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Are most male pop singers really tenors?

I listen to a fair amount of pop music, and I have picked up on the trend of high ranges for the male pop singers (Somehow, this seems less pronounced on the female side). The male pop singers all ...
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Leon-Aubert Violin Year?

How do I know when my Leon-Aubert violin was made? There is no name but there is a serial number. However, I cannot find any information about it anywhere. I am sure I am not Googling it correctly ...
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Why are thirds used with chromatic mediants and not other intervals?

I was watching this video about chromatic mediants (the video calls them chromatic thirds for some reason). And it made me wonder what is it about thirds that makes them popular. So we talk about ...
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How should I write out the word “Choir” to be sung in two syllables?

The word "choir" is pronounced /ˈkwī(ə)r/, but if I divide the syllables they are cho and ir. So I imagine that if it's to be sung on two notes my choices are: .. I think [based on this post}(https:...
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How to overcome emotional tension with this Beethoven rondo

I never thought this would happen but it just did. The Beethoven rondo I am referring to is the one in G major, widely known as "Rage over a Lost Penny". There is a 20 measure section starting at ...
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How does an apparent 4/4 arise from 2 totally unrelated time signatures?

So I have been listening to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and I notice something that is unusual to me in his promenades. It has a 4/4 feel but it isn't written in 4/4 at all, instead it is ...
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Muted percussive sound of a guitar equivalent on keyboard?

Just as a reference of what I mean in the intro of the track: If not available in your country: (thanks @Michael Curtis) There are ...
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how to resolve a chord progression that goes f#m d#dim

This is probably a stupid question but I've been trying to resolve it for a while now and due to low knowledge of music theory, I can't. I don't really know what key I'm in.
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A Blues Major Scale and A Blues Minor Scale meet at one point?

I am fairly new to playing the guitar now backed with some theory. I was exercising the A Blues Major scale for a while now and had some very cool insights. The latest is the assumption that the A ...
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What are some good excercises I can improve my harmonic hearing with? [closed]

I always struggle with finding the bridge or next part when songwriting, and it kicks me out of my flow. thank you
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1answer
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Default left-hand piano voicing for Dbmaj7 Eb7-9 Abmaj7

I came across a lead sheet for a jazz tune ("Haunted Ballroom" by Victor Feldman) in which the following chord symbols appear: Dbmaj7 Eb7-9 Abmaj7 I'm a bad amateur jazz saxophonist and an even ...
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Are non-diatonic chord progressions usually modal mixtures?

I asked a question in the past about non-diatonic notes. In the answer I got a progression of the form: IV Maj | ♯iv dim | I64 | V7 | I Maj IV Maj | ♯iv dim | V7 | V7 | ♯v dim ...
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what can we do when we're struggling with rhythmic notation? [closed]

How can a music teacher help his pupils who have no rhythm feeling at all, who are not able to count or speak in a rhythmical way? How can we improve rhythm reading? Is there a helping method for ...
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1answer
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Transitioning from arranger keyboard to piano

(Apologies for any wrong terminology or ignorance - I'm relatively new to music!) I have been learning to play arranger workstation (using auto-accompaniment) for the past three years with a music ...
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1answer
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Am I using falsetto in this audio recording ? (vocal range test)

I wanted to test my vocal range, and test how high I can go without forcing too much and without using falsetto. I tried to sing C4 to C5-D5 (I did 3 recordings), but I have the feeling that above B4 ...
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What is this chord in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2? [closed]

Can anyone tell me what chord Bach notated in the second half of measure 91 in the score below? I can see that the first chord in this measure is FMaj7, which is the end of a circle of fifths chord ...
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What is the 'and' called in 4/4 time?

"1 and 2 and 3 and 4." If beats 1 and 3 are strong (aka on-beat) and 2 and 4 are weak (aka off-beat). What is the 'and' called? I'm wondering about the terminology.
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How mix scales (locrian, dorian, etc…) with blues scales/pentatonic?

I am experienced with both, scales and pentatonic. but when it comes to the point to mix them together, I have some trouble. My goal is it to extend my possibilities, but at the same time to keep this ...
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Is a new tonal center established when I play a chord progression of more than two chords in the new key?

If I'm modulating between keys, say between major and its relative minor. Is the main way I establish a new tonal center is if I create a progression longer than two chords that lead to a cadence? So ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

I've been wondering how hard rock/metal singers (e.g. Layne Staley, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl) manage to achieve such a 'gritty' sound with their vocals. Do professional rock singers ever use ...
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Connecting a mixer and a USB audio interface

I just acquired an A&H MixWizard WZ3 16:2, and tonight i'm picking up a Focusrite 18i20. In planning to connect everything up - and buying the necessary cables - I've read several posts about the ...
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Examples in “Fundamentals of Musical Composition” by Schoenberg [closed]

I am working with Schoenberg's Fundamentals of Musical Composition, amd would like to know if anyone is aware of a website that has the examples in audio format, or if some saint here has sequenced ...
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How to best practice piano

Hi so I have been playing the piano for a few years now and the current pieces I can play well are Chopin Etudes 10 3, 25 1 and I'm learning the 1st and 3rd Ballade. I also can play (Japanese Anime ...
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Algorithms for time stretching/pitch shifting

I want to change the pitch of an audio track and try to keep the highest quality possible, so when I click on processor algorithm setup, I have few options : Standard method (time stretches and pitch ...
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What instrument or synth is this “breathy organ” sound? [closed]

Off the top of my head it can be heard prominently in the "Eve no Jikan" soundtrack from 00:00 and in Fat Freddy's Drop's "Breakthrough" starting at 2:34 or so, though I have definitely heard it in ...
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Metronome time question

I have to practise a scale-type violin exercise in 4/4 time at 1 minim = 62. My metronome does not have a minim setting option on it. Can I set a timing using crotchets to get a similar type result? ...
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Freestyle Advice for Beatboxing [closed]

So I have been beatboxing for a couple of months now, got inspired by GBBB battles. I can do the basic sounds (kick drum, hi hats, (inward and outward) K snares, pf Snare, throat bass, lip ...
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1answer
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Do I have to prepare and resolve non-chord tones in certain ways?

