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How to tune a Roman water-organ (hydraulis)?

I am trying to reconstruct the tuning of the Roman water-organ (hydraulis) of Aquincum. The original instrument had 13 pipes for each of the 4 registers (three stopped pipe registers and one open pipe ...
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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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Beethoven spelling a D#7 chord with a G-natural in 2nd movement of Emperor Concerto -- why?

In Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto, 2nd movement, there is an unusual spelling -- normally I'd expect the G-natural in the 1st violins in the 7th measure (top right of the image) to be spelled as a ...
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Unnecessarily convoluted analysis in Reger's modulations?

I am reading Reger's book of modulations, and his analysis does not seem to me to be the most consistent. This example (No. 72, from a minor to F♯ Major) comes across as particularly odd: Here is the ...
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How to import samples to Korg iElectribe app for iOS

As far as I can tell from some youtube videos, it is possible to use different drum samples in the iOS iElectribe app by KORG, but I can't figure out how or find any documentation on this. Does ...
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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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How is the starting pitch chosen/remembered for music sung in Abenaki culture?

I'm learning to sing and teach to children several Abenaki songs. I was careful to be authentic in sourcing them, and am working through a book and audio recordings prepared by a Penobscot elder and ...
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When did drop voicings (e.g. drop, 2 drop 3 etc.) become codified for guitar?

Nowadays the Drop 2 and Drop 3 7th chord voicings for guitar are well-known, especially in Jazz circles. I don't remember hearing about these when I was reading Metal Solo You Can't Play Monthly back ...
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What does this phi symbol mean?

I encountered this symbol in sheet music. Searched the internet and it is nowhere to be found. Closest thing it might be a small letter “phi” but not exactly.
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Clarification on Schoenberg's "pivot tones" in minor from Theory of Harmony

While going through chapter 5 I have multiple times had to amend my understanding of the four instructions Schoenberg gives on the usage of the sixth and seventh degrees of the minor scale. My ...
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Flute Case with no sections/partitions

My wife plays the flute so we had gotten her a Crossrock carbon fiber case for it without realizing that there are no partitions for the individual flute pieces. My wife loves the case but we can't ...
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Is it possible to play an electric ukulele slap-bass-style?

I love the sound of slap bass and want to get something like that out of an electric ukulele, specifically a Risa Solid. I tried techniques from slap bass tutorials and can't get much sound out. Is it ...
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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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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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What should one look for in buying a practice mute for trumpet?

I'm in the market for a practice mute — something to substantially quiet/silence the instrument so that I can play without waking the neighbors. There are lots of different makes and models, and they ...

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