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Questions tagged [tone]

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

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should I buy a compressor?

My equipment is: Boss bd2, Vox wah, Behringer um300 my amp is a roland cube, not the best but decent. I want to get more boost when I play solos, by turning on one of the pedals, but I don't know ...
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How to understand the keyboard of a piano (or any such instrument)? [closed]

I would like to ask about something like theoretical foundations or fundamentals of an 88 piano keyboard. My thinking is a) there is a range of pitch a human can hear (lets assume that there is no ...
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What is the difference between lead and rhythm guitar tone?

I hope this question isn't too broad, but I'm curious as to what the difference is in tone (typically) between 'lead' and 'rhythm' electric guitar (particularly from the point-of-view of rock/hard ...
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Such a thing as a “timbral/orchestrational progression”?

When we study harmony, it is considered obvious that we must consider chords in relation to the chords that come before and after them (chord progressions). However, I have yet to find any resources ...
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How do the tonewood of a guitar body, neck and fretboard combine to contribute to the final tone?

How does the tone of a guitar body, neck and fretboard combine to contribute to the final tone? Many guitar manufactures go on about how each part has a certain tone. Like a maple neck having a ...
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Ukulele tone factors

"Tone is in the fingers." ~lots of people Obviously not all of tone is based on technique, but right now I'm asking about the part of the tone that is based on technique, particularly for ukulele. I ...
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Prepared myself for symphonic writing, still very nervous

History of my compositions and how I feel about composing a symphony I have been composing music for years but it was mostly intermittent and studying music theory. Now it is more regular. I have ...
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How to generate the tone of a specific waveform?

Most synthesizers can generate the common standard types of waveforms, such as sine, triangle, square, sawtooth, pulse, noise, etc. And these can be used to create various types of timbre in a ...
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What Adds “Cream” to a Guitar Tone?

I've got an American ESP, 2 humbuckers through a tube screamer and Fender Hot Rod Deluxe tube amp. Though I can get a great tone with just these, my tone lacks a bit of cream audible when this guy ...
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Tips for creating a dynamic guitar tone?

I'm not new to guitar, but I am pretty new to the world of gear and tone. I've spent around 6 years playing without paying too much attention to tone. Recently I've really enjoyed the tone from Chon ...
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How to distinguish light vs dark tone?

I have been playing the flute for 2 years and I can't get my head around the concept of tone colors. I'm learning with Trevor Why books, which describe 3 beginner exercises with which to practice 2 ...
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Will practice improve the tone on my new flute?

I just got a new flute- a good quality Yamaha that was quite expensive. I would love to say that it plays perfectly-but unfortunately, that's not quite the case. Whenever I play it, it sounds a ...
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What combination of features should I look for an electric guitar to be as flexible as I can?

I am an amateur guitar player for some time, and I have owned a couple of electric guitars. Now, I am looking to buy a new one. I mostly play metal (Lamb of God, Godsmack, Metallica, Megadeth etc.), ...
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Does the manner in which you release a tone on the piano affect its sound?

Watch how, for instance, Valentina Lisitsa releases her final chord of Chopin's Op. 9, no. 2 by pulling her hands up from the keyboard. Such a lift isn't reserved for slower music; this even happens ...
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How to achieve this tone?

I have been going crazy for months trying to replicate this tone. Any help would be greatly appreciated! My setup: Epiphone Les Paul custom top pro Marshall dsl40cr ...
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How do I achieve this bass tone?

How do I achieve the bass tone that can be heard at the beginning of this song? What combination of playing technique and equipment is being utilized here? Does this kind of sound have a name?
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Does leaving the excess string uncut, affect the guitar's tone?

I mean negatively or positively. I have seen lots of people do that. And I saw on one place that it's just that they want to look rebely or something like that. But, I asked this from a music teacher ...
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What is this tone of Clapton's? [closed]

Did Clapton use chorus nearly throughout this 1986 show ? If I am not mistaken, this tone differs from most of his career that is known to me.
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Hendrix tone using a Marshall DSL and Fuzz Face

I'm playing a strat through a Jim Dunlop Fuzz Face (Band of Gypsys edition) into a Marshall DSL5C combo. I'm looking for a starting point for getting a Hendrix-y tone. Can anyone recommend some ...
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Music instruments taxonomy/sorting based on sound richness

I was wondering if there is some kind of music instruments taxonomy or quantitative/qualitative sorting based on richness of sound or other comparable timbre characteristics. I realize that timbre ...
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Does a SSS standard strat sounds the same than an HSS One with the 5-way switch on the 4th position?

Hi Guys I was about to buy a strat but I'm not sure about choosing the SSS, or the HSS model, let me explain a little bit more the situation: I had 2 strats, both of them SSS, one was a Squier bullet, ...
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Fretted to fretless guitar

I was thinking of trying to start playing a fretless guitar so I could eventually use this knowledge to learn classical instruments. I already can play a minimal amount of double bass and that is ...
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I love listen to music on enhanced bass setups: does this means I'm changing the timbre/content of the piece as I prefer? [closed]

I'm not talking about the factor "bass in your stomach", which is an additional perception when you listen to music. Also on headphones (so no body involved): systems with enhanced bass (from ...
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Messiaen Prelude Colors

According to wikipedia, each of Messiaen's 8 preludes is associated with various colors. 1 La colombe (The dove) Orange, with violet veins. 2 Chant d'extase dans un paysage triste (Song of ...
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How do I keep low notes clear (on flute) when I am playing piccolo a lot in band?

