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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 ...
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Arabic Maqam Keyboard?

I have read that the Arabic maqam system has 24 pitches in an octave. Are there any instruments (keyboards especially) that have been made specifically to be able to play all 24 tones?
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What exactly is the bell used in Paganini's 2nd violin concerto and how should one play it?

Paganini's Violin Concerto No.2, Op.7 has a part for a "Campanello (Little Bell in F#)" in the 3rd movement, which is also the movement's namesake - "La Campanella". In a bit of research I've done, ...
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Size difference between Baritone Horn and Euphonium

I know that the Baritone is different from the Euphonium because it has a narrower bore and sharper taper, esp. in British bands, but my question is are there precise measurements that define whether ...
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Are transposing instruments always written higher than they sound?

From this workbook extract it seems that transposing instruments are always written higher than they sound, is this always true? EXTRACT: If you compose music for any transposing instrument you have ...
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Instruments that don't require hand strength

I am a vocalist and a guitarist, but I suffer from wrist problems, so if I want to ever heal from them, I have got to play music for a while without using my hands too much (as long as there is no ...
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Are some viola tuning pegs the same size as 4/4 violin tuning pegs?

I know that adult size violas are sold by length in inches, (i.e. instead of 4/4, 7/8, etc.) and can vary to better fit the player. Are viola tuning pegs all the same diameter or do those have to ...
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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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Yamaha DGX 660 and Hammond

Please, I would like to buy Yamaha DGX 660 and I am wondering if it can emulate Hammond (B3...) organ?
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New idea to develop musical skill in natural way? [closed]

I'm very excited about learning everything in a natural way. That means beginners will learn something (they want) by "exposing" to the subject that they decide. They may not understand any technique, ...
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installing strings on different instruments

My friend and I were disputing about if someone installs another instrument's strings on a different instrument such as: (guitar strings on harp or vice versa, Oud strings [an oriental instrument] on ...
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Should low frequency players anticipate in orchestra?

"The bigger the instrument, the heavier the strings, the bigger the bow, the bigger the mouthpiece, the more you should anticipate." This concept is expressed occasionally by double bass players, ...
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What instrument produces a triangle wave? [duplicate]

I am currently researching the graphs of various instruments as part of a school project and am trying to figure out which instruments produce which wave forms. I have read the answers to a similar ...
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What instrument/device is used to make the rising electronic bell-like sounds in the song “The Hall of Mirrors”?

In the song "The Hall of Mirrors" by Kraftwerk, there is a background to the song that is a rising sequence of electronic bell-like sounds, as if playing an arpeggio. This is similar to what I think ...
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How to prepare to play bowed vibraphone?

The UK brass band I play in is preparing a test piece that features a bowed vibraphone amongst the percussion parts. We've been using a cello bow, well rosined. But sometimes when you start bowing, ...
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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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What is the name of this percussion instrument?

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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Physical volume of instruments

I am aware that this might be a slightly unusual question, but just today I was wondering about the physical volume (meaning the capacity, NOT the loudness) of some musical instruments. In particular,...
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Why are the alto saxophone and cello allegedly so similar to the human voice?

I once heard that Percy Grainger claimed the alto saxophone was the instrument most akin to the human voice; I've heard other claims that the cello is similarly close. Are there any scientific data to ...
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How would you develop a musical instrument using a QWERTY computer keyboard? [closed]

Just now I had the idea of developing an musical instrument using the default QWERTY keyboard, for the study of music, harmony and the like. I would like the advice of more experient musicians on the ...
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How does the shape and size of a kazoo affect its tone?

I'm interested in making a bass kazoo (for obvious reasons). This is about the most scholarly article I've found on the internet about how these instruments work. Would a longer or wider resonating ...
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Alternative to the Timpani

As a composer I often make use of the timpani on my Sibelius software. It sounds terrific digitally but often may be completely impractical for the human percussionist to play considering all the ...
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Exactly as written?

I attended an all-Mozart program the other day and I was wondering if all the pieces he wrote are performed by exactly the same number and kind of instruments you would hear today. The French horn ...
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Clavinova CVP-107 Keyboard repair

I have a clavinova CVP-107 keyboard that still sounds good but makes a clunky sound after the keys are depressed and returning to regular position. I'm hoping that it may be corrected by replacing ...
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The clarinet, flute, trumpet and timpani [closed]

I'm trying to learn instrumentation but then I still don't understand the range of these instruments. It's too complicated for me to understand the range, key and notation. Can anyone explain it to me?...
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Why do almost all modern Classical Guitars use a slotted headstock?

The benefits of a slotted headstock (left picture) over an unslotted one with vertically arranged tuning posts (right picture) seem to be largely subjective (The biggest advantage is problably that ...
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Acoustic piano vs digital piano: is there any solid evidence for one being better than the other?

As someone who'll have to buy a piano soon, I'm at the old question of acoustic vs digital. I've done a fair deal of research on the internet, as well as heard the opinion of a piano teacher, and ...
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What are the technical measures of a tenor recorder?

A friend wants to make a tenor recorder from scratch (he is already a gaita maker), and asked me for the technical measures to do it, I searched through the web but couldn't found any complete ...

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