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Strumming along low BPM song
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At slower tempos, the time between beats can be hard to feel. To help develop the feeling, practice with a metronome. But rather than setting the metronome at 80BPM (or slower), set it at 160BPM. This ...

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How to notate a phrase than goes up and down several octaves
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A few real-world examples to supplement @user1079505's answer. Shown below are examples of: cross-staff notation clef changes ottava indications multiple staves Chopin's Etudes, Op. 10 (IMSLP) and ...

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Effects of playing excessive Tabla
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There are two questions here: Is it possible to play tabla to the point of injury? What kind of injuries can occur when playing tabla? The answer to the first is "yes". The answer to the ...

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Can you tonicize to a chord that's not on the original key?
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Can you tonicize to a chord that's not on the original key? Absolutely. This is not only "allowed", but commonplace, especially by the time Chopin was composing. One of the compositional ...

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Meaning of a Notation Symbol (
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It's a "scoop" or "slide". It means you bend into the note, starting a bit flat and then bending the note upward until it's in tune. Typically, the symbol looks like ")" ...

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What chord is "A7+4"?
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The + here means #: that is, A7#4. In fact, were it really accurate, it would be A7b5. The Eb in the melody is the b5 relative to the A chord (#4 being D#). It's understood in this case that the #4 ...

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In what key signature is singing written in, and how do I adapt for alto saxophone?
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TL;DR (the specific answer) Your voice part's key signature has one flat. The corresponding alto saxophone key signature will have two sharps. The general answer Voice is written in what is called &...

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How to notate a double stop for snare drum music
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According to the Illinois State University Big Red Marching Maching Drumline 2017 Music Notation Guide, it should look just as described: two adjacent note heads on either side of a single stem. The ...

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Trombone - meaning of "do not clip notes"
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To "clip" in this context means to "cut short". With brass instruments, this can especially mean not to use the tongue to suddenly cut off the air flow. Rather, the air flow should ...

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Determining chords in a key
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You are correct. To build diatonic chords, one just sticks to the scale, using every other note. So another way to express your list of Dorian triads would be 1-3-5 2-4-6 3-5-7 4-6-1 5-7-2 6-1-3 7-2-4 ...

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Randomly and Programmatically generate a "good" next chord?
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One reasonable starting approach is to pick a key, generate a first chord, treating each note as an independent voice, then for subsequent chords, change one or two notes (voices) by one or two ...

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What is the correct placement of portato marks in relation to phrase marks?
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The best approach it to place the articulation marks close to the notes and raise (or lower) the phrase marks to "connect" the articulations. Alternatively, you can place the phrase marks ...

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Yamaha P-45's keys feel heavier than Yamaha PSR-F51's
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The Yamaha P-45 has weighted keys to make it feel more like playing an acoustic piano.1 They will feel heavy compared to the PSR-F51, which does not have weighted keys and so are very easy to press.2 ...

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I need help in guitar tuning: tuner says I'm off by fourths
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It sounds like you're new to the guitar, and there are a variety of things that could be causing the problem. Your best bet will be to go to someone you know who has guitar experience, or take the ...

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E7 chord at 5th fret missing a B note
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It is common to omit the 5th in a seventh chord. In the case of E7, that means leaving out the B. E is the root G♯ is the third B is the fifth D is the seventh Omitting the fifth is also commonly ...

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Is the fingering the same for Hanon exercises when you play in a different key?
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Hanon exercises are designed to be played on white keys, and it was not Hanon's intention they be transposed. However, transposing them can be an excellent exercise, in which case it's up to you how ...

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MuseScore 3: Play Different Instrument per Voice
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Instructions, text only Choose your instrument You need an instrument with multiple channels. For example, violin has three channels assigned to it: one for each of arco, pizzicato, and tremolo. To do ...

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How to notate multiple keyboard parts for the same player in a rock song?
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Three grand staffs will be difficult to read in any circumstance. The best alternative depends on the specifics of the arrangement. Both hands use all three keyboards Then the best option is to use a ...

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Key Signature Only On First Line
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The general standard is to place the key signature at the beginning of every line. However, it's very common in lead sheets to place the key signature only on the first line. In that case, the key ...

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Why do the members of one orchestra generally sway while playing, and the others don't?
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The first orchestra doesn't have a conductor standing in front of them keeping them together. Rather, the keyboardist is conducting, and since his hands are busy, he uses body movement to convey ...

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Is there a broader term for instruments, like the gong, whose volume briefly increases after being sounded instead of immediately decaying?
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@Timinycricket has it right: slow attack / fast attack. The terms are relative, not exact. Here is some supplementary information. To describe a gong, or other instrument's sound, the closest musical ...

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what is the name of this chord D F# and C? the "D" is the root
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It is D7. Leaving out the A (the fifth of the chord) is generally acceptable, because that note contributes least to the overall sound of the chord.

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Any tips or breakthrough moments on getting your piano playing to really take off?
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My most significant breakthrough moments were unpredictable and highly personal, in the sense of being very specific to a particular time in my overall learning process. Here they are, in roughly ...

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Rhythm notation syncopation over the third beat
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Your notation is correct. When notating syncopation, the goal is to visually preserve the strong (part of the) beat. In 4/4 time, that means making clear where beats 1 and 3 lie, which your notation ...

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Alfred's Adult Piano Level 2 Augmented Chords page 130
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The book shows the major chord followed by the corresponding augmented chord, both in the same measure. Because they're in the same measure, the accidental associated with the major chord carries over ...

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How does one maintain voice integrity when longer and shorter notes of the same pitch occur in two voices
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The short, general answer All things (all voices) being equal, solution #1 is the correct technical approach. The shorter note should interrupt the longer one, but then continue to be held (allowing ...

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Voice leading: is it allowed to move from a perfect fifth to an augmented fourth?
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Basic answer As long as you are writing in a style that permits dissonance: Moving from a perfect fifth to an augmented fourth does not present a problem. Moving from a perfect fifth to a diminished ...

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How to notate this two-voice syncopation in 12/8 time?
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Here are my preferred options, one a variation on Richard's solution. I think the first option is cleanest, though could give pause at first sight. The second option is explicit, but I think a bit ...

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What is proper pedal posture?
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Use your right foot1 for the middle (sostenuto) pedal, since you wont need the damper pedal, but you might use the una corda pedal with your left foot. The primary issue is keeping your heel grounded (...

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How to notate lack of pedal for a measure?
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The first non-pedaled measure can be marked senza ped., the next measure can use either a standard pedal indication as in the question image or con ped., and then another senza ped. for the other non-...

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