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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.


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.
Oct
13
comment Is my mandolin broken?
That would be a good idea IF you can properly repair the bridge saddle. If you buy a new saddle, or bridge, you should pay a repair technician to use their skill to carve the wood a little bit to make it fit for proper intonation. However, I think it would be worth it to pay a professional to fit a new bridge and saddle (make sure it is genuine rosewood or better yet ebony), because you will end up with a better-quality bridge and saddle, better-adjusted, than the original equipment on your cheap Johnson mandolin. This could improve the sound, playability, and intonation a great deal.
Oct
8
comment Are instructions on organ stop settings included in the notation of Baroque organ music?
Generally, no, there is no notation for registration on those original scores, because every organ was different back then and there was no standardization as to which organ stops would be available on any given organ, or how they would sound. Each performer can create their own registration.
Oct
5
comment Bass pedals/effects used in Warriors Of The World United by Manowar
I've done some Google searching, and apparently at least some of the time he uses an instrument tuned in the regular bass guitar range but mostly he uses extremely thin strings in a different tuning. They simply produce a tone that you cannot get with a conventional bass guitar. I've found references to his using very unusual custom pickups and amplifiers to further define his unique sound. I do not think his sound has much to do with effects pedals at all.
Oct
5
comment Bass pedals/effects used in Warriors Of The World United by Manowar
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piccolo_bass
Oct
5
comment Bass pedals/effects used in Warriors Of The World United by Manowar
I'm not familiar with Manowar, but their "bass" player is known for playing a piccolo bass, which is a custom instrument that is the same size as a real bass guitar, but tuned one octave higher (the same range as the four lowest strings of the electric guitar) and using custom, thin strings. So the tone and timbre of the notes he plays will be quite a bit different than those you can get with a conventional bass guitar, such as the one you own. If you want that sound, you need to find an actual piccolo bass, or modify your bass with Manowar's custom strings and tuning.
Oct
2
comment Replacement Bridge for a Jackson Stealth Ex Guitar (Jackson JT580 Bridge)
Have you contacted the Jackson company's customer service department?
Sep
30
comment Can we tell by ear if a piece is in sharp or in flat without relative or perfect pitch?
By that you mean digital, electronic keyboards, and you are right. Re-tuning an acoustic piano to a historical temperament would require the skills of a professional piano tuner who has experience in that specialized discipline of historical temperaments.
Sep
19
comment Real Time MIDI Controlled Accompaniment
What computer platform are you talking about using? Macintosh? Windows? iPad? Something else?
Sep
18
comment What is the smartest way to learn pop piano in a hurry?
This question is much too broad and open-ended to be answered in a concise fashion, and thus it fails a primary requirement for questions on this site.
Sep
17
comment Where can I purchase Bass VI strings? I live in Portugal
Have you tried Thomann Music's Portugal web page? thomann.de/pt/cordas_para_guitarra_electrica.html
Sep
16
comment How can I find choir sheet music?
You are referring to works released under a Creative Commons copyright license, I believe. I did not know that IMSLP accepted such an arrangement. creativecommons.org/licenses
Sep
16
comment How can I find choir sheet music?
CPDL and IMSLP only have music that is in the public domain; broadly speaking, music composed before the year 1920. The song that this questioner is asking about was composed about fifteen years ago, and is under copyright, so it certainly would not appear on CPDL or IMSLP.
Sep
12
comment How to tune open strings of the violin with a tuner?
I have modified my answer.