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A simple solution would be to tune down to C#, but then again, your string gauge would have to be substantial. I would not bother with that, quite personally. If I may, let me remind you that most rock songs featuring power chords are not played on all six strings, nor even five or four strings. Most are played with just the right amount of crisp, compressed ...


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Although individual composers might associate certain instruments with certain emotions, it only take a brief search of YouTube to recognize that any instrument can evoke any emotion in the hands of a good composer and performer. Although instrument selection can rely on myriad factors, there is one factor that will weigh much more heavily than any other: ...


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It depends. Different instruments can create different moods (strings are great for romantic parts, french horn or trumpet can be great for loud and dramatic parts and a piano can create all kinds of different moods) In Baroque and Classical Music it was relatively fixed which instruments to use. Pieces were written for either a solo (most of the time the ...


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The instrumentation of Brazilian bossa nova is varied and quite detailed. This is often lost in "bossa" fascsimiles/muzak that has often been produced in the anglosphere, where "bossa" is taken to mean "a Spanish guitar and some brushes on the kit playing something vaguely latin, quietly" haha (a little facetious, but not an ...


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Are the guitar and bass electric? Is it for a gig or for a studio recording? When you say, "...vocals and trumpet providing the melody," are you thinking of the trumpet doubling what s/he is singing? That's a bit annoying for a singer, but if you really need to do it, a flugelhorn or muted trumpet might be less intrusive. Suggestions for the ...


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In Bossa Nova, as well as jazz generally, guitar and piano generally take turns comping (i.e., playing chords) — one sits out while the other plays. However, it's also common for one to play chords/rhythm while the other provides fills and other decoration or counterpoint around the lead instruments. These ideas are more fully explored in What's the best way ...


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Possibly - nothing. Contribute a bit of extra percussion. Or fill in the melodic gaps behind the singer. Or take a turn at the melody - trumpet and vocals won't be continuous for the whole piece I hope! Or play rhythm while the guitar takes the melody.


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