Skip to main content

Questions tagged [tone]

The characteristic quality of sound produced by an instrument or performer.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6 votes
3 answers
484 views

What is it called when the same melody is played at different speeds by voices with different timbre?

I'm imagining this situation: A melody is played by a voice (by a "voice" I mean an instrument or an actual human voice). The same melody or a very similar melody is played by another voice,...
Flowy Poosh's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
149 views

What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

I have heard that some tones are more mellow whereas others are brighter. However, I was wondering what is the difference between these two types of tones on the piano. Although I have heard that ...
Ved Rathi's user avatar
  • 265
1 vote
3 answers
91 views

Guitar Tone/Sound help

I am new the guitar scene and I love it but I don't know how to change my sound and I have a very specific sound I want. If you could help me I would like to know settings, pedals, strings and guitars ...
Pierre's user avatar
  • 11
3 votes
1 answer
95 views

Impact of (a) input sensitivity and (b) guitar "volume" on the point at which a tube amp breaks up

First question here. Please be kind if I've messed up somehow :) I'm hoping someone can explain the theoretical electronics (rather than just trial & error) that connect the interplay between (a) ...
Nick's user avatar
  • 141
1 vote
0 answers
116 views

How do I get this tone

How to get the Les Paul humbucker bridge pup tone like this nasal, airy, chime sound, I have a Les Paul standard 50s, a NUX MG30, and recently I'm obsessed with this tone, I tried for couple of hours ...
Michaelzh's user avatar
  • 193
-1 votes
2 answers
202 views

What acoustic instruments are great for Droning? [closed]

I want a drone, using only acoustic instruments, with as little effort as possible, to accompany singing.
Lecifer's user avatar
  • 964
9 votes
3 answers
2k views

What is heard when a tuning fork is struck?

When a tuning fork is struck I hear two tones. From a distance I can hear a high octave frequency of the pitch of the tuning fork. Though, if I listen to it closely (closer to my ears), I also hear a ...
Lecifer's user avatar
  • 964
4 votes
6 answers
1k views

What do the notes represent if their relationships are different in different tuning systems?

The relationship between an A and a B is different in say, just intonation and equal temprement. I understand that the absolute frequencies aren't important but instead the relative difference between ...
Gerald's user avatar
  • 43
6 votes
1 answer
345 views

Nickel vs silver vs gold flute

What are the timbral (sound quality) differences between nickel, silver and gold flutes, and what is it in these materials that produce the different sound qualities? I'm a string player, so I only ...
Ethan Ong Le An's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
535 views

How is this level of quality of tone attained?

Can somebody please explain to me what kind of wizardry is going on in this video. The player has a quality of tone that I simply did not know existed. How would someone go about reproducing these ...
Neil Meyer's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
507 views

Fux Counterpoint

In Fux's study of First Species modal counterpoint, why is it permitted to raise the 7th as he approached the final cadence. I realize that allowing that creates a leading tone which sounds better, ...
Ron Franklin's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
191 views

Drilling in guitar tops

If cheap acoustic guitars sound bad because the tops are thick, then wouldn't drilling a lot of very tiny holes in the top improve the tone and volume at all? I mean VERY TINY holes...
user89609's user avatar
17 votes
7 answers
4k views

What is the reason a given note can have different "sounds"

People, instruments, objects, etc. all are capable of producing "sounds" that sound different (not sure the proper term for this) but can produce the same note. Given that sound can be ...
Ryan Griffith's user avatar
10 votes
5 answers
2k views

Do pianos have a generally recognized "bass register"?

Playing the piano, I've noticed the notes under a certain note seem to be voiced more for heavy chords instead of melodies/countermelodies. If you try to play complicated lines under that note, They ...
Eriek's user avatar
  • 536
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

What are the differences between Ash and Alder wood for electric guitar?

Ever since the 50’s both Ash wood and Alder wood have remained the most popular choice for building electric guitars. What are the major differences between these two woods for an electric guitar? (...
John's user avatar
  • 1,974
16 votes
9 answers
9k views

Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

A lot is said about how singers shouldn't smoke because smoking ruins their voices. However, there are certain singers known for being smokers who also have a typical hoarse smoky voice. When I listen ...
gaazkam's user avatar
  • 285
1 vote
1 answer
121 views

Reverse engineering tones - incremental approach

The context here is electric guitar but I think the question stands more generally: what kind of steps/questions should I be asking myself as I attempt to methodically reproduce a tone? I'm sure it's ...
Arash Howaida's user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
1k views

How does an electric guitar waveform differ from a pure tone?

