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How can I dampen the sound of maracas?

I bought these Meinl PM1BK Studio Maracas. They are way too loud for me. Just way too loud. I kinda need to wear ear protection to use them. Now… is there a way to easily dampen the sound of the ...
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Will the Yamaha SB3X-2 French horn silent brass work for a marching mellophone?

I play both French horn and marching mellophone, and was wondering if the Yamaha SB3X-2 French horn silent brass pickup mute would work for the mellophone, so I don’t have to buy a second mute end.
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Saxophone mute - or mic

I bought what was supposed to be a sax mute, for quiet practising, but it doesn't work. It's similar to a trumpet mute, which fits in the bell end. It seems that a lot of sound would emanate from the ...
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What should one look for in buying a practice mute for trumpet?

I'm in the market for a practice mute — something to substantially quiet/silence the instrument so that I can play without waking the neighbors. There are lots of different makes and models, and they ...
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When did trumpet mutes come into use?

My casual understanding is that mutes began to be invented and developed amongst jazz musicians looking to create unique sounds. Certainly I've encountered mutes primarily in jazz playing and also in ...
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Muting string technique with right hand only

I'm fairly new to the electric guitar and currently learning about string muting (as in noise reduction) while soloing. The usual advice is to mute the lower strings with your right hand and the ...
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Playing muted notes by fretting on instead of behind the fret

As far as I can tell, when guitarists want to play short, semi-muted notes, they usually use palm muting with the picking hand. However, you can get a similar sound by fretting the notes with your ...
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Electric guitar is making a vibrating noise on hammer on

About 3 months ago I bought an Ibanez RG652FX. A few days ago I noticed a weird vibrating sound when I played a hammer-on on a G string. It is most noticeable when playing 9th to 11th fret hammer-on ...
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Guitar, let ring concept confusion

I read guitar tabs recently and was confused by the "let ring" concept. If I'm not using palm mute, shouldn't it be ringed instead? E.g, I change C chord to D chord, 5th string still ringing and ...
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Effective ways of muting saxophone

The question has been partially answered here before but for an inexperienced, self-taught musician who lacked the skills to control volume through embouchure adjustments. I was wondering if there ...
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How do I mute a track in this Arrangement view for playback of another track in Clip view?

[ Is it possible to mute vocal tracks to listen to only instruments while composing in Clip view?
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Questions on how to write sordino directions

I’ve decided to tweak my scores by adding more sordino directions so that players can prepare their instruments in advance, but I’m not entirely clear on what to write and where to write it, so I have ...
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Will the Yamaha PM7X trumpet mute work stand-alone or do I need the Personal Studio SBX2 as well?

I bought a PM7X trumpet mute, the one with a jack input for headphones. I tried pluging in headphones and I can't hear anything. I then looked for info, and I think I need an extra piece of hardware ...
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How to mute a string and play another at the same time

I'm trying to learn this fingerstyle song on my acoustic guitar. I found a tab which I really like. The only thing I don't get are the X's in the tab. Here's a part I've taken from the tab: What ...
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Muted percussive sound of a guitar equivalent on keyboard?

Just as a reference of what I mean in the intro of the track: If not available in your country: (thanks @Michael Curtis) There are ...
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Spud Murphy tune calls for "Red Mute" on trumpet and trombone parts

In my 25 years of playing, I've never heard of a "red mute". Any ideas? My bandleader said it meant a cup, but later in the song, it had us use plungers while still muted (the notation was pretty ...
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How do I learn to use the plunger mute for a solo? What is a good simple exercise?

I want to use the plunger mute for a solo (baby elephant walk). I can play it without the plunger, but I have no idea what I'm doing with the plunger. It is totally uncomfortable. Balance is ...
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How long does it take to insert / remove string mute? [duplicate]

I'm writing a piece where is necessary to switch the use of the mute on the string session. To become possible, I need to know how much time in seconds do I need to give the musicians to change the ...
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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 do these X's mean i'm trying to learn counting stars on Guitar but have no idea how to play these [duplicate]

What do these X's mean i'm trying to learn counting stars on Guitar but have no idea how to play these. I would mute them but there is nothing to mute!
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Harmonics and muted notes

Are harmonics and muted notes only possible on string instruments like Guitars and Violins? Are they possible on pianos, organs, flutes, horns, harps or brass instruments? By harmonics I meant those ...
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Is a Volume Control Device the Most Effective Solution to the Problem of a Noisy Acoustic Guitar?

I am in an Entrepreneurship class at the University of Calgary, and as a project, we are to come up with an idea to solve a problem. The problem I came up with relates to acoustic guitarists trying ...
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How does Mark Knopfler do muting?

Out of curiosity, I'd like to know how Mark Knopfler does muting in his playing. By watching some of his performing videos (for example, ) I guess he mutes the strings ...
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Muting strings while bending

I watched a YouTube music tutorial on guitar bending exercises which stated that while bending on guitar the first finger has to be placed on the top strings for muting all those other than the ...
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In a bass guitar, how do I mute the strings that I am not playing?

I am learning Bass Guitar on my own and muting looks challenging. For eg, when I am playing the A string, I find the G string sympathetically humming at times and vice versa. Such humming produces an ...
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How to make a brass instrument quieter?

I play trumpet at home. I feel a little uncomfortable playing because of the loudness. I found the Silent Brass series by Yamaha, which makes brass sound quieter, and you can still hear everything ...
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'Cello mute: how to store on strings w/o altering sound?

I finally (procrastinator me) put a 2-hole Tourte mute on my axe, and noticed that if I leave it below the bridge but seated on the II and III strings, it modifies the sound compared with a fully-open ...
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Is it okay to remove the cork from a trumpet's mute?

I bought a mute for my trumpet because I want to practice playing in my dorm. However, it is not very effective in minimizing the noise I make when I play. I suspect that it is the pieces of cork ...
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Homemade ways to mute strings (eg hair scrunchie)

I've seen a ton of players using hair scrunchies, or similar soft bands to mute, or rather dampen strings. What are some of the best ways to do this? What works ...
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Drop D power chords

I have difficulties in taking power chords in Drop D tuning. Basically, in standard tuning I would mute other strings with my index finger, but here I have difficulty in barring three strings and mute ...
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Will a trumpet mute work in a cornet?

I have a cornet and would like to purchase a mute for it. However, the majority of mutes are trumpet mutes. Will a trumpet mute work properly in a cornet? My main reason of concern is that the trumpet ...
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How to reproduce the sound of Dizzy's muted trumpet in early bebop jazz recordings?

How can I reproduce the muted trumpet sound of Dizzy Gillespie's that can be heard in many of the early bebop recordings together with Charlie Parker? I believe he was using a cup mute, but is the ...
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