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instruments you can make at home
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We made tuned bottles. It is relatively easy to do, most important is to try bottles of various size, as you may not be able to cover the full octave with identical bottles by just varying amount of ...

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Tradeoff between powering off and leaving tube amplifier on during breaks
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There is no constant current component over the speaker. When the speaker works, current flows through it altering direction roughly as many times per second as the main frequency the speaker is ...

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As a beginner, what should I look for when buying my first synthesizer?
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With little experience and without clear vision of requirements, this probably will not be the last synthesizer you ever buy. In other words, you are buying the exploration device. For such a device, ...

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Math PI represented musically
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Pi can also be expressed through various infinite series. I like François Viète series discovered in 1593: Square root from 2 is half octave distance. Maybe it is possible to represent the series as ...

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How to check for double escapement in a digital piano?
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"Double escapement" permits a note to be repeated even if the key had not yet risen to its maximum vertical position. For acoustic piano, first proposed in 1821 by Sébastien Érard. I think this ...

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Is a digital or acoustic piano a better option for a beginner (sound and feel)?
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An acoustic piano can be heard in adjacent flats and rooms by your neighbours. This may make you to practice less, avoid Sunday, do not use late night or morning hours you otherwise may have and the ...

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Does starting on a "silent" string instrument compromise learning in any way?
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When I first tried a real acoustic piano after digital one, the first immediate problem was how loud the acoustic piano is. The sound feedback was completely different. I has been using the sound ...

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How to use Piano pedals without using the foot?
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There are instruments like harpsichord or clavichord that seldom (or even never) had pedals similar to the pedals of the modern piano. And the music for these instruments is often played on a piano ...

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How do you identify a good acoustic guitar?
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If you live in a bad quality rented apartment with uncooperative neighbours, or you think some member of your family may not like, it may be better to avoid unnecessary pressure by learning on ...

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Top-down music learning
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There is no need to train on exercises only. My piano teacher gives real songs and exercises in somewhat 50 : 50 % proportion. Many really nice piano pieces like "Love me Tender" or "Jingle Bells" or ...

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Is there such thing as a piano-like keyboard with all whole tones between two adjacent white keys?
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Well, obviously the average usual piano is easier to play in the C major, but not in other keys On keyboards, digital pianos and even some rare acoustic pianos it is possible to use transpose ...

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Why do we use such complicated notation?
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After the language, notation, encoding or other similar communication standard becomes widespread, a popularity becomes its major positive side (net effect). It is good to know and use because ...

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What type of exercises should a guitar beginner do?
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Invest into good beginner manual or teaching computer program, then let your manual to decide that to do next. With such scenario, most important decision you still need to make yourself is to ...

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Hard to tell major from minor
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In some degree it is possible to learn by training, but you need to have some chord-capable instrument and be able to get known chords out of it. Try to compare C versus Cm, E versus Em, A versus Am ...

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Is it essential to learn music theory in order to play an electronic keyboard as a piano for fun?
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Music has been played in caves over stone ages before any musical theory has been invented, so knowing it is unlikely to be an essential requirement to perform. First flutes are as old as 40 000 year ...

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How to use a 61-keys digital piano?
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The number of keys is not everything. From the product website it is very questionable if CTK-1200 has velocity sensitive keys (nothing is written about) and also looks like it does not have any ...

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Studies showing the brain chemical reactions when listening to depressive music
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Currently there are a few hundreds of medical / scientific works devoted to the effect of music on depression. You can see the full list (and have some access to abstracts) in NCBI PubMed database, ...

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Are smartphone tuner apps reliable?
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The microphone of the smartphone is optimized for speech, not for music. Its supported frequency range is the vocal range of the average human talker, not a professional singer. As narrow as 300 Hz to ...

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I can hardly memorize piano notes
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Learn a bit of theory on chord composition. Then, after understanding G7, you will also be able to get A7, B7. C7, etc without further learning. Same about G or Gm. This really saves a lot of effort. ...

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Can I make Electronic Drums even more quiet?
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Percussion sound also travels well through the hard surfaces - drum stand, then floor and walls - much better than through the air. In some badly design buildings you may hear that way a tennis ball ...

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Really light electric guitar strings and the blues
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The coiled pickups of any kind will not work with non magnetic (nylon, etc) strings. This is already not about music, this is about physics. Some other types like piezoelectric may work.

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Can absolute pitch be learned or acquired by anyone?
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At the present level of science (can be summarised here, for instance), there is no obvious answer to this question. Human ear internally contains a huge number of stereocilia of variable length. ...

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How much being a touch-typist can help learning the piano faster?
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A "classic" touch typist keeps fingers on a "standard position" (ASDF for the left hand and JKL: for the right), and reaches all keys from there without moving the whole hand. As a result, on a ...

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Why are there no instruments made from rocks?
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Such instruments exist. One big group is lithophones, but also string instruments like violins have been made (see Blackbird and it is not the only such instrument). Stone string instruments are not ...

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How do you play loud notes on the piano without slapping the keys?
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As a typist from the old school (true mechanical typewriters, not computer keyboards), I know that in order to type efficiently it is important to apply more power with your fingers early, when you ...

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Longevity of electronic pianos
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It is probably safe to assume that digital piano will be supported for the duration of the warranty. Then some Rolland and Yamaha models feature up to five year warranty (in comparison, Yamaha ...

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Learning to Patch Synthesizers - "Synth Theory"
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Novation Bass station II user manual contains a few pages of very well written introduction. I do not say you should buy exactly this synthesizer: the knowledge is clearly transferable. User manuals ...

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What is good software for learning how to sight-read?
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I use my mobile phone with Solfa. Mobile device allows me to learn on way to and from work (train, bus) and also somehow feels more convenient and "ready" than a desktop computer or laptop. You cannot ...

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What are the limitations for a guitarist with arthritis in his hands?
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My guitar teacher had arthritis. He said he cannot actually play professionally anymore. However he was a really very good teacher to teach from the beginner level, and was able to demonstrate how to ...

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What does a piano teacher do?
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There are certain generally accepted rules how fingers should be used. If you learn self dependently without taking this into consideration, even if your music is correct by sound, any person ...

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