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Jul
19
comment The saddest chord?
Oops. My song is a bad example. That's not a diminished chord, it's a minor chord with a major 7th. That's a chord I usually associate with suspense. It's often used as a sting in 1960s spy shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Jul
19
comment How to play the tremolos in Mussorgsky's Con mortuis
Hi, Scott. Welcome to MP&T. Can you edit to be more specific about what's giving you difficulty?
Jul
18
comment How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?
But, I fear the full version a tempo may not actually be humanly possible. It works out to 24 notes per second, and left-hand changes have to happen in that 1/24th-second interval between the last note and the first one of the next figure. .... It may take another 10 years, but it's gonna be amazing once I nail it. :) I imagine that it may even produce a subharmonic effect.
Jul
18
comment How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?
+1 Useful ideas that speak to the question that I posted. I'm always trying to attack problems from multiple angles. ... For my actual goal, I have partly done this already and I've broken down the piece into several simplified versions, and even developed a new technique I can play the synchronous version a tempo (1/8=120bpm), the triplet version at 100bpm, the sextuplet version at 80bpm, and the full dodecatuplet at 60.
Jul
16
comment How I do memorize guitar notes?
It is a correct interpretation of the rules to close this as a dup and revise the old question with the new content and re-open it. But, since the old one is already closed and this one seems ok on its own, it really appears that in the case the best course of action is to do nothing. The desired result is a good question with good answers. And we're there. We have that now. It could use more answers as usual, but that doesn't detract from my point: it doesn't serve any useful purpose to close this question simply because OP failed to express clearly the same idea earlier. IMO.
Jun
21
comment The saddest chord?
Here's a favorite of mine with lots of diminished and half-diminished chords. youtube.com/watch?v=upl_rxmsu6s
Jun
21
comment The saddest chord?
Exactly. Play it "too long". It's beyond sadness. It's agony.
Jun
21
comment The saddest chord?
Edited with the notes of C-dim.
Jun
20
comment Whole finger callous - for barre chords?
+1 Very interesting. Welcome to the site! If you edit to add paragraph breaks, this will be easier to read.
Jun
18
comment Why do blues musicians perform sitting?
I'd agree with the first part, but a country musician ought to know how to cut a length of twine.
Jun
8
comment How to make a bass growl?
"How to make Bass growl?" ... Poke him in the ribs? uh, take away his hot dog?
May
18
comment What are common analytic techniques for identifying phrases in music?
I think your example would be more compelling if you add a second one with phrasing marks added, then readers will naturally look to the text in between to see how it is done.
May
14
comment How can I improve my classical guitar vibrato technique
Can you mention which book or edition the piece is from? "Romanza" could be anything! ... oh wait "sections where there are arpeggios on open strings with melody played on the first string" -- ok. I know what it is. Carry on.
May
13
comment Is there a standard musical/poetic form for the interaction between the protaganist and chorus in Ancient Greek tragedy?
The rhythms might be inferable based on the Greek text and a knowledge of meter in Greek poetry of the time. But it's also possible that certain passages were decorated with neumes which indicate musical inflections. Very eager to read answers to this.
Apr
22
comment Strength / speed exercises for rasgueado
When you shake down the contents to get a clean tear (so it doesn't spill all over the counter), do this: pinch a corner with the left hand and do a rasgueado on the sugar packet with the right hand. One good one and the packet is ready to tear. ... Differently-sized packets of stuff will have different recoil allowing you to practice different tempos. ... I work at Starbucks and easily get bored. :)
Apr
22
comment Strength / speed exercises for rasgueado
You can practice on sugar packets and hot-chocolate mix.
Apr
6
comment Strongest notes in the major scale modes
+1 I think it's precisely that sense of avoidance which the suspension effect plays with.
Mar
26
comment circles and other gestures not really keeping time
There's an excellent Ted Talks video that contrasts Bernstein's style with a few other conductors. If someone digs it up and posts a comment with the link, please delete this comment.
Mar
6
comment What is it called when a music has two concurrent tempos
multitempo has a more consistent derivation (Italian), while poly- is a greek prefix. Polychronic?
Feb
12
comment How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)
Now for the real question: How do you pronounce Brouwer? My memory of high school French is that 'w' doesn't show up a lot.