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Why can't we play rap on piano?

Rap is rhythmic speech. Speech has pitch any time there is a vowel sound or other vocal cord-produced sound happening. (F and S sounds are examples of sounds that don’t require vocal cord movement.) ...
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

The whole point of rap is that it's not in particular pitches. If it was, it'd be singing, and easily reproduced on piano - or any other musical instrument. As it's basically talking, it isn't ...
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What do "bars" mean?

The most common meaning of "bar" that I've heard is as a synonym for "measure." So in 4/4 time, one "bar" equals one measure, which equals 4 beats. In 3/4, one bar would be 3 beats, etc. A tune is ...
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What do "bars" mean?

Apparently, and somewhat confusingly for a musician, in rap slang "bars" are not bars as in "measures" but rather simply verses (2, 3, 4). They may or may not correspond to a single (musical) measure....
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How to learn rap music?

Taking them one at a time: Is Rap music? Yes, or rather, Hip-Hop is, but in many ways it is meta-music. Going back to "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang (the first release of the music beyond ...
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Why use cross notes in sheet music for hip hop tracks?

They refer to non-tonal/non-harmonic sounds; be it drum sounds (these sounds don't follow a harmonic structure), or dead notes on a string instrument, or, as is the case in this example, rap (the ...
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What's the name of the "dual voice" effect in hip hop music?

Not just in hip hop, this is called a double-tracked vocal. It is simply two vocal takes, recorded onto two tracks. Alternatively it could be two people performing in unison. On sung vocals, double-...
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

Rapping is essentially rhythmic speech. The sound of speech can have a very complex structure. It consists of: pitched sounds (mostly coming from the voice box), which can (simplistically speaking) ...
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

Do rap/hip-hop musician sample jazz parts? Yes. If you can sample jazz for hip-hop, then you should be able to live perform it in hip-hop too. You should be able to play some jazz piano patterns ...
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

In theory you can. In practice it would be almost impossible without mechanical assistance. Here is an example of what it might sound like if you could:
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

Back in my day (you young punks) there was this thing called "Patter - Song," which comprised a full tune and spoken lines (preferably poetic) for vocals. Cake pretty much does/did this. And there's ...
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If I just change the lyrics and flow (very slightly) of a song is it called a cover or a remix?

If you play and sing it yourself, then it's a cover. If you merely use editing tools to change it around, then it's a remix. A remix generally doesn't include a new performance or recording, it's ...
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Is rap / hip-hop music composed the same way like rock and pop music?

Rap, as well as rock and pop, are composed in almost as many ways as there are people. Some will compose in front of a piano and write sheet music, sure, but traditionally this was not the case. Rap ...
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Why can't we play rap on piano?

The words and lyrics issue aside, the main reasons you cannot reproduce the "notes" of rap credibly on a piano are: (1) the lack of pitch bending capability, (2) the lack of means for altering the ...
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How to learn rap music?

A fascinating question I have also pondered - here are my thoughts. Someone once told me music is anything with rhythm and/or tone. Rap has both of theses. 1) As a kid of the 90's, I completely ...
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What's the term for speaking fast in a verse

Patter song is the term you are looking for. The patter song is characterised by a moderately fast to very fast tempo with a rapid succession of rhythmic patterns in which each syllable of text ...
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Newcomer to mixing - what levels should I set for each track?

In the end, the relative levels of the different tracks (instruments) in a mix is a matter of taste and it's an artistic decision. However, as you are just getting started, there is one basic skill ...
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How to learn rap music?

Is Rap music? Yes of cause it is. Do I need to learn conventional music for learning hip-hop music(rap)? No but it helps, many artist know how to play musical instruments Which books, videos or ...
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What do "bars" mean?

Duston's answer is correct, but I wanted to add a supplementary answer for the context of the OP's question, which contained an example of a rapper referring to the "bars" of a hip hop instrumental. A ...
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How to learn rap music?

Short answers: 1) Yes, rap is music. 2) No, you don't need to learn conventional music, but it can definitely help. 3) There are no specific books or resources you should follow. Develop your own ...
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Do we need to sing a hip hop melody adhering to a scale/pitch?

Do most hip hop and rap artists sing in correct tune with and in the same key as the instrumental part? I think the best answer here is Yes, many do, but maybe not most. The vocals for hip-hop and ...
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Are there any breathing methods for Rap vocals?

Making sure to breath down and supporting your breath with your diaphragm, rather than to the chest, and not to exhale all your air at the same time is extremely important for anything that requires ...
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Song Quality and sound through speakers

This is the 'holy grail' of the beginner sound engineer - how to make a mix that's portable. The only way to really do it is practise. Headsets of any kind are notoriously forgiving compared to ...
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Rapping - Flow Control, Interacting with the beat

how can I practice this more efficiently? One consideration is becoming more familiar with rhythm in general. Isolate the "kick drum" pattern, loop it for a while, and count the downbeats of your ...
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How to learn rap music?

I think the answer to "Can Rap be played on a musical instrument?" is no. If you meant can rap music use musical instruments then of course, but you will have heard that in the music you already ...
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What's the term for speaking fast in a verse

While there is not a term that I know of that specifically refers to singing "too fast" (apart from saying that someone is out of time), composers refer to how text is set as prosody. If someone ...
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What's the name of the "dual voice" effect in hip hop music?

The most common way this is done is by having members of the crew join the lead in rapping certain words. Sometimes the entire crew. In the studio it may be just the rapper over dubbing his own ...
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What is the rap mechanism used in "No Pixar" called?

Had a moment to go search some lyrics for the aforementioned rap. As far as it goes, there's not a lot of unique happening in there...it's basically rhyming couplet lines, many of the rhymes are ...
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What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?

Rap verses can be conveniently notated in the usual way. Proof (you might want to right-click and zoom in):
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Techniques to facilitate the process of marking which words are stressed/accented by beat

Rap specialises in cross-rhythms over a constant (usually, as you say 4/4) beat. There IS 'beat-detection' software, the advanced sequencer programs such as Cubase offer this function. If you ...
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