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Feb
17
revised Why do electric guitars have narrow necks?
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Feb
17
comment Rocktuner CT2 problem
Sorry, @jjmusicnotes, I was not intending to be patronizing. I was just as surprised as you to find out that this tuner, while sold by the Warwick bass guitar company and labeled "Rocktuner" actually seems to be designed for transposing orchestral instruments. And I am neither a composer nor a professor; I'm just an avid amateur musician, so I defer to your superior knowledge.
Feb
16
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Feb
16
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Feb
15
revised Rocktuner CT2 problem
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Feb
15
comment Putting Stickers on an acoustic guitar
I disagree. Most acoustic guitars these days are finished with a very durable and thick polyurethane or polyethylene finish. In this case putting on and removing stickers does no harm to the finish. Try removing a small part of one sticker and see if you can detect any damage to the guitar's finish or any discoloration. If there is none, then it should be safe to remove the rest of the stickers if you want to. A commercial solvent that is designed to remove the adhesive on stickers, such as Goo-Gone, is useful for this purpose. googone.com
Feb
15
revised Putting Stickers on an acoustic guitar
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Feb
15
revised Which strings should be used for smoother guitar chord formation?
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Feb
15
comment Which strings should be used for smoother guitar chord formation?
If you do not know how to adjust the truss rod already, you need to take the guitar to a professional repair person to do the job for you. Truss rod adjustments are tricky. But moreover, your guitar probably also requires modification to the nut and the bridge. The truss rod is only part of the equation.
Feb
15
answered Rocktuner CT2 problem
Feb
15
comment Why is the basis of Jazz harmony tetrads (7th chords)?
Western common practice period tonality, the time in history centered around Bach chorales, (we are not talking about Stravinksy when we say "common practice period") while it uses some 7th chords, mostly restricts them to the dominant function in a chord progression. Take, for instance, the major-7th chord used as a cadential I chord, or even a major-13th chord used as a cadential I chord. You don't find that in common-practice classical music theory, but you find it in jazz all the time. You even find the major-6th chord as a cadential I chord in jazz. That's what I'm getting at.
Feb
15
comment Why is the basis of Jazz harmony tetrads (7th chords)?
Yes, of course, @PatMuchmore. I took two years of college music theory and I know the full scope of what Western common-practice tonality consists of. But the greater point is that without liberal use of 7th chords (major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th, fully-diminished 7th, and all other flavors of 7th) at every functional point in a cadence, it is simply not jazz. And it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, neither!
Feb
15
revised Why is the basis of Jazz harmony tetrads (7th chords)?
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Feb
15
comment Why is the basis of Jazz harmony tetrads (7th chords)?
Well, if you only used triads, you would not have jazz. You would have traditional Western common-practice tonality. Harmony and music theory based on 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th chords is the style of music we call "Jazz". If you want to know why this is, you might as well ask why German is not the same language as English, or why stone buildings are not made of wood.
Feb
15
revised Why is the basis of Jazz harmony tetrads (7th chords)?
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Feb
14
comment How to play a long sustained note on an electric guitar?
Yes, that was true back in the day with Bowie, but Fripp has had a Sustainer in every guitar that he has played for the last twenty years or more, and it is featured on the many albums he has recorded in that time.
Feb
14
comment Text above a stave in Sibelius sheet music. What does it mean? (~C 1, 64)
In Sibelius, whether it shows up in the score depends on whether the user enables the display of hidden commands or not. You can turn it on or off.
Feb
14
revised Text above a stave in Sibelius sheet music. What does it mean? (~C 1, 64)
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Feb
14
revised Text above a stave in Sibelius sheet music. What does it mean? (~C 1, 64)
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Feb
14
comment Writing a Mozart-style cadenza
In Mozart's time and before, solo classical musicians were expected to be able to improvise, not unlike jazz musicians in the modern era. Improvisation was something that was taught to young musicians in Mozart's time. Over subsequent generations, this fell out of fashion, for performers and for the expectations of the composers themselves. In the present day, it seems that many classical musicians are re-discovering improvisation (in a historically-appropriate, limited sense) through the early music movement, or what we call "historically-informed performance practice".