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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 (link to image: ...
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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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Which whistle-like instrument is used in Caravan Palace's “Cotton Heads”? [migrated]

I've been trying to transcribe Caravan Palace's "Cotton Heads", and have been failing to find an instrument that has the almost human whistle-like quality in the song. The instrument appears in ...
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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 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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Will my wind instrument be damaged if I leave it assembled?

Almost every teacher, expert, and book has informed me that I should disassemble my (clarinet / recorder / saxophone) each time after I practice. However, it is difficult for me to see how this would ...
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Which string instruments/playing techniques were used for Nashville Sound country music?

I've been delving into the history of a particular style of country music called "Nashville Sound" recently, which involved a lot of string sections in songs. Some websites describe them as being "...
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What are “Parforce Horns” and “Fürst Pless Horns”?

I suddenly found on Thomann these types of horns: Parforce horn and Fürst Pless Horn. I searched for them on Wikipedia and similar sites, Google, etc., but all I find is in German or other languages. ...
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Is it common for a 5 string bass to have a high B?

My school jazz band's bass player has a 5 string bass but it is tuned like a guitar with a broken 'E' string, but an octave lower. This means that the highest string is a 'B'. Is this common? I know ...
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Why can't drums produce melody?

A note is a vibration at a certain frequency. A drum produces a tone with a certain pitch much like a string percussed with a mallet. Why is a drum unfit for playing a melody while a string inside a ...
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Behringer Xenyx302USB (mixer) vs Behringer U-Phoria U2 (audio interface) [closed]

I am a bass player who is considering purchasing one of these. At a first sight, the Xenyx is just like a better U2, with more channels a controls. Is there any reason why it would be better to get ...
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Is there an instrument combination of a guitar and a harp?

I wonder whether there is guitar that is extended with strings like a harp - or otherwise a harp that has inbuilt a neck with frets with guitar strings. Does this instrument exist already and how ...
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Do uilleann pipes have a “louder” lower D?

I’ve always loved the skirl of the uilleann pipes ever since I first heard it used in the James Horner’s Titanic OST as a kid. I don’t know much of anything about the instrument (or bagpipes generally)...
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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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Why are western double-reed instruments smoother than double-reed instruments outside Europe?

When one thinks of the timbre of double reed instruments, we tend to divide them as two groups: Oboe, English horn, bassoon. (Western instruments.) The sound is very smooth and pure. Other double-...
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How can you imitate a bagpipe sound with a guitar?

Imitating a violin sound is already known. How can I get a violin sound from my electric guitar? Also surprising is how the sound of a Bagpipe ( and other instruments) can be imitated on the Guitar....
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What is this natural trumpet?

On this picture of the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble found here, one sees what I suppose are natural brass instruments. Does the trumpet right below have a specific name? It has a different form ...
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Does an instrument like this exist?

A guitar-like fretted, stringed instrument that you play on your lap. And not a lap steel, but something that takes full advantage of the way it is held. The orientation of the instrument would allow ...
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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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about old instrument, what is it? [closed]

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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(Answered: A Persian Tar) What is the name of this stringed instrument? It is stringed, skinny, and has a hour-glass-shaped-body [closed]

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 the name of this percussion instrument? [closed]

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 kind of instrument involves simultaneously singing into a microphone and playing a keyboard? [closed]

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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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 kind of whistle is it that raises in pitch? [closed]

What kind of whistle sounding instrument is it that for example can be heard throughout this song (first time at 0:47)? It also serves as the whistle of Mysterious ...
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What is the name of this instrument? [closed]

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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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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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 instrument is used to create this kind of music? [closed]

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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Trumpet type or technique?

In Wagner’s “Rule, Britannia”, the orchestration calls for two trumpets. I’ve had no luck searching for what “vent.” and “ord.” mean. “Open” and “muted”, or ...?
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Instrument Register tone and quality chart

I have been looking for some time now, for a chart of all the different register tone qualities of all the instruments played in an orchestra. If you have a hard time understanding what I mean by that,...
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Can I produce music with code and without instruments?

I'm so curious about music, and I also tried to learn to play some instruments, but due to some personal reasons I can't continue with it. Now I'm a software developer, which is my passion, but my ...
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What is a transposing instrument?

I've read this term many times. However, I'm not quite sure of what it exactly is. What is a transposing instrument? What would be an example of one?
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Is a wind-string instrument (such as the one I will explain) acoustically possible?

I've always had this concept of an instrument, but I am wondering if such an instrument is even acoustically possible. The instrument is a tube, like most other woodwinds, but inside of the tube is a ...
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re a 2 row treble diatonic button accordion

I am used to playing a 2 row treble BC button accordion with the B row on the inside & the C row on the outside. I now have a new Castagnari similar one, but the 2 treble rows are the opposite to ...
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Why are the many instruments notes are not in order?

For example, the harmonica notes are made as follows (based on 16H): E A G B C D E F G A C B E D G F Why not make it like this? F G A B C D E F G A B C D E F G The same goes for violin strings: G ...
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Does the difference in harmonic series between instruments have a significant effect on the consonance of the sound?

We all know that an instrument's timbre is uniquely determined by its harmonic series. Harmonic series are also very effective in describing whether an interval is consonant or not. For example, the ...
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Mnemonic or memory aid for Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Marimba, and Vibraphone

I am a choral director who has been transplanted to concert band. I know the differences between the percussion keyboards in theory, but in practice I still need to do an internet search to remember ...
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Is my Yamaha guitar counterfeit?

I bought a new Yamaha Guitar and When you look inside the guitar hole it looks like the model number is written by hand. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? The number written on ...
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Trombone C Vs Bb : Fundamental Vs transposing

I'm an amateur tenor trombone player. I learnt to play by playing with other, never learnt much music theory. I have a question regarding the "name" of the trombone. The traditional tenor trombone ...
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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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Why do pianos not need to be tuned every time you play?

I usually tune my guitar and violin whenever I play them. I assume most people do too. But what makes piano strings different? I know it is a lot of work to tune a piano, but I'm under the assumption ...
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Isan musical instruments used in songs of Yard Napalai

Isan is a culturally-diverse north-eastern region of Thailand where the common language is a combination of Thai and Lao and with "touches" of Cambodian (especially in south Isan near the border with ...
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Am I in a rough patch or have I lost my love for piano?

my name is Emma and I have been playing the piano for just under eight years. I started playing the piano when I was nine and was put into the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) system a year later. ...
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What are the ergonomic / playing differences between the guitar and the piano?

The guitar and the piano are two of the most popular instruments which allow multiple notes to be played simultaneously. The acoustic quality of the two instruments are, of course, different, but ...
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Can I use a D bamboo flute to play a C key

I actually want to buy a D bamboos flute but I would like to know whether I can use it to play other keys as well
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop calluses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?

I use an acoustic piano to learn/play classical music. I use a midi keyboard to record/produce own music. My piano has weighted keys while my midi keyboard has a very light touch. I find that I am ...
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GuitarPro: Change to Eb, but keep notation in E

I just downloaded GuitarPro 7.5. I used to use GuitarPro quite a bit, but it's been a while. I like to tune down and play in Eb. I want to change a song to sound 1/2 step lower, but want to keep ...
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What should I look for in a metal bass guitar?

I am playing bass in a humorous metal band. The idea is to make parody out of metal using as many cliches as possible (at the same time respecting the scene and having fun, of course). We have some ...

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