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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.


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.
Mar
8
comment Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
Rameau's Treatise on Harmony was written in 1722, in French. goo.gl/GEG8fs Let's just say it was an influential classic but it's not up-to-date and was not written in language easily adaptable to the 21st century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rameau. You would do better to get a modern college textbook, which will certainly include some Rameau in it.
Mar
8
comment Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
Start with common practice period diatonic harmony and learn something about its historical context. I like this link from @n.m. tobyrush.com/theorypages/index.html
Mar
8
comment Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
I think what @ksha is saying is that he wants to begin to learn the theoretical basis along with learning to play music on the instrument. And I think it's beneficial to pursue both together, especially for an adult.
Mar
8
comment Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations?
Have you looked at music theory and ear training college textbooks? Perhaps a college textbook on the physics of sound (acoustics) would be helpful as well.
Mar
7
comment What keyboard synthesizers can produce quarter tones for Arabic music?
Comment retracted. I apologize.
Mar
6
comment Why do we use so complicated notation?
Your example is of guitar fingering notation. What does this have to do with piano?
Mar
4
comment Lateral alignment of pedalboard to keyboards
Of course, not all pedalboards have the same number of pedals; they cover different note ranges. They also have different physical layouts (radial curved, radial flat, straight). I imagine that these factors have to be taken into account.
Mar
3
comment Should my first bass guitar be expensive?
The Gibson guitar company has always been known for making mid-level to high-end guitars, not beginner's guitars. Many years ago they had a sales campaign with the slogan "Buy your second instrument first" meaning they wanted beginners to understand the advantage of buying a professional instrument to learn on rather than starting with an inferior beginner's instrument because having a professional instrument would be more satisfying. Well, it's just a marketing ploy and nothing more, but I thought it was interesting.
Mar
3
comment Clarinet losing air
Perhaps your clarinet has developed a leak in its joints, and your clarinet requires service by a qualified repair person.
Feb
28
comment How much can transposing a song by a half step or a whole step help a vocalist?
OK, maybe I went a bit overboard in my answer! The short answer is that for some songs, a whole step might make little difference, but for other songs, it might make a big difference. It just depends on the melody. I'll modify my answer and tone down my response a bit. Give me a minute to think on it.
Feb
27
comment Understanding the key concept
See this previously asked question. music.stackexchange.com/questions/6445/…
Feb
24
comment Inquiry to Voice Classification
@MunchyWilly, welcome to Musical Performance & Practice.
Feb
24
comment What are the types of Guitar available and what are the pros and cons of each?
This question is much too broad to be answered within the framework of our guidelines at Musical Practice & Performance.
Feb
24
comment Broken keys on Casio Celviano AP-21 digital piano
Casio Authorized Repair Centers: casio-usa.com/support/authorizedservice
Feb
24
comment Broken keys on Casio Celviano AP-21 digital piano
I would also point out that the "state of the art" of digital pianos has improved dramatically in the last 15 years. If you were to buy a new Casio piano today, you would find that it sounds much more like a real acoustic piano than the one you have now. Still, it would be prudent to look into the feasibility of repairs.
Feb
24
comment Broken keys on Casio Celviano AP-21 digital piano
We need to know the exact model number. Surely you can find it printed on the case of the piano. What country do you live in, and are you in an area where there are authorized repair centers, or not? Have you gone to the Casio website and looked for information on repair service? Casio has a national network of authorized repair centers in the USA and probably elsewhere. Give us more information and we can suggest help.
Feb
21
comment Does a guitarist need to know staff notation?
I find that the two kinds of notation compliment each other. Often if I am learning a new piece, I use both together, because each has its strong points and its weak points.
Feb
18
comment Is piano and recorder sheet music the same?
Good for you for supporting your daughter's interest in music. Learning recorder can provide a lifetime of enjoyment.