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Questions tagged [music]

音楽. Language usage in the context of music. For questions about song lyrics, please use the tag "song-lyric".

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What does hoi mean?

I'm a General Music teacher. One of my 1st grade books has a song called, "Naka Naka Hoi." The (what I'm learning may be the romaji) words are: Naka Naka Hoi Soto Soto Hoi Naka Soto Soto Naka Naka ...
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What is いやほい from the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song 原宿いやほい HARAJUKU IYAHOI?

What does いやほい mean in this context? Or is it nonsense or onomatopeia? I'm not finding a conclusive result in the dictionary. Results I get are, for instance: いや which could be disagreeable, ...
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How are musical beats counted?

In English, it is common to count beats of music using numbers for the beats and certain filler syllables for further subdivisions. What is the most common way to count beats in Japanese? Adding some ...
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Do song lyrics in Japanese typically rhyme?

I've been listening to Japanese music a bit lately and, while I do not understand any of it and even have trouble even making out what syllables are being used, I sometimes get the impression, that it ...
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Silent consonants when singing

I first noticed this odd pronunciation in the second opening of code geass. The singer repeatedly pronounces the word かんかく as something that sounds more like かんかう, missing the 'k' sound. I noticed ...
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この曲の意味を暗示する歌詞の特定性について

念のため述べておきますが、この質問は太平洋戦争に関係するものであり、気分を害するつもりは一切ありませんが、その可能性のある内容が含まれています。 とある日本のロックバンド、「9mm Parabellum Bullet」が2007年に「Sundome」という曲を出しましたが、歌詞は以下のとおりです: 頭ごなしに叱らないで 黒い朝日を描いたこと 手付かずのままで残されてしまった 真っ白い絵の具 ...
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What is the relationship between “Fuchs du hast die Gans gestohlen” and 「こぎつねこんこん」? [closed]

There is a German children's song named "Fuchs du hast die Gans gestohlen" about a fox stealing a goose. According to Wikipedia the melody comes from another song named "Wer eine Gans gestohlen hat" ...
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Why do I hear a lot of “L” sounds in Japanese music?

I'm a super beginner, but I like to listen to Japanese music and I often hear some "L" sounds. Given the fact that there is no "L" column on hiragana tables, I assume that is some other sound, perhaps ...
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Using 貴様 {きさま}​ as a joke?

I already know that 貴様 {きさま} is a very rude, derogatory term in japanese, and is practically forbidden in real life situations. However, I came across a song called キモチ by Mukai Shuutoku, and it ...
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What's the meaning of 凛として時雨?

So, I found a band called 凛{りん}として時雨{しぐれ}, and I would translate that name like "cold as the seasonal rain", but I don't know if that would be to much of a literal translation or if it has another ...
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Is there a generic word for a band/orchestra to “play” a song?

Since different instruments use different verbs for "play" (弾く、叩く、吹く、even 歌う), is there one nice word to wrap them up? [奏]{かな}でる and its variants (演奏、合奏) sound too formal to me. プレイする? The scenario ...
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History and Meaning of Soran Bushi

Recently I've found several versions of Soran Bushi, and this puzzles me-I don't understand why it would be different in different places. Moreover, I don't understand some of the vocabulary in it: ...
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What does 撥の音も加えた gliss. mean? (in sheet music)

I am a musician playing the Marimba. Because quite a bit of music for marimba is written by famous Japanese composers, occasionally I come across some Japanese text I would like to understand. In the ...
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What does 本調子 mean in a musical context?

When looking at musical instruments online ([篠笛]{しのぶえ} and 竹笛{たけぶえ} in particular, but I guess this goes for more instruments), their 本調子 is always listed. Some flutes are 6本調子, some 7本調子 and some ...
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What Japanese lullabys are available to provide early Japanese exposure to children?

I'd like to expose my young children to the sounds of Japanese at night as they go to sleep. Specifically, I'd like to play Japanese lullabies or other soothing music with vocals. Where do I find such ...
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What does コピー mean in this context?

A: 他にもラルクコピーしてましたか? B: じゃあ最後にもう一度聴いてくれ…虹。ってやってた I know that ラルク is the band L'arc En Ciel. What does コピー mean here? What does the first sentence say?
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which instruments use 弾く and which use 引く?

I was wondering how do we identify what instruments may be used with the verb 引く, or 弾く, or both? If both 引く and 弾く can be used is there any difference in nuance between one vs the other?
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Definition of ブラコン when discussing musical preferences

A Japanese person told me that they have ブラコン。I looked it up on Wikipedia and it said something like an emotional attachment to one's brother. But they said that it meant something like someone who ...