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Why does G# sound right when my melody is in C major?
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Your melody's inherrent harmony (the one you imagine when you hear it) is C F | G C | a d | E a (lowercase indicates minor chord) This is more natural than having e a in the end, which would not have ...

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Why is there no full triad as the last chord in 4 part counterpoint?
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This doesn't make sense. In a G>C (or G7>C) cadence, you can have G>C in bass, D>E or F>E in tenor, G>G in alto, and B>C in soprano. The D note (V5) does not have a unique ...

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Do the violins imitate equal temperament when accompanying the piano?
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In general? No, because it feels unnatural, similar to how singing does. However, you'll surely find places in music where the natural pitch against the bass note will not feel like the right thing. ...

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I don't understand the bottom number in a time signature
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The bottom number is a naming convention: in n/4 you decided to consider the "basic note" (not an official term!) to be a 4th note (crochet), in n/8 you decided that to be an 8th note (...

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Are notes played on the beat [always] played louder?
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Well, they are accented by nature, but what it does mean, that's a different story. Consider the motif of Bach's small fuga G major (BWV 557) (source): The 1st and 3rd beat of the beginning of the ...

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Writing music by hand?
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I truly wonder what do you mean by ugly. Check any page with "sheet music handwriting", I found e.g. https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/composer-manuscript-handwriting/mozarts-sketchbook/ ...

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Notation clarity question for a conglomerate of accidentals
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Typographer here. First, remember that typography has the rule that it's functional and beautiful. If you can't have both, you aim at the first. And functional means that the player understands the ...

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Would you write key signatures for non-conventional scales?
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From a typographer's point of view, I would ask myself what the typical reader expects the most: If it's a book about gypsy music, or a songbook of gypsy songs, or sheets for a gypsy band, I would ...

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Is there a good way to denote nested repeats?
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Write the following: (segno sign) [: A :] B C (D.S. con rep.) I would never use nested repeats. Better use this sort of navigation aids. The segno sign is traditional, the other way is to write a ...

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Notation for fast notes across two measures
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I'd go with grace notes, they are not counted in the rhythm, so you don't need to fiddle with the unreadable rest durations. Also, they are supposed to be played very fast. I provide several options ...

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How many sharps in D# major?
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I believe that f) is correct: There is no good answer to this question. The reason why it's so is that there are no "common habits" for writing down these keys. In classical music and transposing ...

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Right way of playing piano chords - knuckle (finger), wrist (hand), elbow (arms)
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Well, playing chords by fingers is an important ability and is -- in a sense -- the most difficult one. So for this, is may make sense if a teacher wants you to do it so that you learn it well. Why ...

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What's the proper usage for << >> and { }
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Well, there are two parts of the question. First, there is structuring, where the \score typically uses << ... >> everywhere, because you e.g. want voices simultaneously, right? I won't go ...

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Two Voices on One Staff Renders with Two Staffs
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You need to add grouping to your staff using << ... >>. (The basic idea is that adding << ... >> when structuring the score is rarely harmful. Also, note that \relative c' ...

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Tuning fork v Tablet
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Well, to answer your question directly: Computers are rarely that off. The difference between 440 and 438.2 is about 0.4%. Now, the tuner app does two things: (1) records the input and (2) analyses it....

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How to learn difficult triads on piano
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The important thing for fast notes with 1 (thumb) one a black key is to move your hand in-between the black keys*. It will take a bit of practice hitting the white keys there, but it's really ...

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How do you play this measure on piano? Are unwritten polyrhythms a thing?
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I would not call this a polyrhythm. Technically, it is one. Practically, the LH is playing slow arpeggios. In places like this, the rhythmical precision is with the right hand, whereas the left hand ...

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Lilypond – how can I write lyrics to rests in multiple stanzas?
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You can combine two voices into a single NullVoice and then add lyrics to this: \version "2.18.2" \language "deutsch" global = { \time 4/4 \set Timing.beamExceptions = #'() \set Timing....

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"Overture" or "Ouverture" to designate the first part of a piece?
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Well, they are basically different spellings of the same word, one French and one non-French. So I would use whatever language seems better suitable to you.

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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)
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Well, if you can fit two trills there, it's certainly better. At least it's what some performers do, despite the fast tempo. In that case, you certainly do not care about the timing inside the beat ...

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What is the advantage of DC out in tuner pedals?
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I believe the idea is that when you engage a tuner, your other pedals get no input (the tuner mutes it) so their power consumption is low at the moment. Therefore it's safe to use the same power line ...

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Piano for small hands (disabled)
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I have a "strange" suggestion: Consider playing the organ. Really. You have, in addition to the manual(s) a pedal that is played by feet. I believe that with some training, you should be able to play ...

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Where do the double accidentals go in "theoretical" key signatures?
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I cannot give you any reference, but I'll try to give a typographer's insight into the problem and state my opinion. I hope it's fine. Typography has some basic rules, and they are in general applied ...

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What is the most player-friendly way to write a note played through an entire bar of 13/8 time?
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It depends. In general, the good ways are two: Use a whole note when possible. Divide following the rhythm. The second option can be done, in your case, as 2. 4.. or 4. 2.. 4. or 1 4 4. or so (as ...

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How do you play this trill?
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You play: fff so obviously very loudly. Note that probably the whole trill shall be very loud; a loud sharp attack would be better noted sfz, but actually, both interpretations are possible. Then it'...

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What is an X symbol appearing in a piano part?
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If you listen to the recording, the melody voice in bars 88-89 really goes f f f g g g ees c' | g ...; this is probably a way how the author wanted to present this fact, using voice/staff switching ...

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Why do pianos have piano hinges?
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I think that an important thing to consider is not only the weight, but also the price. With door or funritnure door, the hinge makes a substantial difference in price. But a typical grand is in tens ...

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Rhythm notation for lyrics?
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I've certainly seen some notation being used for chords that can be used for lyrics, too. Basically, you add the bars, and then you divide each bar into an equal number of intervals, usually 2, 4 or 8....

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What is the correct way of filling a 9/8 bar with a single note?
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Your solution is right, but in the end, it depends on how you phrase the bars in the piece. If for instance in a piano piece there's a rhythm 3/8 1/4 1/2 against it in the other hand, I would be ...

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How to use a 61-keys digital piano?
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I will aim at the original question: How to play things on a shorter keyboard. The positioning of the keys for various sizes of the keybed is the following (click to enlarge): (Note that some 73 or ...

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