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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.


Dec
21
comment What are the most important pieces of equipment for a beginning DJ to have?
I'm sorry, but questions that don't have specific answers, such as asking people for their opinions, aren't acceptable within the guidelines of this site. This is not your traditional discussion forum.
Dec
17
comment Linking organ pedals to a keyboard
I think the first link I sent you to (costing US $550) IS the route to the least expensive project. Good luck.
Dec
8
comment Can the double stop E natural F sharp be played on cello?
Why not change the tuning on one of the strings to accommodate this interval? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scordatura
Dec
8
comment Why do melodies have harmonies?
Your assertion that "every melody has chords which most people would agree on" is certainly not the case. If you study jazz or classical music, you will understand that what jazz musicians and classical composers often do is to figure out how to harmonize a given melody with many different chord progressions. In jazz, this is called "chord substitution".
Dec
8
comment Why do melodies have harmonies?
The answers to your question lie in studying the music theory of what is called "Common Practice" in the history of Western music. It is usually the subject of a two-year curriculum in music colleges. You can certainly study it on your own out of textbooks, but it is not something that can be explained in a couple of short posts on a site like this one.
Dec
2
comment Why do frets get closer as the notes get higher?
Because it results in pitches that are properly in-tune.
Nov
22
comment Unknown Notation - Thick Horizontal Bars Between Notes
You could in fact write out each of the individual 16th or 32nd notes, but the tremolo notation is a "shorthand" method that takes up far less space and is easier to read.
Nov
18
comment Recommended tools for live performance for a keyboardist, composer, producer, singer?
The entire 9-point question is too broad, and any individual answer to each of the 9 points would be too specialized. That's how.
Nov
18
comment Recommended tools for live performance for a keyboardist, composer, producer, singer?
Welcome to Musical Practice and Performance. I am afraid that this question is much too broad to be effectively answered here; furthermore, questions about recommendations for equipment are off-topic because they are too specialized to be of general use to our users.
Nov
18
comment When to start Vibrato (on any instrument)
1) It depends on what instrument you are playing
Nov
15
comment Basso profundo question
If you are only 16, it is likely that your voice will deepen with age. This will take place over the next four to six years. I believe there is not much you can do to extend your range at your current age, but as you get older, a voice teacher can help with this.
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.