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Aug
26
answered Is there a name or common usage of this piano damper pedal effect?
Aug
20
comment Why is the last semiquaver outside the last triplet of the measure?
Clair de Lune = Moonlight = Chiaro di Luna = Luz de la Luna = Mondschein. Would it surprise you to find out that they call it "Mondschein" in Germany and "Clair de Lune" in France?
Aug
20
answered Lorem Ipsum in music
Aug
11
comment Could a group of musicians play a new piece by sight-reading on first attempt?
Sinatra must have liked "that long, long, it's long" because he did it in live performances too. I can't say whether he DID sight-read the first recording, but he had the ability. And it's not unprofessional to do that. In fact it's VERY professional to do it when necessary.
Aug
11
comment Could a group of musicians play a new piece by sight-reading on first attempt?
Anecdote: Listen to Frank Sinatra's recording of "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)". He sings it once through, but it's written with a first ending back to the beginning, with the pickup note and the word "it's" ("It's quarter to three...") The song ends "the road, that long, long road." Frankie sings "the road, that long, long, it's long." Was he seeing the music for the very first time as he sang it for the recording? Yes, musicians can play or sing it on sight, no rehearsal, one take, and get a hit record.
Aug
11
revised Musical notation/tablature for isomorphic instruments
Explained standard Roman numeral indications for violin and organ.
Aug
11
comment Musical notation/tablature for isomorphic instruments
One exception is all it takes to be unequal: 4 4 4 3 4. Not isomorphic.
Aug
10
answered Musical notation/tablature for isomorphic instruments
Aug
6
comment Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?
The acoustic piano will have limitations too. It takes a great deal of effort to regulate the action and voicing so that E responds exactly as F does, and it doesn't take long to get out of regulation. I doubt that you can play E and F and get them within 1% of each other on a typical acoustic piano.
Aug
4
answered Is there a special way to notate a repeat for the right (treble) hand but not the left (bass) hand?
Jul
1
answered Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord?
Jun
27
comment Are there names for referring to the top or bottom numbers in a time signature?
In musical notation, a metronome marking is always specified as "M.M." (for "Maelzel's Metronome") followed by a picture of a note, an equals sign and a number. The note may or may not be a quarter note. 6/8 time is usually 2 beats per measure, not 6. Dance music is almost always either 4/4 (quarter note beat), 3/4 (quarter note beat), 2/4 (quarter note beat) or 6/8 (dotted quarter note beat).
Jun
25
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Jun
22
comment Does an implied tie exist
What instrument? Clarinet? Harp? Pipe organ?
Jun
21
answered Does an implied tie exist
Jun
2
answered Why do these progressions sound good?
May
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
28
answered Is Beethoven's title “Sonata quasi una Fantasia” an oxymoron, and does the title instruct how to perform it?
Apr
27
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Apr
25
comment Percussion notes in the vocals
Sometimes you'll see the notes at different positions in the staff, indicating approximate pitches or the general inflection of the speaking voice. All of the spoken lines in Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" are notated this way.