Ulf Åkerstedt
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Why is the last semiquaver outside the last triplet of the measure?
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Why is the last semiquaver outside the last triplet of the measure? Because it should be! You can think of the last quarter beat of the measure as being divided into three voices: a) An eighth rest ...

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How can I teach a student who seems to have no rhythm?
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Perhaps you could try working on walking in time. That should be simple enough to explain and includes basic physical feedback on the activity. The difference in the pace between walking and running ...

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What are the major types of effect pedals for electric guitar?
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With the help of Dr Mayhem's answer, Alex Basson's linked possible duplicate question, and some googling I'm thinking perhaps this could be a relatively relevant list of major types (or groups) of ...

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What does "NC" mean?
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NC (or N.C.) is short for "No Chord". It means that you should only play the indicated notes or melody, and not try to infer or add a chordal accompaniment. This is as opposed to the chord symbols ...

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Scale modification in sus2 and sus4 chords
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The 'sus' is short for 'suspended'. The term comes from traditional music theory, and it refers to that the chord has a note that was suspended, or 'delayed', or 'carried over', from the previous ...

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How to analyze music outside of common practice harmony?
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For jazz there is a lot of theory to embrace. A good source is 'The Jazz Theory Book' by Mark Levine that will guide you through everything and all different styles of jazz. With the knowledge from ...

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What does a number inside a parentheses in a chord name mean? Example: B(7)#9b9
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It's normal to write altered chord extensions, and to some degree altered chord notes, in parentheses. The (minor or major) sevenths though, are normally never parenthesized. However James Hober uses ...

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What is a "D-10" Chord?
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I believe it is a less common alternate way of writing D7(#9), i.e dominant seventh sharp ninth (as in the Hendrix chord), with the notes D-F#-A-C-F. I've only seen it written as D10, but D-10 (as in ...

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How to name two-note chords (dyads)?
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I don't have a reference to cite, but from your description and my knowledge I believe this constitutes a functional list of two note chords, exemplified as C chords: Interval | Notes | Chord name ...

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Understanding V/ii♭9 Chord
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V/ii denotes the (secondary) dominant (V) of the supertonic (ii). In the key of C major this would refer to the (secondary) dominant of the supertonic Dm, which is an A major chord. Adding the b9 ...

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Alternatives to Marching with Bassoon
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Choose whichever instrument you believe you will find most joyous to play! This is to ensure that you will enjoy spending time practicing. Spending time practicing something you don't enjoy I believe ...

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Recognizing downwards intervals by humming corresponding upwards interval - bad practice?
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Eventually, if you keep practicing, all intervals will be obvious to you without having to relate to a song. At least by then it will not matter. I was taught (for some really tricky non-tonal sight ...

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Comfortable notes in a key
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Some simple guidelines (inspired by David Baker's books on ' How to Play BeBop'): Generally: Playing tones of the current chord on the down beats will make you sound "in" (the harmony). On the up ...

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What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?
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I am really not knowledgable in ancient music theory so the following might be riddled with errors, but here is what I've gathered. What are the original Greek modes? Ancient Greek music scale ...

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How would you interpret this chord progression?
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If the whole thing eventually resolves to Em, well then it's just plain (harmonic) Em with B being the dominant. If B really is the tonic, and if you are planning to use the note C rather than C# for ...

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What is the purpose of the mixolydian scale?
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The purpose of stating that a musical context is in G mixolydian is to signal to the recipient that the note G is the root of this context. Saying that the context is in C would imply that C was the ...

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How can I find the more comfortable key to sing?
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What you want to do is 1. Figure out the required range of the melody (such as for example a sixth, an octave, or an octave and a fifth). That means finding the lowest note and the highest note used ...

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Ambidextrous instruments
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Here are some, in a wide sense, symetrical instruments: Harp (possibly except for the pedals) Trombone (without valve extensions) Harmonica (with exceptions such as the double decked bass harmonica) ...

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As a composer, should I be composing music for an instrument I don't play?
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You don't have to learn to play the instrument, but you should definately learn about the instrument and it's possibilities and limitations! If you don't learn about the instrument you run the risk ...

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Polymeter vs Polyrhythm
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Hopefully these examples of 5/4:4/4 polymeter and 5:4 polyrhythm clears it up. Polymeter Here is a simple example of 5/4 over 4/4 polymeter notated in 4/4 time. Notice how voice A's meter is five ...

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Getting a youth band to look up
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A suggestion for an exercise: Select a short passage of music of say four bars that involve everyone and has room for some conducting work in terms of dynamic or tempo changes. Go through it until ...

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Harmonizing melody exercise question with specific parameters
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In addition to the parallel fifths that @Reina pointed out, your solution also breaks the sixth rule since it does not resolve (or rise) the leading tone of the dominant (C#) up to the tonic root (D) ...

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What music notation software can handle this complex beaming?
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I did this in Sibelius: It's not an exact copy, but perhaps the possibilities are good enough for you. I had to create a lot of (implicit?) triplets and hide their markings to get it this way. ...

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What does "Doubletime feel" mean?
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Doubletime feel means that you double the speed of your accompaniment but the time length of the bars (and thus the speed of the melody) stays the same. That is, for a bar in double time you sort of ...

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What are some good/interesting ways to exit a circle of fifths section?
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Here are some (partly overlapping) suggestions on how you can vary the sound of a iii-vi-ii-V-I progression: Use different additional chord tones (sevenths, extensions, and alterations) for your ...

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Parallel octaves vs doubled octaves
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The words denote totally different concepts and the difference lies in the arrangemental intent for the instruments playing tones in parallel octaves: Parallel, or consecutive, octaves If the intent ...

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Does proper technology exists for guitar accompaniment design for guitarists who play alone?
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Besides the loop pedal of @slim's answer, perhaps you are also looking for a harmonizer. A harmonizer combines the pitch of your original tone (or sound) with one, or more, copies of that tone that ...

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How to learn piano improvisation
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You should practice ear training in order to be able to play what comes to your mind. You probably also want to study some chord and scale theory in order to get an understanding for what will "sound ...

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What's this rhythm called?
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The pattern you describe is a 2:3 version of the bossa nova pattern (or clave), also called Brazilian clave. Shift the order of the first and second halves and you have the original 3:2 bossa nova ...

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How Can I Replicate The Sound Of An Instrument?
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In case actual sound synthesis is not what you are aiming for, but rather your program is about controlling potentially existing sounds, then perhaps what you want to do is to program using some MIDI ...

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