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song form in pop/rock music

I am stuck with one of my songs, and I believe this question relates to form--an area which I don't know much about. The form of the song was as follows: Intro Verse Bridge Chorus This part is then ...
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Is horseback riding affecting my piano technique?

After horseback riding my fingers feel stiff, lazy and i feel like my technique has degraded. I think it's because the pulling on my hands. I know sport is a very common topic in piano forums, but I ...
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Migrating from commercial music notation software to free alternative

A friend of mine dislikes composing music on the commercial software he owns (Si..us). The main reason is that he is into modern, avant-garde music and the notation on his current system is just not ...
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Debussy's piano etudes include studies in consecutive 3ds, 4ths, 6ths, and octaves… why not 5ths or 7ths?

Traditionally double note scales or consecutive 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths are part of piano training. But, Debussy wan't a traditionalist! Certainly he used consecutive intervals of all types. Why didn't ...
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Angel Romero's guitar arrangements of Vivaldi's concerts [closed]

When I was a child my dad used to listen a lot a CD by Angel Romero and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields playing Vivaldi's concerts. Needless to say that as a guitarist I love his performance ...
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Opposite of “Concerto Grosso”?

Sounds like a joke, but in fact asking for a friend who is not a musician. Was there ever a "Concerto Piccolo" or some such contrast to the "Concerto Grosso" format?
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What Musical Instrument is this? [closed]

So I came across this Snarky Puppy's video and I saw an instrument that I'm not familiar with. Hoping you guys could tell me what's this instrument called? Thanks!
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What is the function of a C major triad on a B minor song?

I'm transcribing this short piece called Vampurity by Shinji Iwai (it's a soundtrack to one of his movies) as a mean to: learn how to transcribe analyse and try to comprehend the piece. Here's the ...
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Is parallel modulation a thing?

I have heard that going in between 2 parallel keys is just modal interchange and not a modulation because the tonic note is the same. Maybe if the change in key is short and only to add color to a ...
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Keeping track of theme when improvising

Improvisations in jazz is done over the song itself, typically. However, I don’t hear the theme in plenty of recordings, the harmonies and solo are so far away that I can’t see the connection to the ...
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Can I plug my guitar multi-effects pedal straight into the audio interface and record the processed sound via my DAW?

I want to record the sound effects from my multi-effects pedal rather than using the plug-ins that come with my DAW. I have a Tele, a Zoom G3Xn pedal, a Focusrite 2i2, and Garageband. Can I simply go ...
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Which song writing book should I get? [closed]

Right now I'm looking at Murphy's Laws of Songwriting and Writing Better Lyrics. I'm a total beginner, and I want to learn about all the different parts of song structure, how to write good lyrics, ...
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Fixed-Do Solfege in A Major scale with accidentals

I am learning solfege by myself and I have a question about reading of notes with accidentals. As far as I studied, There are 2 different ways in solfege, fixed-do and movable-do. There are also ...
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Do they make “karaoke” versions of concertos for solo practice?

Say I as a pianist want to play/practice Saint-Saens's second piano concerto, but I happen to not have a symphony orchestra in my living room. How can I play this? Are there "pianoless" recordings to ...
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How to work out a chord on the guitar fretboard

I am doing this test on musictheory.net https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/fretboard-chord and am trying to work out the chords but I am a bit stuck as to how to actually go about doing this. Do ...
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Is there a name of “I - bVI - bIII - bVII” progression?

I heard a song with "I - bVI - bIII - bVII" and It's one of my favorite progression. So I want to know about that progression.
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Playing a trill with grace note ending

In measure 36 of the Presto Agitato from Beethoven's Piano Sonata 14 Op 27, No. 2 (Moonlight), a trill is set against semiquavers. The ending of the trill is explicitly marked with semiquaver grace ...
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Switching from a C#m to a B major on guitar without error? [closed]

I would like to know how can I switch from a C#m chord to a B major chord on a guitar without any error close to the nut? It just seems I can't get it right. Any tips in getting it right would be ...
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Can you help me? [closed]

can you help nme with the notes on a piano video? It's called Carl A. Baums Beautiful Piano playing. By Tomaserin Larocque
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Rhythm non-standard notation

I have read this paragraph a couple of times, but I haven't really had a light bulb moment. My interpretation is that the upper example wants one to play In bar 1: four beats of ones own choosing ...
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Does a minor major 6th chord exist? [duplicate]

I'm playing some chords from a song that goes Fm (F, A♭, C, F on guitar), Fmin7 (E♭, A♭, C, F), and a chord I don't know what to call that uses D, A♭, C, F. This appears to be similar to an Fmin/maj7 ...
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Piano: good exercises for runs and navigation [closed]

I'm an aspiring jazz pianists but my right hand falls short in navigation and attempting runs. I need to buy etudes and exercises for fingering. That is, fingering for the various scales (I don't know ...
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Can I use one string gauge for standard D and drop B tuning?

I've been using 10 - 48 gauge strings for standard E tuning for 3 years, but I want to change to standard D tuning. I read somewhere that I should use 11 - 58 or 10 - 58 gauge strings for this tuning; ...
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What are “Benson Chords”?

George Benson was a jazz guitarist well before he became known as mainly an R&B vocalist and guitarist. His guitar playing style incorporates distinctive chords sometimes called "Benson Chords" ...
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How does Pat Martino's Minor Concept relate to his Diminished Concept?