I've been writing a program that functions similar to a MIDI interpreter, but the pure tones I'm currently using very poorly resemble the actual tones produced by guitars, pianos, and other ...
Isaac Philo's user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
294 views

Jazz guitar: thin tone on strings 1-2

Hi jazz guitar experts - I'm able to get a nice warm, muted, jazzy tone on strings 3-6, but not 1-2. This persists across different guitars, amps, and tone settings. For example, I've tried Heritage ...
user2556667's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
412 views

Would mixing 80/20 Bronze with Phosphor Bronze guitar strings be a good way to alter the tonal balance of a particular acoustic guitar?

It’s generally agreed that different woods used in the body of an acoustic guitar will accentuate different tones and emphasize different parts of the tonal spectrum. Some woods will emphasize the ...
Rockin Cowboy's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
2k views

How to make a mini amp sound like rock (distorted/ overdrive)

I'm a beginner and have been getting some trouble with my mini amp. It's the borne strike g30 (brazilian brand) and its settings are: a drive switch (which honestly just seems to be making the volume ...
Marcela V's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
352 views

What effect do wood and body mass have on electric guitar tone?

Most articles on tone state that electric guitar pickups have a major - or even the greatest- influence on tone. It is also typically said that tonewoods make a small difference in tone. So why is it ...
Guitarsr's user avatar
12 votes
2 answers
2k views

Guitar - How to switch from clean to hi-gain

I'm tyring to reverse-engineer how this cover was done: Around that time stamp we can see the player switch from clean (not totally clean) to hi-gain by toggling the ...
Arash Howaida's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
100 views

Why can I remember this pitch? [duplicate]

I don't have perfect pitch, first of all. However I've realized that for some reason the first note of the song linked below ("Brite Boy" by Alex G) has taken root in my memory such that ...
abrown's user avatar
  • 11
7 votes
3 answers
2k views

Is it accurate to say synths have timbre?

Of the more intuitive examples of timbre: the human voice, which to a large extent varies by physiology, resulting in a kind of uniqueness. Similarly, an identical note played on piano versus a cello ...
Arash Howaida's user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
790 views

Is there a word for being able to sing a song in a different key/pitch without practice?

Example: Say you randomly want to sing Toxic by Britney Spears out loud, but you sing it in a lower key or pitch(idk the terminology) you've never practiced the song this way, heck you're not even a ...
naomi's user avatar
  • 31
5 votes
2 answers
859 views

How can I improve the tone of my Fender Strat on high frets?

I have a midrange setup that I'm quite comfortable with. I have an American Strat that I bought ca. 2008 (I think it's a Standard but I have no way to know), and a Marshall Origin 20 Combo. I use ...
mkorman's user avatar
  • 1,317
2 votes
1 answer
117 views

Drawing on Classical Guitar with Open Pore Finish

this might be a somewhat naive question, but I am curious if using some type of permanent marker to draw on a classical guitar with an open pore finish will cause any issues? I'd like to give it a go, ...
Rob Proctor's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
143 views

wind instrument tone - good practice routine?

I understand that to get a good tone the best exercise is to play long tones. There are tons of variations of long tone exercises: a) starting pianissimo and ending fortissimo for as long as you can ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
922 views

Lyrical Contralto vs Dramatic Mezzo-soprano

I'm a self-taught singer who would like to ask about lyrical contralto vs dramatic mezzo-soprano. The range of my voice is from F3 - F5. On the upper end, I can sing up to C5 quite comfortably. (I've ...
Avallie's user avatar
  • 21
9 votes
5 answers
2k views

How important is brand name and type of string to the overall sound of a guitar?

I'm aware of many different brands, gauges, and alloys used in manufactured guitar strings. Is it necessary for me to try each type and brand to optimize the sound of my guitar, or do the type and ...
skinny peacock's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
284 views

Fretboard map - Notes and octaves

I'm currently developing a music player that displays the tab from a midi file similarly to guitar hero. This for mandolin. The midi parsed file out is something like this "notes": [ ...
Fer Toasted's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
368 views

I have been struggling at achieving pitch accuracy since forever. How can I prevent singing off-pitch?

An audio of myself singing to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy": my bad guy cover I have been singing for a year and 4 months now. When I started I had no knowledge of pitch, tone and dynamics. I ...
Music and Chaos's user avatar
9 votes
2 answers
2k views

Pan flute using straws : all notes measurements?

Thanks to this website, I was able to create a pan flute from some straws and it really worked (I could play all the music I know on C major scale). However, the dimensions of the straws only ...
Amin Guermazi's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
89 views

How do Fender wide-range pickups change the sound?

