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Thicker strings on a Tenor Guitar

Can I use higher gauge strings on a Tenor Guitar? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I separate this data column properly?

Question about splitting data into columns: I have one column of data that I'd like to split into seven separate columns. A typical, complete row in the column looks like "mefi:1,​ask:3,​meta:2,​projects:5,​jobs:5,​music:6,​irl:4" where the number values can be anywhere from 1-6. The problem is that if any one or more of the seven subsites are left unanswered, the entire value is missing (there is no "[subsite]:0" or "," as a placeholder). Consequently, separating the column into seven distinct columns using the comma as the separator causes the data to fall/shift into the wrong output columns if any one or more of the seven subsite categories are missing. How can i fix this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Identify this musical instrument?

Just what is this flat, neckless 4-stringed musical instument? [more inside]
posted by jinjo on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

more music like this, please

How would you describe music like this, and can you recommend more like it? Kind of dreamy vocals and swelling strings, old-fashioned mid-20th-century feeling. Example 1: The children's chorus from the opening to Night of the Hunter, starting about 32 seconds into this video. Example 2: Walt Kelly's "Willow the Wasp", 30 second sample on amazon.
posted by moonmilk on Jul 15, 2012 - 8 answers

It... it all fits together

Is there a name for those conspiracy maps that are so often shown in movies and TV shows? You know, the ones on cork board, with photos and index cards connected with strings.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Apr 6, 2012 - 6 answers

What causes strings to go false?

What causes strings to go false? [more inside]
posted by estherhaza on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Where can I get custom sets of guitar strings manufactured?

Where can I get custom sets of guitar strings manufactured? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jan 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Ten strings stand between me and happiness

Where can I buy some Chapman Stick strings in southern or eastern Ontario? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Dec 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Is an old 12-chord autoharp worth restoring?

I was just given a 12-chord autoharp, not in great shape. How do I figure out if it's worth salvaging, and if so, what are some good resources for learning to play? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Oct 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Terrific string arrangements within pop songs

I'm looking for pop/rock songs that make fantastic use of backing strings.
posted by Iridic on Sep 1, 2011 - 25 answers

Which gauge guitar strings for Drop A# should I use?

Which gauge guitar strings for Drop A# should I use? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on May 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Learning to play acoustic guitar: Should I wean myself off looking at the strings/fretboard while practising chords, or will this naturally come later?

Learning to play acoustic guitar: Should I wean myself off looking at the strings/fretboard while practising chords, or will this naturally come later? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 15, 2010 - 19 answers

Tone deaf for B?

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]
posted by Beardman on Oct 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Peppy upbeat electric guitar with string background?

What are some songs that sound like this one? Difficulty: it's a remix of a song from a video game soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Hauntingly beautiful piano/string music?

Similar to these questions, I'm looking for simple, beautiful songs with a single voice and either a piano or strings. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Aug 13, 2010 - 39 answers

What is this Tchaikovsky piece called?

What is the name of this Tchaikovsky tune? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on May 16, 2010 - 3 answers

String trio or quartet for wedding reception?

Should we hire a string trio or string quartet to play at our wedding (immediately pre-ceremony and during the reception)? I have no idea what difference, if any, the extra violin would make to the sound or the range of music that can be played, though I do have an idea of the difference in cost ($170-350). Is it worth it? (Bonus points if you can suggest pieces of music.)
posted by Dasein on Apr 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Classical recommendations based on Princeton

Inspired by this question: What classical music is similar to the intro [through 0:13] of this song (Princeton's "Sadie & Andy")?
posted by punchdrunkhistory on Feb 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Large, approximate string matching algorithm

I have two large (10k-100k) sets of strings. I want to match the items in the sets up in pairs based on similarity. Levenshtein looks promising but costly. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Feb 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I play the ukulele without using codeine?

Ukulele players: Is this a more finger-friendly instrument than the guitar? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jan 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Give me some "vintage music that still sounds fresh" tips

I want to listen to luscious old (pre 90s) music that sounds fresh and as if it could have been recorded and released today (in terms of production values, instrumentation, orchestration, etc.) Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Jan 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Onoken off again

Recommend goa trance and digital hardcore musical acts (similar to Onoken)? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Dec 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Acoustic guitar string shopping

Where should I buy high-quality acoustic guitar strings online? Also, suggestions for brands of strings? [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Oct 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Name that busk

While in Paris, I stumbled upon a group playing quite an impressive strings arrangement, in a Metro station. What song is this?
posted by disillusioned on Aug 5, 2009 - 4 answers

It cuts like an axe

I bought my partner a cheapie guitar, but fretting its strings is incredibly uncomfortable compared with my own cheapie guitar (with the same light gauge strings). What could be causing the difference, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Apr 29, 2009 - 18 answers

Upbeat instrumental, piano or string music?

