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Do scales over progressions change the key of the song? [duplicate]

I am a beginner in music theory and trying to understand some basic concepts. As far as I understood, songs are played in keys. This essentially means that you pick a scale (let's say, C major) and ...
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How to learn to play the pipe organ?

I have been playing piano for about 13 years now. I want to go to the next level: playing church pipe organs. A few weeks ago, my dream to play a church pipe organ became true, after a Catholic mass ...
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Recommended Length of Legatos for Winds [on hold]

Is there a general rule of thumb for how long to make legato passages for wind instruments? I imagine it would be different depending on the instrument itself as well as the dynamic level.
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Strange type of 'grace note'?

I am currently working on transcribing an old SATB score (circa 1920) and I came across a type of note for which I have no name. It is the same size as a grace note, but it has a full note value, is ...
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Are there any string exciters that work on the wound strings of acoustic guitars?

I know about eBows and EMpicks and Wonds but they seem to all be for electric guitars. Are there any string exciters that work on the wound strings of acoustic guitars?
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Is there a specific name or descriptive term for happy, productive melodies/tunes that you see on ads? [closed]

Example Feel free to include some of your favorite ones also!
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Does it exist some kind of “1-bit” / “binary” / “one note only” musical notation?

Disclaimer: I'm a programmer and I know nothing about music. I connected a small electronic component to my computer, and I'm able to control it using a software I developed. This electronic ...
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Harley Benton HBO-850 Bass, electric or acoustic strings? [closed]

I just bought the - Harley Benton HBO-850 Bass from Thomann. I wanted to know which strings I should use: electric or acoustic? And some cheap string brands as well. I'd like to have a simple ...
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Why can't I play with a backing track or other musicians

I am a 63 year old man who has never played an instrument before but I have recently started learning to play the harmonica. I’m half way through my second 12 week term of harmonica and I am not only ...
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Why are these quavers beamed this way?

I don't know why the quavers in the bass are beamed across barlines the way they are. Does it signify phrasing or is there another reason for it?
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Who did introduce the mediant keys in to music harmony progression?

Which composer(s) introduced as the first time mediant chords and mediant keys in their compositions - or in which period the use of this kind of modulation was coming up?
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What elementary notation principles are there to provide a “PRE-NOTATION” state of a musical idea? [closed]

How can we help someone who doesn't know reading sheet music to design his own ideas or to interpret a musical score? I call this graphic design (something of a enhanced neumes of the gregorian ...
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How to know key of a melody

How can you tell what key a melody is in if it uses notes found in multiple scales? And if a note is introduced from a different scale than the one it was in, does that change the key? What if it only ...
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Timpani Tuning Question

The timpani tonic-dominant tunings appear like this in standard: In C: C3-G2 (downwards) In C#: C#3-G#2 (downwards) In D: D3-A2 (downwards) In Eb: Eb3-Bb2 (downwards) In E: E3-B2 (downwards) In F: F2-...
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How is Beethoven able to make so many sudden shifts in key?

I know of 2 very common modulations that classical music composers of all ages have done. Those 2 are relative modulation and parallel modulation respectively. I myself have done those and I see both ...
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How to vocalize and control very low/growl notes [duplicate]

I've recently become obsessed with acapella groups (pentatonix, voiceplay, home free), mainly their bass singers. I really want to sing notes in the first octave like they do. I can make a kind of ...
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When would Bach start an ornament- just before the beat, or right on it? [duplicate]

In his table (see below) , all examples seem to start ON the beat, not before it. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Bach-ornamentguide.jpg
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Tommy Castro / RL Burnside [migrated]

Does anyone know the name of the RL Burnside recording Tommy Castro plays (used to play?) before his live concerts? His websites offer contact info but those seem to be unplugged. After attending ...
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How to name more than seven scale tones?

When a scale has more than seven tones, is there any standard way to name the scale tones vis-a-vis the major scale tones? For instance, this applies to the two variations of the diminished scale -- ...
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How would J.S. Bach execute a trill sign that is written over an eighth note?

If Bach's recommendation (as found in his table of ornaments) is to play the first 6 out the possible 8 1/32nd notes for a trill sign written over a quarter note, then should one try to achieve the ...
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Is it possible to understand and enjoy classical music just by listening, without music theory knowledge? [closed]

Pretty much every book out there which claims to teach the readers to appreciate classical music, has significant amount of theory in it. Ex: What to listen for in Music by Aaron Copland. Is it not ...
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Notation to return from piano or forte to regular intensity

With ppp, pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, fff, sfz one denotes the transition from 'regular' intensity to pianississimo, pianissimo, etc. If I understand correctly placing one of those indicates playing with ...
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Left handed piano?

Is there such a thing as a piano that goes from high notes to low notes where the left hand plays the melody and right hand plays the harmony? Lol what is going on here:
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Are grace notes ever notated with notes of exact duration?