How do I keep low notes clear (on flute) when I am playing piccolo a lot in band? There is a song in band where I go from playing high notes on the piccolo to playing in the lower register on the ...
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Why wasn't the actual “semitone” taken as the unit and therefore called “a tone”?

A more practical formulation of the question is "Why do we count by tones, instead of semitones?", but its meaning could be misinterpreted; the target of the question is actually on the concept of "1 ...
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Singing in pitch problem

I'm a guitar player and never was able to sing. Well, to be honest I never wanted or tried to sing. But for 2 months already I'm trying to start singing. The main problem is that I can't produce the ...
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What combinations of wind instruments could mimic or closely resemble the timbre of a pipe organ?

When I say "wind instruments," I am mainly referring to those you would find in a concert band, to be more specific, here's a mock-up list of instruments I could potentially choose from: Piccolo, ...
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What key to use for a certain meaning or theme in the song?

I know this might be considered a very vague question, but I don't know where else to go. I've started songwriting recently and I'm still a beginner. I was wondering, what key(s) should I write my ...
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Is there any way for my to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing

When I'm playing my flute I sound fine, but when I listen to a recording I sound terrible. Is there any way for me to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing, I want to be ...
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Ear training software/app with varying tone quality (timbre) too [closed]

Is there any ear training app or software out there that also varies the tone quality? Every software/app I know fixes this, most often a piano (or guitar) sound, but are there any programs that also ...
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In C-major when hearing a b “resolve” to an f and not a c when singing the b

Currently I am doing some ear training, using a program that first plays a cadence, and then you have to identify a tone up to octave equivalence. Most often when I hear the leading-tone, I anticipate ...
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Tone preference

Lately, I've been playing all the songs that I know on the guitar a tone lower than the usual. Personally, anything that I play sounds better with a lower tone. Then, I switched and started to listen ...
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What would this kind of synth tone be called, and how would one recreate it? [closed]

I've been wanting to recreate a keyobard/synth tone I keep coming across but I'm not too savvy with it and don't really know where to begin. The tone I'm talking about can be heard in these two songs: ...
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Does capo quality make any difference?

I feel I was fooled by a music store. They made me buy a really expensive capo saying that it gives a better tone than normal cheap one. However, I recently bought a cheap wooden capo and I could not ...
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Smooth Distortion Sound

Can anyone help with a guitar distortion I'm trying to achieve. It's smooth yet powerful gain type distortion. Ths song is Bollywood song with rhythm guitar(Starting at 0.19 sec) which is playing in ...
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Drum tuning/timbre?

How integral to the harmony of the music is the tuning/timbre of the drum-set? It must be more aesthetically pleasing, even on a subconscious level, to have the drums tuned somewhere in the vicinity ...
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How do I get my flute to sound clean?

I'm a beginning flute player. When I play, I often- but not always- have a "shh" sound along with it. I noticed that it usually starts out pretty quiet when I start practicing, but after I play for ...
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Do vintage guitar amplifiers really sound better when run at lower voltages?

I got a Marshall JCM800 2203X about a year ago and on the back of the amp it has selectable input voltage settings for 110V, 220V and 230V. Since I live in the US, the voltage that comes out of the ...
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Is it possible to start out on a nonharmonic tone then play its resolution?

For an example if I used an escape tone from F major to C major, using a B-flat note to G, once the chord changes from F major to C major. In all examples I've seen on non-harmonic tones it seems you ...
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timbre scale consonant

Quote from: http://sethares.engr.wisc.edu/consemi.html Relating Tuning and Timbre: “Clearly the timbre of an instrument strongly affects what tuning and scale sound best on that instrument.” Before ...
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Why does the recording of distortion guitar sound different than what I hear through the amp?

I write music using Nuendo and by connecting my electric guitar to my tonelab LE pedalboard and then to my focusrite scarlet 2i2 audio interface. I feel that there is something that I am missing. I ...
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What significance does the Key have on a composition?

I'm struggling to understand how the key signature effects a composition. If you took an average person and played them the national anthem in any key (as long as you stay major of course) they would ...
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What is a “tone”?

Some musical instruments are capable of making sounds called "tones." For example, a piano, a tuba, a saxophone, a violin, etc. These are all instruments capable of making "tones." Some percussive ...
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Does the webbing seen in some trumpets change the sound?

Back in high school I played the trumpet for 6 months, and then clarinet for the next 4.5 years (high school is odd in Quebec, and it's not important to the question anyway), and I was a science ...
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Getting good tone on piano with guitar calloused fingertips

I am playing the piano and I have started to learn guitar. I had asked a similar question asked from the guitar perspective on this site. Do calloused fingertips (due to playing guitar fretboard ...
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What Affects “Tonality” on a Violin

In a Certificate of Merit test, I was told by the judge to work on "tonality," which, as I am told by my teacher, is kinda sorta related to timbre (not pitch or rhythm, but maybe similar to ...
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Why do thicker guitar picks result in a darker tone color?

I recently had a vendor send me extra-heavy picks rather than heavy picks. I like the sound so I think I'll keep them but each note picked with the heavier picks definitely has a darker timbre (tone ...