Graham
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Which audio processing techniques lead to soft, warm, velvety, ASMR-like kind of sound?
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The most obvious thing is consistent levels. You don't want jumps in volume, and you don't want plosives. Start with the recording. You need a good pop filter, and you want someone with the right ...

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Mic use for masked performers
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Two solutions for you which are either no-cost or ultra-low-cost. They just need a little of your time and effort. Clean or renew the foam mic windshield Foam windshield are often left in place over a ...

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What's special about cello strings?
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First of all, where are you buying strings from? Sure, really good ones will cost that much. But these ones from Gear4Music will only set you back £10. Sure you get what you pay for, but there's ...

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What does one need to know to learn to improvise with other musicians?
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Accompanists tend to mainly think in terms of chord sequences rather than individual notes. Guitar of course is primarily used today as an accompanying instrument, but piano was and is also regularly ...

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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?
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Get someone else to look at how you're playing - what handicaps you is just bad technique Could be a teacher, could just be a friend who's got a decent command of both pick and fingerstyle playing. ...

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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?
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Yes but... My covers band did exactly this for a year or so, until I could afford a couple of reasonable monitors. It certainly works, but there are issues. The most obvious problem is that a guitar ...

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I need help in guitar tuning: tuner says I'm off by fourths
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5 votes

First, replace the strings Old strings will not, ever, stay in tune. They physically can't, because of the way they degrade over time. Strings over a year old must always be changed, even if no-one ...

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How fragile or durable are condenser microphones?
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Durability in a well-packaged box is not much different to any other equipment Well-packaged in a foam box, it's absolutely fine. As the best example of that, how do you think it got to you? Answer: ...

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Do I have to use exact chord when playing a song
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Only if you want people to sing/play along If you don't need people to join in, you can do anything you like to the song. Bruce Springsteen took the words of Born in the USA and produced this ...

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How does ADT differ from the Chorus (modulation) effect?
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The George Martin version of ADT simply used a delayed signal. In a modern take on ADT though, it is also possible to pitch-shift the signal by a few cents, instead of or as well as adding a delay. ...

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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?
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yet they are complex and mysterious and rich Um, no, not the first two. They're entirely appropriate to the song, which is the key part. That's not about chord progressions though - it's much more ...

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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?
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Pickups may not be the problem There's an interesting thing with cheap electric guitars. They rarely sound as good as more expensive ones - and it's rarely anything at all to do with the bits that ...

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Does it matter if a digital piano has a large cabinet?
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I'm going to post a counter-opinion and say it does matter. Not because that fake structure makes any difference to the sound of the piano - it doesn't. But... We do not need it to be mobile I'm not ...

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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?
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The important thing about the bass is that it's the bridge between the drums and the other instruments. How it fills that role is massively dependent on the musical style, the conventions of that ...

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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?
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My son is learning an instrument. So is my partner. I don't play the same instruments, but I have many years of experience as a musician and have done some informal teaching. So I can recognize every ...

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What modern innovations have been/are being made for the piano?
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Tack piano The tack piano involves inserting thumb tacks into each of the hammers. As you'd expect from hitting the string with metal instead of felt, the result is a louder but more metallic sound. ...

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What am I exactly lacking for making a good Guitar Solo?
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Remove the guitar and look at the music Seriously, step away from the guitar. It's limiting your conception of the problem. The problem isn't that you can't write a good guitar solo. It's that you can'...

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Problems with playing dynamics on a yamaha psr e463
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I think you have more than one problem here. The first problem is that non-weighted keys are not designed to be played in any way except fully-on or fully-off. It's a design that comes from church ...

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I'm developing an unusual picking style while playing fingerstyle on acoustic guitar - Will it create problems for me in the future?
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As other people have said - it depends on what you're playing. You're also very new to the instrument, so it's no big deal at the moment. However if you're playing a D or Dm chord then you very much ...

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Fingerstyle: what's the angle I should use for plucking?
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For expressiveness, whatever gets you the tone you want. However picking at 45 degrees has some definite disadvantages mechanically. Lower volume. If you're not plucking the string cleanly, it's not ...

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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?
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Nylon fishing line is commonly used for African instruments such as the kora and ngoni, as a matter of convenience. Strings were previously leather, but of course nylon is better. Nylon fishing line ...

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Is there a musical instrument that is more abstract than the others?
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Any kind of sound design and production The BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneered much of what we'd describe today as syntheser, "found sound", and sound design generally. Musician-engineers ...

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How can I remove all frequencies above a certain pitch with Audactiy?
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You need an equaliser. Not any specific equaliser plugin, but any equaliser available in whatever application you choose to use. It may be a plugin, it may be built into the application. If you ...

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When practicing a new piece, how do you prevent repetition from dulling the punch?
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Taking out emotion and unexpected variation is the point The common saying about the difference between an amateur and a professional is not how well they play at their best, but how well they play at ...

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Understanding guitar music sheet
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I see someone is learning Enter Sandman. Classic riff. Most music for electric guitar has both stave and tab notation. As you say, this makes it easy to find the right fret on the right string. ...

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Making Sense of Blues Soloing; differentiating major/minor pentatonics
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Considering your situation, I suspect you're pretty good on theory. So regarding your problem of thinking of "switching" major and minor, I suggest you start thinking more in terms of modes. In ...

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Bad piano lesson
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In my experience of learning anything, lessons are generally not where you enjoy yourself! Lessons are where your teacher pushes you to do better, to refine your technique, or to develop new skills. ...

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What is a B-flat major chord doing in the key of A minor?
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The chord sequence C - Bb - F (or variations on it) is common in modal music where the scale more often uses the minor 7th. It's also a frequent element of rock music, for example in the song Can't ...

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Is it common to use pinky (little finger) on black keys?
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I think I read that you're not supposed to use thumb or pinky on black notes? Then you read incorrectly. It may be helpful for absolute beginners when they are first learning, but by the time a ...

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Why aren't there attempts to evolve classical musical instruments so that they're easier to play?
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it takes anywhere between 5 and 15 years to become proficient in one of the classical music instruments, making it a very difficult skill for most of us. As a frame challenge, I reject the basic ...

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