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Hindustani music: Evolution of instruments

So, I was thinking about the evolution of instruments in Indian classical (Hindustani, to be precise). We know Sa and Pa are achala swaras, and don't have any tivra or komal forms. Sa and Pa form the ...
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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”. Can you explain what is a musician doing in 1:...
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How do I make a wind instrument from a (metal) pipe? [closed]

I recently acquired a large metal pipe, and I would like to see if I can make an instrument out of it. The thing I'm having trouble understanding is the base(?) of the instrument, where you blow into ...
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Grand Piano Cracked Soft Pedal, Possible Missing Parts for Soft and Sustain Pedals

I have a 1912 Symphonic baby grand piano and I noticed two problems. This question is a two-parter: I noticed at the top of the beam for the soft pedal, the wooden piece is cracked. We thought of zip-...
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Are there any melodicas out there that use steel reeds?

Or another ferromagnetic material. Most Harmonicas use Brass reeds, I think Seydel is the only exception, who make the "session steel", a stainless steel reeded harmonica. Seydel don't make ...
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What is the difference between a xylophone, a glockenspiel, a marimba, a xylorimba and a marimbaphone?

What is the difference between an xylophone and a marimba? What about a glockenspiel and a xylophone? Is it just the material and size of glockenspiel?
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Is there a way by which we can fetch instruments used in music? [closed]

Is there a way by which we can fetch instruments used in music along with all important info related to the use of those instruments?
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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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Is it possible to play all melody songs on 10 hole diatonic harmonica?

I know that melody songs can be easily played on a chromatic harmonica. I have horner Chrometta 12 as well as Horner golden melody. However I feel tunes from 10 holes diatonic harmonica are better ...
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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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How to identify good tin whistles?

I am planning to buy a tin whistle. However I do not know whether it is a proper. I would like to know how I can identify whether a tin whistle is faulty or not. What are the characteristics of a good ...
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Properties of a very low pitched natural horn?

I would like to acquire a natural horn to play a very low pitched tone. I am not educated in music, so I don't even know how to describe the tone in a correct way (is it "low pitched"?), but ...
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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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Are there any instruments that don't produce overtones?

Essentially all instruments produce overtones, which are frequencies other than the dominant frequency of the note. -- How do harmonics work? The use of "essentially" there got me thinking. Are ...
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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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Instruments that are easy on left pinkie fingers

I am interested in learning an instrument but have limited mobility in my left pinkie/little finger due to an old injury. What instruments are least demanding on that finger?
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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 is the name of the object on the strings of the violin behind the bridge

I see on some violins there is something on the A and E strings between the tail peace and the bridge. What is it called and what does it do? I found a similar thing on the violins of the soloist in ...
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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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Clarinet Joints Loose After Left Assembled

So I was careless and after playing left my clarinet assembled on a stand for about 2 weeks while I went on vacation. When I took it apart I noticed the joints were loose. Any way I can fix this or ...
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Why do instruments have a key?

There are many instruments that have keys other than C. For example: The Eb Alto Saxophone The Bb Clarinet The Horn in F Why do these instruments have a key in the first place? Here's a more ...
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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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Is there a musical instrument that is more abstract than the others? [closed]

I read the following on the internet: Oboe According to some experts, above-average intelligence is important in playing the very intricate oboe. Others say the oboe is ideal for determined, tight-...
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What are these medieval musical instruments called? [closed]

What are the medieval musical instruments used in La Bouree Ballet des Sorciers Ballet / Ballet des Bacchanales / Ballet des Matelotz /...
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Why do trumpet valves shift the pitch down and not up?

I understand how trumpets work - valves open to force the air through crooks, which lengthens the pathway the air must travel, thus decreasing the resonant frequency. The question is, why are ...
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Difference between 6 holed and 7 holed Indian bamboo flute?

I'm planning to buy an Indian bamboo flute. I found out today that there are Indian bamboo flutes with a different number of holes. There is one with 6 fingering holes called Bansuri and one with 7 ...
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How does the piano middle pedal work? Is there a standard symbol for it?

