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What percentage of rock guitarists didn't take lessons?

I'm wondering if guys like hendrix, frusciante, most punk rock guitar/solo.. were able to understand music theory ?
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Is "soundtrack" really a genre?

I have a lot of music composed for video games which I enjoy listening to. So naturally, I imported it into iTunes on my computer for ease of playback, playlists, sharing to devices, etc. I noticed ...
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What is the origin of the term 'toasting'?

What is the origin of the term 'toasting', in the Jamaican sense of delivering vocals over an instrumental B-side or riddim ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deejay_(Jamaican)#Toasting There is use of ...
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What is Freebop?

In several liner notes the word "Freebop" is used to describe the music of Miles Davis' second quintet in the mid-60's. The writers usually use the term seemingly expecting the reader to know what it ...
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Which is exactly the main use of the "VS." label?

We have for this side, this order for a song name: Song Name (Original Producer vs. Remixing Producer) For another side we this one with the remix label: Original Producer - Song Name (Remixing ...
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What makes an album "deluxe"?

right to the point: What makes an album as a "deluxe version"? People may notice that they usually have some bonus tracks. But, what makes them deluxe other than that?
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Looking for a term : end of song n is the beginning of song n+1

I'm looking for a term describing the fact that, on a music album, the end of a song is the beginning of the next one, which gives the impression that there is no cut between the two songs. I'm ...
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Oh True Love - Everly Brothers

There were numerous such songs in 50's. All of them are characterized by the same rhythm and typically they are very similar. Is there some name for this kind of songs?
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Term for PA music before a concert starts

I have been to a number of rock concerts. By and large, during the time before the show starts, music is typically played on the PA system. For rock concerts, the PA music is usually the same genre, ...
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"Oh we got both kinds. We got Country and Western." But what's actually the difference?

When were "Country" and "Western" music regarded as two distinct styles? Where did these terms come from, and what was the distinction? Is there anything that could be put forward as an example of '...
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Mixtape vs. LP/EP

What is the difference between a mixtape and a LP or EP? They seem to be of similar length (some LP- ish length (10 tracks) and some EP length (3-5)).
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What's a head banging rock song?

What makes a rock song "head banging"? When is a rock called head banging? Could you also list a few popular head banging rock songs?
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What is a "bubble mix"?

A coworker of mine described Girl Talk's All Day as "a bubble mix" when I introduced it to him. It sounded a bit derisive, actually. I've never heard that term before, and all Google was no ...
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What does Son House mean when he refers to "jumping" with regard to the blues?

Here is a link to a three-minute clip from a documentary from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where the blues singer and guitarist Son House talks about the nature of the blues. Here is the URL to the ...
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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?

Better not have anything to do with Richard Branson. Thrill Jockey has a couple of up coming releases that are apparently both being pressed on virgin vinyl. In Plain Speech by Circuit des Yeux ...
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What is a typical reggaeton beat called?

While listening to this reggaeton song, I was wondering if there is a specific name for such a beat, like western techno songs typical have a 4/4 beat.
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Where did synth-pop and electro-pop come from, and what it's difference?

I recognize that they're both using synthesizer on their songs, that I think that they're came from the same roots, but nowadays they likely to expand their type. For example, I define The 1975 (band)...
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Identifying term for songs with slow stomp bass tempo

I have heard songs from many different genres from rock to rap to techno with this same kind of core slow stomping percussion beat. Example songs are: God's Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash When the ...
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What is a "jazz standard"?

this is a song by ... which became jazz standards. What is a jazz standard? Is it a jazz song which becomes so popular that everybody plays it?
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What's the difference between scoring and arranging?

Sometimes, I read "this song was arranged by someone", and "this song was scored by somebody else". What's the difference between scoring some music and arranging it?
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What is a "warm" sound?

What does it mean for a sound to be warm? What does a sound need to have to be "warmer" than other? We often hear this associated with analog systems. "analog warmth", "the warmth of vinyl". What is ...
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Is every piece of music a "track"?

Coming from the question about distinguishing songs from tracks based on presence of vocals, I wonder if track is a term that can be used for every kind of musical work? In the comments, Noach mi ...
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Who is the artist of a song?

When a song has performer A, composer B, and lyricist C, who is the artist of this song? Is this decided by rules not based on the creative process, e.g., by producers? Or is the artist the party ...
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What is the name for a track hidden before the CD content?

If I rewind the track 1 of the debut album by The Music, I can get to track 0. To play this hidden track I need to rewind until I reach its beginning; I found no other way to access it. Is there a ...
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What is the difference between a "cover" and a "remake" of a song?

Is there a difference between a cover and a remake of a song? Or do both terms mean the same thing?
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Is it OK to distinguish "songs" from "tracks" based on presence of vocals?

I often correct my friends from calling tracks "songs" because it's a music piece that does not come with vocals or audible lyrics (for example, dubstep tracks with messed up audio). Is this correct? ...
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Is the music played in silent films considered to be a soundtrack? Why or why not?

A soundtrack, also written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program or video game; a commercially released ...
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What defines a trap-beat?

I'm actually more the boom bap Hip-Hop, 90's style beat guy. But I find myself enjoying trap music more and more, since it's getting more and more popular and also because my friend is making more ...
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What is the difference between a LP and an EP?

Many bands/artists release EPs and LPs. I have noticed that many artists that are still on the beginning of their career release EPs. What does EP and LP mean?
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What does it mean for an album to be remastered?

There are times when older albums get re-released as a remastered version. What is the difference between the original version and the remastered version?
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