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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.
Dec
11
comment notating a cappella liturgy music
I do not believe you can upload an audio clip. You can provide a URL (link) to an audio file on another web site or to a file on SoundCloud.com or YouTube or such.
Dec
2
comment How did baroque composers relate to human emotions?
You could probably find useful information in English in the New Grove Dicitonary of Music and Musicians. Many university libraries have old printed copies; it is available online as Grove Music Online, but it requires an expensive subscription. Many university libraries have such a subscription, so if you have access to a university library, you may be able to look it up. oxfordmusiconline.com/public
Dec
2
comment How did baroque composers relate to human emotions?
The book is probably long out of print and locating a copy might take some research.
Dec
2
comment How did baroque composers relate to human emotions?
A recent English translation has been published: "Johann Mattheson's Der vollkommene Capellmeister: a revised translation with critical commentary." Ernest C. Harriss. UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 1981.
Nov
30
comment Logic Pro X: Output 3-4 is disabled
You have still not identified the make and model of the external USB audio interface, and for that matter you have not specified which version of Mac OS X you are using, or which version of Logic Pro X. We need all that information.
Nov
26
comment Easiest way to turn permutations into Sibelius notation
There are commercial and freeware plugins for Sibelius, written in the Sibelius proprietary scripting language (called ManuScript), which are for generating compositional ideas. It is possible for you to contact the authors of these plugins and scripts and ask for help. The official Avid list of Sibelius plugins is here: sibelius.com/download/plugins/index.html
Nov
25
comment What distinguishes Rock-n-roll from Rhythm-n-Blues?
@kenvinthebadass You have a point. In the beginning there were certainly black singers and instrumentalists and white singers and instrumentalists that were singing and playing in the same style. But at the start these musicians didn't have names like "rock" or "R&B" to describe their own music! It comes down to the fact that the record labels and radio stations named and created the separate categories of rock and R&B for marketing purposes. This was imposed upon the musicians, not the other way around. I discuss this in my answer.
Nov
24
comment Release a new album with a new band
We have a policy on this site about not addressing music business laws or giving legal advice (for one thing the relevant laws vary widely depending on the nation or state where you live). At the very least, you should not enter into any financial or legal agreement or sign your signature to anything without hiring a competent entertainment lawyer to review the material for you before you make any committments.
Nov
23
comment Is there a lower limit for how short a note can be, in a given time signature?
Yes, that's correct.
Nov
22
comment Is there a lower limit for how short a note can be, in a given time signature?
There is no upper limit and there is no lower limit. There are means to notate very long notes (much longer than one bar) and very short notes.
Nov
20
comment How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone
If you take enough lessons and practice enough, you may well find out that you are better in the tenor range than in the baritone range. I have a friend who majored in vocal performance for four years as a baritone. After he graduated he continued to take private voice lessons and came to the conclusion that he was really a tenor all along. It's rare but it happens to some baritones. Anyway, singing is a journey and a community activity, so just have fun doing it!
Nov
20
comment How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone
In every large amateur choir, there are a few men in the bass section that call themselves baritones. But in fact they are natural tenors who never got singing lessons and never did the work to develop their upper range. There are similarly some women in the alto section who might be able to sing soprano if they got some training. But it's all good. Some singers want to spend a lot of time improving their singing, and some just want to participate in a fun part-time activity. Hopefully your choir will have some of both. That is as it should be.
Nov
20
comment How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone
Also, I envy baritones, because generally speaking they have the widest range of notes of all the male voice types. Tenors like me generally have the smallest range. There are certain women who can cover first soprano to first alto, and there are female altos who can sing first tenor. But for any given population of amateur singing enthusiasts in your local community center or church, assigning a person permanently to either S, A, T or B works well, and the music is written with this expectation.
Nov
20
comment How to sing SATB parts as a Baritone
So follow the wishes of your choir director and work on those parts they assign you. I hope you'll find it fun and rewarding, and moreover that you will enjoy the company of the other singers. Choirs are about community.