I need a musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle (no climate control) for months at a time in a climate that is hot (over 100 degrees F during the daytime in the summer) and dry (not humid), without becoming warped or destroyed somehow. [more inside]
In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
For home recordings, I'm looking to learn a new instrument that is cello-like, low-end and haunting sounding, but not large and unwieldy. Help me brainstorm. [more inside]
I would like to participate in a drum circle. What are some fairly affordable and portable drums or percussion instruments I could buy? General advice welcome but links to specific models and pros and cons of each would be especially helpful. [more inside]
I want to start making electronic music. I'm thinking about buying maybe an MPC type of device but not sure where to start. Novation Launchpad? Maschine? Any recommendations for a total, total beginner? Or should I really get a copy of Ableton and figure out if I'm truly into it first? [more inside]
Do I have the only Balilla accordion in the world? [more inside]
What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
Just what is this flat, neckless 4-stringed musical instument? [more inside]
What musical instruments require more than one performer to operate?
What causes strings to go false? [more inside]
Where does one purchase musical instruments in Birmingham, UK? [more inside]
Electric guitar for small hands, help me choose one? [more inside]
I love music, but every time I try to take up an instrument I get frustrated with sucking and give up. How do I not do this? [more inside]
What's a fair price for a second hand US made Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue and what's the market like? I'm hoping to prevent my dad from getting ripped off. [more inside]
What popular songs or songs by popular bands use instruments not commonly associated with rock/pop/alternative music? [more inside]
What quality, relatively cheap melodica should I buy? [more inside]
Are there kid-playable instruments (besides the recorder) whose notes can be sustained? Building or hacking or repurposing instruments is allowable. Brainstorming encouraged. [more inside]
Technically exemplary metal bass performances? [more inside]
What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
Should I use a Hohner Special 20 or a Lee Oskar harmonica? [more inside]
Working on this dark whimsical carnival-esque song for a local compilation. Can someone help me find the key? (Tried the usual Googling until my head exploded)... Link to streaming song included in extended description. [more inside]
Digital pianos for real pianists: talk to me, pianists of AskMe. [more inside]
Is there a San Francisco or Bay Area equivalent to Austin's (or NYC's) Handmade Music scene, focused on building electronic musical instruments? [more inside]
Help a professional musician with tuning! [more inside]
What is a mint 1975 guild d40 NT worth?
MusicianFilter: I accidentally broke the headstock off my neighbors Vacarro 5 string bass (Don't ask...lets just say it was a late night session). I’m looking to replace the neck, but cannot find anyone who can get a 5 string Vacarro neck. Anyone have any suggestions? I’m in the NY metro area.
Five string guitar (non-bass), with a standard-width fretboard: Why am I not finding m/any, and how can one be altered, purchased, or constructed cheaply by a non-expert. [more inside]
I need to learn how to play guitar. I'd like to start on an acoustic so I won't have to lug an amp around all the time. What type of acoustic should I start off with and what is the best way to learn? Websites? Lessons? [more inside]
Are there any stores that sell cheap toy musical instruments in Los Angeles? [more inside]
What are some good thrift stores in Philly that go beyond just clothing? [more inside]
What are some good pop/rock songs that feature an accordion? I'm not looking for any polka/cajun/zydeco-influenced sounds, but more traditional rock tunes - think "The Last Beat of My Heart" by Siouxsie and the Banshees or even "What it Takes" by Aerosmith - where it's just another backing instrument.
What instrument is this, that I remember from my youth? [more inside]
Help me choose a musical instrument to learn! [more inside]
Any recommendations for an inexpensive (but not cheap) classical guitar? I'm looking in the $150-$250 range here. [more inside]
We know smoking is bad for people, but is it bad for synthesizers? While looking at classified ads for various bits of musical equipment (speakers, synths, samplers etc) I often see in the descriptions "all gear used in a 100% smoke-free environment". Does this actually matter? And how come nobody ever includes that in descriptions for secondhand electric guitars?
My music theory professor challenged our class to identify a married couple where one plays the violin and the other the trumpet. His theory is that the personalities of violin and trumpet players clash. Can anyone name a prominent musical couple where one plays a bowed instrument and the other brass? I would imagine that a saxophone player or drummer would be equally incompatible with a string player.
Inspired by this question: I have the sheet music to Steve Reich's MUSIC FOR 18 INSTRUMENTS. I bought it to understand the piece better. But, the individual parts played by themselves sound nothing like the actual piece. I am not a good enough pianist to create a full piano transcription of the piece. Does anyone have any advice as to how to play excerpts from this score but still have it sound like Reich? ( Maybe someone who knows the piece better than I do.)
Guitarist looking for other string instruments to play around on... [more inside]
One-string tunes for guitar or bass? [more inside]
Vacation in Turkey + love of folk music and instruments. What to do? [more inside]
I'm interested in buying some cool, portable, percussion instruments over the next few months. I'd be willing to spend up to $200 per piece, and I'd like them to be beginner friendly. What should I start with? Are there any instruments I should avoid because they break too easy, etc? [more inside]
Two questions concerning violins (and by extension, other string instruments): 1. Mass production! 2. Strads! [more inside]
How hard is it, as a (relatively) long-time musician, to pick up new instruments? (more specifically, as a guitarist moving to other areas) [more inside]
How do I play my clarinet alongside guitar? [more inside]
What is the best stage arrangement for wireless instrument gear? [more inside]
Where to start learning a musical instrument for the musically inept? [more inside]
So I finally got a midi cable and hooked up my keyboard to my computer for some home recording. It works swell, but I'm looking into a portable solution so I can take it along with my laptop. [more inside]
I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
What is the best approach to learn how to play bass guitar? [more inside]
Name-That-Synth-Filter: Help me identify the monophonic synthesizer used on "Dracula's Wedding", from the Outkast album The Love Below. Samples inside... [more inside]
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