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Are diminished 5ths more dissonant than augmented 4ths?

To me when I play these intervals they sounds the same yet in my harmony textbooks, there seems to be a big difference on how these intervals are treated in voice leading. The principal difference is ...
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How do I write the roman numeral symbol for 6 chords and tritone substitution chords?

Am6 in the key of A minor. (or just 6 chords in general) Is there a correct way to write this or do I just write "i"? I can't use i6 cause that obviously means an inversion. What about 6 ...
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Left hand finger exercise giving massive tension

This is a piano question. I’ve identified a left hand exercise that is very hard for me and I wanted to ask: Whether it’s healthy to try doing it Whether it’s useful to spend time on The exercise is ...
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Beat subdivisions?

Sorry, I saw this two days ago but when I tried to find the article back I forgot the title. But I managed to copy and save the excerpt. What is this "Sub-beats are regular beats of duration less ...
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Db - Ab - Abb - Fb: What is this chord?

In Chopin's Nocturne in Bb minor, Op. 9, No. 1, m. 19, b. 4-6, we have a left-hand arpeggio comprising, in order, Db2 - Ab2 - Db3 - Abb3, while the right hand plays Fb. This harmony sits between Db ...
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Can a ii° built on ^2 of the harmonic minor scale with an added 6th function as a fully dimished 7 chord?

The added raised ^7 from using harmonic minor allows for a chord that is enharmonic to a fully dimished 7th chord but built on ^2 not ^7. Can this chord be used as a fully diminished 7th chord?
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How to notate single-line percussion staff using ABC notation?

I want to have this effect by using ABC notation: In LilyPond, I can use \new RhythmicStaff to create such a staff. What's the equivalent in ABC notation?
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When is b6 a #5 in major mode?

If I am in C major I will often see the b6 described as "mode mixture" in my text books or a borrowed note from the natural minor scale. However if I am in the key of C and play a III chord ...
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Is timing with left foot (weak foot) a fundamental skill?

I have been playing drum for years (not but close to 8 years), self-learning most of the time, with really not enough practicing. Yet I am able to play some intermediate songs without much pressure. ...
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How to avoid certain notes ringing out when played with distortion

When I play a certain note like the 9th fret on the G string or the 8th fret on the B string (it is more prominent with higher notes) it seems to ring out almost like reverb but I have no reverb on my ...
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A chord Progression question [closed]

I know that there is lots of chord progression out there that worked and suit many new pop songs. And I know about formulas, but I just came to a chord progression that suits the exact way I want to ...
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Why do these accidentals exist? [duplicate]

I just bought a piano music book to start playing and learning again. It was my understanding that accidentals only affect notes of the bar that they exist in. And because of that this bass clef ...
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How do you play these parts?

I don't know much about music theory but this part seems to require you to improvise or something (1st & 2nd link) , if so how do you learn to improvise something like this, where to start and ...
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What is the musical function of broken chords?

I'm new to musical theory and interested in playing guitar. It seems to me that the broken chords are very often used in the music sheets arranged for guitar. I wonder if they are also usually used in ...
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Lilypond: how to restore Fingering.staff-padding?

In all examples I saw, the only value ever assigned to Fingering.staff-padding is #'() to make fingering be placed inside the staff. What should I do to go back to placing fingering outside the staff? ...
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What is Hold 2 in MIDI?

I found a MIDI Controller called "Hold pedal 2" (0d69 or 0x45). What is this? Is it important or useful?
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How is 2nd and 3rd species in 4 part supposed to look like? How do I do it?

If second species is the 1st pic (the one with half notes) and 3rd species is the 2nd pic, how do i do that in 4 part writing? Like both...combined? "2nd and 3rd species in 4 parts". Im not ...
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What are advantages of finger pads vs stick pads

I'm looking for a MIDI controller to input drum notes, primarily to recreate the sound of a rock drum set. Presently I am using a (semi weighted) keyboard. Despite having quite some practice by now, I ...
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consonant skips in 2nd species counterpoint

From The Complete Musician by Laitz Consonant skips are motions by a third. Well, I think we have a confusion here because by saying 'consonant' I suppose Laitz implied that both vertically and ...
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A big "1" in the middle of a piano grand staff

The image is from a Russian edition of Alexander Goedike's 20 Little Pieces for Beginners (20 маленьких пьес для начинающих), Op. 6, no. 11. What do the big bold ones in the middle of the grand staff ...
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Does a piece have to be in a particular key?

There have been many questions on this site relating to keys. This one asks what 'rule' is there that says a piece actually has to be in a particular key. Obviously most are, and will have the ...
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Problems in recognising harmonic intervals when ear training

I have started doing ear training, I've been using an App called Ear Gym. I'm doing OK, first with ascending intervals and now with descending (using the reference song method) but I'm struggling ...
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Preparation of I7 second inversion in minor

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 139) shows progressions 7th chords(I7), and inversion The book explains that such a process on the second image cannot ...
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Dm in the key of Em

I am trying to analyze the song 505 by Arctic Monkeys. And as many do, I went to Ultimate Guitar (UG) to look the chord progressions for the song. The song has only two chords, Dm and Em and UG ...
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Trills in Clementi Op. 36 No. 1 2nd movement

This is related to this discussion: How to play these trills from Clementi's Sonatina in C Major on piano? My question: is the FG at the end of AGAGFG part of the trill, or is it the one ...
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What is a half step down from a song in Gbm on piano?

