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Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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My bridge is out of place

My bridge keeps tilting and causing buzz. Is there some way to fix this?
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Is a wind-string instrument (such as the one I will explain) acoustically possible?

I've always had this concept of an instrument, but I am wondering if such an instrument is even acoustically possible. The instrument is a tube, like most other woodwinds, but inside of the tube is a ...
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Understanding the physics of bridge pins (ukulele)

After an ultimately unsuccessful and frustrating attempt at getting a newly-installed C string on a Martin 1T tenor uke to settle in, I've been taking a closer look at what the bridge and the bridge ...
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Which electric guitar strings have the least (pitch) bend

When playing my electric guitar, the pitch of notes varies depending upon how exactly the strings are fretted; this is particularly a problem with strings that are barred by the first finger, since ...
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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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Can I use a violin G string for D?

I have ended up with some extra Pirastro violin G strings. What would the consequences be of using an aluminum-on-gut G string for D?
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Would the induced tension be approximately equal on an acoustic guitar for electric and acoustic strings of the same gauge?

Consider a set of electric strings and a set of acoustic strings. If their gauge are the same, would the electric ones in general induce less tension than the acoustic ones? Moreover, if the acoustic ...
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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 (~0:32) of the video) Is there an official term for this ...
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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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String vs Percussion - What is a Piano?

Online, I have researched what a piano is, and it says it is a percussion instrument. But when you look inside a piano, there are many strings, which are hit to give the piano its noise. Also, you can ...
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Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

I am beginner acoustic guitar player .. My current guitar' strings are "medium" ,, but I found them hard to play, they make buzzing sound, that's why I hate my guitar now -_- and i'm thinking of ...
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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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After re-stringing acoustic guitar my action feels way off.

I recently bought an acoustic guitar, and it had this beautiful action on it. I've restrung it recently (same gauge strings) and now there's a very noticeable difference in playability. Is this normal,...
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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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Which type of guitar string is most durable?

I just broke another guitar string while tuning. I realize there are many different types of strings to choose from and for this reason wished to ask: which type of steel strings for an acoustic ...
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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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Violin squeak during chord caused by old strings?

I am preparing to take the ABRSM violin test, grade 5. One of the pieces, Allegro (4th mvmt Sonata in E, HWV 373) by Händel (A:2), has a chord (measure 22, F♯, a♯, e) where my violin inevitably ...
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How does the choice of strings impact sound and playability?

I recently bought a classic series '50s Fender Telecaster. Beautiful guitar with 2 peculiar vintage-style pickups and vintage-style machine heads. It's best when I play classic rock songs, with clean ...
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Which strings should be used for smoother guitar chord formation?

I am playing guitar for a year and half and till now I am not able to play barre chords smoothly as i can not form it with proper pressure and my hand starts to pain in 2 mins. What kind of acoustic ...
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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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Strings too stiff on a recently purchased acoustic guitar | Cort AD880CE

I have been playing acoustic guitar for almost 5 years and I wanted to upgrade to a better guitar. After some research and hands-on testing I purchased a Cort AD880CE. But after 2-3 days practice I ...
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What is the minimum break angle for strings on a guitar?

If I am correct, the reason for string trees on certain guitars are because the strings must be at a certain angle (the break angle) to the nut/saddle. Does anyone know what this exact angle is? And ...
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Can I put nylon strings on my steel string acoustic guitar?

Can I put the D'addario EJ32 Folk Nylon Strings on my Steel String Acoustic Guitar? If not, what can be my alternative? I haven't tried doing so and i'm scared since I might be wasting a pack of ...
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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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Tuning new strings on an acoustic guitar

Okay, so a while back I broke one of my guitar strings, so I bought a new set. The problem is with my new strings my guitar sounds awful. Like it doesn't sound new awful it sounds like its completely ...
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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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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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Are there any special strings for half-scale-length (nut to bridge) electric guitars?

I have bought a cheap Burwood childrens (?) electric guitar, but it goes out of tune VERY easily (all the time!); the tension in the strings seems to be way too slack when tuned in same way as normal ...
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Why do most electric guitar string sets include a plain steel vs. a wound G string and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I have noticed that it is more common than not for a set of guitar strings for electric guitar to have a plain steel G string instead of a wound G string as would be found on a set of acoustic strings....
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Guitar not holding tension

I've recently come into a problem with my guitar. Simply enough, I'm having trouble keeping one of the guitar strings in tune. I've played flamenco guitar for about four years and blues guitar for a ...
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Does Edge Picking Break Strings Faster?

I started learning to play acoustic guitar several months ago, and have been mainly using Fender medium picks. I have noticed that the picks very quickly develop a sort of bevel on one side because I ...
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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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What kind of lute is this, which strings does it use and to which notes are they tuned?

Okay, that's actually 3 questions, but I would love to play this instrument. I acquired this lute (see images). It has 10 strings (5 currently missing). I want to replace them, and tune the lute. ...
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Guitar string produces sound between the nut and fretting finger

I recently took apart my Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar and then put it together again with some modifications. Long story short, the poor lady is now kind of breaking apart because of what I did ...
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How much overtension can I put on a guitar string before it snaps?

In relation to this question Which strings do I need to play these notes? I have calculated that I will have to take the highest string upto 150% of the maximum stated Newtons (I have tried ...
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Soft sound strings for Fender bass

I'm looking for "soft sounding" strings for my five-string Fender bass (American Deluxe V). Default Fender strings are not for me, unfortunately. What kind of strings can give me this sound?
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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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Which are the differences between the typical nylon strings, and the newer fluorocarbon (or “carbon”) strings?

We all know the traditional nylon strings for the classical guitar, which in turn replaced the even more traditional gut strings. Lately, more and more string manufacturers are introducing products ...
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What's the difference between these two sets of nylon strings (Folk vs non-folk)?

I was looking for nylon strings and noticed that Ernie Ball has two different sets available that are both gauge 28 to 42 and have ball ends. One is sold as "Ernesto Palla" Nylon, the other as "...
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Non standard guitar strings for old guitar

I have a old jazz guitar Framus 5/50 or 5/51(I really do not know the difference) I bought standard D'Addario strings but they are too short. All parts on guitar are at the right place and they are ...
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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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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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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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Tension for nylon strings on Lyre

I'm currently in the process of restoring my [alto] Lyre, and I was wondering if there would be implications from using nylon strings instead of steel. There would be two reasons to use nylon over ...
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Should I take the weather into account when I replace guitar strings?

I have been told that the strings in a guitar should be replaced at least every six months (I know this can be subjective). I have a classical guitar which has been several years with the same ...
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Should I choose strings differently depending of type of guitar?

I own both a dreadnought and a parlor acoustic guitar. On the dreadnought I use extra light elixirs. On the parlor I still have the original phosphor bronze light that came with it. Is there ...
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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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Bending with the “super light” strings

I know bending technique is problematic with nylon strings. One has to pull them far to achieve the desired pitch change. Is it the same with "super light" electric guitar strings which have tension ...
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Different types of strings on the same guitar

My Epiphone SG is strung rather strangely. All but one of the strings are Elixir strings, but the G string is a Gibson string. This is because the G string broke while I was restringing, so I had to ...
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Setting twelve string guitar for country blues

I was thinking of making a blues box out of my twelve string guitar; since it's a modern dreadnaught I don't expect a perfect tone, but I think something nice may come out. My idea was to put on ...

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