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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question to What's the point of keys other than C and Am? After going through that question, I wrote down the key general facts: The C major and A minor keys have the simplest ...
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I am teaching myself to identify sequences (harmonic and melodic) in Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 Air

I am using Bach's "Air" to identify melodic/ harmonic sequences. I started some of the first page and want to know if I am on the right track. IS the bass I labeled considered a sequence? I ...
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How to move placement of key signature in Lilypond

In LilyPond (ver. 2.18.2), I'm notating some Ligeti (as a challenge, mostly). When writing out a snippet of his Étude En Suspens, mm. 18-21, there's a passage with different keys between the bottom ...
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How Can I Make a Chuck Berry Inspired Piece? [closed]

I'm thinking about making an unofficial Club Penguin Music Jam song for the Pizza Parlor, and I want to make it inspired by Chuck Berry, the king of Rock and Roll. What can I do to achieve the Chuck ...
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Calculating the frequency of quarter tones

I have several questions on the subject of note frequencies and their ranges: First Question How should I calculate the frequency of a quarter tone, such as the half-flat (half-bemol) that is found in ...
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is an augmented second in the soprano avoided in 4 part harmony even when it occurs in a modulation?

In this chord progression I wanted to modulate to the minor subdominant (Em to Am) but instead of just using a V7/iv I wanted to see if I could arrive to the V/iv in different ways and perhaps by ...
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Why is there different Pedaling in different editions of Chopin's op 57?

In seeking the score for this piece, I came across 2 frequent editions: one that shows to use the pedal for half the bar, the other to use 2 bursts of pedal ...
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Shostakovich style (5th, 10th) [closed]

During my music education I was more focused on classical styles of western composers up until times of Beethoven. Namely, I understand the structure and some ideas behind music by Vivaldi, Bach, ...
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Do the notes of triads created from key signatures stay within that signature

F sharp minor has F# G# A B C# D E and finally ending on F# again I know chord progressions follow as Major minor minor major major minor diminished But my g# minor triad goes G# B D# but D sharp ...
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How can I access the "fades" dropdown option in Ableton?

I'm having trouble finding the fades option circled in red in the following screenshot, which was taken from this video: Here's a closer look at his options: And here's what I'm seeing in ...
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Is there proper terminology for the fundamental elements / layers of a drum beat?

In many musical styles a drum beat is composed of three main elements: Bass drum Snare Hi-Hat ... but more fundamentally, three separate functions that can be performed by other parts of the drum ...
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How can I write a 5add9 chord in lilypond?

When I write g:5.9 or g:9^7.3 in a Notes block, the chord is correct. But when I write it in a ChordNames block, it produces G9 rather than G5add9. Is this a missing feature, is there a workaround, or ...
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What does this natural cancel?

What does the natural in the last C in the second line cancel? This is from Schumann's Album für die Jugend. Since the natural is immediately followed by a sharp, which is in the key, it does not ...
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What does "Purple label" mean when people are describing a Yamaha YSS-62 soprano sax?

My title pretty much says it all. I recently purchased a Yamaha YSS-62, and I am in heaven. It sounds great and plays easily (I now have a full rack!). But when I do research on the model I repeatedly ...
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Term for music evoking nature – not pastorale?

I'm looking for a concise term, already in use in music writing or analysis, for a composition that evokes nature. I don't want to use "pastorale" because of its usual association with ...
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Should I be consciously moving larynx when doing vibrato?

Aspiring classical singer here. Lately I've been experimenting with vibrato when singing by essentially just moving my larynx up and down gently but rapidly. I've certainly been able to produce a ...
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Teaching myself to identify phrases and need feedback

I took this piece by Schumann (Melodie) and am trying to identify the cadences. I have already started to try and identify the phrases first. I am unsure if the first system is one phrase. Any help ...
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Jarring F natural in Bartok's "Former Friends"

I'm trying to wrap my head around the awfully jarring - it hurts my ears so bad, I literally can't bring myself to play it - F natural in m16 of Bartok's "Former Friends" from his Book 1 for ...
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How to improve what I am doing, thanks! [closed]

Am I out of tune? A little fast or a little slow? It’s original female song. I need more objective opinions from different people, not from someone know me well. Thank you!!!
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How can I set balanced volume levels prior to mixing?

I make demos on Ableton, but I am new to the world of mixing. I've never been good at balancing volume levels. I do my best to dial in my levels--whichever knob I reach for first, typically--but the ...
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Are "name that song" questions appropriate here? [migrated]

Are "name that song" questions appropriate here on music.stackexchange.com? For instance, if users have already asked on all the other forums, Reddit, etc.
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What is it called when a song starts sounding like the beat is in one place, but is actually somewhere else? [duplicate]

The example that brought this to mind is Lindsey Stirling's "Darkside". At the beginning of the song, plucked notes are played on what we later find out is on the third triplets, but we have ...
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Align \markup and fermata in make-music-function?

The end goal is to have some function that takes a rest and optional text and outputs the rest with a fermata, boxed "vocals", and the optional key words. Inspired by this question, I was ...
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Fingering first measure Funeral March

Is the 5 5 fingering for the left hand, first measure, correct? I ask it because it is for me as a beginner difficult to reposition my left pink quickly on the right place. Is there a good alternative?...
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Write the following tones in the musical notation

I am currently learning music theory so I found some assignments related to writing down tones in sheet. However I am a bit confused when it comes to different note names. For example I have to write ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

Range suggestions abound online, divided by skill level, resonance, and so on. Range is also a big part of trumpet culture: how do trumpet players flex on each other? "I can play higher than you.&...
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Raise or lower position of percent repeat counters by voice in Lilypond?

