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Feb
6
comment Can I play `A scale` song on a `C scale` harmonica?
@MichaelCurtis I've seen it done in youtube videos. But I've never been able to do it myself. I'd probably bend down to get those notes, to be honest.
Feb
5
comment How to give classes on improvisation
@jjmusicnotes I think I found an orphaned account of yours. I think you can use the 'contact' link below and ask for them to merge the accounts.
Feb
4
comment How is it that 12 eighth notes fit in a measure labeled as common time?
Watch out for this in Debussy and Brahms, too.
Feb
4
comment Should I sing do re mi when playing piano?
You're welcome. Sometimes it may be more useful to consider the current chord as the root instead of the key. If you always count from the lowest note first, this gives you figured bass notation.
Feb
4
comment Is there a piece of music that “inaugurated” Beethoven's middle period, and thus the Romantic era?
Please take no offense that I changed acceptance. BTW didn't you have more rep than that?
Feb
4
comment What does “cut. S. D.” Mean in sheet music?
My guess is it's a typo of 'cut D.S.' which would mean "skip the repeat" if someone wanted the piece to be shorter.
Feb
4
comment Should I sing do re mi when playing piano?
I don't do it, but it doesn't sound like a problem. Unless, by asking here, you're really really worried about it. I'd recommend you try singing the note names instead, C D E F... and then try switching back and forth. If your brain is wanting to do more work, then give it more work to do. Next try singing the note's function in the scale: root two third fourth fifth .. (I say "two" instead of "second" so it's one syllable.) Make it work for you!
Feb
3
comment struggling to switch chords when fingerstyle / arpeggio
+1 Scrolled down to add this same idea, but you've already done it.
Jan
29
comment How to automatically create guitar chord diagrams for site?
You might find this answer of mine useful. It discusses calculating fretstops from a figured-bass representation applied to the scale.
Jan
26
comment How to automatically create guitar chord diagrams for site?
You might find the answers to this question useful. Many of the tools mentioned are scriptable.
Jan
15
comment How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?
I don't remember having that problem. But I've been using tapewound for a while now. Some flats have a coating or plating that may wear off.
Jan
12
comment Having trouble locking into another drummer's groove while playing rhythm guitar and singing
@ToddWilcox There's also the bounty mechanism for giving more rep points.
Jan
11
comment What instrument gives the sound of artillery?
That might depend on the specific kind of MIDI sound module. Many use synthesis instead of a bank of recorded sounds.
Jan
10
comment How to keep music books open?
@NᴏᴠɪᴄᴇIɴDɪsɢᴜɪsᴇ I learned it from a school film in the 80s that was probably made in the 60s. But google isn't finding it right now.
Dec
22
comment How can I extend the pitch range of the ribbon on a Monotron?
I like this answer, but I'm not very skilled with hardware hacking. I need something very simple, like the potentiometer idea. But is there something simpler than that? Like an octave switch? Or more generally, a tunable register key? I've learned from videos that the patch points are clearly labeled on the board. Is there a device I can solder-in to do this?
Dec
6
comment How to prepare for a music major?
@jjmusicnotes I had listened to them all devoutly, but without any rigorous study or analysis of technique. So I had written a few pieces that just kinda sounded weird but pleasing to me. And they weren't impressed. I later realized that it only sounded right on my piano, which was an ex-player upright, not in particularly good repair. Certain combinations of notes would evoke these eerie resonances from that sorry instrument that simply couldn't be reproduced on another piano.
Dec
6
comment How to prepare for a music major?
I auditioned on piano, which I had only played for 2 years, having played guitar for 6 years at that point (age 16). So I was told that I wasn't sufficiently competent on my chosen primary instrument: piano. This was in conjunction with an early-acceptance application, so that may have raised the bar on me. I could play every song recorded by Tori Amos (pre-1996) but I couldn't play this piece they put in front of me that was supposed to sound like a rooster crowing or something. I forget the title, or maybe I never knew it.
Nov
16
comment Developing Stage Presence as Guitarists
+1 I think my font is set too small, but I love the part about "You should have your pants down well enough ..."
Nov
13
comment How do you compose using the chromatic scale?
I was being poetic, but I think the metaphor holds. The avante guard piece Stria is built using a similar construction as the Western 12TET system, but uses phi (the Golden Ratio) in place of the 2/1 ratio which defines the octave in the Western system. In Western functional harmony, the octave provides the basis for parallel lines. And since non-Euclidean geometry began with Riemann discarding the "parallel postulate" from Euclid, I think it apt to call Stria's construction a non-Euclidean musical structure. ... Good q by the way. It took me several days to remember what I meant.
Nov
8
comment What can I do to improve my apoyando?
@hpaulj There is a strong community opinion against list/poll type questions. But I think this is a good question on the right side of the line. Let the burden fall on the answerers to keep this from becoming a "list".