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MUSICXML - what octaves does it use?
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The second octave you're referring to is probably the second of the instrument extension. Guitar is a transposing instrument, and its standard notation should use the "octave clef" (the one ...

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Is it possible to learn how to sing properly without a teacher?
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Theoretically yes. Most probably, no. As with many other things, a teacher is not absolutely fundamental, but a professional guidance ensures that: you follow an appropriate didactic path tailored on ...

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Do m7b5 chords function the same as dim7 chords?
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The basic triad (which is what usually gives the main "color" to the chord) is the same, and being a diminshed fifth it creates a lots of tension towards the next one - usually a half tone ...

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Should sight-reading be emphasized less for piano instruction with new developments in technology
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Using sheet music is like reading Latin, converting it to English in your head, then playing English on the piano. Well, you probably never really translated Latin, at least not in a good way. ...

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How many violins should play alongside a single flute?
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While it's true that a violin can play loud, a flute is technically louder due to its nature. Not only: trying to play very loud on a violin while keeping a good sound is hard, and there are limits ...

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Expectations from a violin teacher towards an adult learner
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As a teacher, and, most importantly, "former" pupil, I'd say this: you will probably never get to the 100%. Not even close. Many professional and acclaimed musicians wouldn't say that they ...

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Why does vocal harmony 3rd interval up sound better than 3rd interval down?
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It seems to me that an easy and fundamental point is being (partially) missed until now: the relation of the degrees of the melody and of the harmonization in the existing underlying harmony. When the ...

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What are the degrees of a pentatonic scale called?
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I don't think it would be completely correct to consider those names in a strictly pentatonic concept, as those names only belong to the 7 diatonic steps scales. Considering this, anyway, it's common ...

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Seeking help: song comparisons and analysis
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Based on this source for "Shout" and this source for "Calm inside the storm" I'd say that their keys are very close (they differ by a semitone), and the points you indicate have ...

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Double notes in sheet music for b flat trumpet
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That is one of the standard ways of writing wind instruments within a classical orchestra score. Traditionally, wind instruments in the classical-age orchestra are paired, and, depending on the ...

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Do the instruments used in a piece of music play a role in determining its genre?
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Yes and no. It mostly depends on the age in which the genre was born, but it should be noted that some labels often used as "genres" are more vague "instrumentation-based" (and, ...

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How to play Ending (1-bar) using keyboard?
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Yes, in keyboards that provide some form of accompaniment, the "ending" is a pattern that ends all musical parts in a certain duration (usually predefined by the current "style"). ...

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Does this song have a key, and if so, what is it?
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With the given material, we can be pretty sure that it clearly is in C, and most certainly in C major. The fact that it begins in C minor is not that indicative of the overall mode, and there's plenty ...

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Can you use Diatonic chords for vocal harmonies on a vocoder?
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Short answer: no. That always depends on when the note is sung, for how much time, how the vocoder is programmed and the harmonic context (including the musical style). Let's ignore the last aspect ...

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Is there a term for the combination of melody and harmony, excluding percussion?
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I don't know if there's an accurate term in English language. I'm assuming that you want something that can be a label (for a program or a physical electronic instrument), and the matter is very UX ...

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Why are doubled vocals usually panned left and right?
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This question could have tons of answers, but most of them would be based on psychoacustics (even if they are not aware about that). It's mostly about "size" and perception. Think about ...

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What is the correct terminology/notation for playing notes in a chord at the same time, and not as an arpeggio?
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That mostly depends on the instrument and that instrument's performance practice. I'll only answer for the instruments I know about, but that should explain how the question might have different ...

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Are these notes (circled)?
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Instead of focusing on the second bar, take a look at the first one. While the first note is a D, as the chord is, the second is clearly not an A, but it's a C#. When you have [capitalized] letters on ...

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Doubt about accidental
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Yes, when a modulation is in progress, accidentals from the new (original, in this case) tonality are introduced (or reset). We're going back to G major, and restoring the natural C is pretty normal ...

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60's pop music. How well known was theory, e.g. the pentatonic scale?
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To specifically answer the question, one could say that the average musician statistically didn't know theory very well, if not at all. Probably, considering the access to knowledge we have today, we ...

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How do you determine what chord the main progression starts on
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Where a progression starts is partially uninfluent: what matters is the overall [harmonic] rhythm, which depends on the tonal center of the piece and its "global rhythm". What you're asking ...

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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?
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Do note that your question is really vague (and too close to the "opinion based" flag). As many rules, the first rule is that there is no absolute rule. Bass lines are fundamental (yes, ...

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Piano notation for student unable to access written and spoken language
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I think the teacher chose this because its what has been used for centuries, that is what is found in music books sold in the music stores, and not because it is easy or intuitive. A writing system ...

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