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Dec
22
answered Do competent violinists avoid open strings?
Dec
2
answered What value does practicing without paying attention to what you do have?
Nov
19
answered How is this piano chord fingered in “Graceful Ghost”?
Nov
15
comment Musical Aids to Memorize Intervals
If you don't know "Also Sprach Zarathustra" do you know the theme from the movie "2001, A Space Oddysey"?
Nov
15
answered Musical Aids to Memorize Intervals
Nov
13
comment Tips on counting and playing odd time signatures
Be careful not to count "One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Sev, En."
Nov
1
answered Beatles - Because: Chord progression
Oct
21
answered Did any player pianos use card decks?
Oct
18
answered Four dots over tremolo minim (half note with slash)
Sep
5
comment How do you actually practice playing an electronic keyboard?
But note: A harpsichord feels VERY different and needs a delicate touch. I don't know of any electronic keyboard that feels like a harpsichord. If you want to learn to play one, you are going to have to find a real harpsichord.
Sep
3
answered Which note is consonance and which is dissonance
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.