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Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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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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Tuning My Violin High

Usually violinists tune it to G3-D4-A4-E5. I play on a Gba violin, very basic. Can I tune it to D4-G4-D5-G5? I know it sounds crazy but I play Carnatic violin and this is how all instruments are tuned....
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Leading tone for strings harmony

how to write a seventh leading tone chord for 4 part harmony for strings?. Thank you
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Changing strings on acoustic guitar - any difference in the strings in the package?

I have bought a package of strings for my guitar. Are there any differences with the strings in the package - yes there is the nylon ones for EAD and the clear ones for GAE, but apart from that? I ...
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Are the strings supposed to be directly over the pickups?

I just bought a Squier affinity strat and noticed that the strings do not directly go over the center of the pickups. This is especially the case for the bridge pickups which are at an angle. Is ...
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Tuning my ukulele strings

I just got my first ukulele and as I was tuning the strings I noticed it didn't sound right. On my tuner it says e when I play the c string and c when I play the e string. Someone please tell me how ...
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Should I keep on the old strings when sending my guitar to be set up?

I need to repair the electronics on my Stratocaster, which will require me to remove the strings. I then want to get the guitar set up. Will sending a guitar to the workshop without strings affect the ...
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Breaking guitar strings too quick

Two weeks ago I spent a decent amount of cash and time replacing all the strings on my guitar. They were getting rusty and sounded dull. Since then I've been playing about two hours a day, all going ...
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Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life?

Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life? I just sold an old acoustic I acquired in bad condition and restrung with new nut and saddle, whose bridge was beginning to lift out of the body....
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Help with string gauges for my vintage bass

I need help with my vintage 1956 Danelectro bass, its in a baritone style body and i believe its either a short or a medium scale neck. I'm just terrified of what gauge strings to give it, cause i ...
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Can a violin imitate the sound of an Erhu?

I don't know if this is "impossible" due to the different construction of the two instruments, but do you know if the violin can imitate the sound of the Chinese erhu? Here is a YouTube video for ...
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what the material made of a plain electric guitar strings?

i tried a plain nickel 80% wire on electric guitar , when i plaid it , didnt give any sound except feedback , tried stainless steel wire same result , tried steel , it gave sound but in distortion amp ...
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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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Tuning up to get All Fourths Tuning

I use a set of 10 gauge steel strings on my electric guitar and for the past few days I have been thinking of testing out the All Fourths Tuning. I was wondering if this poses a risk of breaking the ...
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In strings bowed instruments, is it possible to play a chord in two not adjacent strings?

Or would it be only possible if arpeggiated? For example in cello, to play G string in a chord with Bb in A string (being D string on the middle)
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Is it possible to play whole notes (in Andante tempo) in bowed strings instruments?

Well, I've heard sound would faint in bowed strings instruments if note played is too long, and player runs out of bow. Is this true? and at which tempo would this occur?
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Is it possible to find strings in any integer size? [closed]

I am considering stringing my 6-string electric guitar with a series of prime gauges. e.g. 11,13,17,29,37,47 I am looking on Ernie Ball's site and while I might be able to find the 3 thinner strings,...
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Does the cold affect Acoustic guitar strings?

We had snow the other night and I forgot to grab a box of stings I had just purchased out of the truck of my car. Do you think the cold could hurt the strings ?
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I pressed hard on the floyd rose bridge

I'm a bit new to the electric guitar domain, so I got a bit scared because when I was playing the guitar. I used the bridge to distortion the sound (I hope it's correct), and at some point I pressed a ...
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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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Should you change the strings on a brand new guitar?

I'm a beginner to electric guitar, so I'm not sure what a proper guitar setup feels like. In attempt to execute my own setup, I've adjusted string action and tailpiece height to my preference (with ...
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Would a tiny pulse of electricity sent through electric guitar strings affect the pickups enough to be heard?

For the sake of the rhythmic analysis I'm doing, I had the idea to solder a wire to a metal pick, ground the strings and rig something up that sends data to a computer every time the pick touches a ...
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Nylon guitar neck bowing from steel strings

I went to my local music shop and asked for my classical guitar to be restrung, and he made the 3 low strings steel and the high 3 nylon even though it's a nylon guitar. Now the neck of my guitar is ...
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Intonation exercises for string players

I am looking for intonation exercises for bowed strings. I use techniques mentioned by Simon Fischer in his books and those have served me well I think. However I am now able to match pitches well but ...
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What are “silk and steel” strings?

I've just heard of "silk and steel" strings, but can't find out what they are. So, what are they made out of? Do they produce a significantly different amount of tension in the neck?
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Truss rod adjustments after changing strings from 9-48 to 12-60

I bought a used guitar ESP LTD viper-400. This guitar has always been set up to Standard E-tuning with 9-48 strings. But I want to change strings to 10-60 and tune guitar to Drop A or Drop B. The ...
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Hohoner HG-13 strings

I have an old Hohoner HG-13 which I would like to buy a new set of strings. One thing I saw on the subject was guitars which use vinyl you can't use metal, this one has seems to have 3 and 3. I have ...
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old strings won't hold tuning

When I picked up my guitar today I noticed my 1st string was a bizarre 2 semitones flat. I would tune it but the instant I bend it, stretch it, or play for a minute the string goes back down to the ...
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Notation for spiccato?

An older revision of Wikipedia article on Spiccato has an image showing what looks like a staccatissimo, with the caption "Notation for spiccato." I question that—it may be that strings can use ...
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String gauge switching without truss rod

My acoustic guitar has no truss rod and all this time I've been using .12-.53 gauge strings, and until now it's still that gauge, I've bought a .10-.48 but i haven't switched out the strings yet, but ...
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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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Bowed single string instrument with lever?

Ok, so, imagine you had a one-stringed violin, except that rather than press your fingers on the string, you used a lever, kinda like a whammy bar. Does anybody know of such an instrument? Otherwise,...
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Weak High E (1st String) on Electric Guitar, any remedy?

I have a Samick Electric Guitar that's relatively an inexpensive copy of Strat. It plays all right and suits me as a beginner. However I specifically notice that the High E (1st string) sounds weak ...
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Does 12-54 to 13-56 gauge change require a re-setup?

I'm thinking I should switch to a slightly heavier set of strings for a better "rounded" tone, especially on the lower strings. Currently I use Martin Phosphor Bronze .12-.54 gauge, the one I'm ...
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Ferrous Classical Guitar Strings

I have a fretless classical guitar and I want to use an eBow (which works by generating a magnetic field) on it (because I want to work on intonation in microtonal systems). The only things that I ...