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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.
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.
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
22
comment Does an implied tie exist
What instrument? Clarinet? Harp? Pipe organ?
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.
Mar
11
comment Can a scale contain both a sharp and a flat note?
A general rule: a scale has the letters in order, with none repeated. If you use G - A - Bb - C - D - Eb - Gb - G you have to keep putting a flat or natural in front of the G. Also, you can't have a key signature with both G natural and G flat in it.
Dec
22
comment Organ technique for pianists
Organmaster Shoes are one very good brand.