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comment What makes a song sound “folk-y”?
+1 for Wheat: You're 'spot on' for historical and geographic references. I don't agree w/ your three broad categories of music. Classical (Western) music has a very big commercial aspect as per marketing to keep orchestras and concert series alive which is all good. This is true for many 'folk' and 'bluegrass' players in the USA, e.g. the Smothers Brothers, the Kingston Trio--all have a history of commercial success. Then there's that 'folk' tune that Stravinsky adapted for "Le Sacre du printemps" another commercial success (much later), although the premiere turned into a riot.
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comment What are the reasons for using strumming and picking patterns?
+1 for Tim. I think there is a lot to be said about using fingers vs. a pick as per tone. Touch is more intimate and allows for a more vivid tone palette. Why use a pick when you can actually massage, pinch, or pull the strings as needed. I am not the only one who shares this opinion many of the best blues musicians I know have taught me this e.g. Kenny "Blue" Ray's CD "Pull the Strings".
Jul
18
comment Learning to create melodies
@Joel Derfner, Strictly speaking you are probably correct, but you will find many times in music that there can be a lot of 'grey' area. Remember music is an art, not a science although there are scientific principles at work. Consider too other terms that may or may not apply: stochastic processes, accidental, unplanned, fortuitous, desultory, chaotic, serendipitous... all of these may border to some degree on to the random landscape. To what end, may be just splitting hairs, but as humans tend to favor structure this may help define the boundaries more clearly.
Jul
14
comment How to make swell effect on electric guitar?
Thank you +1 for that info.
Jul
14
comment How to make swell effect on electric guitar?
Can one get the envelope filter to automatically trigger on the pick attack or does the guitarist need to follow the beat (period) of the filter?
Jul
14
comment How to make swell effect on electric guitar?
+1, Nice bit of history on Leo & the Strat. Thank you. Also I would like to note that the guitar volume swell version assumes that your pots are clean and move without any noise. When clean and applied to a repeating delay line (2 to 5 seconds), this can be a beautiful way to layer diads, triads, and other chords.
Jul
14
revised Does string length affect intonation?
grammer and a bit of detail
Jul
14
comment Managing page turns with a PDF file
+1 For a asking something so practical, as we are adapting to the emergence of various tablet devices replacing printed music. Also, acknowledging that many early adapters have been using such technology for some time now, but it appears to be growing into the mainstream.
Jul
14
revised Does string length affect intonation?
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Jul
14
comment Does string length affect intonation?
+1 to you from me. Thank you for spotting that, perhaps I should have been more explicit about these critical points: nut to bridge.
Jul
11
revised Does string length affect intonation?
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Jul
11
answered Does string length affect intonation?
Jul
11
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@leftaroundabout, I know that sounds a bit snarky, sorry about that but this is also way out of context. I can't really put the whole story in this confined area. So thank you for your comments and all the best.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@leftaroundabout While I would agree that amp simulation has improved in the past decade, nothing comes close to the real thing. Check out back issues of Vacuum Tube Valley magazine for blind tube testing as the guys that were the judges can tell the difference from RCA black plate 6L6GC vs. Svetlana versions. I was at some of those tests, and I can tell you no one there would even consider blind test of tube amps vs. simulators, too obvious. Hey look "Left..." I don't denounce simulators completely, they have a purpose, and I use them myself, but nothing compares to the real deal.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@LeeWhite +1 overall for identifying the key factors. Just added my comments for historical purposes. Let's not forget about some of the great guitar recordings with a mic'ed amp, e.g. Duane Allman's "Layla" tracks.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
FYI: My comment above assumes a proficient player in either case. I think we can agree that a less than stellar player would still stink no matter what gear is used.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@LeeWhite Quality of the tone equates well with the quality of the gear. For instance: A vintage 1965 Fender Super Reverb (not reissue) with a NOS Mullard GZ34 rectifier, matched NOS Genalex KT66 power tubes correctly biased, Vintage NOS preamp tubes e.g. RCA/Telefunken/GE, 4 P10Q WeberVST speakers, mic'ed with a Shure SM57 will kill anything Line6 or any simulation box can ever simulate. This is not unlike trying to compare a Hot Wheels version of a Corvette to the real thing. However, a crappy amp and crappy mic, will be trumped by a decent simulator configured properly.
Jul
8
comment Suggestion for a song with single note duration
This is an interesting exercise to embrace the constraint of confining rhythm. I hazard to guess that such an exercise will build an appreciation and awareness of rhythms. It would be interesting to me to learn Dan Hogan's remarks when he concludes this exercise.
Jul
2
comment Is there a standard width for piano keys?
@MarnenLaibow-Koser. Hello Marnen, would you like to assist in cleaning up the battle field, there appears to be some dead bodies in this comments section from your army of words. If not, that's fine, just thought you might like to tidy up a bit. All the best. -Phil
Jul
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comment What is this notation?
Thank you Prof. Muchmore, +2