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Bass scale length pros and cons [duplicate]

For the last two years I’ve been seriously learning the guitar as my second instrument. I also bought a used low quality bass that I have been playing for the last 6 months or so. I am really enjoying ...
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How to use solfège for chords?

I'm just wondering how one would use solfège for chords/harmony. For example to sing C major does one say "do mi so"? If so wouldn't that in practice mean that one would have to say alot of words when ...
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Identify this Epiphone les paul model?

I need some help to identify my guitar. It is an older Epiphnone les paul model, but I'm not sure what exact model it is. So if anyone knows it, please help me out.
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Is CD audio quality good enough for the final delivery of music?

According to Wikipedia, the audio contained in a CD consists of two-channel signed 16-bit Linear PCM sampled at 44,100 Hz. Of course, both the sample rate and the bit depth could be increased to ...
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The electrical theory between balancing a daisy chain of EQs [closed]

I have not much experience or knowledge about sound engineering, but I came across this question that won't stop bugging me. One time at some event my BF (an amateur sound engineer) had to tune the ...
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Difference between audio interface and mixer

What i know about the audio interface and the mixer is that they both turn analog signal into digital signal. But why should one buy an audio interface if they could buy a mixer its cheaper and has ...
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The implications of tuning a 12-string guitar in fifths

I would like to take the chance to discuss the theoretical implications of my alternate tuning for a 12-string guitar. You can find the original question here. So for reference I was talking about the ...
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Yamaha YDP 163 touch too hard

I have a 2 years old Yamaha YDP 163, and it is very hard to play on it. I did the coin test, and it was around 100g on middle C, around 80g in the higher range, and 120-150g in the lower range. ...
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Labeling half-diminished seventh chords - m7b5 or m6?

On my older question Are the diminished chords not that common in modern popular music?, I got this answer: The half-diminished (or m7b5) is usually suggested as the diatonic chord on the 7th ...
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MP3 ID3 very old music compatibility [closed]

So, hopefully this is the correct place to ask, though if not, forgive me. I'm reorganizing my music library and correctly updating missing and corrupted ID3 tags on my mp3s, however, I've run into ...
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What would be the effect of a modulation downward by a small amount?

Imagine one plays a chorus in, say, A major, then repeats it later for the second chorus, but this time in G major. What would that do? I know that moving upwards by a whole or half step usually seems ...
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Lilypond: Create natural signs and accidentals manually

Edit: At first, I was looking for a way to add natural signs manually. Turns out that, at least for the moment, I actually need to place accidentals manually. Generally, I might need both in the ...
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Playing guitar with effects through mac along with song

I want to dial up a song on youtube and play along with it using my amp (and effects)through my mac laptop. I can then listen to the combo of my playing with the song (for example-Flying High Again). ...
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Are these upper voices in this final passage from Handel a bona fide F7 chord or some kind of non-chord tones?

Handel. Preludes, Air, and Lesson... http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/e8/IMSLP12246-Handel_-_Preludes,Air%26_Lesson.pdf EDIT I was complete off the mark with this. The only excuse I can ...
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what kind of chord progession is this?

im quite new in music theory and i really dont understand what he is doing here. is he changing the key after every chord? he talks about c minor being the root note. after that he switches to c# ...
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Apagado in Guitar Pro

Is this effect possible in guitar pro? Palm mute isn't what I'm looking for.
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Teacher help me explain this to my students [closed]

I had another student ask this question and my stock answer is that "Chords aren't necessarily the strings we depress but the ones we PLAY" I always get a weird look when I give that answer, so ...
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What is a good app, software or other efficient method to type out staff notations? [closed]

I’m asking for suggestions and recommendations from music theory educators who often need to prepare music lesson notes and set tests that will require a lot of staff notation images, for e.g. an ...
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Getting started with electric guitar, with no experience [duplicate]

I had been interested in electric guitar music overall (And specifically for videogame music stuff). But I have 0 knowledge about how to start, 16 here. I did do a quick search here and there and ...
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Melodic minor Major 9 chords

While researching melodic minor chords I came across Am(M9). If this is a true chord what notes are in it? My guess is A-C-E-G#-B. Not sure if one plays this on a piano… probably something for a ...
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Octave Technique and hand height - (of Vincenzo Maltempo on piano)

I'm always interested in the different kinematics employed by pianists who get similar results. I've been listening to Vincenzo Maltempo play the Alkan Etudes and I'm curious about his octave ...
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Is there a catalog of different rhythms? [closed]

The melodies I've been writing have been good in terms of notes and chord progressions, but they lack interesting rhythms. Some examples of good rhythms that are interesting are DROELOE's Kintsugi ...
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Re-learning Bass Trombone After Many Years (Don't Ask Please)

Many years ago was experienced and occasional sub for symphony bass trombone guy. When learning, I remember a major breakthrough in sound came when starting with a smaller mouthpiece (e.g. 6 1/2 AL),...
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Baroque notation question

Here's a snippet from a 1624 facsimile of Juan Arañés' "Libro Segundo de Tonos y Villancicos". This is a rather syncopated, lively song, with a time signature of C3. Note values seem to be ...
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Counting in 8 rather than 4/4

Why do modern dance schools sometimes count in eighths, as in 5 6 7 8 ? My question is really whether they are translating 4/4 into 8/8? Can a time signature be written 8 /8 ? 1 2 3 4 ...
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The metre/rhythm of classical guitar piece “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”

In all sheets I can find the famous piece "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for classical guitar (see these search results) is written in 3/4. But in some way I hear it most of the time as a 4/4 with a 2/4; ...
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What is the difference between singing and speaking?

