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Top new questions this week:

When to use a dot or a tie in music notation?

Let's say I have the following piece in 4/4, Should it be notated as: or Are there any specific rules? From my previous experience, I believe the second one is the correct notation since it …

guitar theory notation  
asked by rexcfnghk 18 votes
answered by Pat Muchmore 23 votes

Relationship between 3/4 and 4/4

I understand the meaning of music notations such as 3/4, 4/4 and so on. The first number is the number of beats per measure, while the second number is the note-duration (quarter, half, one-eighth) …

notation time-signatures  
asked by a c 15 votes
answered by slim 19 votes

Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge …

guitar theory learning keyboard sight-reading  
asked by TonySniper 8 votes
answered by Shevliaskovic 6 votes

How can people stand on their double basses?

I have seen some rockabilly gigs where people actually stand on the double bass. For instance: and …

double-bass  
asked by Shevliaskovic 8 votes
answered by slim 8 votes

Is there a technique to "extracting" second voices from songs?

By extracting, I don't mean getting a separate mp3 file or something like that. What I meant was being able to discern the second voice behind all the other voices, instruments, etc. It's easy to …

ear-training  
asked by Mark Gabriel 7 votes
answered by Micah 4 votes

Doesn't a major scale share all its notes with its relative minor and vice versa?

I came across this sentence, reading A Theory of Harmony, John Stainer, P 9 item 27: The scale of a relative minor consists of the same notes as that of its relative major, with one exception, …

theory scales  
asked by BLUC 7 votes
answered by Ely Beau Eastman 11 votes

What things to look for when buying my first ukulele?

I want to buy an ukulele, and I have no idea of what to expect or what to look for. Which brands have a good quality-price ratio? What types of ukuleles are there? What do I want to avoid? What to …

ukulele  
asked by JCPedroza 6 votes
answered by user1943369 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?

I've always found even the lightest acoustic (bronze) guitar strings to be a bit too heavy to play comfortably. Electric (nickel) guitar strings tend to be lighter. But nobody uses electric strings on …

guitar strings  
asked by jrb 27 votes
answered by KeithS 31 votes

Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4

I cannot figure out the actual difference between these two beats. Isn't it sufficient to have only 2/4 (or 4/4 )?

time-signatures beats  
asked by D-Shan 25 votes
answered by slim 36 votes

Can you answer this?

Is there a name for this: text syncopates otherwise unsyncopated vocal music?

There's an interesting musical phenomenon in "O Virgo Splendens" (14th century, in the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat) as it is consistently interpreted across all editions I have ever encountered. The …

theory early syncopation medieval  
asked by Codeswitcher 5 votes
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