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how to properly bring out a modal "color"

Let's please stay in the key of CMaj (C Ionian, D dorian, E phrygian, etc.) If for example, if I have an underlying CMaj triad (C-E-G), but wanted to emphasize the middle note (E), I could solo using (...
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Progression I-VII°-bVII7 or I-VII°-vi

Do you think these progressions make sense in tonal harmony? I tried playing them on guitar but I'm not totally convinced.
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Why does plugging headphones directly into guitar effect sound "bad"?

A few days ago I tried to plug my (OneOdio A71) headphones directly into my 9 V cheap mini Kokko overdrive. I was expecting to not hear anything, or almost anything, because it was my understanding ...
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How can I make my DAW songs really groove? [closed]

For context: I make rock music in Ableton, and I use Ableton’s Drum Rack to quickly program drum beats (for reference, think “Heart of Glass” by Blondie or “Little Red Corvette" and "When ...
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Why there is no Force Theme on spotify? [migrated]

Does anyone no why can't i find "force theme" from star wars by John Williams in spotify? There are no recording of it in John Williams official page.
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What Causes the Changes in Singer Voices Like Mick Jagger's?

His voice has gone from fairly musical/tonal to being more shouted than anything else. This was at least somewhat inspired by a recent question about the effects of smoking on a voice over time. Is it ...
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Making note longer at end of measure

I have the following notes. They are four notes lasting 1 time unit on a 4 time units measure on a staff. Now, I want the last note to last two units, but I cannot convert it to a note with an empty ...
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Lydian mode alleviates the clashing between the (M3) & (P4), but creates just as much between the (#4) & (5)?

I'm very confused when choosing modes to solo over my chord progressions. I've read that the Lydian scale is often used over underlying Major or Major 7th chords, to cut down on the natural clashing ...
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Meaning of a box-like symbol, sometimes with a line through it

I've searched high and low for the meaning of the attached symbol but can't find the answer. Can you help me? The two horizontal Bars at the end of the line, some with a strike through.
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What is the term for swapping parts in a harmony?

What is the technical term given to the technique where parts of a choir switch or swap their parts in a harmony?
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How to connect headphone output to a "balanced" monitor speaker?

It seems complicated to connect a digital piano's headphone output to a monitor speaker which takes a "balanced" input. How is it done? It seems what a "balanced input" is, is to ...
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Does practicing set pieces on the piano lead to the ability to improvise or play accompaniment?

I am thinking of somebody whose entire musical training consists of playing from sheet music. He goes though all Bach, Beethoven, etc. and eventually becomes good enough for Carnegie Hall. He is ...
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What are 'modal rhythm' and 'mensural rhythm'?

The following is from Harvard Dictionary of Music 2nd Edit. From the definition of 'Discant' (bold added): [...] The ideal of contrary motion was mentioned in the 13th-century "Tractatus de ...
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Using conditionals in LilyPond scheme functions

I have a software development background, but I'm new to LilyPond. I'm trying to create a function that will allow me to pass in a number and then return some text depending on which number is passed ...
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Is Moonlight (first movement) suitable for grade 7?

Can I play Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight” (first movement) by L. Van Beethoven for ABRSM digital Performance Grade 7 for piano as my own choice? As per Performance Grades - FAQs: For the exam candidates ...
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Tempo for Rezitativ

What is the tempo for Rezitativ? I found that: Rezitativ by Johann Sebastian Bach is played at 70 Beats Per Minute (Adagio), or 14 Measures/Bars Per Minute. Time Signature 5/4. After the Presto (...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

A lot is said about how singers shouldn't smoke because smoking ruins their voices. However, there are certain singers known for being smokers who also have a typical hoarse smoky voice. When I listen ...
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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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Vertically centering text in a Lilypond Dynamics staff

When engraving my own scores, I like to have all dynamics centered vertically. In Lilypond, we can easily do this by inserting a Dynamics "staff" between the two staves of a piano score. ...
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Sounds used by music instructors to induce pauses in people playing or singing

I would like to know whether it is common for music teacher instructors, and, perhaps, also with musical orchestra directors, but perhaps not, to introduce special sounds, in special ways, by means of ...
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Origins of musical stave notations [closed]

I was wondering whether anyone knows the history of how the notations for clefs, sharps, flats, naturals, notes, and pauses, and their locations of the stave, took place. How were these shapes ...
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Universal list of instruments, finding the suitable instrument for mimicking a voice recording [migrated]

I am wondering whether there is an app which displays a universal list of world instruments with sample playings, where you can also attach sample voice recordings and search for the instrument that ...
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Is there a single-letter neo-Riemannian transformation between F and Cm?

In Is there anything special about A♭ in a Tonnetz?, the main diagram makes very clear that there is one adjacent move on the Tonnetz that, surprisingly, doesn't have a single-letter transformation ...
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Are there advanced high-quality violins like Strads with 4 fine tuners? Does any concerto virtuoso use 4 fine tuners? [duplicate]

Are there advanced high-quality violins with 4 fine tuners? (like Stradivarius.) Are there advanced violin concerto virtuosos players using violins with 4 fine tuners? Below are some related ...
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Is there anything special about A♭ in a Tonnetz?

I just discovered what a Tonnetz is, and I'm amazed by the treasure of information that is hidden in this diagram: Among others, it's easy to find major/minor/augmented/diminished chords, or the ...
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What is the duration of each note in a triple which contains more than three notes or less than three notes?

