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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.


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?
Jul
17
comment Seperate gospel music from generic religious / worship music
What do you mean by "searching"? Where are you doing your searching? What are you searching for? Are you looking to purchase music recordings, music videos, sheet music, books or documentary films about music history, or something else? Are you looking for recordings you can listen to online for free? Are you just looking for whatever turns up on Google? Are you using a service like Spotify or Pandora? What?
Jul
17
comment What components make military music especially rousing?
Mozart wrote music he called "alla Turca", inspired by the Turkish Janissary military bands that he was exposed to in Austria. Mozart never went to Turkey. I point this out just to illustrate the importance of the cultural context in whatever you are composing.
Jul
17
comment What components make military music especially rousing?
In that case the question is "what country do the young men live in?" There are different military marching music traditions for every different nation with a military. Play attention to folk melodies from the specific culture and the instruments traditionally used in marching military bands from that culture.
Jul
9
comment Is it okay if I play guitar/bass with wet fretting hand?
Metal strings corrode and rust when brought in contact with water or perspiration.
Jul
9
comment What are the origins of music theory?
As long as there has been music, in every different culture in the world, there have been people trying to explain it. The earliest written treatise on music theory is from Pythagoras (500 BC), the Greek who also established geometry. Since then, everybody has been involved. Your question is like asking "Who is in charge of biology" or "who are the historians?" Music theory was written about throughout history, throughout all cultures. It is the way it is today because it has evolved from everything everybody has written on the subject since Pythagoras.
Jul
8
comment What do the 2 “push/pull” knobs on my guitar do?
Good point, @Fergus. I will modify my answer.
Jul
5
comment Lower guitar tuning
Solo bassist Michael Manring pioneered the idea of putting Hipshot detuners on every string, on his signature model Zon Hyperbass.
Jul
5
comment Lower guitar tuning
1/2 step lower than standard tuning is A=415. 1 whole step lower is A=392. You would not want to re-tune to A=435 or A=450.
Jul
3
comment When to let go of the sustain pedal?
If the music involves a lot of rapid melodic playing, you'll want to use the pedal less. If the music involves long slow passages where the chords don't change as often, use the pedal more.
Jul
3
comment When to let go of the sustain pedal?
Pedal along with the rhythm and the chord progression of the music you are playing. Depress the pedal when you play a chord. Let go of the pedal when the chord changes to a new chord, and/or when the sustained notes and overtones pile up into a dissonant sound.
Jun
30
comment What indicators enable consumers to identify counterfeit guitars?
I have a friend who collects vintage guitars. He wanted an early 1970s Fender Telecaster with a Parsons "B-Bender" bridge installed. He found someone selling a 1973 Tele at a high vintage price, but had it examined by a guitar tech who discovered that it was a model from the 2000's made by Fender as a "1973 re-issue". He could tell because it had a polyurethane finish, not the vintage-spec nitrocellulose. My friend confronted the seller, offered a much lower, fair price, and bought the guitar anyway. He is happy and glad he did not pay what the seller was first asking.
Jun
29
comment Why does the first note is the second Bach cello suite(Prelude) sound like C#?
Then they were in concert D as of Bach's tuning, which is A=415. It makes a difference, particularly if it is a Baroque cello with sheep-gut strings rather than a modern cello with steel strings.
Jun
29
comment Why does the first note is the second Bach cello suite(Prelude) sound like C#?
Are you referring to a specific recording? Many recordings these days would be made on a Baroque cello tuned to A=415, which is one half-step lower than the "modern" tuning of A=440. This is more or less the tuning that Bach himself would have used. It is not a question of "well-tempered" or not; that refers to temperament, which is not much of an issue on solo cello. Rather, it is a question of the base pitch (diapason, or kammerton) used for "A" in Hz (cycles per second).
Jun
16
comment How to reduce vocal strain when singing long duration high notes?
Use some vibrato.
Jun
13
comment How can I make my guitar stay in tune when it is unused?
What kind of guitar do you play?
Jun
9
comment What is needed for an electric woodwind?
You can use the EWI to trigger any VST or AU virtual instrument synthesizer or sample player or soundfont that runs on Windows or Mac OS X. This is because the instrument transmits MIDI data to the host computer.
Jun
9
comment What is needed for an electric woodwind?
You can use any VST or AU virtual instrument synthesizer or sample player or soundfont that runs on Windows or Mac OS X. This is because the instrument transmits MIDI data to the host computer.
Jun
1
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
I guess the answer is "sort of". In the Baroque era, all music for trumpets was written in D major, unless you had a trumpet that could employ a certain kind of mute that dropped the pitch by 1/2 step or 1 whole step (and that was rare). At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, however, one trumpet player would have two trumpets because he might play the same piece from the same sheet music with one orchestra that tuned to A=440 and another orchestra that tuned to A=415 or A=430.
May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
@thSoft, what is the name of your musical group, and where do they perform, please? Do they have a website?