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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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Why oughtn't conductors use and mirror both hands to indicate the beat?

Wikipedia doesn't, but let's, assume and focus on those moments when the non-dominant hand isn't necessary to cue ictuses or indicate "dynamics, phrasing, expression, and other elements". While ...
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Interval of parallel 5ths in the resolution of a German 6th chord

In a music theory workbook, there was an example of a German 6th chord, which resolves to chord V. However, there is an interval of parallel 5ths in this (A♭ & E♭ going to G & D). How are ...
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Writing an augmented sixth chord on the flattened supertonic

I have recently learnt about Augmented 6th chords. The examples in a music theory workbook had this chord written on the flattened submediant (6th degree of the scale). There was a small note in the ...
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Piano Pedal Notation P, Pw, with and without *

I'm transcribing a piano reduction of Suppé's Light Cavalry into MuseScore. This particular score has pedal notation P. *, Pw. *, and then some parts where there's no *. I'm assuming (perhaps ...
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What is meant by “quarter = half” when changing tempo?

What is meant by the following indications when changing tempo: " In 4 quarter = 126" and later "In 2 quarter = half"
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Piano fingering for chromatic fifths, is a fifth too wide for fingering 2-4?

I'm trying a fingering that basically limits white keys to fingers 1 & 5 and black keys to 2 & 4. This fingering seems good for non-legato for medium size intervals perfect fourths and ...
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Does a scale have more than seven chords?

So I was watching this video and he goes to show that there's 48 (!) chords in the double harmonic major. Why so many? I thought there were only seven diatonic chords. Should one take just 3 random ...
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Giant Steps - Coltrane and Slonimsky

I've read several times that John Coltrane practiced extensively from the Slonimsky Thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns and that Coltrane's Giant Steps is strongly influenced by or is even a ...
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Find Vocal Range with Statistics/Hertz

Caveat: if you're not into science meets music, please just skip this post. I'm being asked to sing for a music class. I dislike singing. I don't sound good. I would not make it far on American Idol....
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Crack on guitar neck. Possible solution?

Recently I've noticed that my guitar (classic) has some crack on the top of the neck, precisely where the neck connects to the head. I've doing some research and it seems that it's not a big deal, and ...
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Why is the darkest scale considered double harmonic major and not double harmonic minor? [closed]

I like scary sounding scales so I research them a lot. I see alot of youtubers consider the double harmonic major to be the "darkest scale" or "most evil scale". I've seen multiple videos on this from ...
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What is the correct technique to press single notes with left hand

What is the technique when it comes to pressing single notes with the left hand? (See piano sheets) In this case should I move my left hamd fingers as if I were playing a fast arpeggio (chicken ...
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How to correct a shifted beat on the bandstand?

Had a potential train wreck happen at a dance performance last weekend. The piece we were playing was 2/4 with the accented (strong) beat on 1 but with a lot of improvisation. It's a 5 piece band: ...
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Audio quality recording

My audio interface and DAW support recording at 96khz / 24 bit. When I export a video from Magix there's no option for 24 bit for sound (highest option is 48khz / 16 bit). When I checked the ...
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Playing piano and studying medicine at the same time [closed]

I'm a third year medical student and I started going to piano classes few months ago. It's so hard for me to manage my time... I want to study medicine very well cause I wanna make a good doctor... my ...
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Why did Gustav Mahler use the song “Frère Jacques” in the 3rd mvt of his Symphony No. 1? [migrated]

Mahler used the song "Frère Jacques" in the 3rd mvt of his Symphony No. 1 in D major "Titan". Why?
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How do you play the triplets in Chopin's prelude no 4 in e minor? [duplicate]

I'm learning Chopin's prelude no 4 in e minor and have a question about the sheet music: In the first and seventh measure in the picture, there is a 3 under the c and e respectively. Previously I ...
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Last Setup and cabling with fear and doubt

For asking my questions, first there is a need to an intro. Yesterday I bought an amplifier integrated (Musical Fidelity M5si) and I have a pair of Speakers (Dynaudio Excite X38) since 5 months ago, ...
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What is the fastest method to figure out which keys contain certain notes? [closed]

What is the fastest method to mentally compute which major and minor keys contain a certain note (or notes). That is, with minimal memorization such that a beginner can learn it. For example which ...
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Identifying the Trombone [closed]

Hey guys I am a beginning musician who is doing “self-taught” ear-training and could really use assistance with the Trombone instrument. I seem to be able to identify every other horn instrument ...
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how to make tuning adjustments to pitches in midi files

Total midi noob here. Say I export a score that I'm writing with music notation software as a midi file (or I suppose any midi file, but that's where my midi files will come from). How would I go into ...
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Is counterpoint still used today?

