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I expect that you would be best with renting a PA system that come with mikes and a skilled operator, then seeing what works well for you. The first question is do you put mikes on a stand pointing at each handle bar This may lets a single mike pick up all the bells on the bike depending how far the mike is from the bike. You have to setup the stands You ...


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They do actually use bicycle bells in modern compositions for orchestra. And there it is not necessary to amplify the bell at all. Like a triangle because of its frequency range will always be heard. Even 'Glockenspiel' and 'Celesta' are used to double up strings (that are already arranged in octaves for enforcement) and give them the certain 'ping' on the ...


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Well, take a solid sampling of your bells to a music store and try out mics. Make sure to playback through good equipment both on earphone and loudspeaker. I could imagine ribbon mics to work nicely for that because of good impulse response and an organic tapering off at "noise" frequencies. I've made disappointing experiences with picking off a nice ...


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Virtually any microphone generally sold for live stage use will suffice. You're not, after all, capturing the sound of a "Stradivarius" here. Any mic you'd use to capture a trash can lid being struck will also be good for bicycle bells. Not meaning to be snarky here. You've got an intentionally low-fidelity audio source, and using $2000 microphones on ...


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The common domestic keyboard instruments in Bach's time were the harpsichord and clavichord. The piano was a new invention in Bach's lifetime, but (1) he wasn't very impressed by the ones that he tried, and (2) early pianos sound very different from modern ones anyway. The harpsichord was usually preferred for absolute beginners, since it encouraged ...


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I am not sure that trying to be totally authentic is most approriate for pieces from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, which Bach collected (some he wrote, and some he thought were worth collecting) for educational purposes, but if you do want to be authentic, I suspect that you maybe ought to play this piece and the others from the Notebook on a clavichord, as ...


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I would say harpischord, since most of Bach's works preceded the piano. Not exactly preceded, but piano wasn't really famous till Bach was really old. Most of his works are being played in Organ or Harpischord when they are trying to imitate that sound.


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That's like asking how an audience chooses a speaker to prefer in a recital when both speakers produce the right sequence of syllables. Or how they prefer a theatric performance when all the right words are given in correct order. The reason people go to concerts rarely is that their eyesight would be too bad to enjoy reading the scores themselves. They ...


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There is no "objective" standard of goodness here. The better player will convince the listener that what they are hearing is worth listening to. There's nothing much more to be said than that. Of course some of "listeners" may be in the hall for reasons other than actually listening, if the player is "famous" - and some people seem judge piano playing by ...


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How is the music from the more gifted player objectively better? Strictly speaking, one could only say that one performance is subjectively better than the other. (Although it might sometimes happen that a preference for one of the players is unanimous.) Another "strictly speaking" remark: the famous performer might not always come out ahead! I once ...


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The jazz nod and the blues grimace are things that many players practice for hours in front of a mirror to ACHIEVE...and you want to practice to ELIMINATE them? heh Try singing along. You can't make weird shapes with your lips if you're using them at the same time as you're playing.


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First off, "famous" as a criteria for assessing virtuosity is problematic at best. Additionally, the ability of a particular audience to discern quality is also problematic. What it comes down to is that music is not just a sequence of notes arranged in a particular juxtaposition to each other. Music is communication, it's a form of core emotional ...


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Music is more than playing the right pitches at the right time. Playing the right pitches at the right time is the absolute minimum standard to producing a musical work. Here's a bunch of the other mechanical phenomena you must then also get "right": Tempo (including variations in tempo, such as rubato) Dynamics (both volume and attack) Phrasing. Once ...



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