I’m learning a new piece of music that has a couple of Grace notes in it which has led me to wonder if it had a unique use or were there other ways of writing the piece using, for example, a one ...
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How can you tell the chords of a piece of music if you can only hear bass and melody? [closed]

How can you tell the chords of a piece of music if you can only hear bass and melody? There are a lot of possibility that it can be more than a single chord..Also, would be better like this.. To have ...
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Is it okay to use steel strings on a nylon guitar? [duplicate]

I replaced one nylon string (the G string) with a steel string. All the other strings are nylon. Is this okay?
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What's the point of chords such as sus and 7th chords? [closed]

Every time I play major7th or minor7th it doesn't make me feel any different than the normal major or minor chord, so what's the point of such chords? What do these chord qualities accomplish that ...
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was Don Shirley also a composer even if he didn't write down any sheet music? [migrated]

first I want to say that I'm just trying to find some questions to pay attention to Doc Shirley. Yesterday we went to see the movie "THE GREEN BOOK" and from the first piece he played I realized what ...
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problem with dorian scale

i have a problem with minor dorian scale. you see, the natrual minor scale for the key A is abcdefg and dorian minor scale for the key of A is abcd f sharp g . but E natural minor scale have the ...
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Electric bass suddenly not transmitting any output

I play on a Carvin 5 string bass with active pickups. The other day while I was playing, my sound became suddenly very quiet and heavily distorted, until it eventually faded completely. I initially ...
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Half note and quarter notes that use the same stem?

Why is there a half note and quarter notes that use the same stem? How to play it on a violin? and What's it called? Thank you.
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Electric guitar tuning changes in different holding positions

While trying to correctly intonate guitar(which was problematic, you can see my last question why), I noticed a strange thing and I don't really know if it is normal or not. I've searched about it ...
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Can I save a MIDI data stream on the USB wire to a .MID file?

I am on Linux, using a custom program generating MIDI events, which are interpreted and played by a synth connected to my PC via USB cable. Since this program is interactive and does not allow saving ...
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“D.S., D.S. Al Coda, To Coda” Confusion

I'm having a difficult time grasping "D.S., D.S. Al Coda, To Coda" based on the online explanations I've come across. Below is the specific example that I'm attempting to play. Does the Dal Segno ...
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Analysis of blues chords

I have doubts about some chords in this sequence: ||: Eb7 | Ab7 | Eb7 | Eb7 | | Ab7 | Ab7/A6 | Eb7 | C7 | | F7 | Bb7 | Eb7/C7 | F7/Bb7 ...
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Dropped new Martin DCAE

So, first day with the new Martin, decided to tune and take some on line lessons. While tuning the G chord, string snapped, scared the hell out of me and dropped the flippin guitar! Now on the lower ...
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How is making music by software different than real instruments? [closed]

Do I need a real keyboard, drum machine and other instruments to make music, or do you think software nowadays are able to generate the same sound? What would be the difference, and would the quality ...
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Why are there many types of staccato?

I have seen staccato in a lot of pieces. And I have heard a ton of different ways of playing staccato. For example here is staccato that is notated but not played as a clear cut staccato at the very ...
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How to keep piano keys from sticking

I have a 1930s era upright piano that I play perhaps three times a week for about an hour at a time. I'm playing very simple bass / chord progressions to woodshed jazz/soul compositions for a dance ...
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Dividing Note Value

I’m accompanying a vocalist in the song “Selve Amiche.” In this piece, there is an instruction at the bottom of the first page that says to “divide the note value equally between the two vowels.” When ...
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Baroque mordent with leading “slur”?

I'm currently studying Bach's Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1052 on the piano and arrived at the second movement. In there, I noticed a mordent that I'm not all too sure how to play. Here's a picture, it's ...
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Why were parallel fifths used in this Rachmaninoff Prelude? [duplicate]

For instance, recently I have seen the use of parallel fifths in Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C♯ minor, The Bells of Moscow: I thought they were completely forbidden. Then, under certain conditions, are ...
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Accompanying a RH melody (improv/comp)

Are there any interesting rhythms/patterns for accompanying the melody (because I can play those by ear), such as breaking chords or etc. For doing piano covers of pop music, I am able to play the ...
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Is modulating from major to relative minor a key change?

I know that C major and A natural minor have the same key signature. Are they considered different keys though? Is modulating from one to the other considered a key change?
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Amp setting to have a longer lasting bend sound or sound ringing at all?

I have a Boss Katana 50 amp and am fairly new to equipment setup for e-guitars. As I am learning "Maggot Head" from Funkadelic I have a lot of slow bends that do not have a lot of density on my ...
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How to disable or limit compression of over-full pages in Lilypond?

Sometimes lilypond tries to use less pages for more music, which is not always wanted. This can be easily fixed by manually adding \pageBreak , but sometimes an automatic solution is needed. When ...
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How to determine the names of the notes in any given scale

Are there any rules for naming the notes in a scale that can apply to any given scale? I know it's straightforward for diatonic. You just use each of the first 7 letters of the alphabet and [double]...
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How should I position fingers 1 and 5 in these preparatory exercises from Cortot?

The first two are from Cortot's preparatory exercises for Chopin Etude opus10/1... My hand cannot reach a 10th so I have to reach ...
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Sibelius is playing the acciaccatura differently

I'm writing a piece in swing feel. When I use the grace note, Sibelius plays it differently than how I think it should sound but when I notate the same thing using a dotted 32nd, it plays the same ...
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How should I correct my wrist motion when trying to do this preparatory exercise of Cortot?

From Cortot's preparatory exercises for Chopin Etude Op.10/2... Apologies in advance for a bad recording and my piano's bad tuning and my bad playing. At least Cortot says play it in a slow tempo. ...

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