtube, but I am very confused, they give numbers to play music...But it is very hard when you are not able to see holes during ...
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What are things to look for when buying a new keyboard? [closed]

I'm a complete newbie to music and I've been wanting to buy a keyboard for a while now. However, upon doing some research I was surprised at the vast amount of technical details associated with each ...
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Why do we use valves with drums

I have stepped by a YouTube video showing Vienna Philharmonic, under John Williams, playing theme from “Jurassic Park”. In 1:44 minute of this video the drummer is ...
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When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? [duplicate]

When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? plz help? I was confused on this question and need more clarification because I play a Concert Bb instrument.
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Powered hurdy gurdy

A hurdy gurdy is a very interesting instrument where a hand cranked wheel is used to rub strings like a violin bow. Now I understand that the hand crank is important to this instrument and that by ...
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What is the word to describe the "degrees of freedom" of an instrument?

E.g. a violin can be bowed, allowing a single note to have more changing character than a guitar. On the other hand, a guitar is more polyphonically capable than a violin. Contrast them both with a ...
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What is this part of a kettledrum?

Here is a picture of a kettledrum (from here). What is the name and function of the thing behind the pedal that is indicated in red?
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Are there any violin family instruments built without a left shoulder?

On the bass and cello (and probably violin and viola as well), it seems like many aspects of proper form serve the purpose of getting ones arm over the left shoulder to play high on the fingerboard. ...
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Does your ability to simultaneously play and sing deteriorate?

I read an interesting comment: Clapton may be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but he has never, not since 1970, been able to sing the chorus to Layla at the same time as he plays the ...
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Is there a format similar to MIDI that allows for hundreds of channels/instruments?

I have a soundtrack and each song has 16 channels/instruments. Nearly every song uses different instruments. For a project I'm working on, I need to have channels for every instrument used in the ...
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Western musical instruments that can be played with one hand

https://www.google.com/search?q=western+musical+instruments Will it be very few western musical instruments that can be played by human beings with one hand only? Example : Mouth organ.
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Which instrument allows for more natural improvisation of melodies? [closed]

For example, when there is a song playing, it is relatively easy to hum or whistle an improvised melody over it, while on a piano you would have to know which keys to press. A kazoo kinda allows the ...
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What are these Indonesian instruments?

I once had a record called Music from the Morning of the World, which was all Indonesian music. It was very short on sleeve-notes and I never could work out what these [From 3'23"] instruments ...
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Difference between Thomanns "Alto/Baritone horn", "tenor horn", "baritone" and euphonium?

Apparently BAritones and Alto/Baritone horns are sold as different things. Also, I thought alto horns were called so in america and tenor horns in UK (or viceversa, cant remember), but it turns out ...
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What exactly counts as writing for "electronics"?

What does "writing for electronics" mean? For example, when a call for scores is asking for a piece for electronics, or for another instrument and electronics, what exactly is it asking for? ...
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