What are the mechanics behind the middle piano pedal? I have been using the middle pedal for a variety of music, it is wonderful, but I can't figure out how it works (I mean the mechanical process). ...
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Do I need an audio interface for recording if I have a mixer with a built-in USB?

I have Volca series synths and Behringer xenyx 802. I can record each Volca separately with an audio interface to my computer but If I want to play them and record them together (which is better for ...
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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

I have a cheap 6-string guitar. I want to get a new one and am considering a 12-string guitar. What are the differences between 12- and 6-string guitars? Can I use a 12-string like a 6-string? Will ...
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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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Bach's keyboard concertos on fortepiano?

It is known that J.S.Bach was acquainted with the fortepiano at least twice in his life, in 1726 when he played one of Silbermann's experimental models (and mildly criticized it), and toward the end ...
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Which instruments to physically familiarize with to become a better orchestrator?

Physically familiarizing with which two orchestral instruments would be a good compromise between having to buy all the instruments and gaining leverage in orchestral writing? My own opinion is ...
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How was instruments tuned in the medieval times when there was no global frequency standards? [duplicate]

How did they tune instruments back in past? Did they know that A4 is 440Hz back in 1700s? Without pitch measuring instruments, won't the pianos made by two different manufacturers sound different? How ...
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What is the general term for instruments without fixed pitches? Like fretless

There are fretless versions of electric guitars and basses. Instruments in the violin family are (almost) always fretless. But what is the general term for this when expanded for other instruments, ...
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Is it commonplace to add further instrumentation to an already published composers work?

There's a really strange sounding instrument, similar to the one you once heard at school aged about seven in your very first music lesson. The only noise one can compare it to is the sound of horse ...
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Does voice doubling an instrument's melody while improvising have a name?

According to wikipedia, scat singing is: In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all.[2][3] In scat singing, the singer ...
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Does playing musical instrument increase brain power? Yes/ No [closed]

Does playing musical instrument increase brain power ? Yes/ No From my point of view it doesn't, because I see many professors who have no interest in music but who are geniuses. On the other hand my ...
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Chromatic harmonica slider becomes less smooth after playing for about 30min

I have a Suzuki Chromatix SCX64 16-hole chromatic harmonica. Recently I find that the slider becomes less smooth (or even gets stuck somehow) after I play for about 30 minutes. I tried disassembling ...
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Why are there transposing instruments that transpose by octave?

Some instruments (for example the guitar, the bass guitar, and the xylophone) have written music in a typical clef, however the note written and the note played are an octave lower or higher depending ...
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Fun intruments to learn [closed]

I'm looking for some fun instruments to play. The criteria I have are that the instrument should be small, relatively cheap and have a discrete set of notes (not a continuous spectrum). I currently ...
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How can horns, most of which have only three buttons, play all their notes?

I’m a big fan of the “horn” family but have trouble understanding how horns are able to play the same scales and modes that a piano is able to play, being that horns only have a few buttons. In some ...
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Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?

Instruments are commonly compared to the piano. What is the reason for this? Does a piano allow a broader set of music to be played than is possible with other instruments? Are there types of music ...
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Not confident enough to play guitar loudly because neighbours will hear it

I am playing guitar (mostly Acoustic Guitar) for like 2 years now so i wouldn't say that i completely suck. i can play numerous songs and strum chords fairly and easily. Although every day is a new ...
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Why do I find vocals played by instruments so annoying? [closed]

Fist of all I know my question is subjected to preferences, I know many people that actually like this kind of music. However, sometimes I've heard songs that had vocals originally and are played by ...
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I need help to identify the instruments of a composition (in a movie)

Probably this is very easy to answer for people who know the composition of an orchestra and which sound comes from which instrument. My question is, what is the instrument (or the composition of ...
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What string instrument is this? [closed]

I am "musically illiterate" and would like to know what instrument I hear in this video.

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