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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.


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?
May
31
comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
It's great that we have some DMAs and PhDs in Music participating on this site. I merely hold a Bachelor of Music degree, but I claim the self-appointed title of "Armchair Musicologist".
May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
The person asking the question said that their group plays on period instruments, which would be designed for the lower diapason. In order to play in A=392 or A=415, you have to have special woodwind and brass instruments that are built for that tuning. You can't "re-tune" woodwind and brass instruments that were built for A=440 down that low. By the same token, if you are going down to A=392, bowed string musicians may have to change to a thicker gauge of strings.
May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
So I would say quarter-comma meantone with the pitch A tuned to either 392Hz or 415Hz (I am not sure which was used in Monteverdi's Italy; in France around that time it was A=392Hz.) We refer to the tuning of A as the diapason or kammerton.
May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
No, tjb1982, in Monteverdi's time the tuning would have been around A=392 or A=415, which are a whole step and a half step below A=440, respectively. In Bach's time most orchestras tuned to A=415, but there were pipe organs tuned to A=466, which is a half step above A=440. The tuning of A=430 appeared around Schubert's time. A=440 did not become widely adopted until the early 20th century.
May
30
comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
What schools give a PhD in Composition, and how would it differ from a DMA in Composition?
May
24
comment Problem with fingering
Are we to assume that you are referring to playing the guitar? You did not say what instrument you play.
May
17
comment Was the viola da gamba or violin particularly associated with England in the late 16th or early 17th century?
The point is that the newer violin grew in popularity rapidly, and overtook the popularity of the viol (the treble instrument in the viola da gamba family). There was a considerable period of overlap, however, when you could expect to hear either one.
May
16
comment Which disco tracks were the most influential in electronic music?
This should stay closed. It is an entirely subjective topic that would cause the wrong kind of open-ended discussion according to the guidelines of this site. Yes, every question has some degree of subjectivity, but you have to draw a line somewhere. This one is totally subjective.
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".