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Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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Which acoustic guitar string gauge to buy as a beginner ({.009-.045},{.010-.050},{.011-.052})

As I started to learn to play acoustic guitar, I broke 1st string e 2 times straight in a week. Can anybody tell me which string is best for a beginner (by best expectation from the string is to be ...
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String instrument response vs. a nice ring [closed]

I've been hunting for a violin, and am wondering: do you find that response (how easy it is to articulate) is inversely proportionate to how well it rings? Does this difference somewhat go down as ...
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New strings to fix acoustic intonation issue?

I have just purchased a second hand acoustic guitar: a Sigma 000MC-15E. The strings it came with tune fine but the high e string sounds noticeably out of tune even when played just at the third fret! ...
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Question about string gauges!

Hey guys I'm very new to guitar as in like I need to restring my old guitars that I got years ago but never even bothered to learn before I can actually start to learn. My question is what gauge ...
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What do I need to do if I can't replace a broken guitar string

So I broke the high e string on my guitar and it could be a long time before I replace it. I am afraid if leaving it like that for a long time will deform the neck. So should I tune down the rest of ...
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what strings should i get for my semi-acoustic guitar?

I have a semi-acoustic guitar with electric strings, and I want to continue having electric strings, but my high e string has just snapped, and I need to get another. However, being kinda new to ...
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Finding scale from notes

I am self learning guitar and I've learned to play scales all over fretboard by finding root position but it isnt working in practice (as expected) e.g. I start by finding notes and right pitch of a ...
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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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What does Pierre Boulez mean by “sul ponticello”?

While I was listening to Boulez's comment (in French...) on Pierre-Laurent Aimard's interpretation of the third Piano Sonata, I was wondering what is the "effect" Pierre Boulez is describing/imitating?...
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Can I use a thicker 6th string with other thinner strings

The sixth string on my electric guitar is very loose when I use drop D tuning, but I really like the feel of the thinner strings otherwise- and I play as much in standard tuning. Would it work to ...
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Holding a violin against the hips?

I cannot seem to find a reference to this practice anywhere outside of this video (seen from the beginning of the video) Is there an official term for this type of ...
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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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Would lower tension strings give better sustain on high notes on classical guitar?

I bought my first decent classical guitar a few years ago. I particularly like the power, depth and brightness it has, over most of the range. However, on the notes above fret 12 it has really poor ...
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Ideal action and string gauge for acoustic fingerstyle

I've been playing more and more percussive fingerstyle, and one thing I have trouble with is getting volume when hitting strings with only my left hand, for example like Jon Gomm and others. ...
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Why does my G-string ring much longer than other strings?

I'm learning guitar and practicing some beginner chords. Specifically, C and G. I've noticed lately that the G string rings far longer than the other strings. It's the only open string in both chords, ...
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Is there a difference in the string sets? [closed]

I was considering trying out the Ernie Ball electric guitar string set because what I've been hearing about them. I've been using D'addario. I saw on the company's mainsite that they had a newer ...
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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 are these guitars strung this way?

What is the reasoning and effect of the Rickenbacker 12 string turned around method of stringing up the guitar with larger strings to the left of the lighter gauge strings on a right handed guitar?
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Why does the open string oscillate when I play its corresponding fretted note on another string?

I noticed when I play for example a fretted A note on the E string, the below A string starts oscillating as well. I can observe this behaviour on all other strings. Why is this? Is this intended or ...
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What to call natural harmonics on bowed strings in speech

I was describing harmonics to a friend and it occurred to me that I don't know the convention for naming harmonics on bowed strings. I can read it in standard notation and I recognise the symbols, I ...
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Historically informed performance - Tuning

I recently attended a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Marin Alsop. At the end, Nicola played an encore: a version of ...
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What violin strings have the lowest tension without a bad effect on sound quality?

What violin strings have the lowest tension without effect on sound quality? I have a violin from China, it seems that strings have a too hard tension and deform the fingerboard slightly. I tune it a ...
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Stentor violin buzzes on the B note

I've got a Stentor Conservatoire violin a couple of days ago and although it sounds really nice when I try to play the B note on the A string the violin "buzzes" somehow and produces a very different ...
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Ukulele: I'm having the typical keeps-getting-untuned problem, but it's only with the lowest G String

[No Pun Intended] I know that stringed instruments have this problem, and the Ukulele is relatively new. I'm just scared that the problem is with the bridge or the neck, but is that likely if only ...
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Optimal storage conditions for a violin

What are the optimal conditions to store my violin in? A person in my orchestra recently suffered damage to her violin due to the strings tightening and breaking the bridge and I want to ensure I can ...
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Is removing all the strings from my bass/guitar changing the sound of the instrument?

