Ulf Åkerstedt
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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 to remove a rusted or stuck mouthpiece?
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1.The best way is to take it to a repair shop! They might even fix it for free. 2.Otherwise there is a specific tool for separating mothpieces from trumpets that you could get (for instance the ...

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What is a 13th chord?
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The 13 note in the F13 chord is D. A 13th chord is a dominant chord, such as a 7th chord, but with some extra notes. When creating a chord you generally¹ stack thirds on top of each other and name ...

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What chord is this from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 "G - Db - F"?
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It's a Gm7(b5). Note that the Bb of the right hand/melody is also part of the chord - there's no need to double it in the left hand. This chord might be the IIm7b5 of a IIm7b5-V7-Im cadence in Fm, ...

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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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Four dots over tremolo minim (half note with slash)
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I believe it is an indication that the (four) notes of the tremolo should be played staccato. In your example this would mean that you should start that bar with four "staccatoed" eighth notes (of A) ...

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Right hand in top stave?
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Note: This answer refers to the chord symbols ("Gm", "C7", "F", etc) found on top of the song staff. Colonel Panic's question was actually not about this, but about the notated chords in the upper ...

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How to go learn through a book
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Perhaps there is a 'best practice' (no pun intended) for learning in terms of cognitive science1, but I don't know of any such studies regarding music. In lack of such knowledge I believe it depends ...

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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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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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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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Tips and tools to help transcribing a bass line in tablature
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I haven't used it but I've heard that the software 'Transcribe!' can be used to pitch a song up by an octave and thusly make it easier to hear the bass notes. For slowing down there is also the '...

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What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?
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Pretty much all electronic instruments today follows the "General MIDI" standard which includes a definition for which notes should control which type of drum sound. You can read about it on ...

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Determining modes in a minor Key
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Let me rephrase your question: Is the set of notes used for the E phrygian scale the same as the set of notes used for the A natural minor (or A aeolian) scale? Answer: Yes.

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What scale is used in the Morrowind theme?
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The scale you describe (C D E♭ F G A♭ B) is, as Raskolnikov points out, a C harmonic minor scale. However the scale used in the video is a C natural minor scale as the notes used are C D E&...

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How to read stacked chords?
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Just as a reference, there is something called poly chords which in concept are "stacked chords". An example would be D above C, which is written as (but should be tighter layout wise): D - C and ...

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What's the theory behind switching modes during a passage?
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In (2) the E and A chords constitutes dominants for respective following chord. Especially with the scales you mention which entails the minor sevenths. The E7 is a secondary dominant and the A7 is ...

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Scale from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
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With the D as the root you could consider it to be a D Phrygian dominant (also known as Freygish, Mixolydian b9 b13, or Mixolydian b2 b6). Being a klezmer scale this makes sense in a Hungarian ...

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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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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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How to Harmonize uncommon scales?
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A short simple answer could be the same as for any scale: You use the notes of the scale to assemble chords! This is at least what you do in jazz; Say, for example, that you have a jazz melody that (...

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Effects of keeping an amplifier in the car
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This is maybe not exactly an answer to your question, but still: I once left my GK bass combo in a truck in -30°C (-22°F) over night (in Finland). When I took it in and turned it on the next morning ...

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Latin jazz: anticipated chord change on last beat
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The bass line you describe is a typical son salsa bass line - the tumbao rhythm. To stay in the salsa idiom you should let the piano play salsa piano which I believe commonly anticipates the next ...

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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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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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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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Zedd - Spectrum arpeggio fingering help?
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I think I would play 5 4 2 1 5 124. There will be a quick arm move, or jump, over the thumb (1), from the first four notes to hitting G with 5. You only need to internalize this arm move and practice ...

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Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?
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I cannot refer to any scientific research. However I've heard tiny (short and thin) women sing with a strong powerful loud voice with a full rich timbre that would amaze most people, and I'm sure ...

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Changing compound intervals into simple intervals to simplify a piano arrangement
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This is my take on the questions: 1) If you know the written notes, then yes it is noticable. Does it matter? I don't think so. You will still convey the message. 2) No. A third interval (A, C) that ...

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Chord books and theory
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If you want to learn about music theory, chords, chord progressions, and chord viocings in jazz music, and related genres, I believe that 'The Jazz Theory Book' by Mark Levine is one of the best and ...

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