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Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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Change a single string

Just a quick and probably stupid question, but... Basically, I wanted to play music again after years and years of not doing it, so I pulled out that old charango I have. The first string was ...
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what families of guitar strings (lower and upper) will give me differents sound timbres?

They are plenty kinds of guitar strings for my classical guitar : silver or titanium (or platinum ?) coated, crystal ones... Some are for commercial attractiveness, some might increase longevity of ...
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Anyone know how to get Sibelius to playback pizzicato at a softer dynamic level without writing the dynamic ridiculously soft?

Sibelius playback of pizzicato is much louder than arco for strings. I end up making two copies of a score. One with the dynamics as they should be written for pizzicato for printing and another copy ...
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What does ‘Unis’ mean?

I’m reading through the study score for Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. There’s an indication I am unsure of. They refer to the Strings section. (unis.) After a Google, I discovered several players in a ...
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How to change the strings on my violin/viola?

It's time for a new set of strings. How do I change all the strings on my violin (or viola)? What are the gotchas I have to look out for?
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Striking open B & E (high) strings causes newly purchased classical guitar to resonate, flaw?

Just purchased my first classical guitar (Alhambra 10P) and I am learning to play. I notice that if I strike the top two strings (B & e) then immediately mute them, the guitar's lower strings ...
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Tone Color Changed after Replacing a Piano Bass String

I have a very old piano. A few years ago, one of its bass strings broke. I removed that broken string and kept playing almost everyday for a few years. Last week my technician installed a new string ...
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Does the Thunderbird actually need special strings?

I just got myself a brand-new Epiphone Thunderbird bass. I tried to get some new strings along with it, but was told it needs special (extra-length) strings due to its fairly big headstock. That seems ...
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What are the best strings for this guitar? Steel or nylon?

(Apologies if you've seen this question somewhere else, but I need a second opinion and advices are inconclusive). I have (found) this guitar: PICS It is a Chandry by Sue Ryder (Don't bother googling ...
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Install new strings on guitar with whammy bar

So I have an Ibanez GRG250DX and I want to replace its strings. But I havent played it in a long time. What I tried so far: I clipped the old strings, kind of cleaned the guitar and pulled in the ...
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Playing symphonies by e.g. Rachmaninoff or Mahler using string instruments with gut strings (like more Baroque styled instruments)?

I was listening to some performances from Netherland's "All of Bach" group that performs Bach works on Baroque instruments. I quite liked the sound of the strings, and I thought that it ...
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Do first violins take precedence over second violins for the main melody or the higher pitched part?

I know that in general within an orchestra, if the violins hold the melody it's usually the first violins which play the main melody and the second violins act as a support to them, but if the main ...
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Clunking/clacking bass

So I have a Fender Jazz Bass and I was playing it the other day and once I got to the 5th fret there was buzzing, and past the 5th fret (depending on what I was doing) there was severe, sort of, ...
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I can't work out if these string sections are tied, slurred or phrased

Take a look at the below screengrab from the orchestra score of Sweeney Todd. Are bars 1 and 3 (with the exception of the Bass) tied or slurred? In bar 2 the pitch does drop but in 1 and 3 it's the ...
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Breaking gut strings even if the instrument is 'parked'

One of my lever harps got natural gut strings which I am currently not playing (carpal tunnel syndrome, sigh), it's parked in the living room. However, sometimes any gut string will just break at any ...
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Fretting out on fretboard?

Whenever I change the strings on my electric guitar, in no more than 2 weeks, this happens: From about the 11th/12th fret onwards, the E and B (and sometimes G) strings sound noticeably lower, in ...
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Workflow of composing an oratorio?

I have decided to have my form of an oratorio as 4 voices (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and 4 stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass). This form is much like the form of Handel's Messiah. ...
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Will using flatwound bass strings take emphasis off of my slap tone?

I've never gotten a chance to play a bass that has flatwound strings, but I've heard from people who have. They usually say that it completely changes the sound, but that they feel amazing for your ...
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String bending pain doesn't go away

I have been playing the guitar since 2006, so I'm not new to the activity, and I have caluses. I started playing Flamenco on a nylon strings and in 2013 moved to play Surf on a stratocaster. A couple ...
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Ibanez SA160FML G & B String Warble/Oscillation Issue

So i recently purchased an SA160FML. My guitar shop had a brand new piece because no one wanted a lefty but it was an old stock since this guitar is now discontinued. I checked it at the shop and ...
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Where to look for damage when steel strings are used on a classical Ibanez?

Ok, so when I was a kid, the guitar my dad taught me my first few chords on, was this Ibanez classical acoustic. I started playing guitar as a kid, and I quit as a kid. So now as an adult (age 30), I ...
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Can you put steel strings on an acoustic guitar that came with bronze strings?

I know this sounds a bit dumb but I can't find an article anywhere and can't go to a guitar shop with the current situation and I thought now would be the perfect time to try different strings.
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Which string instruments/playing techniques were used for Nashville Sound country music?

I've been delving into the history of a particular style of country music called "Nashville Sound" recently, which involved a lot of string sections in songs. Some websites describe them as being "...
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Why don't my guitar strings rust?

I've played my guitar for about 4.5 years and I have never cleaned it after playing. Why does it never rust? My guitar and bass strings are rusted after one month. As far as I know, the stainless ...
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Why I feel like my guitar strings are very hard?

