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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
20
comment Can I force Traktor to use more than one CPU when analyzing tracks?
@FranckDernoncourt, I don't know of any DJs who frequent this site or post answers. Yes, being a DJ is a musical skill, but this site is for people who are learning to play musical instruments, or singers. You would be better served by looking for a site with a different focus.
Mar
18
comment Is there a formula/theory for writing country licks/riffs?
Go fishing frequently, patronize outdoor parties in rural locations, drink heavily, spend days driving a pickup truck, and most of all, hope that your woman cheats on you and leaves you for someone else. Then pick up a guitar, but be sure never to use more than three chords in one song.
Mar
17
comment What is theory of music about?
I think you might also be asking about algorithmic composition. Google it. There are commercial and open-source music applications that employ heuristic routines to facilitate composing music.
Mar
16
comment Problems with 8 string guitar tuning?
What is the make and model of the guitar, and what is its scale length? Does the manufacturer list the gauge of each string that comes with the guitar? It would help us to know these things
Mar
15
comment A reliable foundation from which to understand what “key” really means
So you are an accomplished musician who is self-taught, by ear. That is commendable! It may be that you've gone as far as you can by yourself with no training, and now it's time to get a little formal training. Learning some piano from a teacher who knows theory would be really helpful. Piano is the best instrument on which to learn concepts like chord progressions, which are essential to understanding concepts like what is meant by a key.
Mar
15
comment How do i get a Zacky Vengeance sound on my electric guitar?
Based on what I found in the link in my answer, Zacky Vengeance relies on passive Seymour Duncan JB humbucker pickups, not active pickups. A Gibson or Epiphone SG Special with humbuckers would be pretty close to that pickup tone without the need for modification.
Mar
14
comment how to play avenged sevenfold so far away on guitar
Welcome to Musical Practice & Performance. While we can help you with many of your questions here, this is not the best place to look for tabs or sheet music. It is also not a good place to look for someone who can teach you. There are other forums for that.
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/…