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Top new questions this week:

Is it possible to have "Perfect Tempo"

Perfect pitch is an acknowledged musical skill - the ability to hear a note and name it. Is there a corresponding skill that applies to tempo, to be able to hear music playing and say precisely what ...

asked by Brian THOMAS 9 votes
answered by MattPutnam 8 votes

Why are Arabic Ouds built with 12 pegs when they usually are strung with only 11 strings?

I've recently bought an Arabic Oud and started studying how to play it (it's a very fun instrument to play). One thing I don't understand, though, is why I have not seen anyone using the lowest pitch ...

string-instruments oud  
asked by azev 8 votes
answered by Wookiee84 5 votes

What is the technique called where you hold a crash cymbal while hitting it?

I used to play in a band with a drummer who used to grab the crash cymbal with his left hand and strike it hard whilst playing the bass drum. This made a really nice sound like iron being struck in a ...

technique drums  
asked by Tim Hargreaves 7 votes
answered by Todd Wilcox 7 votes

Can someone explain what a voice is in piano?

So as I was browsing the forum, I saw many posts about voices in piano, and how you should play them all at the same time. I really don't get when a voice exists in a song, and how I should I play it. ...

theory piano  
asked by Michael 7 votes
answered by BobRodes 11 votes

What is the study of song structure called?

I'm describing native Hawaiian songs as part of a research project. The songs are sung by a single performer without instruments. We transcribed the song into stanzas and now see a number of patterns ...

terminology ethnomusicology  
asked by Teusz 6 votes
answered by jjmusicnotes 4 votes

Singing lessons for an instrumentalist

I'm a guitar player, but I'm considering getting singing lesson because I think it would improve my ear for music. I'm not looking to be the next Pavarotti or the local karaoke king. Would this ...

voice ear-training lessons  
asked by Dave Halsall 6 votes
answered by Todd Wilcox 4 votes

What time signature has 3 out of 8 beats accented?

It's been a very long time since I've done musical theory but I know this rhythm is quite common, especially in dance and even some punk/metal. So, some songs have 4 beats to a bar but it has 2 ...

rhythm time-signatures beats  
asked by BBking 6 votes
answered by Andrew Leach 11 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the difference between mono and stereo?

I've always wondered what the difference between the two is, and sometimes (games, movie players, etc), you are given a choice of mono or stereo sound. I toggle both but don't hear any difference. ...

asked by Mark Gabriel 5 votes
answered by JCPedroza 10 votes

List of average genre tempo (BPM) levels?

I've been told before that a genre such as drum and bass averages a BPM of 160-180, whereas dubstep is around 140 BPM and hip-hop is around 115 BPM. Does anyone know where I can get a list of popular ...

asked by Curt 20 votes
answered by luser droog 23 votes

Can you answer this?

Short way to indicate pedaling every bar

I am writing a piano score in Sibelius, and I need to hold and lift the pedal every bar. But writing it explicitly makes the score heavy so I need a quick notation that means the same thing. Here I ...

piano sibelius  
asked by qreon 2 votes
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