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ATCL programme notes : what do I need to include?

It seems that there is a clear instruction about the programme notes for DipABRSM (official guide). According to the Trinity diploma syllabus, ... There should be a concise note on each piece,...
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Why is music with African roots different in North America than in South America?

Hello fellow musicians of the world. My question is primarily a historical one. As an admirer of both Latin music and blues/jazz, I always wonder why United States music with African roots isn't as ...
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Top-down strokes versus side strokes: what is the most ergonomic drum style between tabla or mridangam/pakhawaj?

Tablas are hand drums that comes by pair which the 2 skins are (nearly) horizontally oriented with the hand moving from top to down, while mridangam/pakhawaj/dol/dolak are hand drums which the 2 skins ...
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Will a soak in mouthwash hurt mouthpieces?

I’m teaching wind instruments to grade 7 and 8’s after a decade of teaching primary music. Since covid, my school board mandates a specific cleaning solution must be used for sanitation. Brass and ...
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Horizontal arrow protruding from a note

I've found some notation that I'm not familiar with in the violin part for the musical Tuck Everlasting. It's a horizontal arrow that starts at the stem of a note and points rightward along the staff: ...
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Stop Lilypond from generating multiple files

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it seems like a lot of people are using Lilypond here. Every time I compile a .ly file using lilypond for Windows10 it generates too many files. ...
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FL Studio: Deciding the synthesizer for a notebased on its MIDI channel

Is it possible to, using a patcher channel, play notes of one midi channel through one synthesizer, and play notes of another midi channel through another synthesizer? Example: I have a basic melody, ...
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How was mixolidian mode introduced in Northeastern Brazilian Music?

Northeastern region of Brazil has a great variety of traditional and folkloric music genres. The most well-known genre is forró, followed also by baião and xaxado. These music genres are usually ...
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LilyPond - "Table of Contents" TOC in different languages

I am working on a music-book using LilyPond with different languages (here English and German). I created a minimal working example (MWE) referring to a snippet that can be found here in the LilyPond ...
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Differences between types of Chinese cymbals

I am a student percussionist, and the orchestra I am in is performing "Red Plum Capriccio", the Erhu concerto. I am having some difficulty deciphering the difference between the different ...
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Aligning staves across pages in Lilypond

I'm looking for a way to align staves in Lilypond such that the bars are at the same height on different pages. A somewhat contrived example to show the effect: \version "2.24.0" \paper { ...
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Do 20th- and 21st-century concerti still follow the expected forms of the 18th and 19th centuries?

When looking at opening movements of instrumental concerti in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, we see a pretty standard alternation of ritornello (orchestral-focused) and solo sections. These ...
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Is there a compositional term for an introductory variation on a larger theme?

I’ve noticed that in some music spaces, specifically entertainment and gaming, composers rely heavily on character or main themes as recurring motifs. One such instance I’ve heard recently involves ...
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Did American drum corps ever utilize the tuning slide of valveless bugles for more notes?

I used to be a member of my school's drum and bugle corps in middle school whose entire brass section is composed of US regulation bugles in G (if I'm not mistaken) which are are valveless. They used ...
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Learning to sing: some songs I can sing straightforwardly, others I really can't – is this normal?

I've been learning to sing for a year, and I noticed some great improvements, but there is one thing that happens to me that is totally strange: When I listen to songs, there are songs that I can &...

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