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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.


Aug
16
comment Is there a guitar effect set up that can emulate the sound of Nashville tuning?
Buy a second guitar -- an inexpensive acoustic or electric, and string it and set it up for Nashville tuning. That would be only a little more expensive than investing in a polyphonic pitch-shifter effects pedal, and it would sound much better, too.
Aug
15
comment “Figured” woods and veneers for guitars
You are quite mistaken in your usage. "Solid wood" means one thickness of solid wood. No manufacturer would ever use the word "solid" when they mean "laminate" or "plywood." Those are separate terms. Furthermore, in guitar construction, the term "laminate" with regard to a top or back or sides of an acoustic guitar means at least three layers of wood. A laminate top on a solid-body electric guitar is another matter.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
OK, then, I'm just ignorant of this entire topic.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
I don't mean to sound disrespectful. I've been working with music notation on computers for almost 30 years. I have published articles and lectured on the subject. I know MIDI, MusicXML, text-tablature, and many more forms. I'm bemused that there is a form of music notation called "ABC", and computer software to work with it, yet I've never heard of before, no matter how obscure it must be. I've been posting on this site every day for three years, and I cannot recall anyone else ever mentioning "ABC" here before either.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
@KevinJohnsrude, I looked around on your link and read that it was invented in 1991 by a single individual named Chris Walshaw. I know a lot of folk musicians in the USA and I've never heard anyone make mention of it before. It appears that it is only usable for notating melodies, not a chord progression or an arrangement or anything polyphonic or contrapuntal. And just because somebody has written out 400,000 melodies that does not indicate how many people use it. Can you tell me the names of some prominent musicians who use this notation? I just don't get it, but obviously, you do.
Aug
13
comment What is the proper humidity range for an acoustic guitar?
In that case, if the relative humidity in my condo is 45%, because of the need to run the dehumidifier to control the mold and mildew on surfaces, then perhaps I need to humidify my instruments to get them up to 50%, and start monitoring conditions in the winter as well.
Aug
13
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
What is your "neck of the woods", "in these parts", exactly? I followed your link and read about this "ABC Notation" and all I can say is that I've been a musician familiar with many kinds of music, for many decades, yet I have never heard of this system of yours. I mean no disrespect, but I cannot believe that any number of people anywhere in the world actually use it. Has it been around for any length of time? Is it associated with some obscure national or ethnic music culture, and is that why I have never heard of it?
Aug
13
comment How to synthesize grand piano sound
This Keyboard Magazine review details the physical-modeling synthesizer capabilities of the Yamaha CP1 virtual piano keyboard instrument. keyboardmag.com/gear/1183/yamaha-cp-1-cp5-and-cp50/28212
Aug
13
comment How to synthesize grand piano sound
My recollection is that the Yamaha CP1's grand piano sound is indeed made with a physical modeling synthesizer, but it also has an FM-synthesizer for DX7 "electric piano" sounds, and has a sample playback engine for other keyboard sounds besides that. I remember reading this from when the model was introduced a few years ago. The lower-priced models in the CP line use sample-playback for everything. I've never seen or played this model (and it hasn't been a big seller, apparently) so if anyone wants to verify this, please do.
Aug
12
comment Softer strings?
You are talking about the difference between nylon strings and steel strings. Nylon strings feel "soft" and steel strings feel "hard".
Aug
7
comment High E string on tele has “sitar tone”
Have you considered that this could be a problem with the nut or the string tree, at the headstock? Also, if it's brand-new, you should be under warranty from Nash Guitars, so they should cover the cost of repairs by a qualified luthier or guitar repair shop. nashguitars.com/faq.html#faq3
Jul
29
comment What makes a song sound “folk-y”?
I know very well what you intended to ask, but I wanted to challenge your American-centric assumptions. People on this site live all over the world and come from many different musical cultures. I do not think that we should assume that our discussions are centered on the very narrow and recent genres of American or British rock and pop.
Jul
29
comment What are 5 and 6 note chords called?
On a guitar, they are called barré chords.
Jul
28
comment How to do “metal” harmonics (pinch etc)
Gibbons is famous for using custom-made extremely light-gauge strings (.008s or .007s I believe), a lot of amp gain to compensate for the lack of output from his very thin strings, and using a Mexican peso coin or an American quarter as a pick. This must mean that he picks and strums with an extremely light touch, and that harmonics squeal out of his playing very readily because of the heavy gain boost.
Jul
28
comment Which notes are bass line, versus melody line, in a rock song?
The instrument that plays the lowest notes in any given song is usually the one playing the bass line.
Jul
23
comment What is the difference between molto allegro and allegro di molto
No, I don't know about that. But the first metronome was patented in 1815, and Beethoven wrote his Mass in C in 1807, so I don't think he had one yet. I suppose we can assume that the earliest metronomes were not that accurate or reliable.
Jul
22
comment What is the difference between molto allegro and allegro di molto
They mean the same thing.
Jul
18
comment Seperate gospel music from generic religious / worship music
The Wikipedia article "Traditional Black Gospel" can point you to the names of singers and composers you could investigate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_black_gospel
Jul
18
comment Seperate gospel music from generic religious / worship music
"Black Gospel" and, if you want 19th-century or early-20th-century music, "Negro Spiritual" are going to get you the best results.
Jul
18
comment Seperate gospel music from generic religious / worship music
Why don't you search on specific performing artists or composers in the specific genre you are looking for, and once you find some, then try to widen the search into artists or composers with a similar style?