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Saxophone articulation - interpreting symbols
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∧ (Italian "martellato") is a symbol used to denote a strong accent, usually a rhythmic thrust followed by a decay of the sound. > (Italian "marcato") is a "lighter" version of the same accent. In ...

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How to turn each chord in a progression into separate scales?
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Modern classical music and jazz heavily rely on chromaticisms (notes outside of a piece's main key and scale). Playing a scale different to the piece's/section's main scale on top of a chord played by ...

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Problem with 2nd degree in minor scale
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I would just like to add something to Tim's answer. I do not think it's good to think of natural minor in the way you do ("I'm going to flatten the 3rd, 6th and 7th degree"). I was taught to think of ...

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Western Flute vs Indian Flute (bansuri) differences?
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That's a toughie. In my opinion, you should play what you enjoy more, because that will mean more consistency and better results down the track. That being said, one of the things to take into ...

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Which types of woods or materials make good reeds?
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Your question is very broad, in that you do not even attempt to clarify what purpose it serves. There is an abundance of various reed instruments out there. Why are you interested in the material used?...

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Are there objective criteria for classifying consonance v. dissonance?
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I personally think the concept of consonance/dissonance is hard to define because of historical reasons. It is clear that the (Western) cultural concept of consonance has changed over time. It is well-...

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Why does it sound so different between a 'C' and a 'D' on an Alto Saxophone?
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What instrument do you play? What is the reed strength? If you are a beginner, you should stick to 1-1.5 reed strength (2 on the alto would be fine too). Is the instrument new or used? If used, when ...

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How to start learning the piano again?
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First of all, I recommend not thinking about your age or the "elasticity" of learning now. I got interested in music when I was 14, and in the country where I lived at the time I would not be accepted ...

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are there common techniques to make a piano version of a song that has very little musical content?
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This is a very broad question, the answer to which largely depends on the composer and the end result they are aiming for. Given your clarification, I can provide some directions that I would ...

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How is dissonance created?
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Sounds like regular funk to me with some effects on one of the guitars. If you want to hear dissonant music, listen to Arab on Radar, Penderecki or Xenakis. This or the other way 'round, "dissonance" ...

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Is there a theory of heptatonic scales with 1.5-step intervals?
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Something is telling me you are not an avid listener of jazz and metal, judging by your list of scales that are "outside the Western system"... You should be very careful with Western ...

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Trying to Understand C# major/minor Over A major Bassline
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The example you provide is not awful, I love their works. ClownCore is a lot more pleasant to my ears than Louis Cole's regular project. That aside... Superimposing the 2 scales in question: A ...

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Practicing chords in Bb Minor
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How old are you (I'm only asking to find out whether your hands will grow, no need for a specific age)? There are some things you could do. For a start, I'd do what I have been doing for years: ...

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B flat 6 arpeggio notation
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B♭6 means B♭-D-F-G (the formula for a major 6th chord is R, W+W, W+H, W, where R is root, W - whole tone and H - semitone). As for arpeggios and how they are notated - I do not know for sure. I play ...

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Ranking Diatonic Chords by Stability
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First of all, it's really weird to see "subdominant" called "predominant" and chords being numbered with Arabic numerals instead of Roman ones... Chords aren't people that you can rate on a scale out ...

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transition chords for the ii-V progression
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There's plenty of things that can be done (and ii goes to V/v pretty well without any intermediate transitions and is a very common progression in jazz), which also kind of depend on whether the piece ...

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Are all diatonic chords in the diminished scale diminished?
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The other answers provide a lot of information and go into a lot of technical detail. I could list all the nuts and bolts as well, but it seems like you are just discovering music and want a simpler ...

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Legato & Fermata notation on tied notes
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Unlike what some of the answers and comments state, there is a reason why one could include a slur within a slur (1.1). In jazz, it is common to combine "licks" into slurred sections. I play tenor ...

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Nested polyrhythms
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Judging by the information Brian has kindly linked me to, the notion of "nested" polyrhythms relies on a tuplet subdivision inside of another tuplet, for example: If the second voice were to play ...

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How is music theory helpful in fitting notes together?
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As a guitarist, you will find that you have to focus more on chords. Guitars are better suited to playing chords, pianos are better suited to playing scales. Guitars have become the world's most ...

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Sax practice routine for jazz
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It's great that you are practising, and welcome to the saxophone club! But I'm not sure what exactly your question is. Oh, and don't get surprised if you reach a plateau in your sound development in ...

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Has anyone required nonstandard fingerings for "normal" pipe instruments?
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"Multiple notes at a same time, usually dissonant" are called multiphonics. I imagine they'd be hard to serialise for recorders due to the many variations out there, but for saxophone they ...

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Transition between scales
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So the bass (I assume) progression is D C Bm Am7 D G, which would be: D F# A C E G B D F# A C E G (which is in homage to CMaj from before, hence the added 7th) D F# A G B D These are all 7 notes of ...

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Hearing a sequence of tones but not a melody
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Music is a language. The hearing and reading of music (including perceiving sequences of notes as "phrases"), I imagine, is no different, which is why (Broca) aphasia was the first thing to come to ...

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Why does a sixth sound so harsh below C3?
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Disclaimer: I am not a professional musician or a physicist. Since you do not specify the instrument which you experience problems with, I am going to presume we are dealing with "pure" (sine) sound ...

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Easy fingering for C6-D6-E6 on tenor saxophone
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I know this question already has an accepted answer, but it's actually lacking in substance, in my opinion. Also, your reference manual is a good one but it's incomplete as well. I only use it for ...

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How to differentiate countermelody from arpeggiated accompaniment?
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I do not think there is a way of distinguishing between "vat-produced" counterpoint and arpeggiated accompaniment, unless said accompaniment repeats the arpeggiated chord as an exact same sequence of ...

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How to memorize multiple pieces in only 20 days?
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That's a very broad question, and I might not be the best person to answer it, as I never deliberately memorise any pieces and always take the sheets with me (so does my teacher). It depends on how ...

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How do you build a blues scale?
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Which blues scale? I am assuming you mean the hexatonic blues minor scale. There are a number of ways. 1) Take the pentatonic minor scale: C - E♭ - F - G - B♭ and add a sharpened fourth: C - E♭...

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Plausible Instrument Partsfor Alto Sax to Play
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I am playing tenor, but both me and my teacher thought the scores in Kevin Mayhew's "Tunes for Two" were more suitable for alto and flute, so you might find that book good enough for your needs if you ...

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