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Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) and Apple Sales Professional (ASP).

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

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.

Languages: English, with some German (Deutsch), Spanish (español), and French (français)


Apr
27
comment tempo: “Andante allegro” vs “Allegro moderato”
I made the correction you suggested.
Apr
27
comment Sound spectrum to notes software
I use Capo for all kinds of music, not just guitar music. I don't think its capabilities are particular to guitar. The developer just chooses to market it as a guitar tool because there are so many guitarists out there who want to transcribe guitar solos. And you don't need an expensive computer to use it, although you do need a Macintosh.
Apr
19
comment How does countertenor vocal technique differ from “standard” vocal technique?
Ian Howell, countertenor and music teacher, has a blog where he states: "Countertenors are neither exclusively born nor made; any man can learn to better his countertenor voice."
Apr
19
comment How does countertenor vocal technique differ from “standard” vocal technique?
You are wrong. Countertenors are normal basses or tenors who study how to sing in falsetto. There are university music school programs in developing the countertenor technique. There are in fact a very few adult men in the world who can sing in the alto range, but all the professional countertenors I know of are actually basses or tenors who have developed a falsetto technique.
Apr
12
comment What do I need to know about drums as an electric metal guitar player
There are essentially two questions here: 1) how to gain an understanding of the basics of playing the drums for a non-drummer and 2) using that, how to find and use loops and backing tracks to play over for rehearsal.
Apr
12
comment What do I need to know about drums as an electric metal guitar player
Welcome to Musical Practice and Performance, Tanmoy!
Apr
8
comment When we sing loudly does volume change or pitch?
The way you have asked this question indicates that you do not understand what "pitch" is. That is a very fundamental concept.
Apr
8
comment What do the 2 “push/pull” knobs on my guitar do?
Maybe. The Jimmy Page mod is not likely to be found on a stock import Dean guitar.
Apr
6
comment What do the 2 “push/pull” knobs on my guitar do?
That would involve different capacitors for tone controls in a passive design, or active equalization in an active design (if your Dean guitar has a compartment for an internal battery, then there is an active tone circuit or preamp on board.)
Apr
3
comment Four dots over tremolo minim (half note with slash)
There is another kind of notation for a "two-note tremolo" which is an alternation back and forth between two notes or two chords. In that kind of notation, the slash strokes are positioned between the stems of two adjacent notes or chords.
Apr
3
comment Four dots over tremolo minim (half note with slash)
Yes, it is a tremolo. "One-Note Tremolo" is in fact the technical term for this type of notation, the slash through the stem of the notehead. (it may also go by other names.) That is how this symbol is referred to in the Sibelius and Finale music notation programs, and in texts on music engraving.
Apr
3
comment Four dots over tremolo minim (half note with slash)
+1 for adding the image of the score so we can see the exact notation.
Apr
1
comment What gauge strings should I use for A# tuning on an electric guitar
Please define what you mean by "A# tuning". What are the pitches of each string?
Mar
29
comment Getting my Daughter Started in Music
There have been many other questions here about studying and taking music lessons. That comes under "Practice".
Mar
28
comment Karaoke Software for practicing sax
iReal b is available for Mac OS X. I just purchased it.
Mar
27
comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
There is certainly a musicians' union in the United States of America. It is called the AFM, or American Federation of Musicians. It also extends into Canada. It was formed in 1896.
Mar
26
comment Can't feel meter when playing
You could give us some more details to enable us to offer suggestions. Do you perform solo, or in a band? What styles of music are you working with? Do you rehearse with backing tracks or a metronome? Do you have a teacher and are you taking lessons now, or are you self-taught?
Mar
26
comment How to play Rumba-Flamenco (Spanish rumba) style of music on guitar?
The type of guitar that is most suited to this is of course a flamenco guitar. Do you own a flamenco guitar? Do you understand the differences between a flamenco guitar and a classical guitar? You can look these things up.
Mar
20
comment Why is the whammy bar sometimes called a “Tremolo” arm?
I have never heard an explanation as to why the Fender company deliberately misused these two terms in the first place. It is well-known that Leo Fender was an industrial designer and not a musician.
Mar
19
comment How does fm synthesis work compared to additive synthesis, and how can I approach sound design with it?
Of course you are right, supercat. I said that the FM synthesis on the Minimoog was crude and the FM synthesis on the DX7 was very sophisticated, and that one was analog and one was digital. I'm well aware that early Yamaha FM synthesizers were essentially 10 or 12 bit and very noisy. I had a TX81Z back then. I said nothing to make anybody think that the Minimoog and the DX7 would be equivalent or that they could make similar sounds. I just said that they were both examples of FM synthesis, which is perfectly true.