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Ultrabeat contains no preset drumkits or samples

I am following this tutorial ( ) on youtube and I encountered the problem that there are no presets delivered with Ultrabeat. Its very sad that they are missing because ...
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Why isn't music written for ballet anymore?

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Adolphe Adam and many others of their time, composed music specifically for ballet. When a new ballet was commissioned, there was someone writing a score for it, then someone ...
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Why were dynamic markings not really used in the Baroque and Classical period?

Why is it that dynamics only really began to be frequently used from the Romantic period onward? Also what was the first recorded use of dynamics because I read on Wikipedia that it was first century ...
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Music Education in the UK: skipping all grades?

I live and work in the UK as an engineer. In the past, aroudn 10 years ago, I got a diploma in piano with 10/10 cum laude in an Italian Conservatory. After a hiatus of several years, I started playing ...
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What are the On and Off beats?

I'm very new to music theory and I've seen this taught two ways: The On beat is on every 1 and 3 beat while the Off beat is every 2 and 4 (in 4/4 time) The On beat is on every Strong/Secondary Strong ...
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What terms are there for changes in tempo?

I know that there are many terms that can be used to talk about the tempo of a piece of music but what words are there for change in tempo? The only ones that I can think of are: Accelerando ...
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Mini electric guitar tuning

To make it short, I am in the military and I try to take a guitar every time I am deployed. The thing is I can't take much with me so I need a very (very very) small guitar. I have a LAG guitalele (...
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Saxophone pearl key is down by default

I am new to saxophone and I was just learning to play my first notes when I came across the G# where it needs a certain pearl key to be pressed in order to play but I already found that key to be down ...
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Do the Italian names for tempo translate directly the same way as they did when they were first named?

I am curious to know, do the words for tempo translate nowadays in the same way that they did when they were named. So for example, Andante is walking, Allegro is cheerful and Adagio is slowly, but ...
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Building whistling muscles

I happen to inherit the ability of emotionally creative whistling to good music. To prove my point, here's a piece to which I whistle: https://app.box.com/s/grkromn1brjksou5qecwgs9w6odwi7ik My problem:...
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What to test a used digital piano for?

I want to learn playing the piano. Between my schedule and the expensive labour around here, it seems I'll be better off buying a used instrument and learning on my own, rather than starting with ...
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What guitar brand/model is this? [closed]

So I have always seen this broken guitar and didn't notice since it was broken and all and recently I looked at it and wondered what guitar it might be. I tried searching the guitar for any hints ...
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How to tell if the notes in the chord are flat or sharp?

I'm programming some Music stuff for piano and I need to know when exactly to call the note b or #. Can you help me out in understanding it? I know the difference and the purpose for those but I ...
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Do all songs have to be in a major or minor scale? Can a song have random notes that don't belong to any major or minor scale?

For example, every scale has a given set of notes. But is it possible that there's a composition which doesn't fall into one particular scale?
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Are the markings for piano pedals in a piece of music articulation marks?

I'm making a presentation for the my music project and I need to write a section on articulation markings. But I'm not really sure about what counts as articulation markings. For example, are the ...
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Should the dominant seventh sonority on the subdominant degree in minor get special attention?

In minor - with the raised ^6 and ^7 degrees - we can get a progression like... F7 G7 | Cm IV65 V65 | i or maybe this... F7 G7 | Cm IV7 V42 | i6 or... F7 bo | Cm IV7 viio | i My view ...
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Timing of this slap guitar piece, is it right or wrong?

Several comments for this video remark that it is not in time. What do they mean? I can count a 4/4 beat to her playing, and for me it seems fine. So can someone point to me what is not in time here? (...
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Should sensible analysis show secondary functions fulfilling the supposed function?

This question started for me with an analysis using IV/IV. It was analysis in Kostka/Payne for Mozart's K545, mv II, mm. 69-71... G: I | IV6/IV V6/IV | IV Instead of... G: I |C: ...
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Liszt's 1st and Beethoven's 5th

I don't even qualify as an amateur when it comes to music analysis, but I do sometimes hear similar contours across pieces. This is such a case. Is there any criticism that suggests an allusion in the ...
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Rosegarden - can't get it to produce any sound

With zero experience of Linux, I installed Ubuntu on an old laptop and then Rosegarden. However, I've never been able to get any sound to be produced by the software - not even a metronome. I've ...
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How to improvise and play chords across the guitar neck?

I want to start playing melodies and chords across the whole neck and escape the prison that is the first 4-5 frets, but I don't know a systematic way of learning how to do that. I thought of learning ...
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Tying accidental natural with same note that has # from key signature [duplicate]

If I have F# in key signature and I put natural sign in front of this note and I am tying it across the bar line with same F natural do I have to put natural sign on note across the bar too?
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Untuned Percussion Clef

G clef (usually treble), F clef (usually bass) and very movable C clef (alto/tenor) are all very definable, as are the dots contained within. Look at untuned percussion music, though, and there's ...
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Manual of Scales Arpeggios and Broken Chords by Beringer & Dunhill - NO NATURAL MINOR SCALES

So I got myself a book of scales (title/authors in question title) and it seems pretty extensive, with the scales presented 'plain' and in 3rds and tenths and sixths, in contrary and similar motion. ...
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How can I transpose a quote in Lilypond?

I'm transcribing a piece that has a section where one instrument doubles another an octave lower. I'd expect something like this short example to work: oboe = \relative c' { \clef treble | c g a ...
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Are these inversions in a cadence correct?

