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bio website homepages.ulb.ac.be/~alabarre
location Brussels, Belgium
age 31
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
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Long time piano player, beginning harmonica and guitar player, in love with music but mostly into rock, jazz, blues, boogie and metal these days. I sometimes make instructional videos on pieces I learned by ear and of nice shows I attended, which are available here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Museclectic

I also wrote a free piece of software that allows you to convert MIDI files to tablatures for the diatonic harmonica. Check it out here: http://harpy.sourceforge.net/


Jun
20
comment Piano technique: Repetitions and oscillations
This is not a piano technique-oriented answer, but as an answer to another question, I advised using a Powerball every now and then to strengthen wrists.
Jun
17
answered How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?
Jun
14
comment How can I get the instrumentals for a song?
@Pacerier: I've tried with mp3s from various sources, some work, some don't, but even with CD's, it doesn't seem to work all the time. You just have to give it a try. I'm interested in hearing back from your trials anyway.
May
31
answered Noise when attempting to bend the 8th hole on a harmonica
May
30
accepted Should I worry about painful fingertips?
May
29
answered How to practice the overblow
May
26
awarded  Enthusiast
May
25
comment How can I learn to growl?
I won't post it as an answer since I never tried, but do those videos on YouTube help?
May
24
comment How does the use of tablatures impact one's learning and sight-reading abilities?
@Monica Cellio: Right now I'm tabbing (parts of) The Real Book, but later on I intend to play with people who will just throw a bunch of chords at me and expect me to play based on that. And I wonder whether getting used to "play by numbers" will prevent me from knowing what I'm actually doing -- or should be doing (I'm probably exaggerating, but you hopefully get the idea).
May
22
asked How does the use of tablatures impact one's learning and sight-reading abilities?
May
11
answered Sites with a good selection of sheet music
May
6
comment What scale is this?
These are exactly the notes from the D minor scale, are you only confused because you start and finish on A? Or am I misunderstanding something?
May
6
awarded  Quorum
May
5
comment How to learn many musical instruments?
Great answer, very inspiring and encouraging.
May
5
awarded  Commentator
May
5
comment Where can I find jazz piano scales to practice?
This question is at least related, in particular the part about "The Real Book" volumes (the copies I have do not offer scales, but I don't think deducing them from the tons of nice songs they offer should be a problem). I'm not commenting about the "The Jazz Piano Book" because I don't know it.
May
5
comment How to play a song without making mistakes?
I fully agree with that. And yes, every performer on any instrument will make a mistake some day; if you're good enough, you'll fix it by making it part of another musical phrase. If you can't, get over it, move on, what's done is done, nobody cares anymore. Whatever you do, don't interrupt your performance.
May
5
comment When was the first recorded usage of a musical score?
Indeed. I just did.
May
5
revised When was the first recorded usage of a musical score?
quoting wikipedia
May
5
comment Are tools to help improve finger dexterity, strength and speed really useful?
Well, they indeed sell this as a fitness device aimed at increasing wrist and forearm strength, but I noticed that I could last longer when playing demanding bass lines (e.g. boogie). Dumbbells target higher zones if I'm not mistaken, although it depends on how you use them. The main difference with dumbbells I think is that I feel no strain after using a powerball, even the next day.