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What is the musical function of broken chords?

I'm new to musical theory and interested in playing guitar. It seems to me that the broken chords are very often used in the music sheets arranged for guitar. I wonder if they are also usually used in ...
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Lilypond: how to restore Fingering.staff-padding?

In all examples I saw, the only value ever assigned to Fingering.staff-padding is #'() to make fingering be placed inside the staff. What should I do to go back to placing fingering outside the staff? ...
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What is Hold 2 in MIDI?

I found a MIDI Controller called "Hold pedal 2" (0d69 or 0x45). What is this? Is it important or useful?
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How is 2nd and 3rd species in 4 part supposed to look like? How do I do it?

If second species is the 1st pic (the one with half notes) and 3rd species is the 2nd pic, how do i do that in 4 part writing? Like both...combined? "2nd and 3rd species in 4 parts". Im not ...
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What are advantages of finger pads vs stick pads

I'm looking for a MIDI controller to input drum notes, primarily to recreate the sound of a rock drum set. Presently I am using a (semi weighted) keyboard. Despite having quite some practice by now, I ...
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consonant skips in 2nd species counterpoint

From The Complete Musician by Laitz Consonant skips are motions by a third. Well, I think we have a confusion here because by saying 'consonant' I suppose Laitz implied that both vertically and ...
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A big "1" in the middle of a piano grand staff

The image is from a Russian edition of Alexander Goedike's 20 Little Pieces for Beginners (20 маленьких пьес для начинающих), Op. 6, no. 11. What do the big bold ones in the middle of the grand staff ...
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Does a piece have to be in a particular key?

There have been many questions on this site relating to keys. This one asks what 'rule' is there that says a piece actually has to be in a particular key. Obviously most are, and will have the ...
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problems in recognising harmonic intervals when ear training. 8

I have started doing ear training, I've been using an App called Ear Gym. I'm doing OK, first with ascending intervals and now with descending (using the reference song method) but I'm struggling ...
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Preparation of I7 second inversion in minor

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 139) shows progressions 7th chords(I7), and inversion The book explains that such a process on the second image cannot ...
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Dm in the key of Em

I am trying to analyze the song 505 by Arctic Monkeys. And as many do, I went to Ultimate Guitar (UG) to look the chord progressions for the song. The song has only two chords, Dm and Em and UG ...
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Trills in Clementi Op. 36 No. 1 2nd movement

This is related to this discussion: How to play these trills from Clementi's Sonatina in C Major on piano? My question: is the FG at the end of AGAGFG part of the trill, or is it the one ...
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What is a half step down from a song in Gbm on piano?

When a singer asks to tune a song a half step down from Gbm would that be Fminor or Gb?
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lilypond - forcibly write string number under the staff

I am translating a guitar part into lilypond. The string numbers (the ones that show up inside a circle) are showing up on top of the staff. Is it possible to force lilypond to write them under the ...
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How do I play what looks like a double legato?

What is this (in the green rectangle)? To me it looks like 2 legatos. How do I play it on the violin? It's the beginning of the 15th piece, "A-hunting we will go", from the Doflein Method, ...
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How difficult is this violin part?

I understand that the difficulty of a passage is quite subjective, but all the same I need to have some idea of what I'm asking. This passage looks OK to me. It sits in the middle of the register, ...
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C4 pedal Midi setup [closed]

The C4 pedal has 128 presets available that require a MIDI controller to use. My question is, what are some of the cheapest setups for someone to use when they have no previous MIDI knowledge or gear?...
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Descending mode vs. Mixolydian

I looked through my notes and I saw the formula for descending mode. I had written that the formula was "WWHWWHW". I'm confused because I'm sure that is also the formula for the Mixolydian ...
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How to tell the difference between lydian mode and dorian mode in songs

I am writing a song progression using the lydian mode using AABA form. My chord progression will be A: E F# A E A: E F# A E B: C#m F# A E A: E F# A E The scale for the melody is E major pentatonic ...
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The truth behind the music [closed]

Look there’s no way around not having a similar sounding song you only have roughly 60 note’s you can use and most are semitones you would never use for a normal chord progression
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resolution of vii 7th chord 3rd inversion

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 130) shows progressions diminished and half-diminished 7th chords 3rd inversion But there seems to be another solution,...
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Reference request: Moberly's translation of Mozart operas [closed]

In the book "Three Mozart Operas" by R. B. Moberly, 1967, the author uses his own singable translations of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute when quoting the liberetti. Did Moberly ...
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How is that possible that a same song is presented as 3 different scores?

How is that possible that a same song is presented as 3 different scores for piano, by the same author? Let's consider Snow White - Whistle While You Work: In this link we have: In this scan, from ...
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How to fix floppy scores

I use a standard Manhasset stand, but whenever I try to work with a large format score (11x17), the top of it flops over the back of the stand desk. To clarify, the score is 17 inches tall and 11 ...
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Why are there different voicings in this example?

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 127) shows progressions diminished and half-diminished 7th chords What I'm curious about here is that the positions of ...
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Harmonic Voices Alongside Counterpoint

I'm writing a piece for a rather large ensemble: full string section SATB choir plus soloists 2 of oboe, bassoon, and trombone c-g timpani In one of the sections, the chorus sings a fugato while the ...
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What are next steps to release an EP or an album, once I will finish recording?

