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Put as simply as possible, horns are tubes. Blowing in special ways makes certain notes sound from those tubes. By changing one's embouchure, those notes start at a fundamental, then gradually go up in harmonics. The first notes (in key C) would be C, G, C, E, G.Those notes are the ones we hear when a bugle is played - Reveille, Last Post, etc. Bugles only ...


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I would strongly advise you NOT to buy any instruments. You don't need to. Do you imagine composers play lots of instruments? They don't. The only instrument Berlioz played was a guitar - tolerably - yet he wrote a book on orchestration! What possible use would it have been to Ravel if he had learnt to play the harp?!! If you buy a violin you'll end up ...


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That's weird... apparently there's no English term for this exact phenomenon, but there is one in German: Einschwingvorgang (pronounced eyn-shving-fore-gung). Wikipedia wants to have it translated with transient, but I disagree. A literal translation would be “oscillation start process”, i.e. it describes the start of an oscillation which then just goes on, ...


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No. I respectfully differ from all the other answers (so far) and answer your question with a strong no, I don't think that any instrument, or any class of instruments, would be consistently preferred by people with a bias for math or abstract thinking. (With a single caveat that I'll explain at the bottom). The reasoning that some instruments, like the ...


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I would suggest: continuous pitch instruments.


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That is known as an Erke. The erke (alternatively erque, coroneta, or quepa) is a large labrophone (lip reed) instrument native to the Gran Chaco of Bolivia, northern Chile, and Argentine Northwest. (SOURCE: Wikipedia) (PHOTO CREDIT: By N J.O. Zavalía - https://www.flickr.com/photos/122267223@N07/13614627804/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/...


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The word "mudraic" (from "mudra" = gesture) has been used by Indian philosopher P.R. Sarkar to describe how closely the gestures of the musician are connected to the sounds that are ultimately produced. For example, the violin and similar instruments are highly mudraic, because even slight changes in the movement of arms and hands lead to ...


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I’m not sure if there a conventional term for it but from a waveform standpoint the term would be that it has a slow attack and low transient. Another instrument with a similar characteristic would be a cello when bowed. As opposed to instruments with a fast attack (I.e. guitar, piano, drum) Transient sometimes referring to the initial burst of energy from ...


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You can play several different notes with the same fingering, controlling the note with your lips. On a trumpet, starting at middle C, you can get C, G, C, E, G, B♭, C. Then each fingering (or slide position) will move all these notes downward by a particular number of semitones. Note that half-way valve-presses are not used. On a trumpet 3rd valve is the ...


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The most abstract "instrument" would be a synthesizer or sound-generating software. However, in terms of a traditional instrument, I would say organ is the most abstract in the way you're asking, as it allows for the fundamental aspect of musics -- melody, harmony, and rhythm -- to be addressed simultaneously, plus orchestration and timbre. Piano ...


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As far as double basses are concerned, it's not uncommon to see a body with something like this: Just a normal double bass body, with a left shoulder cutaway (if it is really called like that). They are used to help the player on the higher positions. One company (that comes to mind) that makes such basses is Framus : I understand why you ask such a ...


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@Timinycricket has it right: slow attack / fast attack. The terms are relative, not exact. Here is some supplementary information. To describe a gong, or other instrument's sound, the closest musical term is timbre, and the acoustical term is sound envelope. There are (were) at least two timbre-based taxonomies of musical instruments: The eight-fold ...


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I'd like to pick it up again, but I don't have a sax. Any recommendations on what I should look for? Twenty four years ago I emigrated to a country which kinda, sorta, not-really recognized my driving license. What that meant in practice was that they would exchange my home country license for theirs provided I sat a 10 minute driving test to ensure that I ...


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Consider a bugle. It can play a limited number of notes. As you say you're 'familiar with music and its jargon' perhaps you'll understand that they can play a selection of the harmonic series for that length of tubing. The 'buttons' switch in extra lengths of tubing. The available set of notes shifts downwards as the overall length of tube increases. On ...


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Literally abstract - Theremin or voice. Possibly, but only possibly, instruments with continuous pitch, such as violin, trombone, fretless bass. I take that website with a large pinch of salt, in fact, it's pretty abstract in its thinking! With a mathematical mind, any instrument - as music and maths are closely related in several ways, and those with ...


