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The effects of memory on the perception of harmonic function

The opening four bars of Beethoven's fifth symphony are performed in pure octaves, with no other notes to color our perception of what we hear: The notes are G G G E♭, F F F D Taken alone ...
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Is this double stop playable on violin?

I am thinking of ending my trio piece with the violin playing a double stop. I am wondering however, if the double stop I am thinking of using is playable. Here, I will just show the harmony as I am ...
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Are these chords in the A-flat major scale?

I was searching for the chords of a song that I had in mind and I found a website that says the chords are like this : C - D - Em - G - D - Am - C the website also mentioned that the song is in the ...
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Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor breaks the “no parallel octaves” rule?

I notice in his BWV 565, more well known as Toccata and Fugue in D minor, what looks like a lot of parallel octaves in the fugue. I have studied counterpoint before and every counterpoint resource I ...
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Is it possible to learn advanced piano technique from the book alone?

My question is solely about learning piano techniques - learning scales (ranges), learning basic acords, different strength exercises, speed exercises, solely technique etudes. Can all this be learned,...
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VST suitable for plug and play jamming with midi keyboard [on hold]

I have a midi over usb keyboard, and I am hoping to find software that will run on Windows that facilitates easy playing. A lot of DAWs and audio software seem to have very complex menus built for ...
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Using just just an amp simulator pedal for my distortion needs

I have a cheap zoom digital effects processor which doesn't have a distortion or drive section. I am gradually switching to an analog setup. I am planning to buy a mooer gas station micro amp ...
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Strange “x” in front of notehead [duplicate]

I was reading some piano sheet music and came across a type of note that looked like a sharp. Here is how it looked: What is this type of note called? What is its pitch?
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What is the key/mode of “you are the government” by bad religion?

I'm trying to make sense of keys and modes, and I'm studying simple songs note by note to reach this goal. One of them is "You are the Government" from Bad Religion. It starts with a riff that goes : ...
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What are some nice/clever ways to introduce the tonic's dominant seventh chord?

I'm in C minor and want to modulate to its subdominant key of F minor. One way to do this is to introduce the tonic flat seventh chord C-E-G-B♭, which is the dominant seventh chord of F minor. ...
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How should I got about re-creating a melody in chiptune?

I am trying to recreate "Pure Vessel"(A.K.A. Path of Pain theme) by Christopher Larkin in chiptune. However, my first attempt at it was awful(my failed attempt), and I would appreciate it if I could ...
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Know when to turn notes upside-down(eighth notes, sixteen notes, etc.)

Suppose I have four of eighth notes(4/4 as time signature), all of them at different pitches, one being very high. An example is show below: How would I know if I need to turn that upside down(...
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Is there a specific way to learn what chord progression a song uses by ear?

Lately I've been practicing to learn songs by ear on the piano. The melody is usually easy, but figuring out the chord progression seems to be really difficult. I don't seem to get any better at it ...
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Musicians' jargon, on-stage communication

I’m translating a documentary about a Hungarian folk-jazz musician into English and there are a few words, which I am sure are very simple, yet which I simply cannot find a solution for anywhere on ...
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Does one's voice get lower with age?

Does your voice (range) get lower as you age? Is this a fact? If so, does it affect your lower as well as the higher end of the vocal range ( the lower end expands a small bit and some of the upper ...
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How to use effects loop of the amp if your mfx has only input and output… No send and return unlike boss me

My mfx is zoom g1xon... I just wonder how to bypass preamp and use my built in amp simulation.. It only has input and output. If i send it directly to d input it sounds terrible.
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What instruments are these & how can I replicate it? [on hold]

What instruments are used from time 2 seconds to 12 seconds in this:
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Extension of a secondary dominant tonality [on hold]

This is in relation to my last question about chord-scales. I was wondering if secondary dominants enable an application of chord-scale theory that would allow me to expand an existing chord ...
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What are some good piano processional and recessional songs for a school assembly? [on hold]

What are some good piano processional and recessional songs for a school assembly (when the official party enters and leaves the stage)? A song that would be fairly easy to learn in 12 days and one ...
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Analyzing Tschaikovsky's “Der Puppe Begräbnis”

00:56 starts the measure 9 the Cm/eb , G7/D ..( is the 7th measure from the picture but I called it measure 9 because in the actual song it's measure 9 ) what is this chord progression at measure 13 ...
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What types of drums in the picture below?

What types of drums in the picture below? I'm wondering if they are tom drums. Your help is a great source of inspiration for me!
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How do you ream a conical bore when making a woodwind instrument?

There isn't a lot of documentation on how reaming woodwind instruments works, and how you do it. Is there a specific method to making a smooth conical bore, like in that of an oboe? I've seen people ...
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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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Identifying the interval from A♭ to D♯

This is a very theoretical question but it's confusing me a little. So intervals overlap - That's why I can call a major 3rd a diminished 4th, and such. However, from what I understand, a perfect ...
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What did Ligeti mean by 'shimmering effect'?

Stephen A. Taylor, Chopin, Pygmies, and Tempo Fugue: Ligeti's "Automne a Varsovie", Vol 3.3., Online Journal of the Society for Music Theory. I looked up 'shimmering' on ODO. David Bruce explains ...
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What is the “standard” length of a guitar string from ball to tip? [on hold]

I've recently built a guitar with a 30" scale length, and I want to play around with different string gauges - the problem I'm running into is that I can't seem to determine the full length of any ...
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Is it correct to call a 'tone row' a 'scale'?