I wanted to know, what are steps to do once I will record a DIY ep ? Actualy, I started this project : recording songs, and make out of them a punk rock ep. I do play all instruments, I record using ...
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Are there modern Fender Telecasters with the dark circuit?

Are there modern Fender tellies with the dark circuit? I saw this video that demonstrates an old Fender Tele with the dark circuit, was wondering if there are modern examples that don't require a ...
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Selecting multiple notes in Guitar Pro 8

In Guitar Pro 8 is it possible to select more than one note at the same time; i.e. random notes in different bars - to copy and paste into another instrument line?
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Chopin - Waltz in C Sharp Minor (Op. 64 No. 2) analysis

This is the piece I want to discuss: Waltz in C♯ minor. You can listen to it on YouTube here (played by Arthur Rubinstein) with added music score, or on musescore.com here (played as MIDI) also with ...
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What impression do you have about the chord progression "1-6-3-7"? [closed]

What impression do you have about the chord progression "1-6-3-7"? For example, it is used in Ed Sheeran's Shivers.
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How quickly can a [skilled, professional] percussionist switch between tam-tam and bass drum?

Can a professional orchestral percussionist play tam-tam and bass drum together? Could he/she position the two instruments near enough that they can played one with each hand? The passage... is loud ...
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How do you add A7 to C Major? [closed]

A7 is a chord made with the chords A, C#, and E. When it is added to C Maj, it is Bm.
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Problem with formatting songwriting template in MS Word [closed]

I have a problem with formatting a song, below are details. At first, these blue C Cmaj7 C F C lines are fitting in quite well. But as my songwriting continued by adding more places for chorus and ...
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What's the best way to notate a timed arpeggio with specific cutoff

This is a short excerpt (the upper hand part) from a piano piece I'm working on. I'd like this arpeggiated chord to end exactly when the trill start and to be played with the same hand. What is the ...
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Hearing the difference between a I6 vs iii?

In the opening of this song, I hear an Ab to to Eb/G but then in the verses I hear a Gm after the Ab for the most part. I know the difference between the chords in theory and that they both can ...
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How can I include shape notes in a Google Doc?

I am working on a document about shape note singing. This is music notation that is developed off of the solfège scale, where each note is given its respective shape. (Do is an equilateral triangle.) ...
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Which guitar to buy considering the scenario? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for almost 4 years now, and have only played the guitar which I have, haven't got to have chance on multiple guitar, so don't have experience on different models. I have a ...
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What do we call a chord progression that consists of descending by one semitone? Is there any notation for jazz grid?

I was wondering if there was either a name or a notation for a chord progression that consists of the same chord played one semitone lower each time. Here are some examples to clarify my question: ...
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Term for Major Scale with a minor seventh

Given a C major Scale, with C as root: C D E F G A B now make the 7th. step minor, and keeping C as root (not switching to F Major) C D E F G A Bb What is the term / name for this key?
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Most readable way to write left hand flowing towards higher notes

I'm struggling to make a simple passage I've written look and feel 'comfortable'. The left hand is 'travelling' across the piano. Which of these are more readable? My instinct says to stick with the ...
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How to read movable scale chart for A minor pentatonic?

I bought a guitar chart and it has this figure for moveable minor pentatonic scale: I know the number 1 box pattern of the minor pentatonic scale (Justin guitar course). I play it starting on the 5th ...
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schenkerian analysis archive [closed]

I would like to know if there is something like an Archive of Schenkerian Analysis of most pieces of music, or, at least, some kind of analysis. If you want to analyse an important piece of music, I ...
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How to render midi stems trough a single intrument track in Reaper?

I have a project in Reaper with 255 individual midi tracks all nested under a folder track on which I added Virtual instrument, to avoid aving to configure each track individually. This way I can ...
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Is an anticipation capable of causing parallel 5ths?

This is in 4/4 time. To me this does not sound like parallel 5ths between the top 2 voices because there is a 3rd on beat 2 and the 5th is in the up beat before the chord. Can someone share their ...
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Blending Musical Genres To Create a New Genre [closed]

Throughout history mankind has created musical genres. This probably had its origins thousands of years ago when someone first banged 2 rocks together in a cave to accompany someone grunting. Or maybe ...
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Lilypond verse lyrics with repeat and anacrusis

I'm wondering if someone can point me to a snippet or other example as I'm yet to find a solution ... I have a piece, a simple tune with 2 verses n Lilypond where the piano parts, melody and words are ...
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lilypond - generating a single very wide score/staf instead of multiple lines/pages

I am thinking of creating a video where (originally) the viewer would see a scrolling music sheet (be it a single staff or a system or score) so I was wondering if it would be possible to make ...
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Marshall monitor 2 ANC headset: swap bluetooth connection [closed]

I just got a Marshall monitor 2 ANC headset, and unlike my previous headset (Senheizer HD 4.5), to switch the bluetooth connection to the laptop or tablet, i heave to unpair to wherever it's connected,...
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What does a white/hollow punctum represent in Gregorian notation?

The title resumes my question well: what does a white/hollow punctum represent in Gregorian notation? From: les Bénédictins de Solesme. (1959). Paroissien romain, contenant la Messe et l’Office: N° ...
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