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bio website joshfieldsphotography.com
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I'm a music educator, trombonist, photographer, amateur guitarist and technology aficionado. I enjoy thinking and learning about an incredibly wide range of subjects, from astrophysics and biology to geology, politics, volcanology and zoology. As a result, I have an incredible ability to get completely lost on the internet.


Jul
14
comment Is there a defined note for the triangle?
In general it's an non-pitched sounding tone, I find. With the overtones present in the sound of most triangles, It's difficult to pin down to a single pitch without another reference. You can certainly tell whether one triangle is lower or higher… but by how much is getting too fine, in my opinion. As NReilingh said, there's no standard note, and I would say that most triangle manufacturers try to get as far from a defined "note" as possible.
Jul
5
answered Why is it harder to lip slur without tonguing?
Jul
5
comment Fingertip sensitivity/pain related to nail separation
I've had that problem too! It feels to me (since it's so sudden and so excruciating) that it's some sort of nerve hypersensitivity. Just like you say, the slightest pressure.. even typing at a keyboard, causes pain. Mine is so severe when it happens, there's no way I'd be able to play guitar… but it usually only lasts… I don't know… half an hour? At the most an hour, I'd say.
Jun
28
comment Should “Ooh” be sung as “oo” or “oh”?
The h not technically changing the pronunciation of either is a good point. I've always seen a long held out "oh" notated with an underscore, never ooh. Also, in popular usage (Facebook, texting, etc. I think a held out "oh" would be "ohhhh." Although the h's are still silent so… go figure.
Jun
18
comment How to close the gap between ideas and capabilities when improvising?
That's completely true for trombone too… again, at least for me, but if I struggle enough to make it rock-solid at slower speeds, it gets much cleaner and crisper at the higher speeds.
Jun
18
comment Does a trigger trombone sound the same as a traditional trombone?
You hit just about every point I was going to make!
Jun
10
comment What is the difference between a riff and a lick?
I'm glad someone else agrees with me! You went very in-depth, and have some great examples.
Jun
9
answered What is the difference between a riff and a lick?
Jun
1
comment What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
+1 That's a great point! I'm not sure it's the most important though, since if you don't have a violin, there's nothing to make terrible noises… :)
May
31
comment Playing the “fail” sound effect on a guitar?
@WheatWilliams, I could be wrong, but from what I know that's used more in jazz, and is a descending riff from a single note used for effect, usually in the trumpets using a half-valve technique. We occasionally get it in the bone section, but have to be careful not to get to "glissy." All of the "fail" sound effects I have heard have used short glissandos upward to each target note, and then move down by semi-tones. I'm not sure there's any better description than the "fail sound!"
May
31
answered Playing the “fail” sound effect on a guitar?
May
30
comment How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience?
I agree, for the most part, but I have to say that sometimes the anxiety is about simply being in front of people, not necessarily the act of playing/performing. I have to also agree with the comment on the question: don't think about it right before the performance! If you've practiced it enough, things will go fine, if you haven't, last-minute thinking won't help. On the other hand, in my experience, it CAN hurt.
May
30
answered What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
May
14
comment Why is the highest frequency on a piano 4186 Hertz?
A whole different angle, but also right on.
May
13
comment Why is the highest frequency on a piano 4186 Hertz?
I'd say thats true. Think about how much less tone you get in the last octave on a piano. It's almost more of a woody "plunk" than a note. You can distinguish pitch, but not easily.
May
13
comment What is the device used to draw 5-line staff (empty) with a pencil/pen?
Although sound convincer really only asked what it was called… I'd call it a music-staff-drawing-gadget. I doubt it has a real name per se, unless it's a particular brand.
May
13
comment What is the device used to draw 5-line staff (empty) with a pencil/pen?
I agree, Reina, that's all I've seen. It would be pretty simple to make one for pencils (golf pencils would be best) out of stiff wire and soft wood for a handle.
May
5
comment Repeating the tonic when the scale is ascending and then descending
I've never heard of repeating the tonic, only holding out to double the duration of the other notes, but I suppose in some ways, it makes sense. As that middle tonic functions both as the end to one octave and the beginning of another, some people may want to emphasize that. For me, the two-octave scale is an entity in itself, not two disjunct parts crammed together.
May
5
comment Repeating the tonic when the scale is ascending and then descending
Expanding on the third paragraph… you might try hitting different notes twice each time you play the scale. It'll certainly test your knowledge and ability in fingering, as it takes your muscles slightly out of their ingrained patterns.
Apr
27
comment How important is it for a guitar player to know the notes which make up a chord?
It makes a lot of sense to me, from my background, I just didn't realize people used it in those contexts. It's good to hear though!