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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.


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!
Apr
24
comment How important is it for a guitar player to know the notes which make up a chord?
Interesting. Coming from a classical perspective, I didn't realize it was used in anything but a theoretical sense for analysis or training/practice. It's a darn good thing to know how the diatonic chords in every major/minor key, and practice switching between them. Do people use the "Nashville Number System" in any sort of notation to share with other musicians, or just in this same sense?
Apr
23
comment Learning 4/5 trills on the piano?
In answer to your final question: yes, I'd say that's completely normal, and that it will take longer to develop the strength and independence of those two fingers than it would for any other finger combos. If it were possible, I could do endless trills between fingers 1 and 5, 2 and 5, and to some extend 3 and 5, but 4 and 5 is still a no go for me. Note that I'm primarily not a pianist though… Good luck! Thomas Bryla nails it… just do it very often… like 10 times a practice session, just a minute or so each.
Apr
15
comment Is singing a matter of talent or practice?
A thorough explanation, and even just the last paragraph would have been an answer to the question!
Mar
11
comment Teaching rhythm to a beginner
The thing I don't like about clapping/tapping, despite its popularity, is that there is no concept of duration to the notes. It's sufficient when trying to count out something in the midst of a busy rehearsal, but as a general practice, especially for students, I'm not a fan.
Mar
11
comment Teaching rhythm to a beginner
Playing the rests is HUGE. A college professor published "The Addition Method," and among the techniques used were subdividing counted rhythms using breath-impulses, and whispering/speaking a different pitch for rests.
Feb
28
comment Do accidentals in one staff apply to notes in other staffs?
Whoops, good call! I never even checked the key signature when the asker asked the question. For the record, I DO do that when I go to read a piece of music… usually… I hope Nick switches the checkmark over to your question!
Jan
30
comment Why does music sound bad when played backwards?
+1 This is a good point as well. I'm not sure it alone can explain the phenomena, especially since some instruments have a more "symmetrical" sound than others, but it certainly has a big effect in many cases. I can't imagine playing a recording of my trombone playing backwards… my attacks and releases are occasionally shoddy enough as it is!
Jan
30
comment play piano accompaniment for a new song - music by ear
Hi John, check out this question and it's answers. music.stackexchange.com/questions/4825/… It would be quite applicable to your situation, despite a different instrument. Be prepared for it to be very slow going. You'll need to start by just picking out individual notes by ear, and you'll need to be practicing pretty frequently, and getting to know your way around the keyboard very well, and quickly. If not, it's still possible, but it'll make learning to play by ear much more difficult.
Jan
26
comment What is the American system for graded teaching/examination of beginner musicians?
As an aside relating to the NYSSMA manual. I looked up the ABRSM syllabus for trombone (my most familiar), and many/most of the grade 8 pieces I recognize are on the NYSSMA level 6 list. The others I recognize, I would consider just a touch more difficult than the NYSSMA level 6, although usually on a musical level, not technical. For example: The Sulek Sonata (ABRSM GR. 8) is very difficult rhythm/counting/ensemble-wise, but technically not very challenging. I don't believe it's on the NYSSMA list at all.
Jan
18
comment The vocabulary of directions in fretted instruments
This is great. I personally doubt there'll be any way to completely clear the confusion, but I'm interested to see what people have to say about this!
Jan
17
comment Barre chords are difficult to play on my acoustic guitar
Very true; it's all a balancing act. I think like M. Werner said, a good setup may allow heavier gauge strings with the same fretting ability as lighter ones before the setup. Obviously I don't recommend sacrificing playability for tone; I'm primarily a brass player, so I'm more the opposite!
Jan
16
comment Barre chords are difficult to play on my acoustic guitar
+1 for the impact those extra-light strings are likely having on the guitar's sound. I've never been able to go even to actual light strings, they just don't have the tone I'm after.
Jan
15
comment How do I clean the windway on my recorder?
Dishwashing soap (hand) should be fine. Anything you'd use on your tupperware. I don't know if most plastic recorders can be pulled apart enough for what you describe. I would use the pipe cleaner wherever it can go, soak it in warm soapy water, pipe cleaner again, repeat if necessary.