I keep getting feedback from certain people on a classical music forum that I prepare and resolve my dissonances wrongly and that my counterpoint is off. And this is regardless of what type of ...
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Do all notes of a chord belong to the same scale?

I know that a chord is built around a bass note, and depending on the type of chord this bass note will dictate what other notes go into the chord. But do all notes in a chord belong to the same scale?...
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Chromatic vs Non-diatonic vs Accidental

I was wondering if all three of these terms: chromatic, non-diatonic, accidental, all mean the same thing?
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Why is the interval between C# and F a diminished 4th?

Wouldn't it be the major third as well?
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(How much) should I focus on sight reading if my end goal is being able to play by ear on piano?

So my technical ability is ahead of my sight reading ability. And I haven't practiced my ear at all. My end goal is to eventually be able to play any song by ear and put my own variation on it. I'm ...
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Why would a man start a sing-along in a low key

I have been to sing-alongs where a man, the leader, chooses to start in a low pitch (low for me as a tenor). I cant sing that low. Why would a man choose a very low key for a sing-along? I mean, when ...
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How to make position/barre markers in lilypond?

I've recently started experimenting with LilyPond (Version 2.18.2 in case it matters). I've been fairly successful in creating basic scores, but I cannot figure how to properly make position/barre ...
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Theories on compositions with different modes

I am working on understanding how the use of different modes in composition can be arranged. A common example would be to utilize modal mixture with parallel modes, but i'm curious about other ...
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Analog Four MK1 as an Audio Sound interface in Ableton

I am using Analog Four MK1 as an audio interface in Ableton 9, where I have also an audio track, but I don't hear the track in the speakers... I have 1 cable from output left Analog Four MK1 to ...
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Hydrogen - batch export drum loops in different tempos

I use to export drum loops from Hydrogen in different tempos. The workflow is quite annoying, because I have to change the tempo for each file, go to export and then export the pattern/song to a ...
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Which key to modulate to? [closed]

So I have finished the A section of my waltz and am wanting to go to another key for the B section. The waltz is in the key of D major. So these chords are diatonic to it: My melody in the A section ...
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I had a bad piano lesson one day, why? [closed]

I have been playing piano for just over 2 years. My piano teacher is excellent and has really helped me to improve my playing. I already had 7 lessons with him. One day, I had a really bad piano ...
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What does kingfish play? [closed]

I've just discovered a new amazing guitar player, Christone Kingfish Ingram, since the first time I was shocked by the way he plays. I've tried everything but I simply don't understand what he plays, ...
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Use saved midi presets without using a computer

I've got a novation impulse 49 MIDI keyboard, and I'd like to use it live with presets that I have created on logic, but it would be such a pain and also kinda dangerous to bring my macbook with me ...
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Where does the Eb diminished 7 in I Wanna Be Around come from and how to play over it?

I am interested to know where the Eb diminished 7 in the first 4 bars of jazz standard I Wanna Be Around come from? My guess was that it relates as being a sort of tritone substitution for the V of ...
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Analysing two chant melodies [closed]

How would you analyse this: Two melodies from the Catholic Mass It is based on chant theory so it doesnt use "normal" music theory.
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Having trouble playing the G major chord

as the title implies I'm having trouble playing the G chord. I have been following this tutorial on youtube: which explains it pretty well, only problem I seem to be ...
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Can you determine if a note is sharp vs flat if it doesn't feature in the scale? [duplicate]

Given the scale Lydian in the key of C we can determine that the F# (rather than Gb) is indeed an F# as it doesn't appear elsewhere in the scale. How can you determine if a note is sharped or flatted ...
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Does the order of a chord matter?

Suppose I'm playing a C major triad, does the order matter in regards to pitch? Does the C have to the be lowest note? Does the E have to be lower than the G? Are the rules the same regarding other ...
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Pacific State - Is this out of tune, or is it a sophisticated performance playing with temperament?

I heard the song "Pacific State" by the band "808 State" on the radio last night. It sounded to me like the sax was badly out of tune. But it then struck me that the performer might be playing that ...
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Do Half steps in a diatonic scales need to be separated by two whole steps? [duplicate]

I've been reading about what makes a scale diatonic, and so far it seems that any scale that is constructed with a pattern of 5 whole steps and 2 half steps inside an octave could be considered ...
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Harmony: Melodic Fragments

Could someone please explain what melodic fragments are? I’ve been told that if you see scale degrees 123 or 321 in the melody or bass it calls for an idiom. I’ve also heard that there are other ...
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Is there a set of closely related keys in modern popular music? [closed]

In my knowledge, the closely related keys in classical music are: In C-major: C-major (Tonic, original) ♮ d-minor (Supertonic, relative of subdominant) ♭ e-minor (Mediant, relative of dominant) ♯ F-...

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