I bought an Acoustic guitar six months ago, and I am trying to learn with the help of YouTube videos. And in those videos, it seems like it is not hard for them to press the strings for a chord. ...
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Why do people in tutorials destroy/cut their old strings when restringing?

I'd like do try out different gauges on an electric and an acoustic guitar, but if I don't like them I would like to put the old strings back on. Is that even possible or are they ruined after ...
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Can you record several individual string instruments and put them together to sound like a real orchestra?

During these times of the pandemic, our senior school orchestra missed out on the traditional final performance before graduating on with the rest of our lives. Due to the stay-at-home order, we aren'...
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My G String wears out all the time

I use Elixir HD light on my Yamaha SLG200S. I notice my G string is usually the first to develop kinks / gets frayed. Of course, when I change, I change the whole set. Is there a setup issue with ...
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Solution for a more durable acoustic guitar G string?

I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years and probably haven’t broken a string for the past 20. However my G string consistently wears out much faster than all other strings; the wrap wears on the frets ...
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What did I do wrong with the bridge of bass guitar when restringing?

I had my dad's bass guitar lying around (I play with it, but don't play it, if you know what I mean - I'm a drummer myself). I believe that it is a Stagg B300-SB Standard J. It had been lying unused ...
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How do dirty violin strings (uncleaned rosin) affect sound and playability?

If I don't clean the rosin off my strings from time to time how will that affect the sound the strings make as the rosin builds up? How will it affect the playability, the way the bow moves over and ...
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Sudden problem with first three frets, especially the high E string

I bought a new semi-acoustic guitar 8 months ago and it sounded absolute wonderful up until a week ago. I am experiencing that the high E string, and to a lesser degree the nearby B and G string, ...
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Does playing double stops wear violin strings more quickly?

Does playing strokes which apply more force to the strings, like double stops, spiccato and sautille, wear out the strings more quickly?
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Low E-string sounds out of tune [duplicate]

I have an issue with the low E string on my Acoustic Seagull S6 Original. Ever since I changed the strings, the E string seems to be out of tune in a weird way. When the open E is right on the spot (...
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Is it accurate to tune with harmonics higher than the third harmonic on the double bass?

I typically play an A4 with my tuner when I am tuning because that is the note that the violin would be playing. On the bass, I would be playing the A harmonic on the D-string in fourth position. If ...
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Tension/gauge less prone to buzzing

Is there a type of string (high tension or low tension) that is less prone to generate buzzing on the acoustic guitar ? I've mainly heard these few arguments so far : high tension strings are larger,...
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Restringing a pinless guitar

My little brother bought a charity shop guitar but I’ve never seen this before. It doesn’t have the pins so I’m worried if I take the strings off I won’t get them back on... are there any videos or ...
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Where can I find a strings soundfont without vibrato for Musescore? [closed]

I want a vibrato-less soundfont for violoncell and contrabass to use in musescore.Anyone knows where can I find one?
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Why are some strings wound instead of solid?

Why are lower-frequency strings usually made by winding wire around a core? On a violin, for instance, we usually find that the highest string (E) is solid but the lower strings (G and D) are wound. ...
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Open E String is in Tune but fingered pitches are sharp

My last e string broke so I got a new one. My e string is in tune when I play it together with the open A (i.e. the violin is in tune), but the higher fingered pitches are all sharp. I know this is ...
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Is it ok to use D string for broken A string in a guitar temporarily?

Yesterday the A string of my classical guitar was broken. I have an extra D string and an E string, unfortunately my other A string was broken too. Is it ok to use the D string as the A string ...
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Why do violin bridges support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard?

It appears that violin bridges are typically designed asymmetrically to support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard, as shown in this photo: At the end of the fingerboard the G ...
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Help me pick the perfect string!

I busted my strings while trying to tune by ear. This is my guitar. As for the type of music I am looking to learn, I'd say it would be rock and blues. I also love Tommy Emmanuels which is to say ...
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Are intonation issues in a cheap acoustic guitar fixable?

so I am a beginner guitarist, and I have one quite good guitar, and a cheap one. I`ve tuned it to standard tuning, and when I play the 5th fret on the E string on the cheap one, it goes like 1/4 of a ...
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How does the action (distance between fret and string) of a guitar affect the tone / sound / timbre?

When talking with or reading / watching about professionals and their setups (acoustic instruments in particular), I found that there's a heavy tendency for using higher actions, in contrast with non-...
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Are hard tension strings (around 85 lbs total tension) generally safe for classical guitars without truss rod?

I know some classical guitars absolutely definitely can't handle extra-hard tension strings because they can cause the bridge to break or the neck to bend, so only guitars specifically designed for ...
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What's the difference between regular guitar and banjo strings?

My father's got an old banjo that he needs re-stringed for him and I've got a set of guitar strings that I think would do the trick...But I'm not sure if these are appropriate for the instrument. I'm ...
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In which ways does plucking a string at different locations affect/change the sound?

In both guitar and bass lessons, it's common that some techniques require you to pluck/strike/excite the string at specific locations. For example, it's very common to see bass players plucking the ...
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Metalic sound on cello G string

I am new to the cello and have been experiencing a sound on the G string that I can't quite pinpoint the cause of. Everywhere I have looked online appears to be specific to wolf tones or rattles, and ...
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What's the difference between bronze-wound and silver-wound bass strings?

The most common materials to wound bass strings are bronze and silver. Most string makers offer options with either. Seems that bronze strings last shorter or can go bad easier, so there must be a ...

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