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Top new questions this week:

What kind of a guitar can I play without thumbs?

Because of arthritis, the thumb joints on both hands are gone, after playing acoustic guitar with a pic for 40 years in Church folk groups. I can't squeeze the neck with my left hand and can't hold ...

asked by Frank 20 votes
answered by Ben Miller 16 votes

How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?

I'm recording vocals with a SM58 mic through a USB audio interface and getting clean audio with no ambient noise. At this point it sounds pretty flat (no reverb or echo from the room). So in my DAW ...

recording mix  
asked by Phubar Baz 9 votes
answered by leftaroundabout 21 votes

What does Grt. and Sw. mean in this organ score?

I've come across a piece of sheet music for an organ and I was just curious what the Grt. marking above measure 1 and 17 means and what the Sw. marking above measure 9 means. I've seen it before in a ...

notation sheet-music terminology organ  
asked by Dom 9 votes
answered by Matt L. 11 votes

Do all jazz musicians [in a band] need to know a song's melody?

[As a bassist] when I learn a new jazz song, I try to learn the melody as well as the harmony. That way [I believe] I can improvise better and sound that I improvise on the song and not just on the ...

jazz melody  
asked by Shevliaskovic 8 votes
answered by Tim 6 votes

What is tritone substitution?

What is tritone substitution? How can this device be applied to improvisation and composition?

theory harmony jazz  
asked by JCPedroza 6 votes
answered by Tim 8 votes

Is there a general rule when to use a 9th, 11th, and 13th chord on piano

My question is mainly related to extended chord. Is there a general rule for using the 9th, 11th and 13th? I have seen in a II,V,I progression in the key of C this progression: Dm9,G13, C.

piano chords chord-theory  
asked by John 6 votes
answered by Dom 2 votes

PA System: What type of speaker for that "punchy" bass?

I got two JBL MR918 subwoofers and two Behringer EUROLIVE B215XL. My system does well, but when playing electronic music with a bass that would sound very punchy and you would feel it in the chest ...

speakers bass pa  
asked by heysamhey 6 votes
answered by KeithS 11 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How to know what notes/chords go together while improvising?

This is 3 questions in one, so it might take a slightly involved answer, or some good links. I'm a very good classical pianist, but I skipped theory entirely in my early days and learned to play well ...

theory piano improvisation  
asked by Aerovistae 21 votes
answered by Gauthier 20 votes

How to identify the root note of a chord

I struggle with chords on the staff because I'm not sure which note is the root note. Is it the top note with the rest of the notes falling below it? E.g., The top note is C, and bundled below it are ...

theory piano chords  
asked by Warren van Rooyen 22 votes
answered by Matthew Read 24 votes

Can you answer these?

Approaches to free improvisation

While most free jazz is surprisingly structured (nothing wrong with that), there is a form of improvisation that is approaching total freedom. I'm thinking of artists like Peter Brötzmann, Paal ...

jazz improvisation  
asked by Meaningful Username 2 votes

Sharp pain in fingertip of fretting hand index finger

I am posting this to describe a condition I recently had and how I got ride of it, as I had little success finding similar advice, and I'm sure this happens to other people from time to time. I have ...

guitar technique health  
asked by Antonio Munches 2 votes
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