When changing the strings of my bass or guitar, I've been told that this has to be done string by string because apparently, removing all the strings brings damage to the sound of the instrument (...
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Alternatives to gut for fretting a viol(a)

I bought a beginner's viola a while back with the intention of learning some, but we never really hit off. In the meantime I rented a bass viol for a while and really enjoyed this one. Since I can no ...
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Uneven volume of guitar strings when plugged in

Ive been facing some issues when recording with my Ibanez GRG 170DX. I noticed this recently, as I got a Scarlett Solo interface. When I record my guitar, the input volume from the lower E string is ...
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Fraying violin A -string

My violin's A-string is fraying (unravelling a bit) near the bridge. Right now, my playing is a little squeaky there but nothing very noticeable. Will this get worse or is it fine to leave the string ...
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Does leaving the excess string uncut, affect the guitar's tone?

I mean negatively or positively. I have seen lots of people do that. And I saw on one place that it's just that they want to look rebely or something like that. But, I asked this from a music teacher ...
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Problem with my new Gibson Les Paul Classic 2015

I'm italian so there may be some grammatical errors.. basically my guitar sounds really "sharp" when I play the first two strings (E, B). By "sharp" I don't mean the tune of the guitar, the tune is ...
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Strings on guitar quickly lose tension

I have a mim fender squire. I'll be playing my guitar and over a short time my string tension loosens. I just put on some new (used) locking tuners and a better bridge. What else can I do to fix this ...
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Shouldn't the strings resonate more, if I hold them down?

So if I hold the strings down with my left hand (I'm right handed), shouldn't they resonate more? It feels like it goes away so quickly. I am using a classical guitar (3 metal strings, 3 nylon), and ...
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String quartet practice routine

I am looking for information on how to structure a practice session for a string quartet. I read many articles online. They talk about working on intonation but hardly any information beyond scales. ...
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Guitar high e string breaking when tuning up new string

I've recently encountered a problem with my 2016 Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute. A few weeks ago I replaced my set of Ernie Ball 11's with a set of 10's. All was going well until I went to tune the high ...
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Can I put nylon strings on a guitar designed for steel strings?

This is the guitar. It has no pins on the bridge. Does that mean it will work if I put nylon strings on it instead of steel strings?
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Problem with guitar bridge

I have an old classic guitar. The bridge is made of very soft wood (or it got softer after a time, no difference). The problem is that the strings bend down in places they make contact with the bridge....
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Guitar strings on bass

Would it be possible to put standard guitar strings DGBE on a bass guitar? So it can be played as a tenor guitar?
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Cause of G string on Ibanez JEM sounding dead?

My Ibanez JEM with floyd rose tremolo, this exact guitar: , has a problem with the G string. The open string sounds out more or less properly (though it tends to go 'harmonic', which seems like it's ...
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Can you multitrack a string quartet to sound like a much larger string section?

I have several recordings that feature a small string section - quartet probably. The parts sound like they were recorded just once - you can hear the individual players. If you were to multitrack ...
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Slide Guitar - Pressing frets before the slide

I'm very new to slide guitar playing, so this might sound like a stupid question. But I'm trying to learn this "Georgia on my mind" cover on a slide guitar, and I ran into a doubt. Sometimes, like on ...
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G string out of tune but only when played open

So I figured out I can tune my G string just a little flat so all the frets sound in tune, except that, of course, leaves open G sounding like F#. What should I do?
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What's the cause of a very quiet top E string on my '97 MIM Strat?

I recently got a 97 min strat,and the high e string is really quiet compared to the rest of my strings.Is there something I'm missing?Thanks.
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Fingers don't feel thinnest strings well

I learn to play acoustic guitar without a teacher, started a month ago. I started with classic guitar and then switched to dreadnought with metallic strings. After I developed calluses, I almost don'...
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What are the major differences between Medium and Light gauge strings on a Violin?

Are Medium gauge strings easier on the fingers?
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Four strings sounding the same

I haven't played my guitar in about a few years, I've kept it in the same place for a long time in room temperature. I cant really tell if the strings are rusted or not. But four out of six strings ...
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Bass Guitar Strings for Chordal Playing

So I play a lot of chords on bass, (I loop a progression and walk over it) my chords sound good besides the fact that my strings are outdated and kinda give them a bad tone. Does anybody have an ...
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Piano: Will my piano strings break if my cat walks on them?

I own Yamaha baby grand piano. And today, I forgot that I left it open after practising until I caught my cat treading on the strings. My cat isn't that heavy (he weighs 5kgs), but he plodded on the ...
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What is the recommended notation for bowed marimba?

I've been writing a piece for winds and marimba, and I was looking to see if there was a proper way to notate this technique. I haven't seen an answer on music forums, but have heard many pieces use ...
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Is there a good online source for hard copy (classical) sheet music? [closed]

I am looking for sheet music for a gift and would prefer NOT to buy and print a pdf. Specifically, I'm looking for string quartet sheet music. Our "brick and mortar" sheet music store is long gone. :( ...