There is a very similar question; however, I cannot use its answer because it sets the \override PercentRepeatCounter.Y-offset = #-3 inside the \layout of a score block. I need the ability to leave ...
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How does this time signature work

I’m fairly new to grasping this concept so take it easy on me. In the following piece which I assume is 4/4 the sum of the notes simply do not add up. Lots of 32nd notes and some quarter notes ...
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Is there a duration or rest error in the last bar here?

In this example - my understanding is that every bar has four quarter notes, in the third bar, we can see only two eighth notes connected to a half note - does that not make a total of 3 quarter notes?...
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Distance measurement in chords and harmony

I've been searching and thinking about this a lot since my mind got opened up to this possibility. Is there any musical theory "formalism"/framework that deals with measuring the distance ...
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Match timing of audio to another recording in Logic Pro

I have a recording of a monophonic melody on violin, and another recording of the same melody on a saxophone. I'd like the two to sync perfectly, so I want to match the exact timing of the saxophone ...
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What is the difference between an auxiliary chord and a chromatic chord?

I've become confused about what actually an auxiliary chord is. Is it a chord which doesn't belong to the key the piece is written in? Is a chromatic chord an auxiliary chord which is achieved by ...
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Bottom number on a time signature [duplicate]

My understanding of the bottom number in a time signature is that this is how many beats there are in a whole note. So if the bottom number is 4, a whole note gets 4 beats. If the bottom number is 2 a ...
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More Terms for Melodic Functions in Narrative Situations

Leitmotifs (which in this context I mean as a motif or theme representing a person, place, thing, idea, etc.) are one of the only music theory concepts that have really escaped into (comparatively) ...
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Notating Microtonal Chords [duplicate]

Normally, when notating chords, I would use the sharp and flat symbols, and it stands to reason that for chords with quarter tones, I would use demisharp, demiflat, and whatnot. However, if I want to ...
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Full bar rest at the end of piece

Béla Bartok's Mikrokosmos - Vol. I is a book of short and simple, yet quirky piano pieces. Piece No. 24. Pastorale is shown below. A full bar rest (for both hands) ends the piece. This is something ...
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Reason for 4-voice music octave rule

As far as I know, a basic rule of 4-voice music is: -The two intervals between the upper 3 voices should not be wider than an octave, and when moving on to the next chord, each voice should proceed as ...
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notes to play in a "modal scale" other than tonic & character notes?

what other notes should get used along with the modal tonic & the character note, when going for a "modal" sound? Take Dorian, a minor mode, for example, playing over a (dm7: D-F-A-C) in ...
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What are the lyrics for Frisco Town from Memphis Minnie (1929) willing to say? [migrated]

I haven't a perfect knowledge of English, and history and country/blues music from the 20's sometimes carries images that I can't figure clearly. In her song Frisco Town, in 1929, what is Memphis ...
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Bb vs. A clarinet in union orchestras [closed]

A sometimes-mentor and someone in the know at a professional orchestra advised me recently on writing for orchestra. I'll paraphrase his advice here: Writing for a flute player doubling on piccolo ...
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Why can't velocity information be extracted from this kick drum loop?

I wanted to apply the groove of a downloaded kick drum loop to my own kick sound. The plan was to convert the loop’s audio, which happened to be in stereo, to MIDI and then simply hot swap the ...
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Can I have a 24" / 60cm C string on a Harp?

We just got a new lever harp. It starts at F, around 24" long. After I tune it, I'd like to be able to play each note in increasing order, to validate the tuning. But F Major requires B flat, ...
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If a chord has a note from an extension in the bass, is that note still an extension? [duplicate]

This question stems from a recent discussion I had with a friend, neither of us are academically trained musicians. A chord was described as a Gm9/C. My point of view was that the C note makes it a ...
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Static noise from amplifier and it increases when i touch guitar strings

https://streamable.com/76kpb1 I made a video of the issue i am facing, it's my first electric guitar so idk what's the issue
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Viol Tuning lowest note

Are there any instruments of the viol family that can reach C1 in pitch? I have tried searching it up online but I can't find any results.
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Is this tab notation a "soft pulloff"?

I've seen several tab notations like the following: What does it mean? You hold the original note for a bar, then do a "soft pulloff" (take your finger off the fretboard) for the next bar?
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Synthesizing a metallic clicking noise

Bottom line up front: I would like to synthesize the metallic click of a relay (similar to old school turn signal noise). I can get a click (white noise->Short attack/release->bandpass) but it'...
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Guitar versus electronic keyboard workstation [closed]

Between a guitar and an electronic keyboard workstation, which one takes less time and/or effort to become proficient with just for singing privately in my home with my family? (for an absolute ...
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Analysis of non-four-voice music

I'm going to stop analyzing bach's choral and try to analyze the keyboard partita, but it's so different from what it applies to choral, I don't know how to look at it. I'm not asking what part of a ...
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Are unequal 5ths acceptable in applied or seconday dominant chords?

I am trying to write a progression in Cm that modulates to the minor dominant (Gm). In this progression I think I have written a viio65/v but I am getting unequal 5ths between the bass and alto parts. ...
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