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Jun
27
comment Guitar making weird noise
Can you record the sound perhaps with a youtube video using a smart phone or other video/sound device? This could be many things, it would save everyone a lot of time to get a more accurate 'picture' of the event. Endless possibilities: Strings (are these the original 5 month old strings?), Nut (hair caught in nut)? Bridge? Neck alignment? Finger nails too long causing a buzz? Body wrapped? Are the string ends on the tuning machines cut short, or hanging out? Are the strings at the bridge end secure? Loose fret ? etc?
Jun
27
comment Learning to create melodies
@ninemileskid +1 for a great find, I really love the animated score. Certainly one of the great pieces of the 20th Century by the expert of tone clusters, Krzysztof Penderecki. It certainly came from his imagination. While this is not aleatoric it absolutely belongs in the category of original, and should be included in that category. Please note my examples are not complete, these are simply some vague notions near the ball park. :>
Jun
26
comment Learning to create melodies
@ninemileskid, Well actually Cage implemented rests which is giving instructions, and form. So like most of John Cage's work there is room for chance and structure. Please tell which Threnody you are referring to?
Jun
26
comment Learning to create melodies
@Tim. There really is a 9:06 Tim (at least it last 9:06), but +1 for the jest of it. Here's a link, this one has sound unlike its half brother:allmusic.com/performance/…
Jun
24
comment Learning to create melodies
@Tim 4'33" is better known so it serves as a more familiar example but thanks for chiming in.
Jun
24
comment Learning to create melodies
@ninemileskid 4'33" as you know is all 'rests', and there-fore the only sounds that occur are ambient, which is completely random.
Jun
20
comment How would one create music based on the principles of Cubism?
@BobBroadley, Thank you very much Bob, I am very honored by your kind words. Here is the link to the LinkedIn discussion: linkedin.com/groups/…
Jun
20
comment What's the difference between alnico and ceramic pickups?
+1 for getting down and dirty to the meat of the matter with inductance.
Jun
18
comment Naming convention for augmented 6th chords
@PatMuchmore: Amen !!!!!
Jun
18
comment Techniques for remembering a pitch without reference
USA dial tone is set to 425 Hz, just a smidge from Ab (416) based on A = 440. When it's time to "reach out and touch someone" you can get a snuggle with offset Ab.
Jun
18
comment Problem while learning guitar
You might want to look at the classical guitar with nylon strings, which are easier on your fingers for both fretting and plucking.
Jun
17
comment Is there a standard width for piano keys?
Thank you Bob, my piano tech/tuner is a great source, he deserves all the credit.
Jun
16
comment How widespread was the use of Aguado's “Tripodium”, and are similar devices still used today?
I remember seeing more than one pop performer use the following guitar holder as to allow a quick change from a strapped on electric to an acoustic: musicstandsalone.com/gracieconventionalacousticguitarstand
Jun
16
comment How widespread was the use of Aguado's “Tripodium”, and are similar devices still used today?
@CalebHines: It's more than a cello like reposition, check out the sounding box it rests on, increasing the surface area of the resonance ! Brilliant find.
Jun
16
comment Is there a standard width for piano keys?
This really makes me curious, inspiring me to measure the width on my 1915 Steinway Model M vs. 2002 Yamaha S08 Synth with 88-note weighted-action... so +1 for the inspiration just got to remember to do this soon and get back to you.
Jun
9
comment Slightly tone-deaf?
Thank you, I personally can't do it enough.
Jun
9
comment Slightly tone-deaf?
+1 Singing is good.
Jun
9
comment Which takes less time and effort to learn?
@LeeWhite, no worries, I think you covered it very well, the best part about your answer is the show stopper that I completely missed, as in choose the instrument that Broy is most passionate about (motivation works here), most love, = better chance to make it musical.
Jun
9
comment What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?
Computer and electric keyboards are substitutes, but not as good a substitute as another electric guitar, close but no cigar. Imaging this is a car and you swap out the engine, you want to copy the original as close as you can, so you wouldn't replace a 427 V8 with a lawn mower right?
Jun
6
comment Which takes less time and effort to learn?
Are you fellas trying to find a limit number for polyphony on the piano? If you are, then technically you can play all 88 keys at once, 97 if it's certain Bösendorfer model. