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Apr
23
comment Home Sound System
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about performing or practising music. If there were a HiFi SO, then it would be a good fit. Perhaps there should be.
Apr
10
comment Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?
Many condenser mics can use a battery, when phantom power isn't available. You still need XLR, but that's another matter.
Mar
23
comment Is it normal for most people to play root or inverted chords?
On guitar very few chords are straight triads starting on the root. Novices play inversions because the easy fingerings are often inversions. Experts play inversions because they sound good.
Feb
27
comment Use only - 3 strings on six string guitar - which ones would you use and how would you tune them?
It's an interesting question, but it's wrong for this site because it's completely subjective. Ask somewhere where you can have a lively discussion.
Feb
11
comment How to mic an upright piano to record singing and playing?
Put it where you would want an audience to be.
Feb
11
comment How to mic an upright piano to record singing and playing?
I think close micing/internally micing a piano is reasonable in a few circumstances (1) in live situations where feedback and sound leaks must be avoided (2) if you want to experiment with the effected sounds that come from close-micing (3) if you're recording the piano from loads of mics and intend to painstakingly mix the result to get the effect you want (and in this case you'd also mic the room). If you want a natural sounding piano, though, with the least hassle, just mic the room.
Feb
6
comment Looper app for iPad?
As well as an audio interface, you'll probably want a MIDI foot switch. You don't want to have to let go of your instrument to control Loopy.
Jan
28
comment How important is string-muting when playing the bass?
There is no "right" way, but the way most books/teachers teach, you don't use your thumb, and you pluck with two-to-three fingers. I'm ill-disciplined and use my thumb a lot. A thumb pluck sounds quite different to a finger pluck.
Jan
28
comment How important is string-muting when playing the bass?
Play without muting. Do you like what you hear? If so, carry on. If not, mute.
Jan
16
comment Why are notes on the harmonica laid out the way they are?
It's the same arrangement for melodeons. Accordions have the same notes on the blow and draw.
Jan
15
comment Put a cup of water inside a piano?
My parents received the same advice from their piano tuner, probably 30 years ago now. It may slightly raise the humidity inside the piano -- although whether by a significant margin, I don't know.
Jan
14
comment What is actually involved in moving a piano?
Well, follow that link, and follow the link there that says "Piano Moving Warnings". Having read that, I wouldn't move a piano myself.
Jan
13
comment Clean Amp + Distortion pedal vs Distortion from amp?
If it's software modelled, surely you can set up a MIDI footswitch to switch between any combinations of amps, effects and settings?
Jan
13
comment Do the 'natural' chords to use in a key change if you use a different mode?
Oops, will fix.
Jan
13
comment Strap button screw length for acoustic guitar
Tail is the opposite end of the guitar to the headstock. Heel is the part where the neck meets the body. I would trust a Grolsch ring with an acoustic strapped over my back -- but you should try it and gauge the secureness for yourself.
Jan
13
comment How to tell if an old piano can be restored?
if it's a choice between wood or iron at the same price, go for iron. If the prices are different -- well, it depends on the price and how much money you can spare.
Jan
13
comment How to tell if an old piano can be restored?
I wouldn't say a wooden frame is an absolute no-go. It's less good, which should be reflected in the price. But a wooden frame will stay in tune unless it's loose/dry/rotten.
Jan
12
comment What is a Musician?
No. This is language, not law or science.
Jan
12
comment What is a Musician?
Primarily opinion based. A site like this can't improve on general reference dictionaries. Words mean whatever the speaker/writer wants them to mean.
Jan
12
comment What is it called to take a scale but start on a different degree?
3rd close vote. Please don't take this as a rejection of the question -- people will find this question and follow the link.