Reputation
21,941
Next tag badge:
96/100 score
22/20 answers
Badges
2 40 91
Newest
 Necromancer
Impact
~1.1m people reached

Apr
18
comment Why are time signatures needed?
It is often said by a rock music arranger trying to get symphony orchestra players to accompany a rock band: "You can notate the notes in sheet music, but you cannot notate the feel." Playing the feel of a phrase depends on the time signature together with knowing the correct style of a piece of music and which beats to emphasize, push or pull, which notes to play full value and which to shorten slightly, and the precise points at which musicians should breathe, in unison or staggered. These things can never be derived, totally, by just looking at the duration of each of the notes.
Apr
18
comment Why are time signatures needed?
I stand by my answer. I am making the essential distinction between the notation of the notes' values on the one hand and the phrasing or feel of a measure or passage or phrase on the other. This distinction is subtle yet vital to musicianship, but a difficult concept to explain to a beginner. And as for a large ensemble playing in rhythmic unison with a certain feel, it does indeed happen all the time, but it takes experienced musicians and a conductor to do it correctly.
Apr
18
answered Why are time signatures needed?
Apr
16
revised What do equalizer controls provide in decibels?
edited title
Apr
9
revised What does a preamplifier pedal do?
added 5 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Apr
8
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
8
revised Difference between equal temperament and just intonation
added 2 characters in body
Apr
8
revised Difference between equal temperament and just intonation
added 450 characters in body
Apr
8
answered High pitched ringing noise on single coil pickups
Apr
8
answered Difference between equal temperament and just intonation
Apr
5
comment Enquiry to Male Passaggio and Vocal production in classical music
Yes, F is usually the "break point" or passagio for a tenor. I'm not sure what it is you wish to ask. Can you clarify your question?
Apr
4
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
4
comment Which source for Scarlatti K208? Can I mix and match versions?
And with music from Scarlatti's time, you were expected to improvise a bit when you performed a written piece. Although, today, the questions of how to improvise and how much are the subjects of endless debate.
Apr
4
revised Why are conductors required at orchestra performances?
added 65 characters in body
Apr
4
revised Why are conductors required at orchestra performances?
added 8 characters in body
Apr
4
revised Why are conductors required at orchestra performances?
added 945 characters in body
Apr
4
comment Which source for Scarlatti K208? Can I mix and match versions?
OK, so the point is that this is a certain published edition of a very old composition, and the editor of this edition has chosen to include notes about how different historical editions of this piece of music, over the centuries, contained alternate notes in different passages. You, the performer, have to decide which way you want to play it when there are alternatives presented. Have I got that right?
Apr
4
revised Can one tell by ear whether a bowed instrument is being played up or down?
added 21 characters in body