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Primary school child writing music
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I started composing music about that same age (8), and immediately gravitated to the computer tools available at that time (mid 80s) because of the relative ease of using them versus hand-notation. It ...

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Can there be C# without F# in signature?
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Not if you are following standard notation for the conventional, European-based major, minor or modal key signatures. In all such scales, the sharps follow a set progression. This ensures that any ...

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Why didn't classical music use drums?
3 votes

Historically speaking, classical music is largely from a Western European musical tradition that has never had much all that much emphasis (comparatively) on rhythm nor percussion --choosing instead ...

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Why can't I identify major and minor chords?
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This is really two separate questions: Tuning by ear: Violin strings are a perfect fifth apart, which has a very "open" sound because the sound waves match up. If they are close, but not quite in ...

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Why does it sometimes sound good to play a grace note as a lead in to a note in a melody?
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Not covered in any of the other correct answers (although alluded to in the comments), this can also be a compensation at a subconscious level for the artificiality of the tempering process. The ...

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From the piano tuner's viewpoint, what needs to be done in order to achieve "equal temperament"?
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Although this can be a complex subject, there is a simple way to conceptualize it. It's a way to tweak notes, away from the "natural" tuning based on the overtones of a single root note, in ...

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Expectations from a violin teacher towards an adult learner
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I studied Suzuki violin as a child, and my oldest child is studying it now. Violin is one of the most difficult of all instruments on which to reach a basic level of proficiency. A beginner on piano ...

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What should I look for in a violin as a beginner?
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Having a good violin makes a huge difference, but until you play for a while, you won't know what you're looking for, so it might be best to just get a cheap instrument for now, and upgrade later. ...

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What are some examples influences from external cultures on the development of Western classical music?
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The twentieth century influences of world music on classical music are numerous, but there are also some notable earlier examples: Classical music inspired by Middle Eastern music is common. For ...

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Is making things over-complicated a common mistake for new songwriters?
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If you're just starting out, you should write what appeals to you --trying to fit into a preconceived box will just cramp your creativity. It some ways, as well, it's easiest to produce something ...

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