When a singer asks to tune a song a half step down from Gbm would that be Fminor or Gb?
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lilypond - forcibly write string number under the staff

I am translating a guitar part into lilypond. The string numbers (the ones that show up inside a circle) are showing up on top of the staff. Is it possible to force lilypond to write them under the ...
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How do I play what looks like a double legato?

What is this (in the green rectangle)? To me it looks like 2 legatos. How do I play it on the violin? It's the beginning of the 15th piece, "A-hunting we will go", from the Doflein Method, ...
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How difficult is this violin part?

I understand that the difficulty of a passage is quite subjective, but all the same I need to have some idea of what I'm asking. This passage looks OK to me. It sits in the middle of the register, ...
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Descending mode vs. Mixolydian

I looked through my notes and I saw the formula for descending mode. I had written that the formula was "WWHWWHW". I'm confused because I'm sure that is also the formula for the Mixolydian ...
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How to tell the difference between lydian mode and dorian mode in songs

I am writing a song progression using the lydian mode using AABA form. My chord progression will be A: E F# A E A: E F# A E B: C#m F# A E A: E F# A E The scale for the melody is E major pentatonic ...
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resolution of vii 7th chord 3rd inversion

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 130) shows progressions diminished and half-diminished 7th chords 3rd inversion But there seems to be another solution,...
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Reference request: Moberly's translation of Mozart operas [closed]

In the book "Three Mozart Operas" by R. B. Moberly, 1967, the author uses his own singable translations of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute when quoting the liberetti. Did Moberly ...
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How is that possible that a same song is presented as 3 different scores?

How is that possible that a same song is presented as 3 different scores for piano, by the same author? Let's consider Snow White - Whistle While You Work: In this link we have: In this scan, from ...
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How to fix floppy scores

I use a standard Manhasset stand, but whenever I try to work with a large format score (11x17), the top of it flops over the back of the stand desk. To clarify, the score is 17 inches tall and 11 ...
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Why are there different voicings in this example?

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 127) shows progressions diminished and half-diminished 7th chords What I'm curious about here is that the positions of ...
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Harmonic Voices Alongside Counterpoint

I'm writing a piece for a rather large ensemble: full string section SATB choir plus soloists 2 of oboe, bassoon, and trombone c-g timpani In one of the sections, the chorus sings a fugato while the ...
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What are next steps to release an EP or an album, once I will finish recording?

I wanted to know, what are steps to do once I will record a DIY ep ? Actualy, I started this project : recording songs, and make out of them a punk rock ep. I do play all instruments, I record using ...
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Are there modern Fender Telecasters with the dark circuit?

Are there modern Fender tellies with the dark circuit? I saw this video that demonstrates an old Fender Tele with the dark circuit, was wondering if there are modern examples that don't require a ...
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Selecting multiple notes in Guitar Pro 8

In Guitar Pro 8 is it possible to select more than one note at the same time; i.e. random notes in different bars - to copy and paste into another instrument line?
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Chopin - Waltz in C Sharp Minor (Op. 64 No. 2) analysis

This is the piece I want to discuss: Waltz in C♯ minor. You can listen to it on YouTube here (played by Arthur Rubinstein) with added music score, or on musescore.com here (played as MIDI) also with ...
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How quickly can a [skilled, professional] percussionist switch between tam-tam and bass drum?

Can a professional orchestral percussionist play tam-tam and bass drum together? Could he/she position the two instruments near enough that they can played one with each hand? The passage... is loud ...
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Problem with formatting songwriting template in MS Word [closed]

I have a problem with formatting a song, below are details. At first, these blue C Cmaj7 C F C lines are fitting in quite well. But as my songwriting continued by adding more places for chorus and ...
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What's the best way to notate a timed arpeggio with specific cutoff

This is a short excerpt (the upper hand part) from a piano piece I'm working on. I'd like this arpeggiated chord to end exactly when the trill start and to be played with the same hand. What is the ...
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Hearing the difference between a I6 vs iii?

In the opening of this song, I hear an Ab to to Eb/G but then in the verses I hear a Gm after the Ab for the most part. I know the difference between the chords in theory and that they both can ...
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How can I include shape notes in a Google Doc?

I am working on a document about shape note singing. This is music notation that is developed off of the solfège scale, where each note is given its respective shape. (Do is an equilateral triangle.) ...
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Which guitar to buy considering the scenario? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for almost 4 years now, and have only played the guitar which I have, haven't got to have chance on multiple guitar, so don't have experience on different models. I have a ...
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What do we call a chord progression that consists of descending by one semitone? Is there any notation for jazz grid?

I was wondering if there was either a name or a notation for a chord progression that consists of the same chord played one semitone lower each time. Here are some examples to clarify my question: ...
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Term for Major Scale with a minor seventh

Given a C major Scale, with C as root: C D E F G A B now make the 7th. step minor, and keeping C as root (not switching to F Major) C D E F G A Bb What is the term / name for this key?
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Most readable way to write left hand flowing towards higher notes

I'm struggling to make a simple passage I've written look and feel 'comfortable'. The left hand is 'travelling' across the piano. Which of these are more readable? My instinct says to stick with the ...
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