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Jan
16
comment Musicology of Melody
I am not a composer or songwriter but I've always understood that most composers and songwriters in all Western genres usually work in this manner: 1) compose a chord progression, 2) compose a melody that fits with that chord progression 3) write lyrics. So any analysis of melody is probably going to be tightly linked to the chord progression and underlying harmony. There are always exceptions, but I think that's the method in most cases.
Jan
16
comment Musicology of Melody
For instance, here are some good thoughts on how to compose a jazz melody. northernsounds.com/forum/showthread.php/…
Jan
16
comment Musicology of Melody
I would suggest that you look for treatises on how to compose a melody. There are a lot of those out there. The reason I'm suggesting this is that theory always follows practice. If you define and understand some rules and formulas for composing a melody in a certain style, that could provide a basis for algorithms for analyzing melodies. But those rules will always be particular to the genre of music and the style period and place in history. Finally, any stated method will be highly subjective to the author.
Jan
16
comment Musicology of Melody
There are existing computer software programs that can compose a melody over a given chord progression. Band in a Box is the best example I can think of. It is oriented toward jazz. pgmusic.com
Jan
16
comment Musicology of Melody
There exist scholarly treatises on the musicology of melody written by Westerners in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, but of course they only apply to the music of that era -- such as Gregorian chant and what grew out of it.
Jan
16
comment Musicology of Melody
Comment -- Western music of the present time is based mostly on harmony. Other musical traditions in the world, and early Western music, are / were much more melodically-oriented. All non-Western music has very little if any harmony involved. So you could look for resources on non-Western music -- what we Westerners call "ethnomusicology".
Jan
16
comment Violin too small for daughter?
Renting would have been the best way to go.
Jan
4
comment After singing, how long do you remain warmed up for?
A tip -- don't drink ice water or cold water or cold beer while singing or before singing. Drink water or any other drink at room temperature or hotter. Drinking something cold causes constriction in your throat and interferes with singing freely. Also avoid milk, ice cream, yogurt. Some people find that too much tannic acid or caffeine (tea and coffee) dry out the throat. You can have fatigue if you sing when your throat is dry. All of these things may reverse the effects of warming up your voice.
Jan
4
comment unable to tune the acoustic guitar
Take your guitar to the store where it was purchased, or to any music store, and ask someone who works there to demonstrate to you how to tune your guitar.
Dec
31
comment What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards
Usually if the air is very dry, you always keep the guitar inside its case when it is not being played, and you only humidify the inside of the guitar case, and measure and monitor the humidity inside the case. You usually don't worry about humidifying your whole room or whole house, unless you are in an extremely dry environment.
Dec
31
comment What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards
guitarcenter.com/search?Ns=r&Ntt=humidifier
Dec
31
comment What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards
Visit a store that sells expensive acoustic guitars in the USA or Europe, and I guarantee you will find humidifiers running to keep the moisture level in the air higher so the guitars do not crack.
Dec
31
comment What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards
Using a guitar humidifier is essential to keeping the wood in acoustic guitars from shrinking and cracking at low-humidity times of the year in most climates in the world. Guitars and violins and such must be humidified all year long in many arid places. If you don't, your guitar may be ruined. I live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where it is rarely necessary to use a humidifier, but to people in most other parts of the USA it is essential. Smart guitarists use a hygrometer to measure humidity and a humidifier to keep the humidity at at a constant level inside the case.
Dec
23
comment How do you read piano key signatures
There are no "minor and major notes" as you say. Notes are either natural, sharp or flat. The terms "minor" and "major" only apply to intervals and modes, not to individual notes. If you don't understand these terms, some lessons with a teacher would be helpful.
Dec
23
comment Are the inharmonic frequencies of an instrument in addition to or instead of the theoretical overtone frequencies?
I would also add that a real-world acoustic instrument like a piano has many strings that vibrate sympathetically. If you strike one note, you will not only get the overtones from the strings under that hammer; you will also get sympathetic vibrations from other strings tuned to other pitches on the piano harp, and that means additional unexpected overtones. The same can be said for the guitar, the concert harp, and many other instruments. I suppose the only way of avoiding this would be to sample a note from a piano built with only one string!
Dec
23
comment Are the inharmonic frequencies of an instrument in addition to or instead of the theoretical overtone frequencies?
"FFT" stands for "fast-Fourier transform" and is a kind of graph of a sonic profile of the results of a mathematical operation called the Fourier transform, based on the work of mathematician Josef Fourier in 1822. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourier_transform
Dec
15
comment Mac vs PC for music production
There are many clear differences, pros and cons, benefits and detractions, and issues, in hardware specifications, software, operating system support, and matters of overall design and execution. But if I were to list any of them at all, I would plunge myself into a religious flame war again. So I'm not commenting further.
Dec
12
comment Tone or QTX knob
You are asking a question about a guitar in an eBay auction that is in progress. If you have a question about the item, you should log in to your eBay account and send a message to the person who is selling the guitar, asking him what it is! That is how eBay works.
Dec
11
comment notating a cappella liturgy music
You can create a free SoundCloud or YouTube account, upload your recording there, and then give us a link to it here.
Dec
11
comment notating a cappella liturgy music
At the least, can you describe the actual liturgical music: the year of composition, the nation and language, and what church denomination (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) the music is used in? How to notate it depends on the tradition from which it comes.