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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
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?
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).