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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.
Feb
11
comment How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)
I think you may have overused the word 'excellent' in the first few paragraphs.
Jan
26
comment What did ancient cuneiform notation look like, and how did it work?
@PatMuchmore I see. Perhaps it should be a new question.
Jan
26
comment What did ancient cuneiform notation look like, and how did it work?
@jjmusicnotes You should post your info, too. It may help bridge some gap.
Jan
8
comment How do you do accidentals (eg. E♭) in solfège (Do Re Mi)?
Well, hmmm. Specifically, I want enough background to understand the distinction between Ti Ta and Te mentioned in this answer. But more broadly, I'd want something actually currently used rather than more academic/historical (although that's welcome, too. I loves me some history).
Jan
8
comment How do you do accidentals (eg. E♭) in solfège (Do Re Mi)?
If this is already covered elsewhere on the site, I couldn't find it by searching for "accidental solfage", so I felt a canonical question was in order.
Jan
5
comment How to write music theory symbols in evernote?
Check the links in this answer of mine for Unicode music symbols.
Dec
24
comment How to create fast runs (i.e. speedy notes)?
Congratulations on hitting 10k rep! (I helped.)
Dec
23
comment Ranges in the Real Vocal Book
The Real Book is a very different animal from other published sheet music. It's only quite recently that it has had a publisher and editors. For many, many years it existed as an illegal samizdat distribution ("...take this to Kinko's and make 3 Xeroxes..."). So there are legacy issues to contend with, especially if you want to play with a group. Everybody needs to be in the same key.
Dec
20
comment Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?
I agree. The alternate fingering seems prone to introducing a syncopation.
Dec
19
comment How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?
Note that Scott Joplin wrote in School of Ragtime that it is not correct to swing. I'm not necessarily saying that anything in this answer should be changed, but that there's historical support for an alternate style. I suspect most audiences won't have a strong opinion either way.
Nov
23
comment Why are the natural notes on the staff special?
@BenZotto The origin of the scale is in the murky depths of history, but this question gets into it.
Nov
21
comment How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?
I like this answer. A very similar approach is the hacker's frob, twiddle, and tweak.
Nov
21
comment Electric guitar vs classical guitar
As for price, the general rule-of-thumb for guitars is if it's less than $200 you should really wonder why it's less than $200.
Nov
18
comment Remote Performance Workflow
Slightly-less bleeding-edge, I remember reading that Faith No More wrote the songs on their later albums by starting with a keyboard+bass+drums jam (those three lived in the same city) then mailing the tapes to the guitarist then mailing the tapes to the vocalist. This type of "workflow" can be done now with email and ftp and stuff.
Nov
17
comment Why does the following chord progression sound good?
It was just the ♭ and B in the same sentence that jumped out at me. I actually had the edit-view open when you last edited. So it felt wrong to do it myself while you were actively editing.
Nov
17
comment Legato right hand technique
@DrMayhem I think he does address the question but it's buried in the last par: "Try economy picking ....".