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Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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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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Fusion of western musical instruments [closed]

Western musical instruments Western musical instruments images Trumpet and Saxophone Harpeji Western musical instruments video Is it possible to design and construct western musical instruments as a ...
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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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Broken violin string during solo. What normally happens?

I'm not a violinist but I've seen a couple of online videos where a soloist breaks a string. They go to the leader of the first violin section and come back with a replacement violin. What exactly ...
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Why won't the top three strings change pitch

I ended up breaking the high E string because using an electronic tuner and my ear, it clearly wasn't changing at all. Kept tightening the string and eventually it broke behind the nut. To look into ...
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What's the difference between rectified nylon strings and regular nylon strings?

Many nylon string manufacturers offer rectified nylon options, but what's the difference? Is there a difference in tone, feel, durability, or intonation? If there isn't, which other differences can ...
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How does changing a guitar string's tuning affect its timbre?

I'm not a guitar player, but have been reading some posts about alternative tunings. There are several mentions of how tuning a string up or down can change its timbre, but I haven't found anything ...
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How to write triads for strings?

There is something that I have noticed several times when writing chords for orchestral strings (violins, cellos, etc), when I write standard triad (major, minor, etc) chords the strings make an ...
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Is there such thing as a guitar string database? [closed]

I'm completely new to guitars and guitar accessories. I read several articles on (everything, but this question pertains to) strings, and it strikes me that one might want to try a set of strings with ...
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Divisi in Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

I am looking at the score for Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings op.48, Violins I section, and I can see that there are double-stops. It is not marked divisi, but I'm listening to some recordings and ...
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Does non-calibrated have a special meaning for guitar strings?

I'm puzzled by the following. It seems to imply that "non-calibrated" strings are a good idea. Steinberger double-ball strings have, as the name suggests, string balls at both ends of the ...
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A guitar or bass with precisely parallel strings (normal guitar strings fan out)

Background Normal guitars have strings that fan out somewhat towards the bridge. There can be as much as a centimetre's overall difference between the width at the nut and the width at the bridge. I ...
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What is the relationship between where and how a vibrating string is activated?

My understanding is that each string on a musical instrument/chordophone has a "sweet spot", such that when a string is activated at that point, the "best" sound is produced. ...
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Will about 10 loose hairs in a violin bow make any difference when I use it?

It's something like the image above, just less loose hairss. While I was looking at it, I tried playing the violin, and some hairs got loose. Do I just cut them off or yank them off? This little book ...
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Are all plain steel electric guitar strings the same, or are some more comfortable thanks to polishing or some other process?

It seems like the plain strings are just ignored. Manufacturers brag about their wound strings, make many different varieties. Yet, there's so little info on the steel strings other than they're ...
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Guitar strings too high off the fretboard

I have an issue whis this Yamaha acoustic guitar that i bought a year ago. The higher frets are really high up the frets as you can see in the picture which makes them really hard to press. Also as ...
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How far can 9's be tuned down?

Apologies if this question has been answered elsewhere, but before I commit to getting my guitars set-up, I was wondering if anyone has had any trouble using 9–42 tuned down a half-step (I currently ...
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Guitar Strings & Bridge

I've been playing guitar for about a year and until now I've always wanted to play on lower tunings. I have heavy gauge strings for these low tunings. I'm scared that tuning up to e standard and what ...
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How to remove a grand piano harp and keep the strings attached? [closed]

I am planning to turn my old piano into a table, using the cast iron plate/harp with the strings, sound board removed, as the bottom, covered with glass. I would like to keep the strings. Seeing as ...
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Best string gauges for guitars with magnetic sustainer devices

After decades of being a Tele guy, I decided to make a change away from hard-tail. I went all the way to an Ed O'Brien Strat with a Fernandes Sustainer system. I'm still on the first set of strings, ...
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Broken string fixed but it still sounds off

My fourth string broke a few days back, and fortunately (?) the breakage was near the bridge so I was able to fix it without having to buy a new one. The thing is it's been almost a week and even ...
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Tuning peg tight on a guitar (possibly slipping, too)

So my guitar's G-string peg is feeling tight. I'm a newbie, but I think that the peg is slipping, since I can hear a click sound when I try tuning it up. The G string is now around 2 whole steps ...

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