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My guitar's high E string keeps snapping at the tuning peg

My guitar's high E string has broken eight times just this month. I never overtune or do really high bends. It always breaks around the tuning peg. There was no rust; it was still new. I even tried to ...
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Bass Ad Lib Instruction on conductor score of Britten Simple Symphony

I'm playing double bass for Britten's Simple Symphony as part of a string orchestra and the conductor score for movement 3 (Sentimental Saraband) has bass 'ad libitum' written at the first bar of the ...
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Scale length of guitars

Just about every guitar will have its own quoted scale length, for the open strings. But - which string is being quoted, as there will always be a difference between the strings, notably the top and ...
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How will these 3 very similar strings sound different when tuned to low C on a baritone ukulele?

I prefer to use a nylon core, wound strig for the low C on my baritone ukulele. I had trouble finding just the right thing, and the closest I found at my local shop was a set of classical guitar ...
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I know these are sixteenth sextuplets, but I was wondering what these are called when they share the same staff? And how they're played?

I am trying to figure out what they are, I've searched on YouTube but I don't think I have the correct keywords to find out what I'm looking for... Are they played like double stops or played ...
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Silk classical guitar string gauge is too big for bridge holes

My classical guitar has a plastic bridge with pre-drilled or precast holes gauged for standard nylon classical strings. I got some silk strings which are a bit higher gauge and don’t all fit by just ...
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What is the earliest we know wire-strung instruments to have existed?

What is the earliest we know wire-strung instruments to have existed? I was reading about gut strings, nylon strings, wire strings used on guitar, and wanted to know, but couldn't find the answer ...
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"Minor arpeggio secret" and the undertone series

I was recently introduced to a "trick" sometimes known as the "minor arpeggio secret". It can be summarized as following: If we can maintain the same tension while plucking twice, ...
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In the FL studio for doing a chicken pickin' how can I add a mute note to the piano roll?

In this video, he says he mutes a string; for creating a sound like that in a piano roll in the FL studio, what should I do? I was using Ploc2, and I changed multiple settings, but I couldn't make a ...
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Piano oscillation on a single string

Why is that when the hammer hits only one string on the piano, there is an oscillation and not a solid note throughout. I hear it like a wave of sound, not an absolute pitch. It doesn’t happen on ...
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Cello: playing D notes on A-string vs. D string [duplicate]

I'm a beginner to cello. On some cello cheat sheets. You can play the D note on A-string by holding down two fingers (in first position) But you can also play the D note on the D-string without ...
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Magnets and pickups (guitar)

My partner and I are working on a small, analog device that would attach to the strings. We're thinking that for simplicity of design, attaching the pieces using magnets would be most elegant. However,...
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In terms of sound, what are the advantages of a steel or nylon string?

I first picked up a guitar when I was about 7. Ever since I've been playing it, and I even performed a solo at a concert (Little Rover, by the stupendium!) I have 3 guitars, all acoustic. One hasn't ...
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Does changing acoustic guitar strings require a re-setup?

I'm currently using D'Addario EZ920 (0.12-0.54) and I'm planning to change to D'Addario EJ16 (0.12-0.53) which is slightly lighter. I'm wondering if this will affect the intonation and needs ...
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Safe to remove ball from end of ball end string?

I (sort of) recently got a new violin and as the tailpiece does not match my earlier rental I now have a mismatched ball end E string from my extra set. Looking at the string it definitely seems like ...
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String gauge for baritone ukulele

I own a baritone ukulele that I tune (lowest pitch to highest) C-G-B-D [plectrum tuning]. The lowest string, the C, is missing. I would like to order the proper string to replace it. I believe it ...
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Mysterious plastic tube arriving with double bass strings

New double bass strings may include a short and thin (about 1 centimeter long) section of a plastic tube. It's the D string which goes through the tube. What is it, the tube? What is one supposed ...
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Do pianos have a generally recognized "bass register"?

Playing the piano, I've noticed the notes under a certain note seem to be voiced more for heavy chords instead of melodies/countermelodies. If you try to play complicated lines under that note, They ...
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What's the highest note on a piano that uses 1 string?

What's the highest note on a piano that uses one string? (The note where the scale design crosses over from using 1 to 2 strings.)
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Strings for my guitar - I'm supposed to tie a knot, but they have a loop

I'm a new guitar player and found an old acoustic guitar in the attic which had rusty strings. I bought some Elixir Phosphor bronze acoustic strings, but now that I have received them I'm kinda ...
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How difficult is this violin part?

I understand that the difficulty of a passage is quite subjective, but all the same I need to have some idea of what I'm asking. This passage looks OK to me. It sits in the middle of the register, ...
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5th Fret Method of standard guitar tuning

I usually use some some of tuner to tune my guitar, but occasionally I will try to use the 5th fret method. In attempting to do so today, something puzzled me about the string setup on the guitar. The ...
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Why are my guitars high strings playing more than one note

I recently got a new PRS SE Custom 24 before I left the store. I had the tech adjust the truss rod and check it, because when I fretted notes on the higher strings I could hear the next note a fret ...
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1st,2nd and 3rd string on my semi acoustic almost doesn’t sound through the system [duplicate]

I am a performer and have started going through a problem where my 1st,2nd and 3rd guitar string is sounding very low that it’s impossible to hear if they even exist when I’m playing on stage. I have ...
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Restringing Acoustic guitar

I always have issues restringing the high E string. It breaks when tuning it. So today I used 2nd string as the first one and tuned it to High E, does it have a significant impact on tonality?
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When to use natural vs. artificial harmonics

I am working on the above homework assignment regarding string harmonics. I'm stuck on exercise #2. What are the rules or guidelines for determining whether a pitch should be played via a natural or ...
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I broke the high E string of my semi acoustic guitar. What do I do now?

