Questions tagged [tone]

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

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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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Why are tortoise-shell picks prized?

As a mandolin player, I have discovered that the type of pick (plectrum) one uses makes a noticeable difference to the sound. I personally prefer thick (1mm) plastic picks, like Golden Gate, to get a ...
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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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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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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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What word describes the sound of an instrument based on the shape of the waveform of its sound?

I'm interested in learning about how human beings perceive qualities of sound. We know that the human ear hears sound when air vibrates against the eardrums at different frequencies and amplitudes. ...
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Properties of a very low pitched natural horn?

I would linke to aquire a natural horn to play a very low pitched tone. I am not educated in music, so I don't even know how to describe the tone in a correct way (is it "low pitched"?), but I found a ...
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Is there a general explanation for why my timbre varies when I choose to sing at different ranges?

I'm a woman who has generally fit more into the alto range, and I haven't sung formally for more than five years. For the past few years, I've noticed that I've generally found it more comfortable to ...
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Ellington's Mood Indigo: clarinet voiced below trombone “never heard before”?

I'm writing a paper on the song 'Mood Indigo' by Duke Ellington, from 1930. It is known for its achingly beautiful sound, which is achieved via three-part harmony of trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. ...
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Why do I feel like I sound really bad when I'm playing Guitar?

I'm going to try and articulate what I feel about myself when I play guitar, whether it be in front of people or by myself. I'm not sure if its a common thing for musicians to feel or if its just me. ...
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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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Why doesnt my flute tone improve?

So i have been playing the flute for 5 years and a couple months ago, I purchased an intermediate level yamaha flute. I practice every single day for a minimum of an hour and i try to do long tones as ...
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Is there a correlation between presence of harmonics and dissonance?

If one were to take a chord or scale or other harmonic structure, and amplify the volume of the overtones of each note relative to the fundamental, would the structure be perceived by audiences as ...
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How does the violin strings' gauge affect the instrument's functionality

There are several gauges in violin string, heavy, medium, thin etc. I know the heavier the strings the louder the tone, but Does it affect the richness (complexity of overtones etc.) of the tone? ...
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What is the relationship between “intonation” and tone?

According to wikipedia: "Intonation, in music, is a musician's realization of pitch accuracy, or the pitch accuracy of a musical instrument." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intonation_(music)) The ...
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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 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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How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?

I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp? An example of the kind of sound I'm looking for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which way do I tilt the bow hair?

I've been playing the viola for quite a few years. Recently I got a 16.5" viola and noticed that it was harder not to get a scratchy tone, especially on the A string. I noticed that tilting the bow ...
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What's the difference between timbres built from sine and square waveforms?

Once again I've come across some ambiguous concepts,which I'm not sure if I've got their meanings right. It says that a sine wave has a pale timbre whereas,for example,timbres built from a square ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is bassy vocal tone okay for rock and metal singing?

After extensive practice and using my diaphragm I've found my full voice tone being pretty bassy. (Even when singing high, the tone is still pretty bassy.) So, is this kind of a voice used in rock/...
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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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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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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 does the angle of strings above the headstock affect tone and stability?

The situation: I'm about to widen the slots in a new nut for a 12-string guitar. I'm using .015 strings (up from .011 or so), and tuning the guitar down significantly; my test-run with .014 strings ...
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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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How does one isolate a specific tone from an audio file?

What im trying to do is if for example if i have an audio file where a person says "Today", i could isolate a sound like the "o" sound and extend it as a tone for any length of time. So for "goal" it ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...