Please help me find other songs that have a similar sound to the first 30 seconds of Vampire Weekend's M79. [more inside]
posted by Andy's Gross Wart on Mar 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Getting my guitar strings changed is stressing me out.

Two questions regarding getting my acoustic guitar strings replaced at the local music shop. [more inside]
posted by gtr on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Toronto cello teacher

Can anyone recommend a cello teacher in Toronto, for an adult amateur new to cello but not to strings? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Sep 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Cheap Acoustic Guitar Strings

What are the best cheap acoustic guitar strings and where is the best place to buy them? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Aug 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Plucking strings?

What songs feature the pizzicato technique? [more inside]
posted by Korou on Jul 24, 2008 - 24 answers

David Bowie

Bass player. Long time pizzicato, first time arco. What do I need to know about my bow, specifically regarding rosin? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Mar 17, 2008 - 14 answers

Mystery Mixtape Movie Score Track: Elfman, Zimmer & Kazoos

Help me identify this mystery track from my friends' mix CD, that he can't recall either. No sample available, yet! It's more than likely a movie score track. Cross between 1941, Elfman, Zimmer, Willow, and involves kazoos in places. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Nov 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Flatwound strings destroyed my guitar?

What happened to my Strat? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Oct 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Is there a science of strings?

How and why cables/strings/hoses/lines/cords etc. become entangled? Is there any scientific explanation of the process and more generally a science studying the physical/topological properties and behaviour of string materials? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Aug 27, 2007 - 6 answers

What's the name of the piece of music at 12:29 in TempBot?

What is the piece of music used at 12:29 in the Neill Blomkamp short "Tempbot," at around 12:29? (link to the short movie within) [more inside]
posted by lonemantis on Jul 19, 2007 - 4 answers

acoustic grunge?

Guitar Filter: Has anyone ever miked nylon strings (on an acoustic or solid body) and put it through a distortion box and/or an overdrive box? How does it sound? Pleasant or not? Does anyone know if any professional musician has experimented with that?
posted by jak68 on Jul 11, 2007 - 19 answers

tweak mah guitar

Guitar Filter: On a 6 string electric guitar playing blues or rock, have you ever strung the same gauge on all three lower strings and the same gauge on all three upper strings? What did it sound like, and did you like it? How about the playability? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Jun 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Why does almost sounding right kind of sound wrong?

Guitar tuning through harmonics: Could you fine fine folks explain the physical/mathematical principles behind the increased "distortion" as two guitar strings being tuned through harmonics approach being tuned? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on May 19, 2007 - 24 answers

Web/etc resources for autodidactic upright bass rookies?

I'm looking for good resources for upright bass DIY education—especially regarding bowing basics and other physical/form questions. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 4, 2007 - 14 answers

The $100 dollar violin and other questions!

Two questions concerning violins (and by extension, other string instruments): 1. Mass production! 2. Strads! [more inside]
posted by archagon on Apr 27, 2007 - 14 answers

Bah Baah Baaah Baaaah

Man making sheep noises with delicate musical accompaniment. What is it? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Nov 12, 2006 - 3 answers

"Ambient" Classical Music

Help me find more "classical" music that I will like. There is... [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin on Sep 19, 2006 - 33 answers

Stringing a guitar properly

Help me clear up all the guitar stringing advice I've received. Should you remove all the strings from your guitar and then add the new ones, or change the strings one-by-one? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Feb 9, 2006 - 22 answers

Start menu replacement

Has anyone seen a non-Konfabulator Windows Start Menu replacement that allows the user to enter the names of programs to run? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Jan 30, 2006 - 13 answers

Looking for rock music with strings

I need some music reccomendations. I really enjoy instrumental string music, but have no idea who some of the really good performers are. In particular, I like the style presented in the theme song to "Angel" by Darling Violetta, where strings are mixed with a modern rock sound.
So can anyone reccommend some good artists/albums to check out?
posted by aclevername on Dec 21, 2004 - 7 answers

Is there a secret place on the internet like alibris.com for books where one can go find relatively obscure classical recordings?

Jacob ter Veldhuis' String Quartets, as far as I can tell, have been recorded only once. That label doesn't seem to have any current contact information. I'd like to get my hands on this, and tried a bunch of the local options here in San Francisco, including Amoeba. Is there a secret place on the internet like alibris.com for books where one can go find relatively obscure Dutch string quartets?
posted by judith on Nov 14, 2004 - 9 answers

bass guitar string gauge

Bass guitar string gauge determination [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by apathy0o0 on Apr 2, 2004 - 5 answers

Guitar Strings

Guitar pickers - what kind of strings do you prefer for your acoustic and more important, what kind of string treatment do you use? (more...) [more inside]
posted by jabo on Feb 20, 2004 - 6 answers

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