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May
13
comment How much do piano tuning lessons usually cost?
What nation do you live in? I'm sure prices vary a great deal with nationality and location.
May
10
comment Was the viola da gamba or violin particularly associated with England in the late 16th or early 17th century?
I recently started to learn to play viola da gamba, having come from playing guitar. The connection for me is obvious. I do know one player who plays both viola da gamba and lute, but most viol players I know have come from playing regular cello or violin and are totally ignorant of the gamba/guitar/lute connection. My friend, well-known USA viola da gamba and Baroque cello virtuoso Brent Wissick told me, point blank, "the viola da gamba is a lute that you play with a bow." music.unc.edu/facstaff/wissick
May
9
comment Altering the sound of a guitar to match a sitar
There is such a thing as a conventional electric guitar with a sitar-like bridge and sympathetic strings. They first came out in the early 70s; several manufacturers make them today, and many models are affordable. Google "electric sitar". Look for models by Rogue, Italia, Agile, and Jerry Jones.
May
4
comment Difference between “Bar” and “Measure”
The terms are interchangeable. There is no distinction. However, the term "measure" was used in a similar sense as "bar" in older English. "Let us measure them a measure" in Shakespeare means "Let's dance for them for a few bars".
May
2
comment Second set of Sibelius 7 lyrics with repeat bar to midi?
Yes, Sibelius questions are on-topic here. And yes, the Sibelius help forum is very hard to navigate. But a lot of Sibelius experts read and post on the Sibelius help forum frequently. It's a good place to go for Sibelius users.
May
2
comment Second set of Sibelius 7 lyrics with repeat bar to midi?
You should post this question at the Sibelius help forum. sibelius.com/cgi-bin/helpcenter/chat/chat.pl?groupid=3
Apr
29
comment How to interpret notes outside of the key signature?
Excellent and carefully-reasoned-and-explained answer. +1
Apr
10
comment Dull sound of concert guitar
Have you installed a new set of strings?
Apr
5
comment German in Bach's Cantatas
I would say it "would be like learning to speak and read English by studying the King James translation of the Bible." In fact, a lot of Bach's textual language is reminiscent of Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible, which of course pre-dates Bach by a century and a half.
Apr
5
comment German in Bach's Cantatas
I learned a lot of German by studying the lyrics to Romantic-era art song, starting with the lyrics used by Schubert and other composers throughout the 1800s. This involves a much broader vocabulary than church music.
Apr
2
comment Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?
Yes, you can connect an acoustic-electric guitar through the Input jack. You will want to select the "Clean" setting rather than the "Lead" setting.
Mar
31
comment Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?
OK, @MeaningfulUsername, I understand your correction. I will edit my answer.
Mar
31
comment How to calculate the size of a xylophone bar according to its pitch
It will depend entirely on the type of material used for the bars, a certain metal alloy or type of wood. And if it is wood, it will vary with the density of the grain of the wood, its age, or its moisture content. I don't think you can easily generalize. You'll certainly end up having to mill or cut blocks and carefully cut them to tune them by hand and by ear.
Mar
31
comment Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?
Don't close this question. It's legit. My answer explains below.
Mar
26
comment Keyboard suitable for student housing?
Go to a music store and play the instruments they have on hand and ask them questions. You cannot make a decision based entirely on what you read about online. You have to play some instruments yourself, and hear how they sound.
Mar
25
comment Getting rid of performance 'tics'
What instrument do you play? What kind of groups do you perform with?
Mar
24
comment Which pieces did Mozart write originally for SATB choir a cappella?
You can find an extremely comprehensive list of Mozart choral pieces in sheet music at www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart. Whether he wrote some with instrumental accompaniment or not, you will have to research.
Mar
18
comment Is there a formula/theory for writing country licks/riffs?
Go fishing frequently, patronize outdoor parties in rural locations, drink heavily, spend days driving a pickup truck, and most of all, hope that your woman cheats on you and leaves you for someone else. Then pick up a guitar, but be sure never to use more than three chords in one song.
Mar
17
comment What is theory of music about?
I think you might also be asking about algorithmic composition. Google it. There are commercial and open-source music applications that employ heuristic routines to facilitate composing music.
Mar
16
comment Problems with 8 string guitar tuning?
What is the make and model of the guitar, and what is its scale length? Does the manufacturer list the gauge of each string that comes with the guitar? It would help us to know these things