I'm unskilled at German; perhaps translation is the snag. Anyhow, at 6:07, the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann refers to the tone row in Berg's Violin Concerto as a 'scale'. Is this correct?
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Does the dissonance of scale notes, to the tonic, follow a pattern of ascending fifths?

Does the dissonance of scale notes, to the tonic, follow a pattern of ascending fifths? For example start with a C major scale and lets track the position of the C note in ascending keys ... C G D A ...
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Why does this modulation sequence work?

Here is the modulation sequence I have been using in my trio with 3 incomplete entries followed by 1 complete entry(I am currently at the third incomplete entry which ends on A before Dm suddenly ...
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What key is this?

So I'm listening to a song, and the pitches used are these: C, D♭, E♭, F, G, A♭, B♭ Seems like the key of A♭ major, right? Or perhaps F minor. (Indeed, the song seems to be in a minor key.) But no, ...
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Feeding audio from iPad into digital piano speakers

I have a Yamaha P-115 digital piano which has a USB port. I just purchased an iPad and want to use GarageBand and other apps to digitally record music. I understand that I can connect my iPad to my ...
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How would one interpret this simple chord progression? and what scales to use for improvisation?

So, I come across this progression fairly often: e.g: G - A - C I was wondering if this progression has a name since its used often in pop songs. I interpret it as V - VImajor - I. Scales to use ...
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Identifying this chord (Fb Db F?)

I'm practicing identifying chords from sight reading for the first time, here is what I have so far (feel free to correct any possible mistakes I might have made). I'm struggling with that last chord ...
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what does the apostrophe mean in this notation?

Found this whilst reading some basic theory on wikipedia, but am trying to figure out what the supposed meaning is. example: b-c' kleine secunde 16:15 source: Wikipedia link with interval table ( ...
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Playing ONE triplet (not three)

Has anybody ever seen playing only ONE or TWO triplets instead of three? Can anyone tell me if it's even possible and if anybody tried to do it? I guess it would be hard to count, because: In 4/4 at ...
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How to Disinfect a Bansuri?

I am seeing different ways on Internet to disinfect a Bansuri. One person suggested submerging in water and then hold over an open flame (this doesn't sound like good idea, especially with the nylon ...
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Live set-up for electric guitar without any amp

I am pretty new to gigging using an electric guitar, and wanted to know if its possible to get a live sound without using an amp (I simply don't want to lug around my amp while going for open mics/...
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What is the term for the sung voice found especially in Bach's chorale music (eg. Jesu Joy of Man's Desire BWV147)?

I have wondered what the correct musical term for the voiced melody overlaid in a piece like Jesu Joy of Man's Desire BWV147, or Sleepers Awake BWV645 is. In this piece of music (and other likes it, ...
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Ways to synchronize voice with beat? [on hold]

For example, on the song Drip or Drown by Gunna, I noticed that every last word on of the intro ("I got woodgrain on my Damier Buckle, Cool quarter mill in my Goyard duffle, ...") aligns with the clap ...
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What (inexpensive) noiseless pickups are close to sound of G&L ASAT Classic Tele…? [closed]

I've got a G&L ASAT Classic Tele that I love the sound of but I can't stand the single coil buzz that comes through when playing quietly or in between songs. I'd like to put a set of noiseless ...
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What is this musical symbol?

First I thought it was a weird flat sign, but when I played the score it sounded odd. It looks a bit like a natural sign. Here's the whole measure:
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How to turn each chord in a progression into separate scales?

I was jamming with some jazz guys yet I'm not so good in jazz so I made a bunch of mistakes. One of the things they told me is is how inside of a chord progression, you then spread each chord to its ...
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Use of sustain pedal in Prince's “How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore” (from “The Hits/The B-Sides”)

I am trying to figure out whether, and how much, Prince uses the sustain pedal in playing the main riff here. To me, it sounds like there are notes from the opening chord(s) that sustain through the ...
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ABRSM cello grade 2 and 3

Could anyone tell me which finger positions you need for the pieces and scales in cello grade 2 and 3. Is beyond first and extended first required? Thank you
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Is it possible to generate a perfect sawtooth wave?

I was wondering if it is possible to generate a perfect sawtooth wave (Wikipedia). Because in nature everything is continuous and therefore for example a common speaker would be unable to produce such ...
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What is this technique of fretting a single string with two fingers?

Why does this classical guitarist "fret" the G string with two fingers? The chords before and after are not related. I guess it isn't to help vibrato since the vibrato is side-to-side. Is it a ...
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In Glenn Gould's “So you want to write a fugue”, what's that instrumental part?

I come from learning about fugues and encountered the seemingly famous "So you want to write a fugue" piece by Glenn Gould. In the middle, there is this instumental part: ...
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Simple MIDI/trigger pedals

I have an Arturia KeyStep and Roland SPD-SX, which I use with Ableton live. What I would like to do, is to connect two pedals of some sort that could be used as additional MIDI inputs. Are there any ...
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Complex chords: does the construction depend on scale degree? [duplicate]

I apologize for a newbie's question. Suppose we're in C major. We'd like to construct a Cmaj13 chord. For that, we take C Ionian and keep stacking thirds: C, E, G, B, D, F, A. At the same time, in C ...
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Are pTrumpets difficult to play compared to real brass trumpets?

The pTrumpet is plastic trumpet. I've seen a video of Alison Balsom play one. But she's a trumpet Goddess! She could rolled up piece of cardboard sound good. For a ...

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