I bought this semi acoustic guitar 2 weeks ago. It has a pickup attached with an inbuilt tuner. I hadn't put the battery in the case and was trying to tune the high E string manually and broke it in ...
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Why is acoustic string measured in tension while electric string in gauges?

Is there a reason you can have different tensions strings with the same gauge on a classic guitar but electric strings only ever seem to differ on gauge? It would seem an interesting proposal to have ...
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How to replace string on Donner standard series

My son just got his first guitar. I know NOTHING about guitars. One of the strings broke and we can’t figure out how to replace it. The videos I’ve found on YouTube make it look easy and spend about 5 ...
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1912 Steinway B

I purchased a rebuilt 1912 Steinway B four months ago. It has been tuned three times since I got it. Each time, it seems like after playing 20-30 minutes the intervals start to migrate. Perhaps it is ...
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I broke my G string and my other 3 strings are out of tune too

It’s Thanksgiving break right now and I have a Christmas concert next Saturday December 4th, so I brought it over to my Abuela’s house to practice. However, my grandparents keep the house hot, so my ...
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Question about the abbreviation for 2 instruments in an orchestra score

I'm learning an orchestra score and I'm really new to that. I'm figuring out what instruments are included in this score, and I get most of them (correct me if there is any mistake). However, I'm ...
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How does string age affect intonation?

I had a recent issue with my high e string where the saddle was adjusted as short as possible but the twelfth fret was still very flat. I read online that a new set of strings may fix this, and that ...
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E-bass tuned correctly but E string too loose

I'm self-taught and new to bass, and I tuned my bass today (E-A-D-G, E being the lowest), but the E String seems a bit loose (It hits the neck sometimes, and I can bend it much further than the other ...
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Is it Ok to leave a guitar with a broken string?

Just broke the high E on my guitar and won't be able to get new strings for about 2 weeks. will leaving it as it is damage the guitar at all? the guitar is an Ibanez rga42fm with a fixed bridge All ...
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Fretting string is muted

I bought a ukulele recently and have tuned it using a tuner.But , I have a doubt.When I hold the 3rd fret 4th string for the C chord I am unable to hear the sound of the same string i.e it is muted , ...
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Best way to practice difficult runs

Runs are very common in music; a typical run is a sequence of quick, short, slurred (not always) notes that either ascend or descend and often involve multiple shifts. The approaches I've learned a ...
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How to approach the collé bowstroke?

This section is from the bottom of the second page of the First Movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. A specific bowstroke called collé is to be utilized in this section. I am not a ...
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PRS SE245 with Thomastik Jazz Swing strings

I have a PRS SE 245 electric guitar and to be able to get more jazz sound I want to restring my guitar with Thomastik Jazz Swing JS112. Since this guitar is not a hollow body and its neck is shorter ...
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Installing Ball-End Nylon Strings on a Classical Guitar

I'm looking to install ball-end nylon strings on a classical guitar. Which of these ways is the best in terms of tone and preserving the bridge? The same way you install ball-end steel strings on a ...
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Guitar Strings have no magnetic properties

I stumbled into Fender copycat electric guitar strings in ebay. (They had Fender packing and print)The price was 1€ per set.Great! I found the most peculiar reason in my life for that price. Three ...
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How would you notate an extra long note for strings in a way which allows it to be bowed multiple times?

When composing for strings, sometimes I'd like to write a note which is a combination of very loud and very long—something that can't be played on one bow alone. If I write a long note with ties, ...
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Should guitar strings be evenly spaced?

I decided to learn how to play the guitar so I bought one which arrived yesterday. At first it seemed okay although it did take a while to tune. However, it constantly sounds a bit off compared to ...
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What is "Young's modulus", and how does it relate to guitar?

I've come across some posts that mention "Young's modulus" in relation to guitar. Young's modulus is discussed on physics.SE (Young's Modulus and Vibrating String Harmonics), but I'm looking ...
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What is the correct string gauge for an Alvarez LJ2E acoustic guitar?

I am going to change the strings on this guitar for the first time. A google search brings up one website that says that it uses 13-56 strings, but this is not mentioned on the official Alvarez ...
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String advice for viola

I want to put new strings on my viola, as the current ones are more than five years old. I think the current ones are D'Addario Helicore for C, G and D, and Jargar medium for A (I tried to lookup the ...
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Floyd rose bridge leaning to the treble side

I've decided to change my strings on my guitar, and when I finally was done with setting up the springs to make the bridge parallel to the body, I wanted to make the action lower. I noticed that it ...
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Acoustic Steel: B String is E at 6th fret

Picked up my acoustic steel string after a bit and noticed that whilst it was in tune the B string's E was up at the 6th fret. It's annoying the heck out of me. I've restrung it and same. Open B is ...
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Different types of string in one guitar

2 months ago, I bought D'Addario strings with specification: 80/20 bronze EJ10 Extra light gauge 0.010-0.047 And then my G-string broke and I bought a new set Phosphor bronze EJ16 Light gauge 0.012-...
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How do you stop gunk from building up on guitar strings?

On a steel-string acoustic guitar, how do you prevent gunk from building up on the strings? Every time I play, the strings, particularly the B and E strings, will literally (okay maybe not literally) ...
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