I can both sing and speak C#3 . There would be a difference between using the note for singing and speaking. What is the difference between singing and speaking? If it depends on what kind of vocal ...
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Volume knob on guitar has no effect when rolled

I have a problem with my Yamaha SG copy guitar. The volume knobs are not effective. At 1 it's at its peak and rolling it up to 10 does nothing — it's more like an on/off switch. I am in ...
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Panning distorted guitars (get the attack sound)

I need a mixing tip: when I try to mix distorted guitars (dual guitars, but in fact, I just recorded once, created 2 tracks, copypasted onto them and hard panned them), I want to have a sound of ...
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How to make jazz covers? [closed]

I'm pretty new to the genre of jazz and would love to arrange some popular songs as jazz covers. One that I really like is this one: Sadly you can't see so easy ...
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Can the melody determine the key of an ambiguous chord progression

I am writing a song in A major. The chords in the verse are A, C#m, F#m, F#m. Now it is clear to me the key of this part of the song is A/F#m but then in the chorus the C#m chord is switched with the ...
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Is it true that cut time means “play twice as fast as written”?

I was just reading an e-book and saw this sentence which really confused me: "Played twice as fast as written" - This isn't what cut time actually means right, or are there situations where cut time ...
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What are Antecedent & Consequent Phrases in Music?

I've never heard the terms before: Antecedent and consequent phrases they seem to be elements of a period. It seems to be evident that I am not the only one ...
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Parallel fifths in the orchestra

I started to learn orchestral music with four part harmony for choirs and there you always try to avoid parallel fifths and octaves... How does this relate to a whole orchestra? Do you have to take ...
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Dead strings on first fret

I was playing my classical guitar yesterday and noticed that whenever I played any string on the first fret, it would like sound dead, idk what’s going on, I’m new to this. Any help would be ...
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Notate swing for the treble staff only?

First a general question: I'm arranging a ragtime piece and would like to know if you generally play rags with swing in the melody or not? In my case I'll go with swing anyways, because in this piece ...
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Which instruments (besides piano) are in one to one correspondence with its range of notes? [closed]

We know that for each note in a piano's range, there is only one key pertaining to that note. This is in contrast to, say, a guitar where there are multiple ways to play, say, middle C. Are there ...
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Leftie drummer being taught as rightie - should I switch?

Well, i believe, it's pretty classic situation. I'm left-handed person that went to a right-handed teacher in order to learn some drumming. I'm being told that we'll be playing open-handed on a RH ...
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Where is the antecedent and consequent phrase in this melody?

I have learned that a period is made up of two phrases, the antecedent and consequent phrase. In this melody we have two periods in the verse. Do I simply say: bars 1-2 is antecedent, bars 3-4 is ...
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How to make the Bass in SATB move more smoothly?

While writing for SATB, I realise I have a few chords where the Bass part is moving down in intervals of 6ths or 7ths from one chord to the next. For example, I have a chord progression iib in F ...
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Beginner looking to learn/master musical theory and instrumental ability. Where should I begin? [closed]

I have always had a subtle but under the hood feel that music is for me. I've never trained myself nor had any real dedicated musical practice, but I have composed music on my computer. What I don't ...
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What's the difference between an Epi Junior and a Junior Special?

I was recently gifted a very gently used Epiphone Junior, and was wondering what the difference is between that and a Junior Special. Just curious, is all.
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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 does it mean when a vocal teacher tell you that your lowest notes are heavy? [closed]

Some people say they like (or at least don't have any problems) singing in their speaking voice. I find it uncomfortable singing down there. I find it a bit heavy myself. My vocal teacher told me to ...
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What is a Bm chord with a G in it?

I am writing a song with G > Bm > Em as the main chord progression but I found a lot of nice fingerings on the guitar for the Bm chord with an added G in it. Does this make the chord a B minor 6 ...
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Why does the key change happen where it does here?

In the image below, the key is initially G, then changes to E (right?) for the rest of the song. However, that entire bar uses sharps from E, and the key never changes back. Why wouldn't the key ...
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Is there a shortcut in Finale to enter in the Simple Edit Tool mode?

I know that, for instance, in order to access the Selection Tool mode, you can hit ctrl + shift + A. Does it exist a similar shortcut for the Simple Edit Tool?
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Grace notes at beginning of “A Media Luz”

I'm trying to transcribe some part of "A media luz" from this video. Here it is what I did: I'm wondering if there is an alternative way to notate the first four notes. Could I use graces notes or ...
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What are the notes on this instrument? [duplicate]

I happen to have what I believe is called a bansuri. It seems to be of Chinese or Indian origin from what I can find out on Google, but I don't seem to be able to find note equivalents for it in a ...
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False modulation for doxology in a modal key

I am barely an organist, but occasionally cover for the real organist at my church. The next time I am doing this is three weeks from now, and because I'm a novice, I already have the hymns for that ...

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