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Questions tagged [string-instruments]

A musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. Use this for questions about the category, rather than for a specific instrument.

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Bar-Chords on classical guitar with steel strings harder to play?

I only own a classical and an electric guitar and because I always wanted to play more rock, country songs etc on the classical one, I decided a while back that I will put steel strings on it. Ones ...
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Transposing ineffective; song has all 12 chords…?

Players of instruments who use capos: Have any of you ever come across a song that you wanted to use a capo on, but it wouldn't help because the song had all 12 chords of that quality? Let me explain:...
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Is this a reasonable start to my string quartet? [closed]

This is what I have of my string quartet so far. I am using Musescore for composing this, so I put in 100 measures because I didn't know how long the first movement of the string quartet would be. If ...
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What instrument is Stevie Wonder playing in this video?

In this CBS This Morning video Stevie Wonder is talking about Aretha Franklin who has just recently passed, after a long and profound life. What instrument is in front of him? I've never seen ...
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Bass Guitar Metallic Ringing / Resonance?

I have a MIM Fender Jazz bass from the early 2000s that has sounded ridiculously good... until just last night. I noticed that now when I play the A string open there is a very strange acoustic noise ...
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How do East Asian instruments (Shamisen, pipa, etc.) get their unique sound?

Is it because of the tuning of the strings, what the strings are made of, or the shape of it? Or something completely else? Would it be possible to replicate the sound with a regular guitar?
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Determining if string instruments can play more than one note at a time

I recently started writing a string quartet recently and I want the cello to play two notes (B and C; G and A) simultaneously. How do I know if that is actually playable (not on the same string/...
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Why don't “classical” stringed instruments mark their note positions?

So, I understand why classical strings (violins, cellos etc.) aren't fretted, because of the change this makes in the tone. I've often wondered though, why the note positions aren't marked on the neck ...
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Can a violinist, violist, or cellist transpose by perfect fifth by just playing one string higher or lower?

In Can I play an English horn part with a viola?, jjmusicnotes commented that "transposing down a fifth is a pretty straightforward practice" for violists. I'm not a string player, so I've never ...
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Is this string properly installed?

A friend of mine lend me his 5-strings bass for me to practice for a fill-in. The instrument feels absolutely flaweless, and the sound is perfect. However when taking a close look at the bridge, I ...
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How to add higher strings onto an 8 string guitar?

I want to extend my guitars upper range then the lower range, the highest note is a B6, high e. I want to have my highest note being in the B8 range if possible. but open string wise, i would rather ...
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Why do our instruments go from bass on the left to treble on the right, and not the opposite?

Looking at our stringed instruments, as well as the piano, they all start with the bass notes on the left side and move to the treble side, on the right. Edit: What is the reason for that? Couldn't ...
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I think my guitar strings are wound too tight and I can't play barre chords

I'm a beginning guitar player, with a secondhand Yamaha FG-180J I got as a gift. The strings were already wound when I got it. Upon playing it, I had a lot of trouble playing barre chords. The strings ...
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Is a harp harder to play than a guitar? [closed]

Many people say that the harp is more difficult to play than the guitar. It seems to me that the opposite is true since every string on a guitar has many frets, say 15, so 6 strings * 15=75 notes ...
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String Instrument Bowings

In this picture I have provided: Does the one down bow mean all the notes are down bows? Or, all the notes are down up down up...bows starting on down?
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Should I tune string to pitch on attack, or on to the pitch on its sustain phase? [duplicate]

When I hit the string with a pick, it's tune becomes higher by a few cents. Should I tune the string the way that string sounds in pitch when I hit it with the pick, or I should I tune it the way the ...
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As there's a “double” bass, is there such a thing as a “single” bass?

The lowest stringed instrument that is typically played in orchestras is sometimes termed a "double bass". Is there a corresponding "single bass"? Naively, one might think that it would be the cello, ...
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What to do with bow markings when playing the score on woodwinds?

I'm currently playing some sonatas written by Marcello for violoncello on bassoon instead, and stumble upon markings, which indicate up-bow and down-bow. Can these safely be ignored or is there some ...
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Roman numerals above string instrument notes

I'm reading the score of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, and I've come across some unfamiliar markings in the score: Google has informed me that they are used to specify which string the players ...
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Woodwind & String Instruments

I am preparing for my Grade 5 AMEB music theory test and you are required to know about woodwind and string instruments in it. When researching, I've noticed different websites list different ...
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Any idea what I should pay for a nyatiti?

There aren't any available to try in my area, but I'd really like to pick one up. The thing is, I have no idea what a reasonable price is. There are a few online, but the prices vary (in one case, ...
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Is clip-on tuner suitable for stage in orchestra?

I googled and saw videos in youtube about tuning in classical orchestra during their live performance. I was wonder if somebody tell me that using clip-on tuner for instruments (like violin) in ...
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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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What is the name of this instrument with 2 strings?

