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Which wind instruments do not change pitch when blown harder?

In childhood I had a plastic toy-ish whistle with 8 holes and I learned to play many songs on it. In a few months I developed enough muscle memory to be able to play almost every song. One day I ...
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Does anything (permanently) change in brand new brass instruments after playing them for a period?

My former teacher used to send new instruments to a professional to play them for a week or so before giving them to students. He said it was to tune it. However, I can't see how a metallic object ...
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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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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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Is there a way to mute a specific instrument on songs so I can play that part with my instrument?

I am learning to play guitar and, in some videos I have seen in youtube, people play a song in the background (that has muted the guitar part) so they play it themselves. Is there a software to do ...
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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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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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How did baroque music sound at the time?

Historical context Let's for example consider Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (click here to enjoy). It was composed at the very beginning of the 18th century in Germany. At that time: ...
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Methods to preserve autographs on an acoustic guitar

Some months ago I met my favourite band backstage and got my guitar signed by the band members. Since then I avoid playing this specific guitar to not blur or completely erase the autographs. I ...
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B-string on guitar more easily out of tune?

I'm very sensitive to out-of-tune notes which make my skin crawl and may ruin my enjoyment of otherwise perfectly fine gigs. At first I thought something was wrong with my ears, since other people ...
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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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A guitar for the living room - what factors to consider

Here is the situation: I have a good electric guitar (Godin Montreal) in the basement that I like to play on. It's especially convenient in the evening because I can play with a headset without ...
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How many grades are there in learning the drums?

I've gotten to grade 8 in the drums and I want to know how many more grades are left for me to finish.
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Are very cheap cellos acceptable for a beginner?

I'm looking at getting a 1/2 cello for my son. My options are either rent a mid-end one for 50$ a month, or buy a very cheap one (there seem to be some online for 150$~200$). My experience with ...
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is there any contradiction learning different instruments?

I wanted to know if there is any contradiction when someone is learning several different instruments? For example, I am learning to play piano . Would becoming a good piano player in any way hold 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 can a musician determine from the below examinations about the student, and how?

In my university's musics and fine arts department, all the instrument courses have some sort of interview for the students from the other departments.For example, for violin courses, they played 4 ...
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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 is the term for a single note usage to indicate a given chord progression?

What if i only play the 3rd of each chord in a 1-6-4-5 chord progression, it of course sounds like the progression just without the extra notes. I'd also like to add that im not referring to chord ...
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Background music for Kids, looking for suggestions on instruments and ornaments

This piece of music is intended to be played seamlessly in an endless loop. The piece has easy to follow and memorable melodies with a bit of irreverence at the beginning and at the end but with a ...
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Can I find an affordable recorder with three or more octaves? [closed]

I'm trying to find a recorder, something affordable, to try and play some tunes. Something along those lines Up until now I've mostly used basic plastic ones with ten holes, but it doesn't really ...
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Does composing and learning music theory solely on DAWs restrict one's learning experience?

As a hobbyist I've been learning and picking up new music theory through a long process of 'experimentation' for about 2 years. When I learned more about different modes, chords etc. I would mess ...
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Term wanted for different combinations of instruments

Consider two pieces of music: a string quartet, Beethoven Op. 135, and his Sextet Op. 71. The string quartet, of course, is for two violins, a viola, and a cello. These instruments are quite ...
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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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Why do some instrument mostly use flats, while others use sharps more?

I've been playing the flute for over a year. I have multiple music books from different stores and different editions, and I've noticed that 99% of the music written for flute has a few flats in the ...
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Why are drums from high to low and other instruments from low to high?

I recently noticed that most types of drums are placed horizontally, left to right, from high to low pitch. Take for example the bongo and the conga drums. The higher pitched one is with both on the ...
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Is the bagpipe a transposing instrument?

Until this morning I was under the impression that the bagpipe is a D♭ transposing instrument, thus a written C would sound like a D♭, a written A would sound like a B♭, etc. Now I see (check the ...
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What is the difference between a Bandoneon and an Accordion?

Astor Piazzolla was a famous bandoneon player. In his one cd, he says that people ask him why he plays the accordion and then he says he does not he plays the bandoneon. So what exactly is the ...
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What word describes an instrument’s native character?

