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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
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.
Feb
18
comment Rocktuner CT2 problem
I had to look up some info on transposing instruments to write my answer here. I have only ever been a singer who plays a bit of guitar and even less piano, and I have never worked with a transposing innstrument myself, although I have done some copyist work on orchestral scores that require taking this into account.
Feb
18
comment How can I tell when music is live and not recorded?
I do not know a scientific answer to this question, but I have always been fascinated by it, because I can tell the difference easily as well.
Feb
17
comment Rocktuner CT2 problem
I made a couple of comments that jjmusicnotes thought were patronizing to him, and I apologised and deleted them. All this happened during StackExchange being taken down by a DDoS attack yesterday, so even getting to the site and adding comments was difficult.
Feb
17
comment Rocktuner CT2 problem
Sorry, @jjmusicnotes, I was not intending to be patronizing. I was just as surprised as you to find out that this tuner, while sold by the Warwick bass guitar company and labeled "Rocktuner" actually seems to be designed for transposing orchestral instruments. And I am neither a composer nor a professor; I'm just an avid amateur musician, so I defer to your superior knowledge.
Feb
15
comment Putting Stickers on an acoustic guitar
I disagree. Most acoustic guitars these days are finished with a very durable and thick polyurethane or polyethylene finish. In this case putting on and removing stickers does no harm to the finish. Try removing a small part of one sticker and see if you can detect any damage to the guitar's finish or any discoloration. If there is none, then it should be safe to remove the rest of the stickers if you want to. A commercial solvent that is designed to remove the adhesive on stickers, such as Goo-Gone, is useful for this purpose. googone.com
Feb
15
comment Which strings should be used for smoother guitar chord formation?
If you do not know how to adjust the truss rod already, you need to take the guitar to a professional repair person to do the job for you. Truss rod adjustments are tricky. But moreover, your guitar probably also requires modification to the nut and the bridge. The truss rod is only part of the equation.
Feb
15
comment Why is the basis of Jazz harmony tetrads (7th chords)?
Western common practice period tonality, the time in history centered around Bach chorales, (we are not talking about Stravinksy when we say "common practice period") while it uses some 7th chords, mostly restricts them to the dominant function in a chord progression. Take, for instance, the major-7th chord used as a cadential I chord, or even a major-13th chord used as a cadential I chord. You don't find that in common-practice classical music theory, but you find it in jazz all the time. You even find the major-6th chord as a cadential I chord in jazz. That's what I'm getting at.