This is a section devoted to frequently asked questions about Music here on About Music Schools.
Are there any physical attributes required to play instruments?
Usually, can vary depending on the instrument.
Can my new found skills easily transfer to other instruments?
Sure, if the instruments belong to the same family. For example, a student of violin can easily develop skills on double bass, viola and cello.
When should a young start to learn music?
A young can start to learn music at any time.
Does everyone have some musical ability?
Believe it or not,it's true. Every young is born with musical ability, but you have to "use it or lose it".
Each one of us have the chance to improve our musical ability with the right teacher & endeavour.
Some frequent questions on the Instruments:
- How many keys does an Accordion have?
The keyboard on the right side of the accordion usually contains 41 keys and the smaller models can contain as few as 25. The keyboard on the left side contains anywhere between 5 & 120 keys.
What styles of music is common with the Accordion?
It was popular in many cultures as main instrument in many musical genres. These include Tango of Argentina, Polka of America and Europe, Cajun Zydaco from America, and classical transcriptions of European composers of the 19th & 20th centuries.
- How many strings does a Banjo have?
A banjo can have either four or five strings depending on the type of banjo.
- Which ensembles utilise the Baritone Horn the most?
A Baritone Horn is most commonly found in Brass bands, Military Bands and Concert Bands.
- How many strings does a bass guitar have?
The standard bass guitar has 4 strings (E,A,D,G). You can also get five or six string bass guitars. The 5-string bass guitar adds a low B string & the 6-string bass guitar adds a higher C string as well as the low B string.
- How does the bass guitar differ from a normal guitar?
The 4 strings (E,A,D,G) on a bass guitar are exactly one octave lower than the lowest 4 strings on a normal guitar.
- What ensembles is the bass guitar commonly used in?
The bass guitar is the primary bass instrument in most of the ensembles of popular Western culture, Rock, Jazz, Country etc.
- How long is bassoon?
A bassoon is about 2.95 metres long. It is divided up into four sections.
- How many strings does a cello have? & what are they tuned to?
A cello has four strings and is tuned exactly an octave below a Viola. C (lowest), G, D and A.
- What is the difference between a Cello & a Violoncello?
Nothing, "Cello" is just the modern abbreviation for a Violoncello.
- How big is a Double Bass?
With the spike extended, a Double Bass can reach 2m tall.
- What do you tune the strings to?
The double bass is different to the rest of the String family in that it's tuned in Fourths, as apposed to Fifths. E (lowest), A, D, G.
- What are the other members of the Flute family?
The other common types of Flutes are: Piccolo, Bass Flutes and Alto.
- What is the difference between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute?
Flutes which are referred to as student models are usually made out of a nickel alloy, are silver plated, normally have an offset G, usually have plateau keys and will only have a C foot.
Several Professional flutes have plateau keys, offset G & a B foot, and are made out of any type of material that you can think of. The most common material being silver, gold, and platinum.
- How many strings does a guitar have? & what are they tuned to?
The guitar has 6 strings and is tuned to E,A,D,G,B,E (lowest to highest).
- What types of Pianos are there?
There are 3 main types of Acoustic Piano. Grand Piano, Baby Grand Piano & The Upright Piano.
- Is the piano a string or percussion instrument?
In spite of the fact that the average piano has about 230 strings, it's considered a percussion instrument. Symphony orchestra's consider it part of the percussion section.
- What is a recorder?
A recorder is a simple instrument related to the flute. It's sounded by blowing into one end & the pitch is adjusted by covering finger holes.
This instrument does not have a reed but is voiced simply by forcing air through a whistle mouthpiece.
- What are the different Recorder sizes?
Recorders are made in different sizes. There are 4 main instruments in use today: tenor, bass, treble and the descant.
- What are the most common types of Saxophones?
Actually, there are four common types of Saxophones, from highest to lowest: Bb Soprano, Eb Alto, Bb Tenor and Eb Baritone.
- What types of Trombones are there?
The modern trombone family includes the Alto Trombone, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, & Contrabass Trombone. The most common trombone type is the Tenor Trombone.
- What are the Viola strings tuned to?
The Viola strings are tuned to C, G, D & A.
- How is the Viola different to the Violin?
The Viola is the second highest pitched instrument of the string family. It's similar to the violin in most respects, however it's larger & is a fifth lower in range.
- Is the Fiddle & a Violin the same?
They are essentially the same instrument. A modern Fiddle is often refered to a Violin in a Folk setting. A traditional Fiddle is a medieval instrument that is related to and somewhat resembles the modern Violin.