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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why are double staff pieces of music not properly aligned for Middle C?

I am a guitar, flute and (a long time ago) bassoon player. I can play a few things on a keyboard, badly, in short: I know how it all works. I'm trying to help teach my wife to play a harp. It has a ...
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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 aren't there attempts to evolve classical musical instruments so that they're easier to play?

Roughly speaking, it takes anywhere between 5 and 15 years to become proficient in one of the classical music instruments, making it a very difficult skill for most of us. But why not try and make ...
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Washboard as Instrument

I know that some washboards are fabricated from the outset to be musical instruments. Are they significantly better than using just any old antique washboard I might happen to find around? I'm ...
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how to find something to practice mallets on at home

My son plays several instruments well including piano, and has been dabbling over the last few years with practice pad (for snare technique) and drumset. Now he wants to learn to play mallet ...
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10-hole harmonica types [duplicate]

Of the many 10-hole harmonicas I have, only one enables me to play almost all of the true notes in a song: It is a hohner I have misplaced which I have had for 40 years. It is one of the few I have ...
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A mixer or an audio interface? [closed]

So I wanna jam live and record, I first wanted to buy a normal Behringer mixer with a built-in USB but I've been told the recording quality is not that good compared to audio interfaces, so I have two ...
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The quietest classical orchestra instrument to play at home [closed]

I want to learn to play a new instrument to some extent (which is a part of a classical/romantic orchestra) in order to understand what is possible with this type of instruments and what not, which ...
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Protection of violins when moving to a new climate

I am about to move from a hot, dry climate (Johannesburg) to a very humid, cool climate (Overberg, South Africa). Is there anything I can do to protect my violins from the impact of the climate change?...
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What is this sound, instrument? (Rheingold, Wagner)

I am currently composing something and I really want to have this sound in my piece. It sounds like a small hammer hammering on metal. It starts at 1:08:07 (...
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What kind of whistle is it that raises in pitch?

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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How did musicians know what were the notes frequencies if they had no measuring tools? [duplicate]

Today we have devices that with the aid of a microphone can detect the frequency of a note. We can therefore calibrate all instruments and voices to a same pattern. But, how did people know how the ...
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What are the common instrument blends in classical/romantic symphonies? [closed]

The motivation of my question "What are the common instrument blends in classical/romantic symphonies?" is to learn which instrument combinations (e.g. clarinet + violin, horn + oboe + bassoon etc..), ...
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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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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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Stradivaris: are they worth their price? [closed]

An ordinary violin may cost about 1000 dollars. A Stradivari may cost some millions. Why are Stradivaris so expensive? Are they worth their price?
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What instruments are playing in this Frank Sinatra cover? [closed]

Writing an essay on this song and I can't seem to figure out the instruments playing on this youtube video and want to make sure I get it correct. Beginning at 0:00 - 0:04. Before Sinatra sings. 0:17 ...
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Can I play pipe organ as a pianist?

I've never played pipe organ. I'm a pianist and a friend of mine ask me to play on the church on his wedding on a pipe organ. Are there enough difficulties playing a piano song on the pipe organ to ...
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instruments you can make at home

Some of the children I teach have expressed an interest in music and learning to play. I am thinking about how I can help them do a sort of arts-and-crafts music day, where we could make some ...
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What is this Japanese bell instrument used on “Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”? [closed]

at 0:56 the bells are playing the main melody. I hear this type of bell a lot in Japanese songs. What is this instrument called ?
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Do vintage guitars really sound better with age? Or is this perception affected by selection bias?

Guitars are often said to sound better with age. How much of it is due to worse-sounding guitars being discarded before they reach vintage age?
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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 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 do different time signatures change how a song sounds?

I know that time signatures change how a song sound, but I don't know the rule, or how it does that. If a song is in 4/4 and it got changed into 6/8, I don't know how it would sound, or how much it ...
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Troubleshooting Roland analog synthesizer's 'moving' dead notes

I have a 1982 Roland Juno-60 'polyphonic' analog synthesizer. Starting about 6 months ago it began having 'moving' dead notes. What I mean by that, is that there is no evidence that any one key is '...
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Is it normal for oud strings to touch other pegs on the head?

Recently I bought a cheap old oud without strings. I am an irish bouzouki player, so the wooden tuning pegs and the curved, angled head of the instrument is all new to me. The is noone near my place ...
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Is it harder to play instruments in the morning? [closed]

Does anyone find it harder to play instruments in the morning? When I play piano at 8 9 10 am, fingers just feel so weird and brain is slow. Playing violin is much tougher because all my muscles are ...
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Software needed to change a church hymn for organ to a string. Can it be done?

I am looking for software that can convert a MIDI file in organ to a string or trumpet etc. automatically. Is there such a program? Any help is appreciated.
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Duplicate instruments in unison in an orchestra

Theoretically, each addition of a sound identical to the previous one results in a 6db increase in the final sound result. I ask: is that why in some orchestrations we see, for example, 6 clarinets ...
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Do advanced musicians still practice scales every day?

I'm wondering if you're ever "done" or do you just go practicing them forever?
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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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How do I assess the value of a guitar when I'm preparing to sell it?

How do I go about researching the value of my instrument before I put it up for sale? I'd like to feel like I've done a proper amount of due diligence before I put it on the used market so I can both ...
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Import instrument libraries into GarageBand after 10.3.2?

As of version 10.3.2, GarageBand appears to have lost the ability to import other instruments or libraries. Is there a way to import third party instruments into GarageBand in 10.3? Along those ...
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Did the rain stick originate independently in multiple continents?

There is a traditional rain stick (percussion instrument) in Africa, Latin America, and I believe in Australia as well. Was it invented separately, or did one culture influence another? Here is a ...
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What instruments are inexpensive, portable and not too loud?

I'm a college student, and I'd really like to start playing an instrument. But I want to find something that is: Inexpensive Small and portable enough to fit in a backpack Quiet enough to practice in ...