(Caveat: this may be more appropriate in the English Stack Exchange, but I’m a musician and it has to do with instruments, so I put it here.) As a composer of Celtic-style tunes, I usually pick up my ...
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Listening problem

like everybody here I love listening to music, I'm also a guitarist who's been playing the instrument for over 10 years and I'm not bad at it. But sometimes I struggle to isolate and follow ...
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What Instruments could have been used to make this 'seashell'-sound? [closed]

During this Youtube-Video, the red crab hits the seashells to make an interesting sound. I'd like to reproduce this. How could I do it?
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An instrument needs two or more to play

What instrument requires two or more people to play it if such exists? I mean there is no way that one person can play it.
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Why does the English horn have a French name, and the French horn an English name?

Why do we call the English horn by its French name Cor Anglais and the French horn by its English name, why does this exist? What does the French Horn go by in France? Cor Francais?
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New to piano, and Treble Clef turned into a bass clef (giving me two bass). How would I play the notes? Which would be middle c?

I was playing music on piano (I am fairly new), and the treble clef turned to a Bass clef. I have two and I am confused as to how I would read the notes. I already know that I have to play on the left ...
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What is a 'French King' Saxophone?

I recently received a Tenor Saxophone from my dad which he bought years ago but never played. I brought it to my music teacher who came back and told me 'I had no idea what I've got here'. He then ...
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Reading trombone notes

I'm reading notes for my trombone for band, and there's these quarter notes, sometimes half notes, on top of another quarter note or half note. I have no idea what this means please help me!!! Band is ...
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How can I transfer GarageBand software instruments or find equivalents in Ableton Live?

I'm switching from GarageBand to Ableton Live Standard for music production and live performance. However, I'd still like to perform songs I've made using GarageBand. I figure I can export loops or ...
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Which wood is best for cajon [closed]

I saw on www.amazon.in kadence cajon with variety of wood used in . But i am new to this so i need to know which wood is best the price is almost same for all wood.
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The loudest acoustic instrument

There are more than a hundred different acoustic instruments, some of which are very loud. What is the loudest acoustic instrument?
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Singing or playing up side down

I've always wanted to know how difficult is it to sing while being up side down? Remember Peter Gabriel? In one of his concerts he stands on a magnet platform in special shoes up side down and sings. ...
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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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How is a pitch between a C and a C# notated in sheet music for fretless instruments?

Suppose we have a violin or a contrabass, they can play midnote pitches. I guess there must be a way of notating that in classical sheet music,llll how? I realise that it is a small chance it could ...
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Identifying orchestral sounds

Following my previous question about new instruments in orchestras, I was listening to a few concerts and well, some write the instruments being used throughout the concert, others don't. Most don't. ...
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Have orchestras included any modern instrument lately?

Over the years orchestras have added various new instruments to their set and I'm thinking that there are quite many modern interesting instruments that might be included in an orchestra set. Have ...
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optimal resonance for instrument body

building a Mbira, which is like a Kalimba with 3-4 chromatic octaves with bigger tines. I'm getting away from wood because of expense. 3D printing is cheaper, gives more control, and saves time. The ...
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Bowed single string instrument with lever?

Ok, so, imagine you had a one-stringed violin, except that rather than press your fingers on the string, you used a lever, kinda like a whammy bar. Does anybody know of such an instrument? Otherwise,...
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Vinyl Sticker on Guitar Body

I have a vinyl stick that I really want to put on one of my guitars (I have one acoustic guitar and one electric guitar), but I'm concerned that it could either affect the sound or damage the body. ...
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Proper format for an Orchestral score?

I've just recently completed work on my first symphony. I would like to enter a selection from it in a local contest, but I need to be sure that the format is correct first. Can anyone suggest any ...
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Best methods for instrument appraisal?

Looking for the best practices for appraising instruments - especially vintage? I realize there are TONS of factors that go into determining the value. I ask, mainly, because I've acquired a 1970 ...
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Is there a reason why certain instruments are more popular than others?

The first few musical instruments (excluding voice) that come to mind are piano, guitar and violin. However, fundamental piano is just there for music theory purposes, so piano is a special case (same ...