I was wondering if counterpoint is still used today or was it something that was just used by Bach? Does modern music like pop songs use it?
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Major Mediant of F Major Scale [duplicate]

I'm writing a solo over a progression in F Major. However, the progression uses a major mediant instead of the usual minor. Therefore, my progression in F major is IV-III-vi-ii-I (Bbmaj-Amaj-Dmin-Gmin-...
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What can I add to a pop group as one of two guitar players?

I'm new to playing in a band and have mostly played by myself or with one other jam mate. Now I've found myself in a little amateur band with drums, bass, singer, another guitar player an myself. ...
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Notes in minor chords

I recently read that the 5-note 7th degree chord of the C-minor melodic scale is Bm7b5b9. By the 'rule of thirds' the notes in this chord by my deduction would be B-D-F-A-C, but this only works if ...
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Different pedals/effects for low strings/notes than high

I'd like to put different effects on my low strings and high strings (or low notes and high notes), e.g. an octavizer and delay on the bass notes and vibrato and reverb on the treble. Is there a ...
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Genetic limitations to learn certain instruments

This is something that has bothered me for quite a while. I frequently participate in instrument demonstrations for children. My focus is on wind instruments but I'm also curious about others. What I ...
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midi tracks with chords and melody

I've had a decent look at the midi file format and I thought I understood, so I wrote a python script that removed midis with multiple tracks from my data set in order to have only melodies in single ...
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How to transition between notes in Bansuri

Ok, at this point, I am teaching myself Bansuri (A Scale) by playing simple tunes 10-15 min a day (totally swamped nowadays) Playing Om Jai Jagdish Hare it quite straightforward (plus I am familiar ...
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Drum Programming - what is this sound called (kick/snare/clap or other sound?) [on hold]

I really want to recreate this music, what is this interesting sound called at 1:13/1:14 timeline (it is after a kick sound) Thank you!
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Is it even possible to to add voices to this 2-part harmony

Soprano: C-B-A-A-G (descending) Bass: A-B-C (ascending), then down to D and up to G. Can you even add tenor and alto without breaking the rules of harmony? It seems like it is impossible. So what ...
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Notation of last measure of a song with a pickup measure

I'm currently notating a song and don't know what's the correct way to write the ending of it. The song has a pickup measure with a quarter note duration. Because of that, the correct way of ...
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Question concerning the integration of jazz solos into the rest of the ensemble

I am a relatively new jazz player. I do know a sizable amount of theory, though. My question was if there were any tips and advice you could give me concerning if and how soloists try to adjust their ...
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How to flat and sharp a chord in roman numeral notation?

When you see a flat or a sharp before a roman numeral do you just flat the first note? so in the key of C major: III is: E G# B bIII is: Eb G# B (do I just flatten the first note?) iii is: ...
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How did students remember what to practise between lessons without any sheet music?

Before the time when sheet music was popular people were good at playing keyboard instruments. I am referring to the time when printing books was expensive. How did the students remember what to ...
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Strat tremolo bar has tightening issues

I got a standard American strat from 2015. When I tighten the trem bar, the bar stops tightening right over the strings. However when I loosen it, one turn and it flops around all over the place. What ...
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Question about remaking a song in midi

I have been practicing fully remaking songs made by other artists. But ive faced a giant problem since then. I cant hear all the tracks. yes i can hear the main tracks and some other ones but when ...
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Rising Fourth/Descending Fifth bass movement in inversions

I understand that the sense of resolution is strongest with the root movement of a rising fourth/descending fifth. However, is the important thing that the chords be a fourth/fifth apart (i.e. Cmaj - ...
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Less known composers [closed]

As a personal hobby, I try to write about a new composer each week. ( nothing major just a short 2 page bio ) it helps round my knowledge of classical music. I'm looking to expand to less known ...
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Are there any instruments that don't produce overtones?

Essentially all instruments produce overtones, which are frequencies other than the dominant frequency of the note. -- How do harmonics work? The use of "essentially" there got me thinking. Are ...
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Piano: How to learn this boogie pattern?

I like boogies playing on the piano. Now I am trying to learn this left hand pattern and get crazy: My goal is to play this pattern without concentrating on the left hand. What makes me grazy is the ...
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Reading two lines in piano

I started playing piano few months ago. I find it really difficult to read two lines(right and left) at the same time . Actually I only can read and play the right hand. When I try to read the left ...

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