Hi, I bought this instrument in Kabul and the seller told me it was a dutar. But now that I'm looking at some pictures online, it looks different. Can you tell me what it's called? Thanks. Edit: I'm ...
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Do I have to replace all violin strings when E string broke?

I just received my violin 2 days ago. My E string broke when I tuning it. I enquired nearby musical instrument store and they only sell the whole set of strings. So, do I have to replace all ...
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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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Is it possible to “unbend” a warped bow of a string instrument?

When a bow of a string instrument warps due to misuse, neglect, or some other reason, can one forcefully "unbend" the bow to fix it. If not, what are other ways un-warp the bow other than bringing it ...
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How to prevent guitar's neck from bending?

Today morning, my guitar was kept on bed and I plucked the 2nd string and the sound felt as if the string had touched the neck. Well, that was just once and it sounded fine once I started practicing ...
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Game of Thrones Main Title buzzing

I have listened to this recording multiple times from multiple sources in addition to the actual show. In the Game of Thrones soundtrack, Main Title at 0:08, a cello (or other low range stringed ...
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Sound of guitar strings based on temperature

Does the sound of guitar strings change depending on the temperature? If you place the guitar in the freezer and later take it out will the sound be different? If you place it in the heater or blow ...
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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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String ordering - Top vs bottom?

I've always been dyslexic when it comes to this turn of phrasing - Top strings connote the strings at the top of the fret-board in my mind. Even after years of playing, I sometimes have to wrench it ...
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Limitations of String Instruments

Clarinet is my main instrument, but I also play the alto saxophone. I, a woodwind player, am attempting to compose a string quintet. My question is this: what are the physical limitations of the ...
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Fixed Pitch Instruments

I have an instrument called a Huaca that is a three chambered clay vessel flute. So as a wind instrument it plays three note chords. I have always thought of it as a fixed pitch instrument as it is ...
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How to write Irish/Gaelic themed music

I am currently trying to write a song with a Gaelic feel to it for a string ensemble. I am not asking for exactly the perfect notes to use, I am asking which keys are the best, and what tempos. Thank ...
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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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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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Do Scale Shapes change with different tunings?

All the scale diagrams I've seen are shown in E standard tuning. Would the scale shape change in another tuning, like Drop D for example? Alternatively, do I just keep the same scale shape regardless ...
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Why is the D string so loud compared the other strings on Violin (when doing pizzicato)?

I'm working on trying to play chords and such on a violin as if it were a guitar or another stringed instrument, but I noticed when I play chords (like the G chord), the open D note rings out and is ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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Is a white Double Bass okay for practice?

I have been playing double bass for 3 years, and I have been borrowing a bass. However, as I can no longer buy a bass, I am looking to buy/rent one. The best one I have found is this White one. It is ...
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How to apply the right amount of rosin to a bow?

I was wondering if I was applying a bit too much rosin to my violin bow. I noticed that my violin strings are turning white, with white powder specks on the fingerboard and around the F holes. So I ...
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One string on banjo not tuning properly

My Banjo is fair to good quality and strings 1, 2, 3, and 5 all go up 1/2 step per fret as they are supposed to. The 4th string is tuned to D and I tune it quite flat and it doesn't go up 1/2 step, it ...
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Does the old Druid song, Les Series, have an ancient melody as Villemarque charted it?

This may be too long and specialized for many, but I'll put it up and see what kind of interest or reaction there is: Some of you may have heard of the old Druid number tutorial, Les Series or Ar ...
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Can I learn violin without a teacher? [duplicate]

I am a singer. But, violin fascinates me. I wanted to know, is it at all possible to learn violin without a teacher (because I have very busy schedule). I am around 30 years old and I do not play any ...
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Why is the last string on a guitar called the first string and the first string called the sixth string?

I learned early in my guitar playing journey that what I would naturally assume would be the first string (the fattest string) is actually known in proper guitar anatomy parlance as the sixth string. ...
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Tension for nylon strings on Lyre

I'm currently in the process of restoring my [alto] Lyre, and I was wondering if there would be implications from using nylon strings instead of steel. There would be two reasons to use nylon over ...
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Distinction between same notes played on different strings

While playing a particular piece (not chords, fingerpicking/single note playing) on my ukulele (or as far as the question is concerned, any similar instrument), I use the standard notation and then ...
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Why are Arabic Ouds built with 12 pegs when they usually are strung with only 11 strings?

I've recently bought an Arabic Oud and started studying how to play it (it's a very fun instrument to play). One thing I don't understand, though, is why I have not seen anyone using the lowest pitch ...
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What type of instruments are these? [closed]

My husband's uncle passed away a couple of days ago and he left these instruments behind; I was hoping maybe someone could tell me what they are! Please help me, and how to tune them.