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Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?

It is common to play double-stops, certainly in solo pieces; and indeed also quite common to play 3- or 4-voice chords (these need to be "broken", i.e. you quickly excite the low strings and let them ...
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Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?

Yes it is quite common. The technical term for this is double stop. Note, that independent of form of the bow the hairs are just fixed at the tip and the frog. So the hairs have really no choice but ...
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Beginner finger lessons for virtual piano

The keyboard layout used on that VP is appalling. Compared to http://www.onlinepianist.com/virtual_piano/ or http://www.multiplayerpiano.com or http://method-behind-the-music.com/piano, for example. ...
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Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?

Basic background A cello has four strings, tuned in fifths: C, G, D, A (just below middle C). Double Stops It is possible to simultaneously play any two strings that are next to each other. The ...
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Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?

I don't play cello, but I'll answer this based on what I do on double bass. Simple answer: You can play two strings together. It is common to play several strings together. how many strings are ...
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Making music digitally -- where should children start?

This isn't a great answer if you just want your kids to make music, but if you want to use music making as a vehicle to teach the kids how to program then I'd take a look at Sonic Pi. The founder of ...
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Beginner finger lessons for virtual piano

If you're sure you want to use virtual piano there are some example songs that you can pull up within the software. If you already know the tune you don't have to worry about rhythm and it will help ...
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Hitting Snare, Kick and Ride at the same moments in a song

This is the basic element of any 'four on the floor' rhythm [though more usually with hi-hat rather than ride]. boom-tsh-thwack-tsh-boom-tsh-thwack-tsh-… Kick on the one & three, snare and kick on ...
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Hitting Snare, Kick and Ride at the same moments in a song

James Brown's drummers are considered some of the best of all time, and they definitely hit the kick and snare and ride at the same time occasionally. The main drum riff for the verses of "...
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Do uilleann pipes have a “louder” lower D?

It's a stylistic thing, because many players favour having a really strong solid low D note for emphasising rhythm, and making their ornamentation really 'pop' with that strong low note. In a ...
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Enable regular PC keyboard for direct recording Synth1 VST in REAPER?

There are a few things you should do: Ensure the track is armed for recording In most DAWs, a track will not "play" unless armed, this is to help avoid MIDI inputs triggering every track all the time ...
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Do uilleann pipes have a “louder” lower D?

The volume and tone of uilleann bottom D is certainly a function of being played "off the knee," but perhaps more significantly, it is a function of which bottom D technique the piper chooses to play: ...
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How to make music link together more naturally - composition

Listening to your piece, there's a number of fundamental issues that immediately jump out and should be given attention before you focus on transitioning/modulating from one key/phrase/section to the ...
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Possible Harmonium/Reed Organ Synthesizing Techniques

I have also been working on an electronic harmonium and, after experiments with synthesis I agree with user44435 that it makes sense to reproduce sampled material. I am using Javascript AudioContext. ...
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Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?

Samuel, There are many great answers above, here's a bit more. I play the cello, and as mentioned above, you can play 2 strings at a time. This is known as a double stop. It is quite common and I ...
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Making music digitally -- where should children start?

I suggest to buy a digital piano and use it for composition. When drawing notes on a computer screen, you do not actually hear immediately the music you compose and can try less variants than just ...
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Is there any guitar modelling software for PC?

Making virtual instruments real and believable is a matter of having faithful sound banks but... while this is enough for "keys" (pianos, organs, synths, etc.), it's only a starting point for guitars ...
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How to setup Ivory ii for a live performance?

There is one part of your question that I am qualified to answer, and that is the part about requiring different drivers for each keyboard. This would not be the case unless the keyboard in question ...
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Sample Library: Orchestra vs Band

Samples can be dangerous. First and foremost you need to remember that you’re writing for real people, and that should always be your end goal. If you have limited experience, samples can distort your ...
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Do uilleann pipes have a “louder” lower D?

The bottom D is different from every other note, because the hole at the end of the pipe must be open (and it is the only open hole). That means that the bottom D has a different tone colour from the ...
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Replacement on Reaper for garageband's virtual drummer?

I don't know what the virtual drummer does, but the new Band-in-a-Box 2019 has a DAW plugin (VST/AAX) that might do what you want. Update 11/2019: there now seems to be a VST/AU/AAX plugin version ...
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Using a MIDI foot switch as MIDI input for my DAW?

If your pedal has a 1/4 inch jack socket then it's not a MIDI foot switch. It will very probably be a simple on/off switch. Unless your keyboard has a very unusual MIDI implementation, when you press ...
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VMPK: Use common slider control instead of dial control?

In menu Edit you will find Shortcuts which you can define by yourself. The default shortcut for changing the controller value seem to be Alt++ and Alt+-. Note, for + you either need to also hold Shift ...
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Virtual synthesizer or piano roll with controllable number of keys per octave?

For sound sources you can find information here. In my opinion, u-he plugins are especially great. As for visual feedback - you can change your pianoroll layout to different tunnings in Reaper.
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Sample Library: Orchestra vs Band

I have both libraries and have used both. The same principles apply with two big exceptions: first, the lack of strings in the band, and second, the difference in percussion instruments. There are ...
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Is there any guitar modelling software for PC?

There are various pieces of software that let you do this. Your best bet is to look at specific VSTs for your favourite DAW, but you can also find this functionality in various applications badged as ...
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In Cubase, why are my MIDI tracks' programs not independent?

This behaviour (track renaming) apparently started in the Cubase 7.5 update. It was noted in the linked thread as being undesirable, however it seems that the issue was not resolved despite ...
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