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Oct
27
awarded  theory
Oct
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comment How did “Mary had a little lamb” become popular blues?
I don't know if this is what started it, but it's the song the teacher assigns in Chubby Checker's 1959 novelty record "The Class".
Sep
23
answered Why does this harmonic minor scale notation use a natural sign?
Sep
22
answered Notation for a turn with a half step
Sep
15
comment Piano performance: slippery keys due to sweat of previous players
Yes, come to think of it, you may have to deal with your own sweat from the piece you played just before intermission! Now if you need to wipe off the keys between movements, I think you'd better do it yourself. It would look just as strange to call in the stagehand in the middle of your set as to wipe the keys yourself before you started playing your first piece.
Sep
14
answered Piano performance: slippery keys due to sweat of previous players
Sep
12
comment In “All we like sheep have gone astray,” are we laughing with Handel or at him?
But never a joke entry about the Bible, God, Jesus or any other sacred matter. The conservative establishment took religion extremely seriously. A joke in a secular Handel opera would not be out of place. A pun in a sacred work, like F# instead of F on the word "cross" (kreutz: sharp, cross) is fine; Bach did it all the time. But that's an erudite pun, not a silly pun.
Sep
12
comment In “All we like sheep have gone astray,” are we laughing with Handel or at him?
The problem is not that "we" is accented, which is almost certainly intentional; it's that "like" is nearly as strong. Try singing "For God loves me" to the same notes: it fits perfectly.
Sep
12
answered In “All we like sheep have gone astray,” are we laughing with Handel or at him?
Sep
2
comment What do you learn in music colleges, for drums?
Adding a note: My roommate was another percussionist, very talented as an orchestral percussionist and composer, but his main love and strongest talent was jazz drumming. Classical music history and stuff were not what he needed. The school did not offer classes in jazz history, jazz theory and jazz notation, and although he knew most of that coming in, these are things he should have been able to concentrate on. He switched out of music after a couple of years; I hope he eventually got back to it. Don't wait too long to determine that your school is not the right fit.
Sep
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answered What do you learn in music colleges, for drums?
Aug
22
answered Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud
Aug
16
answered Are there other re-orchestrations of Schumann's symphonies besides Mahler's?
Aug
14
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
7
revised Notation of multiple voices in Piano Music
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Aug
7
answered Notation of multiple voices in Piano Music
Jul
12
comment How important is to reach the bottom limit of the key when pressed?
It's more about whatever works for you, given what your piano can do. If you can play pianissimo by pressing the key just until the escapement flings the hammer, you will be using less motion in your fingers and you can play faster. I don't have that much finger control.
Jul
10
answered How important is to reach the bottom limit of the key when pressed?
Jul
6
comment Should pedals be used when playing classical piano music?
@BobRodes: The piano of Beethoven's time had a pretty good sustain, not all that much shorter than a modern piano. You can play 3 of them at the Frederick Collection in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. It appears that Beethoven liked the effect of all the notes sustaining. He compared it to the sound of a voice in a very reverberant vault.