How does Pat Martino's Minor Concept relate to his Diminished Concept? Are they completely unrelated or are melodic minor scales and diminished chords related in some way?
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Diatonic chords of a pentatonic vs blues scale?

In the blues scale, when I form the diatonic chords of this scale is the blue note (D# in the case of C major blues) also taken into account when forming the chords? so in C major blues scale: C D D# ...
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How do you play “tenth” chords on the guitar?

I've heard of playing "tenths" on the piano. How do you play "tenths" on the guitar?
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How do you construct triad superimpositions in the style of Steve Khan? [on hold]

Steve Khan had a theory of triad superimposition and substitution he called Contemporary Chord Khancepts. How do you construct triad superimpositions in the style of Steve Khan?
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What is Pat Martino's Minor Conversion Concept? [closed]

What is the basic principle of Pat Martino's Minor Conversion Concept? Is there anything more to it than simply altering melodic minor scales?
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What is Pat Martino's Diminished Concept? [closed]

What is the basic principle of Pat Martino's Diminished Concept for chord construction? Is there anything more to it than simply altering diminished chords?
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I want to video myself playing guitar through my laptop, while also recording through my audio interface

I would like to record a video of myself playing guitar through my laptop. I have my guitar plugged into an interface that runs through my laptop so that I can use different effects (like an amp). ...
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Why is the minor 7th chord so consonant? [closed]

I find that the most consonant 7th chord in all of music is the minor 7th. But why is this? Well here is how I rank the common 7th chords from most dissonant to least dissonant(theoretically there are ...
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What's the biological purpose of music? If music serves no purpose for survival? [closed]

What's the biological purpose of music? If music serves no purpose for survival? It's intuitive that people mey develop to do certain things, but in order for them to be "of fundamental type", I ...
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Jazz: Getting a feel for chords/harmonies

I have played the violin for several years so I have fundamental knowledge in some areas, however chords are currently opaque. For instance, I can play the melody line for any jazz standard by ear ...
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Why does an f minor scale sound good on a c major chord?

I've been looping a C major chord on an app, and tried to play the F minor scale on that. Why does this work? I know that A minor is the relative scale of C major and that should sound good. But why ...
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Stopped notes in Beethoven's 2d

In David Zinman's complete Beethoven symphonies with the Tonhalle orchestra, he uses the Barenreiter edition, modern instrument, and fast tempos. In his performance the first movement of the 2d ...
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Amplitude of a crest and trough in a sound wave?

Lets say we have a sound wave, it has a frequency, wavelength, crest, trough, etc. My question is, is the crest of a sound wave equaled to high amplitude/ high volume and if so, does that mean the ...
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How do I hook my MIDI up with a guitar pedal?

I'm trying to hook my Behringer vintage delay VD4000 guitar pedal up with my akai mkp88 MIDI. However, it doesn't give any proper output wherever I plug the pedal in. And the pedal clearly works, ...
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Is there a way to make a square wave sound more like an instument in a simple circuit? [closed]

Basically I've built a simple circuit that outputs a square wave of different frequencies (i.e. a DIY tone generator), but it obviously sounds very robotic. Are there any small, simple devices that ...
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Jazz piano: accompanying oneself

My goal is to be able to by ear play a jazz standard, with improv sections. When keeping an accompaniment in my left hand (say, a walking base or similar) while soloing with my right, then I stall. ...
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Using MIDI with a split keyboard

I'm using a keyboard (Roland FP2 in this situation) which has a split facility. When I split bass/piano, it decides I need some drum sounds as well, and I can't make them disappear. How can I use a ...
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How do people with high voices deal with having to sing down to Bb2?

I find that singing down to B♭2 in "Silent Night" at church is pretty hard. I think the key of C or C♯ is better for me. How do people with high voices deal with this? Do they just keep ...
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How can I make 12 tone and atonal melodies sound interesting?

I have recently started learning about serialism (12 tone melody writing) and atonal music. When I attempted to write a short melody, it didn't sound quite pleasing to the ears. Yes, I know atonal ...
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Are the printed editions of pop songs usually in the original keys?

To help someone who wants to identify and quantify the pitch ranges of songs, I wonder whether the printed editions of pop songs are commonly in the original key.
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Bar number featuring this tone row by Schoenberg in the sheet music [closed]

Given is an image of the tone row used by Schoenberg in his Variations for Orchestra op. 31. This is what was given in a music theory workbook. I found the sheet music for the Schoenberg piece. But ...
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Rationalizing this chord progression (I7-iii-IV)

Trying to expand my harmonic palette here, and came across this song. Chorus of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" (in E♭ minor, but temporary shift to ...
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Bb13b9 confusion

Sorry simple question but how do you avoid confusion when writing a chord like Bb13b9? It can be read as either B with a b13 and a b9 or Bb with a 13 and a b9. I suppose context but I am wondering if ...
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Is there a name for chord shape 322450 on guitar?

This shape is playing an Em (322450), but I'm not used to see it and it doesn't match the common E and A movable shapes I see all the time. Is this common with some specific styles? Edit: I should ...
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Are there any simple ways to improve the sound quality of songs I made in MuseScore?

I have composed several tracks using MuseScore. I exported these as MIDIs and played them on my phone to my friend. His comment was: "It sounds like the music from an old computer game like Super ...
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Learning the concept of Serialism from its basics - where should I start from?

I am completely new to the concept of Serialism. A music theory workbook I have only mentions about the concept in short, with an example of Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra. It also mentions ...

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