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A.B.D. -- Saxophone Performance, University of Minnesota
M.F.A. -- Saxophone Performance, University of Iowa
B.M.E. -- Music Education, B.M. -- Composition, Wartburg College


May
22
comment How do I improve vibrato and breath volume in singing?
This is really two different questions. How about editing this down to one question (about vibrato) and asking about breath volume in a separate question?
Apr
19
comment Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
@RyanMcClure If you know who is performing the piece, use their ranges. If a piece can be performed by one group, it very well may be performable by others. That said, if you are at all unsure of the amount of rehearsal time you will get, keep the ranges (and other elements) more conservative, as it will keep the singers happier. I had this very experience as an undergrad. I wrote a work for SSAATTBB choir that was quite challenging but within the realm of the college choir. I couldn't get enough people willing to perform it. Just a cautionary tale...
Apr
19
comment Accepted ranges for SATB choral works?
@Luke Yes. Thank you. I have edited my answer accordingly.
Mar
5
comment Is there any way to find average of song's amplitude?
Without looking it up, I'd guess that there would have to be software to find something like the root-mean-square of the waveform. I don't think this tells you anything useful about the style, though, particularly since your analysis would be almost entirely dependent on how the recording was made, not on the style of the music. You would have to have complete control over the recordings, not just the analysis. Even then, I'm not sure how you plan to use the information to determine "what kind of music it is." Could you clarify?
Mar
2
comment Notating Augmented Chords
@Gauthier I misunderstood what you were doing when you said that you played the seventh on augmented chords. It looks like you are instead using an altered dominant (altered to include ♯̂2). In that case, yes, you could just be treating the augmented chord as a dominant-functioning sonority. It occurs to me that it should be possible also to resolve the V7+5 as a non-traditional augmented sixth chord, which would make a progression like G♯7+5 - E♯7 (F7) - B♭. I don't have a keyboard handy to hear how that progression would sound, but I think it would sound pretty unusual.
Mar
2
comment Notating Augmented Chords
@Gauthier The Aug7 chord is only going to "fit" if it is functioning as a Maj7+5 chord; that is, it would go where a Maj7 chord would go, but the fifth is altered for effect. Yes, this chord has a defined root, but depending on the harmonic language in use, the augmented triad may not be functioning in a similar manner. The notation of these "divide-the-octave-equally" chords (the other notable one being the fully diminished seventh chord) depends on context, and even then it is not always an exact science, since some music uses the chord's ambiguity to resolve to an unexpected harmony.
Feb
27
comment Do accidentals in one staff apply to notes in other staffs?
No, the circled note is A♮. There is no A♯ in the key signature.
Feb
27
comment Why do marches usually end with a repetition of the last note?
The stinger is so idiomatic and expected that its omission can also play with the audience's expectations. One of the better-known examples is Sousa's Semper Fidelis.
Feb
13
comment What is the best position for a Sax reed?
@DarenW Strength "numbers" have little meaning across brands anyway. A 2 1/2 Selmer Omega is likely to be quite different in strength from a 2 1/2 Vandoren, for instance. Also, because the different brands are often cut somewhat differently, it could be that the reed shape makes your new reeds softer in the low register. To some degree, you can diagnose and fix this issue yourself; see this answer (specifically the "Balancing and strength adjustment" section) for more information.
Jan
16
comment Instrument grade exams
I'm from the USA, and I took a look at the Grade 8 exam for saxophone just as an example. Passing that exam would indicate a better-prepared student than probably 95% of those entering undergrad, but it would not (or at least should not) be sufficient for graduating with an undergraduate degree in music.
Jan
16
comment What would be the a good tuning for an instrument with a limited amount of tones?
@neilfein I don't think that "purely theoretical musings" are necessarily off topic. Further, the author did provide a real problem by comment, and it would not have been difficult for others to come up with instruments in which a limited number of notes are available (since, actually, all acoustic instruments fit that category by virtue of having a range, and there are more specific examples such as Orff instruments usually intended for children).
Jan
10
comment What should I look for when buying a used trombone?
@ReinaAbolofia Of course, mouthpieces can be replaced. If the only problem with the instrument is the mouthpiece, get recommendations on a new mouthpiece. I'm also a woodwind player, so I would not know what to recommend to a trombonist in this regard.
Dec
7
comment F# major vs Gb major?
The usual, obvious suspects for such a key choice are not present in this piece as far as I can tell. Worthy of further investigation... I'm sure a scholarly analysis would address the topic, but I have not yet located one. I will keep looking.
Dec
5
comment Is there a formal term for a recording's pitch being “in the cracks”?
First, this happens even on modern recordings. Second, when dealing with winds and/or strings, the pitch can change through even a live performance. Strings tend to go flat, while winds tend to go sharp. The group may or may not adjust for this difference to stay at the same pitch level as when they started playing.
Dec
4
comment Choosing the appropriate flute for my preschooler
The action is a little different between an instrument with open holes for tone holes and an instrument with keys to push that happen to have holes to cover as well. It does add another dimension to the technique necessary, though, and if it is not necessary to frustrate the preschooler, why frustrate the preschooler?
Nov
29
comment Choosing the appropriate flute for my preschooler
For a preschooler, you would definitely need the shrunken keywork. I would stay away from open-hole transverse flute. Yes, there are plugs for the holes, but it's just another small piece to get lost or worse.
Nov
28
comment Sousaphone for child
We might need a few more details to be of assistance. First, how old is your grandson? Second, which instrument exactly are you seeking -- a sousaphone or a tuba? There is such a thing as a "convertible tuba" that can be used for marching, but I wouldn't recommend that a beginner try to walk and play the tuba at the same time.
Nov
18
comment Practicing drums with metronome and not hearing it's tick
If you are seeing the cue and are sure you are with it, then the only suggestion I have would be the timbre change (and possibly headphones, as others have suggested).
Nov
8
comment Is assignment of notes to measures totally arbitrary?
I changed the title of this question to be more germane to the actual questions you are asking. Anyone who has a better suggestion, feel free.
Oct
31
comment Are whole and half note rests supposed to only be written on specific lines?
Notational conventions do exist; certainly the meaning would not change, but if there is no reason (like multiple voices per staff) to change the convention, one should not do so. In that sense, it does matter where the rests are written, and it is at least technically incorrect to do otherwise.