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Any tips on making pentatonic climbing more fluid (electric guitar)

I've been practicing pentatonic scales on my electric guitar and sometimes it'll be very fluid and smooth sounding and other times it'll be very choppy and static. Is making the climb-up and climb-...
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Standard format for jazz chord symbols

In jazz, certain chords can be written in many formats. Like for minor 7ths you can do: Cm7 Cmi7 Cmin7 C-7 And for major 7ths: CM7 Cma7 Cmaj7 CΔ7 Have publishers of big band music settled on a ...
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Why do corps style drummers tend to rag on HBCU style of drumming? [closed]

What I notice when I read comments from corps style drummers on videos featuring HBCU drummers is they either say they hate it or point out things that are different from corps style like the use of ...
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What's the name of the "warbling" vocal technique in "The Tale of Jenny and Screech"?

In a song by Ren, called The Tale of Jenny and Screech, there's a musical technique that I've heard a few times over the years, but never known the name of it (if it has one, as I'm sure it does). It'...
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What is the function of C#7 in the key of D?

I'm trying to understand function of a chord in Miguel Llobet's arrangement of Canço del Lladre. I marked my interpretation of the chords in the excerpt below. The chord symbols in parenthesis are ...
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What is the genre and/or sub-genre of this piece? [closed]

Midas by Maribou State, Holly Walker What other examples exist of this genre or sub-genre? Is it it's own sub-genre?
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What is the name of this scale based on the harmonic series?

The following table lists the first 13 harmonics of the note C Harmonic Note Unique note ----------------------------- 1 C C 2 C 3 G G 4 C 5 ...
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Different Piano Octaves

What comes after 8va and 15ma in Piano music? I have tried searching, but nothing helpful comes up.
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Legato slide, Pulloff, hammer on combo

I have been trying to figure out how to play these notes for months.. I don’t know if I’m supposed to do it as 1 pick starting at the 16 then pull off and slide hammer and slide again?? Please help. ...
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Adding 8va line (both high or low) in Sibelius 7 doesn't play back

I'm working with Sibelius 7 and even though I'm adding 8va lines at some parts of my score, when playing it back I get the same sound I should be getting if I didn't have them. Any ideas why this ...
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Finale v26 break top beam of a 16th note

I'm trying to create the above form of notation in finale. All I can muster is the below. Any insights?
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Arrow below staff pointing to number

What does this arrow below the staff pointing to six mean? Do I repeat the measure until 6, rest until 6, or something else? If it helps at all this is pit orchestra music for a musical :) Thanks!
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Oscar Peterson I've got it bad and that ain't good bar 10: Dm7 flat 5 flat 11? [closed]

This chord is played over a bass player on a d, it's coming right after a dm7. From the bottom up F# Ab C F Ab Is that F# a flat 11? Is the Ab a flat 5 or a sharp 11? Or is this a passing chord that ...
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Does the human voice qualify as noise?

If we follow a common definition of noise, which is an aperiodic signal... Then is voice a noise? I've read lots of definitions on a certain free encyclopedia, but it could be that due to the nature ...
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Is the volta ONLY used to mark unique end of a section or can it mark unique verse content within a section?

I have a three verse, two chord song: Verses 1 and 2 are a b c a b c d d e Verse three is a b c a b c a f g d d e Without writing everything serially, within a repeated section with lyrics listed ...
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What are the differences between Ash and Alder wood for electric guitar?

Ever since the 50’s both Ash wood and Alder wood have remained the most popular choice for building electric guitars. What are the major differences between these two woods for an electric guitar? (...
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How to indicate that a part of the song should be repeated only the second time around? [duplicate]

I have a song that I am transcribing, and it has a verse that repeats. The verse starts at the very beginning of the song and is 12 measures long. The second time the verse is played, it is played ...
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What is a tremolo in terms of guitar effects?

The task is to create a presentation on computer effects and tremolo is listed as on of them
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

Sometime I want to use a YouTube video to figure out what notes/chords are being played, figure out how (i.e., by what technique) the notes/chords are being played, or transcribe a (part of) a song. ...
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Is burning high resolution recordings to CD a bad idea? [closed]

More and more music is available for purchase / streaming now in Hi-Res formats which exceed CD quality in bit rate or recording frequency. For practical reasons I often listen to the same music in ...
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Lyluatex Reuse code: Stylesheet or newcommand

I want to color all the stanza numbers of many hymns with red. I would like to keep the color definition in a stylesheet and only pass "the number and dot" of the stanza as a parameter. I ...
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Is there a defined note for the triangle?

Do all triangles sound the same note in the same octave, or are there differences between models?
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How does 8va work on a staff with multiple voices?

I am writing a piano score and at one point I have a bar with multiple voices, one of which is quite high above the staff. I would like to write the top voice with 8va to make it more readable, but I'...
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Can a diatonic melody in one key sound like it is in another key?

Here is a simple melody I composed in C# minor but while listening to it closely, the part notated in red seems to me like the music has actually moved across to G# minor. Is it weird to say this ...
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Should a conductor ever assume that they will be premiering a piece?

Here's the story. A conductor I know offered to look at my work. He shared with me what he thought would work particularly well. I found an old sketch and tailored to fit the strengths of his [...
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Why does my Alesia Melody 61 Keyboard keys replay itself after I release the key?

I press down on my keyboard key and it repeats the sound. I press it, it makes the sound, but then when I release it and lift my finger off of it it plays the sound again. I don’t know what’s wrong ...
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How to send audio from Yamaha MG16XU to Scarlett 2i2?

