I've depended on my ear all my life to play music. I learn new pieces by listening, playing back what I've heard, and then slowly correcting my errors in listening by reading the notes in spots I think I'm unclear on. In the past it was a cool party trick, but I want to stop using this approach because it slows down the rate at which I pick up new pieces, it's sloppy, and without a teacher these days, it's difficult to pick up my numerous errors. I am also awful at sight reading. [more inside]
Help pick out the notes used in an automated chime [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?
When I try to tune a stringed instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp), the B string always sounds off to me, no matter what I do. Why? [more inside]
Do I have perfect pitch? [more inside]
Is there any way to sync my voice notes with my iphone that doesn't involve them ending up in my music section? [more inside]
Where can I find clear, accurate, small sound files of different musical notes. I don't mind if they're on a piano or a guitar or anything else. But I need a separate recording of each note through one octave, around about middle-C would be ideal but not necessary. (i.e. 12 files, each with a different note on them: A natural, A sharp, B natural etc.) [more inside]
Is there a web app where I can hum or whistle a tone into my PC's microphone and get back what note it is?
My Sis gave me her sax a while back and I have a few hours to fool with it. That leads me to 3 questions. [more inside]
I've taken up the violin. Where can I find the coolest sheet music? [more inside]
SONGFILTER: need people who can read musical notes to help me find the name of this opera-esque song! [more inside]
MusicianFilter: Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names? [more inside]
Neotones: As I understand it, a note is not a pure frequency but a combination of a prominent frequency and various overtones, which are multiples of the fundamental frequency, of diminishing contribution. Is there a device, that can generate alienesque tones, where one can freely manipulate the various overtones?