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Questions tagged [sustain]

Sustain means to hold a note for a prolonged period of time. Sustain may also refer to the sustain pedal on the piano.

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Isolation of acoustic body size with respect to volume and sustain?

Let's say we have two identical acoustic guitars with the only difference being the body size. How will the body size effect sound volume when considering a string plucked with the exact same amount ...
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Switching from a guitar - Need advice [closed]

I've been playing guitar for about 10 years. Just as a hobby, not on a professional level and mainly for myself alone. I became less fond of guitars, mainly because they are great for playing chords, ...
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Sustain Pedal in Jazz

So recently I was asked to do jazz (piano player) for our band. I started looking at music for jazz and I see a lot of the time, there are chords. But some of these chords require jumping around or ...
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How does a Guitar Sustainer Clamp work?

I've encountered a few stores peddling sustainer clamps, and am absolutely blown away by the idea that they could do anything at all. Can a solid metal clamp on the headstock of a guitar or bass ...
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Why does signal clipping create more resonance in the upper harmonics

I was watching this video: In it you can see that upper harmonics start to resonate/sustain even grow. What is about a square wave that fosters harmonics better then ...
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Can I use the middle piano pedal to sustain a repetitive melody line?

The piece I am learning has a highly repetitive melody line for the left hand (always the same 4 notes, but not all at once), and I want to apply "sustain" for them, while not applying sustain for the ...
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How do I notate for the sostenuto pedal?

In another part of the composition mentioned here, I want to use the sostenuto pedal: How can I notate this?
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G note on my guitar dies out quickly and has a 'thump' kind of noise

I have a Merida DG 15-SPOMCES guitar. It is a nice resonant guitar but sadly the G note just doesn't sound as good as other notes especially on the 10th fret of the 5th string (is little better on the ...
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Sustained note out of tune with short note

I have a Schecter C1 Classic with D'dario XL EJ22 strings, down tuned to dropped A# (A#, F, A#, D#, G, C). The strings are relatively new, but broken in (a couple of weeks old, and I don't play every ...
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Adding sustain to notes in Finale

I installed Finale Music 25 today and opened a few tutorials and nowhere I could find a sustain pedal sign or let ring like in Guitar Pro 6 or any similar software. The notes are not sustained and I ...
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How to make a muted key sounds by using pedals?

One of my friends insists that he can make a muted (but undamaged) key/chord sounds using some pedaling technique. Does anyone know what the technique is and how to do it? Thanks
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Piano key sustains without the pedal pressed [duplicate]

A single key on my upright piano keeps playing even after I release it. I've tried tuning the sustain pedal with the screw all the way up to the point where other keys get affected and the pedal won't ...
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Grace notes different to normal notes under sustain pedal

I play a song, which ends with: Does this technically sound any different to: The only reason I would think it sounds the same is that the sustain pedal should sustain the grace note for just as ...
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How to play the sustain pedal and rests (piano)

I have few questions in regards to playing the sustain pedal. There is two things that I am wondering: Is the sustain pedal based on the bass clef or treble clef? Or is it both? Does one take into ...
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How long do you hold a fermata?

I am new to piano and just downloaded this book, it seems simple enough for a beginner like me but there is a symbol that I don't really understand, a fermata. Googling I see I am supposed to hold ...
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Is a sustain pedal the same as a sustainer pedal?

I have a sustain pedal for my keyboard. My references are talking about compressor pedals, otherwise known as sustainer pedals? Is the sustainer pedal just the same as a sustain pedal but used for ...
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Pedaling in Satie's Gymnopedie #1

I'm an adult piano novice learning Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1. The edition I'm working with has no pedal markings. You can see the score here: http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/38/...
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Is it important to have three pedals on a digital piano?

My son (7 y/o) is learning piano. Currently, he is using my crappy keyboard I bought over 20 years ago. I am looking at buying him a digital piano with proper key weightings and key velocity (...
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Piano sustains when the pedal is not pressed

I noticed this on a piano I played recently - a small amount of sustain with no pedal and much more with it pressed. It wasn't unpleasant, actually, but is it likely to be: A feature of the piano A ...
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Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as opposed to pedal sustain)?

In piano music how does one indicate that sequential notes in the bass clef are to be sustained with the fingers, not using the sustain pedal? For example, suppose I have the three sequential quarter ...
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Electronic device that introduces harmonic overtones

I play electric guitar but love the sound of violin. I have read articles where violins have been placed under spectral analysis and show rich overtones of harmonics. Is there any device I can use to ...
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When to let go of the sustain pedal?

So I recently upgraded from an (old) electric keyboard to an actual piano, and to no surprise, the music sounds a lot better with the sustain pedal pressed down. But the problem comes due to the fact ...
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Lack of sustain on guitar

I am playing a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Fender Stratocaster through my pedal board into my amp. I have problems with my sustain on both guitars. I was able to have a nice sustain (for sure with ...