Rene Marcelo
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As a guitarist, how can I learn to sight-read music?
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Actually, I'm going to say, don't memorize, read. Sight reading is working up your short-term memory. So after you make a few mistakes and play it 20 times, maybe memorize it, you're good right? ...

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Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor
7 votes

Seems to me the most practical way would be to write the mode name in there. Make it obvious.

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Why does music sound bad when played backwards?
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The above are all good points. Another thing I want to point out is that many instruments are in a sense defined by their attack note. I hypothesize that by cutting off the attacks in a recording ...

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Repeating a melody over 4 octaves
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Focus on the main downbeats of your melody. The rest you might have to turn into transition-focused points of your melody. To Reiterate: Yea, ok, A4, that's fine, but you will need to give something ...

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What are some resources for applying my computer skills to augmenting my musical performance?
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I am very happy to hear that you want to apply a skill you've mastered to something like music! Welcome. I think I can only give you a direction in this matter, but since you are a professional, I'd ...

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What is the difference between Kurzweil Mark Pro 1, 2, and 3 Pianos
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This is just one experience. I had gotten an SP 88x a few years back in 2004. The action was good enough for me not to notice any memory wear or such. Basically it's been working top-notch ever ...

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Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal
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I'm a kale-smoothie drinkin' musician. Now that we have set the tone: When practicing at home (notice: NOT driving-yourself-home), when practicing at home I find that my self-listening is less ...

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Why is there a key signature if I never play those notes?
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Here is a visual which might prove rewarding. Think of keys as a baseball diamond. You don't have a diamond however, you have a polygon with 12 sides. In a piece, you don't have to start at home, ...

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How to go learn through a book
1 votes

I find that many musical faults of my own are magically revealed when I attempt to play a slice of music SLOW, and it's nowhere near my expectations.

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Lorem Ipsum in music
1 votes

Ok. I'm going to take a chance on this one. This 'question' prompted me to find out about this : http://www.scorio.com If I understand correctly, you can make your "Lorem Ipsum" music yourself, ...

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Where to start when learning guitar?
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If you want to be pro-active. Try learning a song by ear. A snippet, a melody. Something you like. Then take it to a teacher, or try video chat with a teacher. This way you are working on ...

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What should I look for when buying a used trombone?
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I can think of a few: Easy, make sure the slide is free of dings, and just smooth in general. Not so easy, make sure it hasn't been dropped and attempted to be fixed. The value should be self ...

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Linux compatibility with CoreMIDI network protocol?
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RoseGarden could contain something that you might be looking for. If you can find something within this mostly-notation software, please try it. Otherwise qsynth is, to the extent of my knowledge, a ...

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Is there an amp power formula?
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This question made me think of The 12-Volt. It was the first thing that came to mind, and I personally hope someone could find some opensource-recourse/resource. Is this the right direction, -...

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A truly perfect unison
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@user452... Note that I'm looping in the fact question is also tagged as pychoacoustic: If you have the same pitch/note, all waveform arguments are moot. Theoretically, two humans such as two twin ...

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What does an "L" shape mean beside a note in the lower staff?
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Looks more like a bracket than an "L" to me. I would venture it to mean that the 8va (the upward jump in register) extends to those notes also of the left hand (the bass clef). Anyone concur?

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How do I figure out whether my guitar tuning machine heads are failing on me?
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I would suggest partially removing the strings. See how they are functioning on their own.

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Pain in left wrist after playing Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1
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Don't hover over the keys when you play. In your situation, you're telling me you just picked up this hard piece. So, I think you should not visualize your technique as just "I'm hitting the right ...

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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?
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Focus on something else, like your time. Well, like many other aspects of music, the goal is to submit to a process that will help your memory (and execution) of music to become 'second-nature'. By ...

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What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
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The seventh mode of melodic minor. Also there are plenty of symmetric scales out there, meaning the number of modes (starting points) doesn't necessarily go up to seven.

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I need help! how many beats in this note?
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The answer is one. It would also help, Angela, to really look at and think about @John Does' brilliantly-placed comment (after all, it helpfully assigns an arbitrary name to how we internalize ...

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