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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.


Apr
29
comment How to interpret notes outside of the key signature?
Excellent and carefully-reasoned-and-explained answer. +1
Apr
10
comment Dull sound of concert guitar
Have you installed a new set of strings?
Apr
5
comment German in Bach's Cantatas
I would say it "would be like learning to speak and read English by studying the King James translation of the Bible." In fact, a lot of Bach's textual language is reminiscent of Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible, which of course pre-dates Bach by a century and a half.
Apr
5
comment German in Bach's Cantatas
I learned a lot of German by studying the lyrics to Romantic-era art song, starting with the lyrics used by Schubert and other composers throughout the 1800s. This involves a much broader vocabulary than church music.
Apr
2
comment Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?
Yes, you can connect an acoustic-electric guitar through the Input jack. You will want to select the "Clean" setting rather than the "Lead" setting.
Mar
31
comment Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?
OK, @MeaningfulUsername, I understand your correction. I will edit my answer.
Mar
31
comment How to calculate the size of a xylophone bar according to its pitch
It will depend entirely on the type of material used for the bars, a certain metal alloy or type of wood. And if it is wood, it will vary with the density of the grain of the wood, its age, or its moisture content. I don't think you can easily generalize. You'll certainly end up having to mill or cut blocks and carefully cut them to tune them by hand and by ear.
Mar
31
comment Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?
Don't close this question. It's legit. My answer explains below.
Mar
26
comment Keyboard suitable for student housing?
Go to a music store and play the instruments they have on hand and ask them questions. You cannot make a decision based entirely on what you read about online. You have to play some instruments yourself, and hear how they sound.
Mar
25
comment Getting rid of performance 'tics'
What instrument do you play? What kind of groups do you perform with?
Mar
24
comment Which pieces did Mozart write originally for SATB choir a cappella?
You can find an extremely comprehensive list of Mozart choral pieces in sheet music at www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart. Whether he wrote some with instrumental accompaniment or not, you will have to research.
Mar
20
comment Can I force Traktor to use more than one CPU when analyzing tracks?
@FranckDernoncourt, I don't know of any DJs who frequent this site or post answers. Yes, being a DJ is a musical skill, but this site is for people who are learning to play musical instruments, or singers. You would be better served by looking for a site with a different focus.
Mar
18
comment Is there a formula/theory for writing country licks/riffs?
Go fishing frequently, patronize outdoor parties in rural locations, drink heavily, spend days driving a pickup truck, and most of all, hope that your woman cheats on you and leaves you for someone else. Then pick up a guitar, but be sure never to use more than three chords in one song.
Mar
17
comment What is theory of music about?
I think you might also be asking about algorithmic composition. Google it. There are commercial and open-source music applications that employ heuristic routines to facilitate composing music.
Mar
16
comment Problems with 8 string guitar tuning?
What is the make and model of the guitar, and what is its scale length? Does the manufacturer list the gauge of each string that comes with the guitar? It would help us to know these things
Mar
15
comment A reliable foundation from which to understand what “key” really means
So you are an accomplished musician who is self-taught, by ear. That is commendable! It may be that you've gone as far as you can by yourself with no training, and now it's time to get a little formal training. Learning some piano from a teacher who knows theory would be really helpful. Piano is the best instrument on which to learn concepts like chord progressions, which are essential to understanding concepts like what is meant by a key.
Mar
15
comment How do i get a Zacky Vengeance sound on my electric guitar?
Based on what I found in the link in my answer, Zacky Vengeance relies on passive Seymour Duncan JB humbucker pickups, not active pickups. A Gibson or Epiphone SG Special with humbuckers would be pretty close to that pickup tone without the need for modification.
Mar
14
comment how to play avenged sevenfold so far away on guitar
Welcome to Musical Practice & Performance. While we can help you with many of your questions here, this is not the best place to look for tabs or sheet music. It is also not a good place to look for someone who can teach you. There are other forums for that.
Mar
11
comment What is the technology where two vocals overlap simultaneously in songs?
I added the YouTube link. It explains how artificial double-tracking was invented, in technical detail.
Mar
8
comment Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
As to whether you are "doomed" or not, I would say no. As explained by others, some musicians are perfectly satisfied by learning to play songs accurately and nothing else, or to read sheet music without needing to know why it's written the way it is. Others want to know the whys and the wherefores. There are even successful songwriters who never learn much of any theory. Then there are college music theory professors who like to study music theory for its own sake. Many musicians fall in the middle.