Billie Joe Armstrong's blue strat has a tilted pickup in the back, its tilted a bit clockwise from the front of the guitar, so the pickup gets more lower end and and a extended higher end, it gives ...
Aloysius's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
239 views

Play piece using a custom waveform?

As part of a music festival, I have been asked to convert one of my piano compositions, titled "Fractal", into an electronic piece by playing around with timbres using MIDI data. Though I ...
The Turtle's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
146 views

the tone/effect of guitar during rock song bridge/breakdown?

A lot of rock songs I like change the tone or distortion of the guitar during bridge/breakdown of the song. Can someone tell me what is going on that makes the guitars sound this way, and how I can do ...
Michael Payne's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
1k views

What's the difference between rectified nylon strings and regular nylon strings?

Many nylon string manufacturers offer rectified nylon options, but what's the difference? Is there a difference in tone, feel, durability, or intonation? If there isn't, which other differences can ...
TaylorSwiftFan5932's user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
777 views

How does changing a guitar string's tuning affect its timbre?

I'm not a guitar player, but have been reading some posts about alternative tunings. There are several mentions of how tuning a string up or down can change its timbre, but I haven't found anything ...
Aaron's user avatar
  • 89.2k
3 votes
1 answer
111 views

Do we have any better/richer framework for understanding rhythm and timbre?

A large chunk of music has been made in the last 50+ years that largely cannot be analysed (in any meaningful way) via notes, focused instead on variations on repetition/timbre/rhythm/dynamics/etc. ...
Modal Nest's user avatar
5 votes
4 answers
1k views

How to achieve a wet snare drum sound?

I was listening to Say Hello 2 Heaven today by Temple of the Dog. Matt Cameron on this track (and often with how he sets up) seems to have a wet snare sound. How is this achieved? I assume it is by ...
Jason P Sallinger's user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
418 views

What are the acoustics of brass instrument pedal tones?

The natural range of a standard Bb trumpet, for example, extends down to F# (i.e., concert E), but by adjusting one's embouchure and air, it's possible to produce lower pitches. Those lower pitches -- ...
Aaron's user avatar
  • 89.2k
10 votes
5 answers
860 views

What is the relationship between where and how a vibrating string is activated?

My understanding is that each string on a musical instrument/chordophone has a "sweet spot", such that when a string is activated at that point, the "best" sound is produced. ...
Aaron's user avatar
  • 89.2k
2 votes
1 answer
7k views

Shine on you crazy diamond (Pink floyd) tone

how to do I get the Shine on You Crazy Diamond(Pink Floyd) tone from my Amp(Harley benton hb20r). I also have three pedals (compressor, phaser and chorus).
SvgG0D's user avatar
  • 29
6 votes
3 answers
436 views

Where did the term 'Tone' originate?

We use 'tone' and consequently 'semitone' a lot in music - in Western music, the semitone is the smallest possible difference between two notes. (Not including guitar bends etc!). However, the word '...
Tim's user avatar
  • 194k
9 votes
3 answers
2k views

Why does the exponential curve that shows up in the orchestra not overwhelm anything?

So, I've noticed these ratios of range in the modern orchestra, which is primarily strings: Soprano:Alto - Factor of 4 or 5 more soprano than alto Tenor:Bass - About twice as much tenor as bass Alto:...
Caters's user avatar
  • 6,574
3 votes
1 answer
277 views

What physical phenomenon causes stratitis?

I've heard luthiers refer to the weird sounds from a badly adjusted pickup as 'stratitis' (or 'wolf sounds'?). What are the mechanics of stratitis? What physical phenomenon causes it to occur?
Xunie's user avatar
  • 269
1 vote
2 answers
370 views

What determines the tone coming from a pickup?

I hear a lot of hocus pocus in music. One such thing called "Premium" pickups are heralded as some must-have for a good sounding guitar. To me, it seems like pickups are just electromagnets ...
Xunie's user avatar
  • 269
1 vote
1 answer
584 views

Elvis singing technique

Please see Elvis in this clip , what technique Elvis is using to create this raspy and powerful tone? Thanks!
286642's user avatar
  • 1,386
4 votes
1 answer
489 views

Should bridge pickup knobs affect neck pickup?

I have an Ibanez AF95RW with Super 58 Humbuckers, and the bridge volume and tone knobs act in a surprising way. When the pickup selector is all the way on the neck pickups, I would expect the bridge ...
Jashua's user avatar
  • 141