I would greatly appreciate it if someone could help me. Currently, I am learning about Authentic, Half, and Plagal Cadences. And I have to find them in composition, then tell the name. At first it ...
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Are there any clefs other than treble, bass, tenor, and alto? [duplicate]

For most of my life, I've thought that treble and bass were the only musical clefs. Then I learned about the alto and tenor clefs. I've found articles online saying that these 4 clefs are the only ...
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e String vibrating against fret

I bought a second hand Ibanez from a dealer recently with a floating Lo Pro Edge bridge. When I play the open e string it fuzzes a bit, just like a vibration against the first fret. can you help me? ...
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Is there any significance of key change of 3 semitones in pop songs?

I was listening to Nightwish's Nemo and noticed they have a key change of 3 semitones from Dm to Fm out of the blue that just sounds pretty good/unnoticeable: And ...
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What does the plus (+) ornament mean?

I am learning a baroque piece on the recorder. Some notes have an unusual ornamentation symbol. How is a note with a plus sign over it played? It was suggested to play it as a mordent. Is that correct?...
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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

Firstly, I'll apologise in advance - I'm a self-taught rock 'musician' and I have virtually no knowledge of music theory (didn't stop me playing hundreds of gigs though!). I have a four-string bass ...
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When would you want to play with guitars out of the same tuning?

I've been a drummer for 30 years, and have played with countless other musicians, most of them string players. I will notice when playing with multiple guitarists, or a guitarist and a bassist, that ...
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Ibanez Lo Pro Edge set right?

I am a beginner with these Floyd Rose bridges; I don't understand if I set the bridge right. I heard that Lo Pro bridges should be inclined a bit, but I have the feeling that it's inclined too much, ...
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Can I share Beatles Guitar Tunings and Keys Here? [migrated]

I would like to share a list of Beatles Guitar Tunings, Keys, and Intonation parameters to see if other people agree. Here's an overview of how I see it (where I have adjusted the guitar intonation to ...
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Are there musical terms like linguistic terms n-gram or uni-gram and bi-gram?

I don't know if there is anything else to add to my question except the context is harmony... V7-I or Gr+6-V etc. would be a bi-grams. I-(IV6)-I could be considered a unigram. I'm not sure if ...
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What are the numbers below the notes in this violin score?

In the following score, some of the notes have numbers both above and below the notes. The ones above I assume are fingering advice but what are the numbers below? Also, what does the III at the ...
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When we play the C mixolydian mode, are we still in the key of C?

Whenever we discuss the key of a piece, we usually describe it as either a major or minor key. And then, based on the intervals of the major or minor scale and the root note we define, we can ...
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Harmonic series in the orchestra settings

In an orchestra scenario, under what circumstances, when the piano and violins are tuned to 440Hz (as shown on the tuner) together, will the harmonic series between the two differs and make the sound ...
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LEARNING to play a Cabasa

I enjoy clapping in church while choir sings. I want to buy a Cabasa instead of a tambourine. Do I need to take lessons just for this use.?
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How to use a MIDI keyboard on a laptop?

So I recently found a Suzuki SPW-49 MIDI keyboard in my home and want to play it. I know a computer is needed to play any sounds using the keyboard, but every time I seem to plug it into my computer ...
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Are scales usually 7 notes in middle eastern music?

I noticed that Phrygian dominant (aka hijaz maqam) is used alot in middle eastern music. I noticed that the oud is used alot too and it's microtonal. Since it's microtonal does middle eastern music ...
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Are the 1,4,5 the primary chords in all modes?

I know in both major (Ionian) and minor (Aeolian) the 1 4 5 chords are the primary chords. as they seem to come up more often than other chords. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_triad In Aeolian ...
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What key is this progression? Amaj7- Gmaj7- Fmaj7- Cmaj7

I have been building chords in maj7 and stringing them together in what sounds good to me. I like the sound of this progression and am curious as to how to determine what key it is, if any. I am very ...
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What does [2 whole steps down & b flat down] mean for the guitar?

I know two steps down is C tuning, but what does the "b flat down" mean?
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Building a dominant triad in a minor key - are these double sharps correct?

As I understand it, one builds the dominant triad of a minor key using its harmonic scale based on the dominant, leading tone and supertonic notes. Under this criteria I seem to get some weird ...
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Isolation of acoustic body size with respect to volume and sustain?

Let's say we have two identical acoustic guitars with the only difference being the body size. How will the body size effect sound volume when considering a string plucked with the exact same amount ...
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How do you play a 3 note jazz voicing for a slash chord?

Please answer for piano specifically. So classic 3 note jazz voicing to my understanding is Root in the left hand and the 3 and 7 in the right. But what if you have an inversion with 3 or 7 in the ...
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How to write a score that begins with a pickup note and repeats

Hi I'm writing a song as a score for piano and vocal. The verses begin with a pickup note on 4. So, after the chorus I end on 4 and then pickup up into the next verse with a repeat sign. The question ...
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Why would beginning guitar start on the sixth string?

I am curious why any beginning classical guitar curriculum would start on the 6th string. I assume that these beginning students are learning to read music as well. It seems to me that starting on ...
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Tuning tenor banjolele [duplicate]

Acquired tenor banjolele. 21 inches nut to bridge. Thought tuning would be same as my ukelele but sounds completely different. After advice on tuning/ and decent internet learning video?

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