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Jul
6
comment Why does the bridge saddle on a steel-string guitar sit at an angle?
Each string has to be fretted at each different pitch. Depressing a string down to the fret on the fingerboard distorts the string and its tension and can throw the intonation off just a bit compared to other strings or other notes at other positions. When the guitar is "set up" or calibrated, the technician adjusts the depth of each string slot in the nut, and the height of each string over the bridge saddle, and the slight amount of bow or "relief" in the neck (it's not perfectly flat; it's not supposed to be) and other factors to try to take all of this into account and produce...
Jul
4
comment My Throat Hurts When I Sing
Go and see a doctor. You may have a medical condition that requires treatment. And while you are at it, if your vocal teacher cannot sympathize and cannot offer any help, then perhaps you need a different vocal teacher.
Jul
3
comment What kind of lute is this, which strings does it use and to which notes are they tuned?
I am not sure if your instrument should be strung with steel strings or with ball-end folk nylon strings. You should be careful about this. If it was designed for nylon strings, you should not put steel strings on it; they will damage the instrument.
Jul
3
comment What kind of lute is this, which strings does it use and to which notes are they tuned?
Essentially it is a guitar with four extra bass strings. I believe the top six strings are standard guitar strings tuned to standard pitch. There is a Swedish-language website with a wealth of information here: svenskalutan.se
Jun
28
comment How transit smoothly multiple guitar recordings?
Are you recording to a metronome click-track that you listen to in your headphones while you play your guitar into the microphone? Recording each phrase to the same rigid tempo with a click track will be essential.
Jun
28
comment what is the correct musical term for arpeggios where the notes are left ringing?
What instrument do you play?
Jun
26
comment Guitar set up/maintenance
The larger problem, however, is that each of these separate set-up tasks is somewhat inter-dependent upon other settings and calibrations on the rest of the guitar. It requires a "holistic" approach.
Jun
26
comment Guitar set up/maintenance
In order to make the topic less broad and more acceptable, perhaps you could ask separate questions "How to Set Up a Tune-O-Matic Bridge on an Electric Guitar", "How to Set Up a Floating Tremolo Bridge on an Electric Guitar", "How to Set up A Nut", "How to Set Up Neck Relief with Truss Rod Adjustment", etc.
Jun
24
comment How Do Time Signatures Affect a Song?
Music is not just a sequence of notes played in the right order. Groups of notes are organized into beats. Some notes are played louder and harder than other notes, to emphasize the beats. Time signatures show you where the beats are. This is what makes rhythm.
Jun
24
comment How to determine whether a song is considered musical plagiarism?
A song is considered plagiarism only when a judge in a court of law makes a ruling that plagiarism has occurred. Up until that point it is only alleged to be plagiarizing.
Jun
24
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
"Relatively modern invention"? No way. The current E A D G tuning, in fourths, was used by the violone almost two hundred years before the invention of the cello. What we have today with the modern double-bass is a return to the original tuning of the violone, which is older than the cello, viola and violin. See my answer.
Jun
24
comment Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played
This is why, in my answer, I introduced the questioner to the concept of MIDI piano-roll display, which works much better than standard notation for helping correct the problem he describes.
Jun
24
comment Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played
He is already practicing with a metronome, is he not? This is the assumption that I made when I wrote my answer below. Using a metronome is a low-tech solution that all beginning musical instrument students should always use.
Jun
24
comment Term for central note in melody
I'm not sure what you mean by "revolves around". What is the key signature of this melody? Perhaps you are referring to the tonic note of the key.
Jun
22
comment Guitar set up/maintenance
I hope nobody here thinks that I'm giving a "cop-out" answer. Some topics are much too deep and detailed to be explained in Stack Exchange answers, and every now and then it is unavoidably necessary to go to a library or bookstore and look for a book.
Jun
22
comment Correctly notating sharps and flats
It depends upon what key you are working in at the moment, and the key signature for that key. One cannot generalize about whether it should be Eb or D# by itself; it depends upon the context in which you are using it.
Jun
20
comment Bass clef changed to treble clef in the middle of the sheet music
The point is this: Usually, a piano grand staff has the treble clef on top and the bass clef on bottom, and the pitches are absolute. However, piano notation implies that the upper clef is the part played by the right hand, while the lower clef is the part played by the left hand. So if the range of the notes in either hand goes much higher or much lower, it can be notated with two staves with a treble clef on each, or two staves with a bass clef on each, etc.
Jun
19
comment Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?
RMC is a small company that built in small batches. They used to own the hexaphonic bridge pickup market, but when Fishman and Graph Tech got into that space they took much of RMC's business away. Since the RMC website, ancient though it is, is still up, I'm hoping they are still in business, but I don't know for sure.
Jun
19
comment Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?
The Keith McMillen system looks to be the most promising. It also came with a suite of custom software for hexaphonic signal processing on Mac OS X. But McMillen doesn't make them anymore -- they got into unusual MIDI keyboard and foot pedal and keypad controllers for keyboardists and DJs and those are selling briskly.
Jun
19
comment Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?
Many years ago I had a Brian Moore iGuitar (a cheap Korean one) with a hexaphonic piezo bridge pickup. But I used it for MIDI only, plugging it into a Roland MIDI converter and an Axon MIDI converter. However, I remembered that there were some gizmos for processing hexaphonic audio. The Gibson Robot Guitar to the Dusk Tiger were rather impractical because Gibson only put this technology on high-end, expensive guitars, and I knew it wouldn't last.