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Term for distinguishing dim/perfect/aug intervals from dim/min/maj/aug ones

There are two types of intervals, distinguished by their possible qualities: Unisons, fourths, fifths, and octaves (and their compound variants) may be of perfect or (multiply) diminished/augmented ...
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Terminology for 3 beats per measure

What terms do people use to refer to music with 3 beats per measure? I have heard the term "waltz beat" and "triple meter" but are there other (not necessarily professional) terms?
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Borrowed Chords [closed]

Currently, Wikipedia states some examples of borrowed chords in major keys that are shown below: The thing is, the vii°7, IV♭7, and the V♭9 look too worrisome to me. Although I definitely agree with ...
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What is this chord progression called?

During the intro (0:00 ~ 0:04), The chord progression is: I maj7 -> IV maj7 -> b VII maj7-> b III maj7 -> b VI maj7 -> II7-> b II maj7 -> V What is this called? Is this an example of an extended "II-...
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What are ways to use the palindromic property of a palindromic scale?

A palindromic scale, as I've seen it described on a number of music theory websites, is defined as one whose sequence of intervals is the same when ascending and descending. For instance: D Dorian (D ...
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Every A note on my guitar sounds awful

I don't know why, but when I play the note A anywhere on the fretboard, it sounds horrible, especially on the 6th string. I'm not sure how to describe it but it sounds almost like if you played to the ...
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Sound changes: Putting curves or bends into a straight horn

I have some straight bell horns that are 26" and 29". They are powered by air compression tanks and have a very deep tone. I'm curious as to how bends in the horn would change it. Would they then need ...
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Can a timpani player play more than one note at a time?

Is it possible for a timpani player to play multiple notes at the same time such as a guitar or piano player would do?
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What's the difference between “con brio” and “con fuoco”?

Do they just have different names but are meant to be played the same? Also, it seems like if "con fuoco" never appears in major keys, except for Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 18.
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Electric Guitar picking noise from me

My electric guitar stopped working today, although it makes a hissing noise every time I touch the strings. The wire and the amplifier are not the problem. It's a Hertz J200N Electric guitar. It is ...
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Mackie Mix8: Why does “CR Out” sometimes have no audio

I'm attempting to learn my mixer, the Mackie Mix8. When plugging something into the 'tape' RCA jacks, there is audio coming out of the "CR Out" 1/4 ports. When I plug in a Mic, or any other channel, ...
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What makes a cymbal “dry” or “wet”?

"Dry" seems like an odd term to use for a plate of hammered bronze. What makes a cymbal dry? If it's not dry, does that mean it is wet?
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What type of cadence is this?

What type of cadence is this at the end of Dvorak's 9th symphony? Is it an imperfect authentic cadence (IAC)? It's hard to tell, but it appears as ♮viiø7 - I in E-major.
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Turning Major to Minor

I'm changing a song (When I Was Your Man) from a C major to C harmonic minor. I am not quite sure what to do with the Dm Em and Bb that exist in the major key. I have been using Ddim which has worked ...
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What makes a piece a nocturne?

I am wanting to compose a second nocturne. I composed my first one about a year ago and pretty much all the feedback I got was that it should have been written in 3/4 instead of 4/4. I wonder if that ...
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Are there specific injury concerns I should watch out for with piano tremolo exercises?

Based on Cortot exercies like these... ...I've been practicing patterns like this for seventh chords... ...and left hand... The spacing of the fingers with these major seventh chords feels ...
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Difference between classical and jazz pianists?

I've heard about how jazz pianists can improvise a lot better than classical pianists, who focus on mainly technical aspects of a piece. What exactly is the difference between the two?
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Why do 7 chords use minor 7th while 6 chords use major 6ths?

If you play the chord C7, you would play the root, major third, fifth, and minor seventh (C - E - G - B♭), but if you play C6, you play the root, major third, fifth, and major sixth (C - E - G - ...
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Why do arpeggios tend to blend at quiet dynamics?

I notice this especially in the arpeggio passage of the Solfeggio in C minor. But when I am playing very fast arpeggios, the notes either stay separate or blend depending on the dynamic. At forte, ...
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MWE – minimum working example [closed]

I go searching for answers to my LilyPond questions on several online forums (both German-language and English-language). What I am hungry for is a handfull of LilyPond source-code examples of “...
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Did Jeff Beck “play the changes” on Goodbye Porkpie Hat?

I have read several different accounts of Charles Mingus' reaction to Jeff Beck's cover of Goodbye Porkpie Hat. One account says he liked it and sent Jeff a note saying this while another says he didn'...
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Is there a huge sound quality difference if I use a monitor or an amp for my keyboard instead of using my logitech z906? [closed]

I'm thinking of buying some monitors if it will boost the sound quality but I already have like a 400$ speaker for the computer. Im wondering if it's worth or not for the investment
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Hey guys I'm looking for some advice in note taking to replace sheet music

I can always play from sheet music better than I play by memory for the most part. I'm learning "kiss the rain" by yiruma which isn't hard at all - very simple but yet it is still pretty hard to ...
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Chords construction and formula

im very much new, i've been reading some music theory books for general and specific to guitars. Now what i do not understand is the following how a Chord is constructed? how does a formula became ...
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How are melodic sequences used?