I am currently working for a radio station. And we're planning to live stream a program on youtube. Webcam mic is too noisy so I want to use the radio stream sound as youtube stream audio. But I don't ...
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Dynamics using m, r, s, and z. What do they mean?

I've seen these dynamics that are notated with: 'm', 'r', 's', and 'z', but I don't know what the mean. I might have an idea to what 'm' means, which might mean 'medium' like in mp or mf, but I don't ...
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4th octave Eb in Chopin, should I trust that the flutist will get the note?

I am arranging Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 no. 2 for Flute and String Quartet and I have reached a spot where it is difficult for me to decide whether or not I should stick with the notes that Chopin wrote ...
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Piano: Signatures [closed]

I love to create piano sheet music but have faced a problem. I don't know if I am able to put a 5 at the bottom part of my signature!(The stacked numbers on the left side of a piano sheet)
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Any suggestions of an instrumental piece that introduces one instrument at a time? [closed]

This is to be used for demonstrating to children the effect different instruments have on a piece of music, would prefer a classical piece, but essentially something that starts simple and builds as ...
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Does the key a piece is written in affect playability for piano?

Key signatures and reading sheet music aside, does the key a piece is written in affect the ease with which it can be played on piano? For example, are any keys known for more difficult or awkward ...
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Do accidentals carry through 8va? [duplicate]

I recently picked up a collection of Czerny exercises, including Thirty New Studies in Technics, Op. 349. In number 12, measure 17 begins with a C# accidental. Later in the measure, in the 8va section,...
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How do accidentals apply with octave signs?

In the measure below, does the natural sign still apply with the octave up sign? The first natural sign (first blue square) means that all following E5's in that measure will be natural, so the first ...
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bVI Root Substitution [closed]

Curious as to why this substitution of the root for a ♭VI chord works. It's pretty standard but I don't get the theory of it. I recently saw it being used in the context of a ii - V - I to delay the ...
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Does an acoustic/electric guitar with a preamp still need an amplifier?

My son wants an acoustic-electric guitar. The one he picked out has a preamp. I know absolutely nothing about guitars, so does he need a separate amp if this one has a preamp?
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Provenance of upright piano labelled Joint Stock

I have come to own this upright piano labelled "Joint Stock". No other label or mark visible. I am unable to find out anything about its provenance. Any ideas?
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How long can a professional trumpet player go without practicing before seeing detrimental effects?

I’ve seen in multiple places that professional trumpet players feel like they need daily, or nearly-daily practice in order to maintain capability, let alone improve. How long is it feasible for a ...
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Why did Miles Davis put his finger under his ear when he stopped playing?

Watching films of Miles Davis performing in the 50's and 60's I noticed that whenever his solo was done he would take his index finger and press it beneath his right ear. Sometimes he would also shake ...
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Is there a reason why Clementi didn't suggest a change of finger for repeating notes? (Sonatina Op. 36 No. 2)

I just began to learn Clementi Sonatina Op. 36 No. 2. The edition I have (ed. by W. Palmer) shows Clementi's original fingering suggestions. For many repeating notes there was no change of finger (see ...
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Did Chopin use hairpins (adjacent crescendo and decrescendo) to indicate rubato rather than dynamics?

In her answer to Liszt's B minor sonata crescendo, user @Madeleine writes: In many places in Chopin's music, he wrote hairpins ... to indicate rubato rather than a crescendo or decrescendo. The ...
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Boss RC-5: How to make all recordings conform to a single measure?

I'm using the Boss RC-5, but this question is likely applicable to other looper pedals too. I would like to record an input to the looper for an arbitrary period of time (shorter or longer than 1 ...
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What does the chord notation X/Y ("slash chord") mean?

Questions about slash chords are frequent enough that this question was created to answer the general concerns as well as link to related or more specific questions on the topic. Chords notated like ...
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What's the name of the chord when I do the Am shape but with the 2nd and 3rd finger on the 4th and the first on the 3rd fret [closed]

What's the name of the Chord that I play when I do the Am shape but with the 2nd and 3rd finger on the 4th and the first on the 3rd fret?
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What's this odd '+8vb' marking with a dashed line?

I have only been studying music for a couple of days now, and I was advised to look through music I like, so I can further my understanding. Whilst doing so, I have come across some markings that I am ...
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Is there a term for chords like F/G and C/D?

Chords like F/G and C/D are really quite common in jazz, blues and soul music yet I have never heard or been able to find a concise name for them. To be clear, I am referring to any major (or indeed ...
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Post-concert routine for soloists? [closed]

I'm curious about what happens when a soloist walks off stage after a performance. Where do they go? Where does the conductor go? Everything backstage is a mystery for me.
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Is "16va" proper notation?

Is the notation "16va" or "16vb" ever used to mean to transpose what is written up or down two octaves? I cannot think of how else you would represent the highest and lowest notes ...
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Amaj chord: Fret buzz on the D string

While playing the A chord on my acoustic, I can’t get rid of fret buzz on the D string, no matter how hard I try. I almost wonder if you guys have found a more parallel angle of the wrist so that the ...
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Should the last chord before the last four chords be fortissimo in Chopin Op. 10, No. 12?

I'm learning Revolutionary Etude by Chopin (Op. 10, No. 12), and I am thinking about the last chord before the last four chords (fifth to the last chord, at the beginning of m. 81). Should it be ...

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