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I might use either expressiveness or versatility, depending on the context. For instance, electric guitar volume pedals are called "expression pedals" even though they only modify volume. I don't think you're going to find a term that's more specific to music than those, because things like timbre and polyphony tend to be talked about independently....


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It's a kettledrum, aka timpanum.The handles are for changing the tension on the head, which changes the pitch of the drum. There is also a pedal which can be operated by foot, to go from one tuned pitch to another. Valves are what they're not - there's no gas or liquid passing, only tension produced by a screwing motion.


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In synthesis, the magic letters ADSR get bandied around a lot. They represent a sound envelope, which every sound, particularly musical instruments, have. They're the basic breakdown of a sound. Every sound will start somewhere! That's the Attack part. It may be immediate, as in a snare drum, or stridently played violin note, or slow, as in a swelled note on ...


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Let me offer some alternate perspective besides the tuning issue referred to in the other answer. They're awkward to hold. The situation when operating the valves with your left hand is worse than a bass trombone: there's about the same (or more) mass in the valve section, and there are fewer points of contact for you to support the instrument. They're ...


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I believe that the instrument you are best served by getting is a professional notation program with good orchestral sounds. The two that I personally have experience of is Dorico and Sibelius. The notation program will allow you, to a certain externt, hear the instruments and orchestration. Next, get a lot of musician friends. Preferrably musicians that ...


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Like with all skills, if you keep practicing and doing something, it will get better or at least stay the same, until things like old age or other factors start to interfere. Conversely, skills naturally deteriorate when they are neglected, but even then, a little practice can often bring things back up to a good level. I don't think that singing and playing ...


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Instructions, text only Choose your instrument You need an instrument with multiple channels. For example, violin has three channels assigned to it: one for each of arco, pizzicato, and tremolo. To do this, right-click on an empty place in the first measure of the score. select Staff/Part Properties... click on the Change Instrument... button select, for ...


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In the case where an instrumentalist doubles their own improvisation with voice, there is not a specific term. Slam Stewart made his name doubling his bass in this way, having gotten the idea from Ray Perry, who did the same in his violin solos (recording not readily available). In general, it's considered something of a novelty. Some musicians famously ...


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This kind of question is like asking whether red is better than green :-) Instead of ranking what is "natural" I suggest looking at the qualities of the instruments and trying to understand how someone tries to exploit those qualities to perform. Piano cannot bend pitch or sustain long notes or crescendo after a key is struck, but it can play ...


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Bugles are one-handed. Trumpets, tenor and French horns would be playable to some extent. The pipe of a pipe and tabor! Flexatones are lovely things. I've seen virtuoso bass guitarists play whole pieces with one hand. At OHMI (One handed musical Instruments) there are all kinds of instruments and adapted instruments. The one-handed clarinets and Chapman ...


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The "electric family" of string instruments are often designed without any shoulders. The below photos come from Wikipedia's entries for electric cello and electric upright bass, and an internet search will show you lots of other designs -- much in the way that electric guitars can be shaped in myriad ways. For acoustic instruments, one consequence ...


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Aside from electric instruments like @Aaron mentioned, this is not unheard of but extremely rare. I have seen a few upright basses over the years in bass shops with a cutout in the upper bout like this or even more pronounced. I even found a pic of a viola with a similar feature: I have never seen this on an acoustic cello or violin but I would not be ...


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I would say that an instrument has its own set of characteristics. These include Range: lowest note to highest note Methods of playing: e.g. plucking and bowing Tone palette: Which harmonics are present in a given note and how these can be varied by the player etc. With regard to Midi I would say that you can vary the parameters; volume, pitch, duration, ...


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This is indeed a very old idea. Perhaps the first proposal of such an instrument, called a bowed clavier, viola organista, or Geigenwerk, was by Leonardo da Vinci. Praetorius mentions and illustrates it in Syntagma Musicum II, and one example of it made in 1625 in Portugal still exists. There have been a few modern reconstructions as well, which sound a ...


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Since you play a Bb instrument, you know that your written C produces the sound of a concert Bb. That is, the instrument sounds one whole step lower than the written pitch. Put another way, the written pitch is a whole step higher than the concert pitch. Eb instruments are similar. The written C on those instruments produces a concert Eb. Thus, the written ...


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