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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

There are many aspects to hard rock singing, and each singer (hell, each song) has a different approach. I know that even death metal vocalists can do their scary vocals without doctoring them in the ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

They are called "Stage monitors". Basically they are speakers so that the band members can hear themselves and their fellow musicians more clearly. When the stage is big, it is hard to ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

There might be many different reasons for different bands. So I will be able to point just some possibilities. Studio recording and live performance are different ways to present the songs. Recordings ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

There are two different ways this can be done: a) The band plays at a quieter and quieter dynamic level, until none of the players can be heard anymore (over the crowd etc. noise). There are a couple ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

Adding to the existing answers - monitor or foldback speakers - so-called because they literally fold the sound back to the band. Often, especially in open air gigs, the sound is fed to the audience ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

It depends, is the answer. And it also depends on what you call "distortion" - do you mean it in the sense that a guitarist would, or just that the sound is changed? Microphones are the first ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I have seen bands do fade-outs live, and I have played in bands that did fade-outs live. So it does happen. Exhibit A: Why does it not happen more often? It's hard ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

They don't fade out in the studio. They keep playing in the studio. The engineer just slides the fader. Thus "fade out". A sound man can do that to a band, if the band has no acoustic drums ...
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

The best way to start is by learning all of the Dylan songs you like. Transcribe them or if that's too hard at the beginning try to find transcriptions that other people have made. Once you have ...
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What is the proper chord interpretation for the intro to Stairway to Heaven?

The second chord is a chromatic passing chord: the bass line is descending (A -> G#) whereas the top line is ascending (A -> B). It doesn't really have a name which describes it properly (CaugMaj7 is ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

It's trivially easy to play a fade-out 'live', particularly if everything is going through a mixing desk. We don't do it, because the audience need an ending so they know when to applaud. Audiences ...
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How to Identify Sheet Music Type, Era, or Origin?

This is a portion of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The poster is titled "Sony Tape. Full Color Sound" (1979), by Milton Glaser (Wikipedia). You can see a complete image at Milton Glaser Studio....
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How is rock founded from blues if they have different scales?

'Rock' is an umbrella term referring to an area of music containing many sub-genres that has been evolving for nearly 70 years now. Even at its birth, it evolved from multiple genres such as Country, ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

The "gritty" sound in rock singer's voices is their natural voice, albeit a technique that gives the sense of screaming or growling. Something else that should be considered is that there are many ...
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What is it called when there is a literal whistle (think taxicab or referee whistle) blown in a song?

As the comments already said, this sort of whistle comes from Samba music. Its name is apito, or apito de samba. But it's probably more useful to just say samba whistle when talking about it in ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

The Beatles' distinctive vocal sound was shaped largely by double-tracking, in which the singer would record himself twice, attempting to repeat the performance exactly as before. Later recordings ...
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How do I properly support a bass solo as a keyboard player?

Since the solid bass playing will stop during a bass solo, only coming back in during the last couple of bars, maybe, the drums often continue. That is to keep a rhythm going, sometimes even against ...
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Would you describe 'Skyfall' by Adele as atonal?

I think it's a beautiful song, but it doesn't seem to stick to a key signature very well. I'm not sure where that happens. Here's some sheet music, and the whole thing stays in a single minor key. ...
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

First thing that comes to mind is that Dylan can go off the chords you'd expect in any key. First example is actually a song he covers but didn't write, "Baby Let Me Follow You Down". G ...
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Popular examples of the ♭III in modern rock music?

The I - III♭ chord progression in rock is so common, we could probably spend the rest of the year citing examples. It occurs in a certain metal song about some man made of the chemical element Fe, ...
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I don't think I have heard/read from musicians explaining why live fade outs aren't common, but I think you can come to a sensible answer by first asking why bands often play so loud? Of course they ...
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WHy can you not play metal in Major keys?

Simple answer? Because humans make symbols. Because we associate the minor mode with all the things metal wants to stand for. Long answer? (Ok, you asked for it—) We’ve been conditioned by several ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

These are called monitors speakers or stage monitors or floor monitors in this case. In your picture there are more on either side of the stage). Monitors are speakers aimed at the performer to make ...
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Name and origin of this alternative rock drumbeat

It's been in every rock song since the late 60s. Went out of favour in the 80s then came back with a vengeance with Madchester and Brit Pop, from 89 or so right through the 90s. In the version as ...
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

yet they are complex and mysterious and rich Um, no, not the first two. They're entirely appropriate to the song, which is the key part. That's not about chord progressions though - it's much more ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

Those are stage monitors - basically, general-purpose loudspeakers with built-in amplifiers, designed to sit on the floor and be audible to people standing in front of them. Their purpose is for each ...
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Do hard rock singers use distortion effects on their vocals?

It's generally singing technique. Some schools even call it exactly that, "Distortion". Techy singing-geek description here: https://cvtresearch.com/effects/distortion/ Personally, for FX I add a ...
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Playing Hammond B3 organ parts in rock music. Need advice!

First, I suggest you study the organ playing of the keyboardists for classic rock bands, including: Deep Purple The Doors Boston Booker T. and the MG's Spencer Davis Group & Traffic (Steve ...
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