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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
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.
Jun
26
comment Piano scale and arpeggio fingering technique: Thumb Under vs Thumb Over methods
How do you play legato with TO?
Jun
23
comment Why must the final bar complete the anacrusis?
Counterexample: Beethoven Symphony number 5, third movement. The movement ends with a transition to the finale, and the last measure of this transition has the full three beats. The finale begins on beat 1 and the last measure is a full measure. There is just no place where the beat could be left out.
May
6
comment How does a piano go out of tune?
Iron bars were added in the early 19th century, and the full cast-iron frame was invented in the 1830's. Except for historical reproductions, all pianos made after about 1860 have cast iron frames. Even so, string tension is so high that it distorts the frame a tiny bit. If you lower the pitch of most of the strings, the remaining strings will go sharp and may even break.
May
6
comment How does a piano go out of tune?
A piano that has been played hard for years but never maintained will have very hard hammers, and thumbtacks create a very similar sound, as BobRodes says.
Mar
1
comment How much can transposing a song by a half step or a whole step help a vocalist?
I accompanied a singer singing "O Holy Night" at a Christmas service. At rehearsal it was clear that the high note was just out of his range. I took it down only one-half step and it made all the difference in the world!
Feb
25
comment Beatles - Because: Chord progression
Unexpected like finding a Jalapeño pepper in your hot fudge sundae, but not unexpected to someone who eats chicken with Mexican chocolate mole sauce on top.
Sep
2
comment Why Is Just Intonation Impractical?
Wendy Carlos had a computer-based synthesis system that allowed rapid updating of the tuning tables. She wrote and recorded many pieces in just intonation. With this system she could start in C major just intonation and suddenly modulate to F major just intonation by adjusting the pitches. She could go around the circle of fifths in just intonation! The results can be heard on her 1986 release "Beauty in the Beast". (Yes, it's really a spiral of fifths; the C you end up on is not quite the C you started on.)
May
3
comment strange fingering in moonlight sonata
Cue the discussion of the composer's pedal instructions....
Apr
21
comment What is this beat and why is it so popular
It makes me think of "Twelfth Street Rag" by Euday Bowman.
Apr
15
comment Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
You can remove the mouthpiece and play into it and get all the notes and everything in between, even if it's not a very nice sound, and you are buzzing with the lips. I played the tuba, not the trumpet, and it was a long time ago, but one of the first things I noticed was that I could think of it either as the instrument producing the note and the lips providing a "setting" as to which note, and jumping from one note to the next when tightening them, or the lips producing the note and the instrument amplifying it and cleaning up the tone.
Jan
6
comment Am I able to repair the pegs on my violin?
Get some Peg Dope.
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
13
comment Tips on counting and playing odd time signatures
Be careful not to count "One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Sev, En."
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.
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
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
comment Musical notation/tablature for isomorphic instruments
One exception is all it takes to be unequal: 4 4 4 3 4. Not isomorphic.