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Top new questions this week:

Why the octave number changes between B and C?

I noticed that everywhere I read about music in scientific pitch notation, I see the notes in ascending pitch as in: A2 B2 C3 D3 E3 F3 G3 A3 B3 C4 Instead of what I expected, which was A2 B2 C2 D2 ...

notation octave pitch  
asked by wingleader 15 votes
answered by Wheat Williams 13 votes

Why are the black keys on some ancient fortepianos now white on modern pianos?

I am wondering what happened in the fortepiano's history that made the keyboard colors switch (why black keys on some ancient pianofortes are now white on modern pianos). Here is a picture of a ...

piano instruments history  
asked by Sandra-Émilie 8 votes
answered by Wheat Williams 12 votes

Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...

guitar electric-guitar electric-bass-guitar pain  
asked by Addy 7 votes
answered by topo morto 5 votes

Is there a specific name for music that sounds like it has no rests?

Example: Prelude no. 2 from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier”. That piece sounds like it has no rests. It’s a constant flow of music the entire time. I love pieces like that. I want to know if there’s a ...

terminology classical-music  
asked by Bachtoven 6 votes
answered by Tim 10 votes

Is there such a thing as an electric-ONLY acoustic guitar?

I am a total noob to guitar (nay, music) in my adult years. I find that I play a lot at night when the rest of the house wants to sleep or at the very least not hear my terrible guitar playing. I play ...

guitar acoustic-guitar  
asked by BigTobster 3 votes
answered by user26522 11 votes

How can I learn to recognize intervals larger than an octave?

How can I learn to recognize intervals larger than an octave? I recognize them in the limits of a single octave, but make mistakes when hearing larger ones. Perhaps it's because I don't know songs ...

ear-training relative-pitch  
asked by VassiaAlk 3 votes
answered by Shevliaskovic 0 votes

How do I figure out whether rhythms have beats with 2/3-1/3 splits or 3/4-1/4 splits?

I am trying to transcribe this song for piano. This is my progress so far (ignore the 8vb, I am planning to switch the left- and right-hand parts). I am having trouble figuring out whether the ...

piano rhythm transcription  
asked by Zubin Mukerjee 3 votes
answered by NReilingh 5 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature; even if different parts of the song have different time signatures, there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing the ...

theory rhythm time-signatures transcription  
asked by Dom 18 votes
answered by GavinH 24 votes

What are the most effective ear training methods?

Ear training is a very important ability for any musician to develop. From intonation when singing or playing an instrument to playing and transcribing by ear. What is the best way to improve this? ...

ear-training  
asked by Lilitu88 37 votes
answered by Kyle Brandt 30 votes

Can you answer these?

Definition of Sonority for Flutists

I have not been able to find a specific explanation of what "Sonorous" or "Sonority" means for a Flutist. I have a vague understanding that it refers to sound quality. Can anyone please help me to ...

terminology sound flute  
asked by Christine 2 votes

Why is this stripe (or N) used to display a crotchet rest?

In the book "The Beatles Complete Scores", there are many instances that instead of the normal crotchet rest :, the author uses this kind of rest: One example is on page 1000, on the song "When I'm ...

notation  
asked by Shevliaskovic 2 votes

Trombone to Voice

I'm both a trombonist in a couple bands and a bass vocalist in an acappella group. I find that when I play trombone for an extended period of time, then switch to singing, I can't access the bottom ...

trombone vocal-cords bass-voice voice-training  
asked by J. Bain 1 vote
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