I am watching this video: It says there are some triplets with more than three values or less than three values. For instance: In the video, it demonstrates how I ...
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Why don't two Boomwhackers with a one-octave pitch difference have a 2:1 length ratio?

I frequently use the tuned percussion tubes Boomwhackers in my elementary music teaching. I noticed something odd about them. When I compare the smaller and larger C tubes, they sound one octave ...
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Learning to sing: Some songs i can sing straightforwardly other i really cant is this normal?

I've been learning to sing for a year. And I noticed some great improvements but there is one thing that happens to me that is totally strange: When I listen to songs, there are songs that I can "...
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Would anyone be able to help name this progression?

I've had trouble coming up with a name for this progression and was wondering if there is a jazz term or if it's a type of cadence. Cm7 D7 Gmaj7
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G# major vs Ab major in the Liszt's Les Preludes

In this video at 6:21, the instructor says that In measure 62 of Liszt Les Preludes (image below), the intonation is difficult if you think of as a "G sharp major." Instead, it will be ...
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Removing entire barline in Lilypond

How can I remove the entirety of the barlines (including that between the staves) from these examples using a \with-based solution? I continue trying the solutions shown in the documentation, but with ...
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LMMS MIDI notes don't stop

I don't know I'm right place but I connected my Casio ToneBank CT-670 to my DAW (LMMS 1.2.2) I can hear the notes I played but it does not stop. How can I set the DAW or the tonebank to sense my push ...
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What do the small notes mean on 1st violin part

I’m playing first violin in my high school’s orchestra and came across a phrase with really small notes compared to the previous section. I suspect that it’s just showing me what the 2nd part is ...
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The definition, and the origin of this sign notation "x"

Here is an example of the double sharp (within the red mark) from Liszt Les Preludes, see below. I suppose this notation "x" is called double sharp. Questions: What are (1) the definition, ...
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In Chopin Marche funèbre, measure 19, on right hand, is the A flat played once or three times?

In Chopin Marche funèbre, measure 19, on right hand, is the "A bemol" played once or three times ? Is the "C" played three times ? Adding also Gymnopédie 1 from Satie : It seems ...
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Why the persistent clicking sound on Kraftwerk's 'The Man-Machine' album? [migrated]

On Kraftwerk's original 1978 album 'The Man-Machine' there is a persistent clicking sound thru most of the album. You can hear it by first minute of the first song, "The Robots". Was this ...
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How does one recall the current context properties for MIDI effects in Lilypond?

After setting the a context property for a MIDI effect, for example \set Staff.midiChorusLevel = #2, how would I save this value into a variable inside a Scheme function, should I want to temporarily ...
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PA Mixer Setup for band

I have a PA Mixer (Yamaha emx512) that has channels 1-4 with XLR or mono 1/4 Line. Channels 5/6 and 7/8 are in pairs where the controls of 5/6 are shared and 7/8 shared where the inputs are 1 XLR and ...
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Who's "Isaac" which Eminem mentions in the end of almost each song of Music to be Murdered By Side B? [migrated]

When listening to Em songs in Side B, Music to be Murdered By Eminem shouts "Isaac"(i don't know if that is the correct writing of this name). Anyone knows?
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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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VII-i cadence in a minor key

I have read many people claiming that this cadence is actually a disguised V-vi in the relative major. But as a pianist and composer I do not feel this way at all. For a concrete example, here is a ...
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Bach French Suite BWV 816: Allemande - what is the ornament with the swoosh at the end?

I am using this (Henle) reference for ornamentation: https://www.henle.de/media/foreword/1816.pdf. The ornament in bar 9 looks like "idem" but the swoosh comes at the end (instead of at the ...
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Chopin's Etude op. 10 No.1 - why the D sharp in bar 8?

In Chopin's Etude op. 10, No.1, bar 8, why does Chopin choose to have D sharp (D♯) in the purple square quoted below? Why not choose the more natural D there? Is there logic, a good reason, and ...
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Can I use/when can I use dotted rests in time signatures such as 5/8 or 7/8?

I'm writing a song that changes to 7/8 and I'm wondering if or when dotted rests are appropriate (assuming that dotted rests are appropriate for compound meters).
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How do I set the drums notation style in LilyPond?

LilyPond documentation lists several different drum notation styles (like agostini, weinberg). These are to be selected by setting the drumStyleTable in context DrumVoice. I would like to use the ...
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LilyPond - Grace note too close to the barline

Lilypond places the grace notes very close to the barline (see image). Is it possible to create more room between the barline and the notes?
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How is my singing? [closed]

Am I good enough for busking and open mics? I am also a song writer and wishing to record an EP soon. Am I good enough though? Would value some honest feedback :)
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Why do e# and b# exist in theory? [duplicate]

I'm aware why E and B sharp don't exist but apparently they exist in music theory because of functional differences that may occur. If they don't exist on instruments, why do they exist in theory? Why ...
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Whats the smoothest way to modulate in minor to a neighboring key?

I am writing in Cm and want to modulate smoothly to Gm and then smoothly back to Cm. Can someone please tell me what is the best way to do this. I see that it is the 4th degree in the scale that must ...
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Calculate bpm with length and time provided

I don't know if it is possible to calculate BPM with timing and length only? For example, I have the timing of each note, that is the first note starts with 0s, second note starts with 2.1, the third ...
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