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Aug
26
comment Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
Thanks to anonymous reviewer for the correction: Josef Hofmann, not the other Josef.
Aug
26
revised Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
Thanks to anonymous reviewer for the correction: Josef Hofmann, not the other Josef.
Aug
17
comment How are note durations named in the British system?
The OED does only give English examples, being interested in when a word crossed over from French or Latin or German into English, not when it first appeared in the original language. "Maxima" and "minim" no doubt have a long history in Latin, probably going back to the earliest mensural notation. "Crotchet" and "quaver" sound English to me.
Aug
16
comment How are note durations named in the British system?
It appears that "semi" was all there was for more than a hundred years until someone added "demi", and I don't know how many years went by before "hemi" appeared. See the citations in my long answer. If my language knowledge is correct, "semi" is Latin, "demi" is French and "hemi" is Greek. Examples: semicircle, demitasse, hemisphere.
Aug
16
revised How are note durations named in the British system?
Went to the OED for evidence to back up my assertions.
Aug
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answered How are note durations named in the British system?
Jul
9
answered Ranking of Difficulty of Instruments
Jun
16
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
Reed organs sound "churchy" and are associated with little old ladies and hymn-singing. They are OK for some of the maudlin songs of the late 19th century like "In The Baggage Coach Ahead" and "She's More To Be Pitied Than Censured" but those songs went out of style. Ragtime and fast dance music just don't work on a reed organ. (Mine is a 1906 Estey, about as standard as they come.)
Jun
15
answered Why do blues musicians perform sitting?
May
25
answered Word for the entire chord progression of a song?
May
13
answered When learning scales, is it important to know which key is being pressed when?
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Apr
2
revised Instruments that challenge your ear
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Mar
31
answered Instruments that challenge your ear
Mar
8
comment playing softly - full grand piano
Yes, each key needs to be separately adjusted. There are leather and felt pads involved, which pack down over time, and are sensitive to changes in humidity.
Mar
2
comment Were the Goldbergs meant to be played in one go?
Rachmaninoff wasn't so lucky. He wrote the Eighteenth Variation (as featured in the movie "Groundhog Day").
Mar
2
answered Were the Goldbergs meant to be played in one go?
Feb
27
answered playing softly - full grand piano
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