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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.


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".
May
2
comment Second set of Sibelius 7 lyrics with repeat bar to midi?
Yes, Sibelius questions are on-topic here. And yes, the Sibelius help forum is very hard to navigate. But a lot of Sibelius experts read and post on the Sibelius help forum frequently. It's a good place to go for Sibelius users.
May
2
comment Second set of Sibelius 7 lyrics with repeat bar to midi?
You should post this question at the Sibelius help forum. sibelius.com/cgi-bin/helpcenter/chat/chat.pl?groupid=3
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.