I keep hearing about sequences. I know that there's both harmonic and melodic sequences. I am familiar with harmonic sequences I believe they're also called "basso ostinato" where you play a repeating ...
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Shortcut to record a clip in Ableton's session view

In order to record an audio clip in Ableton's Session view, this is what I click with the mouse: arm recording record stop recording I haven't figured out how to do this easier or with the keyboard, ...
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Static from the amp

I have a Yamaha electro-acoustic guitar and recently bought a Fender acoustasonic 15w amp. It worked fine for arround 10 days, but now all I get is very aggressive, sometimes pulsating static. I ...
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Chord Recognition Training

I'm an amateur piano player trying to progress toward more difficult material and it seems what is slowing me down the most is identifying what chord I'm looking at on the sheet music, especially when ...
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Vertical control of the ukulele's neck during chord changes

I'm making my first steps with the ukulele and I have trouble with controlling the vertical movement of the neck during some chord changes. I'm holding the ukulele by using my right forearm to press ...
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When was the “Picardy 3rd” invented?

When was the Picardy 3rd, the final tonic borrowed chord, invented?
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Are chord resolutions objective?

Im looking into chord resolution at the moment and i wonder from then way people in online tutorials talk about them if a certain chord always resolves to the same chord. Or does it depend on its role ...
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Were the seven different modes intend to create different moods?

Here how each mode sound to me: Ionian, Major: Bright, happy, triumphant Dorian: Sadistic Phrygian: Scared, terrifying Lydian: Bright, exotic Mixolydian: Cool, powered Aeolian, Minor: Dark, sad, ...
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What is Unison Synchronization?

I am reading the following article Schwarz, K. Robert. "Steve Reich: Music as a Gradual Process: Part I." Perspectives of New Music (1980): 373-392. Here is a paywalled link. On page 385, there ...
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Dvorak Plagiarized Beethoven?

I've just analyzed the beginning and the tempo of the scherzo of Dvorak's 9th symphony. When I did it, I've realized he had "copied" the scherzo of Beethoven's 9th! What is going on here?
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When was the Ionian scale invented?

The Ionian scale is the major scale, which is one of the two most commonly used scales. (As the remaining five are rare compared to) It is far the most commonly known, and it is being even used in ...
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Why does the French sixth sound more dissonant than the others?

The French sixth chord sounds more dissonant than the Italian and German sixth chords. What is the reason?
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Why use odd time signatures?

I'm a beginner guitar player, and I'm trying to pick up some of the music theory behind the instrument, and one thing that I've sort of grapsed is odd time signatures. I know what they are, and I can ...
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Is practicing seventh chords ascending/descending chromatically effective?

I've been practicing seventh chords on piano using a number of patterns. I'm playing all four inversions for major, minor, half-diminished, and dominant sevenths. One pattern I use is to play full ...
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I cannot hold my pitch when accompanied. How to best practice this?

I am an amateur among very musically talented friends. They have repeatedly complimented me on my singing voice, and asked that I participate more in their musical get-togethers. However, I found ...
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Boss RC300 to trigger external midi sequence

I've got the RC300 and using Sonar. I also have a Boss and Casio drum machine. Would like to trigger sequences and sequence changes from RC300. Can't seem to find info on how to do this. I think it's ...
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Indication of general usage of piano pedal

Traditionally, "P" and "*" are used to indicate the use of sustain pedal for the piano, and the release of it, respectively. However, in composing my own piece, I often want to indicate the player ...
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Sing John Legend's All Of Me to the piano accompaniment [closed]

I want to sing John Legend's song All Of Me to the piano accompaniment. I have already learned how to play the accompaniment through this tutorial. After that, I want to sing to it. But the ...
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How to sing very low bass notes [on hold]

I've recently started listening to acapella groups that all have very good bass singers( pentatonix,home free,voiceplay) and I think it sounds amazing when one of the bass singers sings a super low ...
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Leading-tone IAC?

Why did Beethoven write a leading-tone IAC here? It appears as viio 6/5 - I. Also, why does the leading tone IAC exist?
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Why did Scriabin notate the bass clef in Op 11 no 15?

Why didn't he just notate it with treble clef from the start?
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USB Audio Interface or Phantom Power Supply?

EDIT: SOLVED! I'm just going to use a "Plug-and-Play" microphone (the Samson Go Mic in my case). No need for extra hardware, easy to use, good quality, only $30! I know this exact question was ...
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Stuck orchestrating the melody of a Beethoven sonata

I have been orchestrating the Pathetique Sonata for months. I looked on IMSLP and saw no orchestral transcription. And I figured, if I am going to orchestrate a piano sonata, this would be the sonata ...
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Any other “good” recordings on Goldberg Variations? [migrated]

I have listened to the recordings done by Gould, Tureck, Schiff, Kempff (which I hate), and Zhu Xiao Mei. So here I am wondering if there are any other recording that are worth listening to? Thank you....
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Who plays classical music by ear? [closed]

One of the things I'm working on is playing classical music by ear. I've figured easier things like Canon in D, Prelude in C. But I'm trying to work my way up. I'm wondering if it's possible to play ...
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How to hold a pipe organ concert in a cathedral? [closed]

I am interested to know what is the process (in general) to hold a pipe organ concert in a church. Should I make a request to the church and tell them I would like to make a concert there? Or should ...

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