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Microsoft Windows SBS 2008 (Small Business Server) Network Administrator, supporting Windows 7 clients.

Former Volunteer Business Administrator for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

I have also been a technical writer, computer magazine tech journalist, music critic and music journalist, copywriter and publicist, and professional musician.


Nov
15
comment What strings for classical guitar you advise to beginer?
Welcome to Musical Practice & Performance.
Nov
15
comment Do timpani have access to all notes in their playing range?
Not unless the score asks for a portamento, or change in pitch. You can set the pedal at a certain pitch, where it stays, then strike the drumhead while cranking the pedal up or down to create a pitch-bend effect. It isn't used much, but it is an available technique.
Nov
12
comment Does the electric guitar necessarily have a narrower dynamic range compared to an acoustic guitar?
anatolyg, Now get an electric guitar, a compressor pedal, an amplifier, and experiment with them.
Nov
8
comment Does the electric guitar necessarily have a narrower dynamic range compared to an acoustic guitar?
Slim, you've made very good points. Picking softly produces a certain timbre, picking hard produces a different one. When you use electronic compression, it "squashes" the overall volume and changes the attack and sustain characteristics and changes the timbre, but you still have some control over shaping the timbre. We have the thankless task here of explaining electric guitar compression to classical guitarists who have never really experimented with an electric guitar and a compression pedal. There is only so much we can explain in words.
Nov
5
comment Why do musicians prefer to play in certain keys?
No, it's not more accurate. "Compass" is the English word for "tessitura" which is the correct technical term, in Italian. I added a link to the article on "tessitura" in Wikipedia in the body of my answer above.
Nov
5
comment Minimal MIDI digital piano
David, on this site we do not usually entertain detailed questions asking for recommendations for purchasing musical instruments. This site, as its title suggests, is for questions about learning to play instruments, not so much about selecting and purchasing them. If you need extensive recommendations for digital musical instruments, computers, and sound reinforcement, you should look to other sites, not this one.
Nov
5
comment Minimal MIDI digital piano
For one thing, your other question had virtually the same title. Secondly, it asked substantially the same question. Thirdly, I'm one of the senior members here and I have years of experience with the kinds of questions we answer here and how they work. Fourthly, I took a considerable amount of time to provide you with one good answer, so I am indeed working to help you, not to obstruct you. Finally, you are completely new here, so you need to observe and learn how things work here rather than being so critical of those who have experience.
Nov
4
comment Recommendation for a computer-based virtual instrument for an acoustic piano sound
I do not know of a free virtual instrument for Windows that has an acceptable acoustic piano sound. You can download a demo version of Pianoteq Stage at the link in my answer below. Please understand that a "very good piano sound" requires a high-end PC system with a fast external hard drive and a good-quality external audio interface, plus speakers, plus software that costs a lot of money. There is no substitute. If this will not work for you, you should spend US $1,250 or more on a dedicated digital piano keyboard.
Nov
2
comment A machine for automatic tremolo picking
Gilbert had a famous accident in a huge arena concert when his Makita power drill picking apparatus got tangled in his long hair during a solo. It resulted in his getting a tongue-in-cheek endorsement from the Makita tool company. The 80s are long gone; these days, Mr. Gilbert has short hair, but he no longer uses that device, either.
Nov
2
comment A machine for automatic tremolo picking
Yes, there are digital tremolo effects for guitar (and I'm not referring to "whammy" or pitch-bend effects pedals; that's something different) which can produce a rapid, choppy sound. Using one of those in conjunction with an Ebow would be a novel way to achieve an interesting effect.
Nov
1
comment Minimal MIDI digital piano
You are asking a lot of different questions here, @David, but the answer to these is "yes". MIDI can capture how hard you press the key (velocity), how fast you release the key (release velocity), how hard you press down on the key after it is depressed (aftertouch), and there are foot pedals with partial damping -- but only if the particular keyboard or instrument supports these features.
Oct
30
comment What is the purpose of plastic thumb in slapping?
Thanks, I'll modify the answer above.
Oct
29
comment Yamaha YPG: 235 : shifting octaves
Yes, there is a function in all Yamaha keyboards in this product line where you can transpose the keyboard by any interval you need. Consult your owners manual or write or call Yamaha's technical support staff.
Oct
29
comment What is the purpose of plastic thumb in slapping?
I added some details to Slim's post.
Oct
28
comment what muscles are involved in singing, and does toning them improve singing?
I'm afraid I can't get too precise or scientific about it. But I've found that when I'm in good health cardio-vascular-wise, with regular moderate aerobic exercise, that I do sing better. And I am a classically-trained singer although I am not a working professional singer these days. However, I know of no medical or scientific evidence for this. And nowhere in any of my classical training in singing was there any mention of cardiovascular exercise. Operatic singers have a reputation for being lax about physical health, and for tolerating obesity. I have no idea where this got started!
Oct
23
comment what muscles are involved in singing, and does toning them improve singing?
It's my opinion that cardio fitness is a good thing for everybody. But I think that, first, you would benefit from singing lessons so that you can learn to be aware of all the specific muscles you manipulate when you sing. Studying the technique of singing, specifically, is of much more benefit that cardio training in general if your goal is to learn to sing with more control and stamina.
Oct
23
comment References for typesetting music
It's worth noting that the Finale music notation software program came out around 1987-1989. This marked the turning point when various methods of hand-engraved music publishing were rapidly overtaken by computer-generated notation. You can see from the publication dates that only Elaine Gould's book is new enough to take computer software for music notation into account.
Oct
23
comment References for typesetting music
I have read a lot of forum posts by the developers who have created music notation software such as Sibelius and Finale, and they all cite "Behind Bars" by Elaine Gould as the most recent and up-to-date authoritative reference work. I have not read it myself (I can't afford a copy either).
Oct
19
comment Worth it to restore an old electric guitar?
If you are in the USA, call the Warmoth company and ask them if their replacement necks will fit a Hamer Slammer. They custom-build Fender-style bolt-on necks with a large range of options that you can order. warmoth.com/Guitar/Necks/faq2.aspx
Oct
17
comment Sound-to-color synesthesia - a good and helpful thing?
I do not see what this question has to do with musical practice and performance. Synesthesia is an unusual neurological condition that might even be described as a mental illness or aberration. If you don't already have it, you can't acquire it. It's my understanding that few medical professionals accept that such a condition really exists, labeling it a figment of certain peoples' overactive imagination. So what is the use of asking "Would chromesthesia make you more aware"? I cannot take this question seriously.