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answered Is there a more specific name for this instrument than “PVC instrument”?
Jan
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comment Why does rock music use higher fret alternatives on guitar?
This is hardly confined to rock music. In most styles of music, guitarists make use of all the frets accessible on the fingerboard of their instrument. Why would they not?
Jan
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comment Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?
@dwoz, I was not attempting to provide a comprehensive answer to the original question. I was trying to add supplimental information to the other answers already given here (which I upvoted) by discussing an aspect of the issue that nobody else had thought of. Sometimes it takes more than one answer on this site to cover the entire question, and various people who make their own contribution.
Jan
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comment Yellow submarine sounds slightly off-tune
The link you have provided is of a cover band doing their own version of the Beatles song. If this cover band is out of tune or not, I do not much care.
Jan
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comment Why evil themes are prevailing in heavy metal?
I don't know how to migrate a question to another stack. This would be a better fit for the "Music Fans" site.
Jan
30
comment What is the job title of someone who comes up with lyrics and a beat, but not instrumentation?
Furthermore my answer is about hip-hop and contemporary pop because that is what the original questioner wants to know about. My answer is already over-long and I don't need to pad it out further by comparing and contrasting beat-making and hip-hop with classical music. I'm trying to provide a concise useful answer here, not to write a book. An answer to a question like this can't be expected to cover every kind of composition and songwriting under the sun throughout all time.
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comment What is the job title of someone who comes up with lyrics and a beat, but not instrumentation?
@KristinaLopez, duly noted and revised. I hope you understand that I'm a classical musican myself. I was just trying to tailor my writing to the intended audience. And next time please give me a comment and suggest a revision first, and refrain from down-voting me until I've had a chance to respond to you.
Jan
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Jan
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revised Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?
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Jan
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answered Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?
Jan
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comment Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?
This is not a duplicate of any previous question. It should remain open.
Jan
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Jan
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Pianoteq has some great harpsichord instruments too, and they don't respond to keyboard dynamics at all, which is as it should be.
Jan
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
@BobRodes If you have a MIDI keyboard and know how to use virtual instruments on a PC or Mac, then download the demo version of Pianoteq and install their KIViR add-on package. It has a virtual-modeled clavichord that you can play with MIDI keyboard controller velocity. If your controller has aftertouch, you can even play around with the clavichord's "Bebung" or key-controlled vibrato. pianoteq.com/free_stuff
Jan
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Some harpsichords had two manuals and adjustable stops where you could choose two dynamic levels -- loud (two choirs of strings coupled) or soft (one choir). One or the other and nothing inbetween. But that hardly has anything to do with how to play a modern piano. It's hard to make a comparison. Furthermore the way that composers for harpsichord achieved dynamic coloring was to write out more or less notes into each chord, so if you are playing that piece on a modern piano, it's already written in for you. It's all quite complex, isn't it?
Jan
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Excellent points, @TangledUpInBlue. Most Baroque music is based on dance rhythms, and understanding each different dance form tells you a lot about how to play each phrase. And I had forgotten about unmeasured preludes, which were more common in early French Baroque keyboard music -- Couperin and Jacquet de la Guerre.
Jan
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
Although -- the swell box on a pipe organ was an innovation that appeared during the 1700s, so it could figure into the late Baroque to create a kind of crescendo effect on a pipe organ. But I'm not out to write a massive treatise here; I'm trying to restrict myself to things relevant to a young modern piano player trying to understand how to play their instrument.
Jan
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comment Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?
@BobRodes, I know about the clavichord, but I chose not to mention it because there aren't that many pieces for it and they are rarely performed by modern pianists. My answers are overlong anyway. However, although this is little-known, the crescendo was described in the literature for Baroque ensembles such as the string orchestra; it's just that it wasn't practical on any kind of keyboard during that era.
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revised What is the job title of someone who comes up with lyrics and a beat, but not instrumentation?
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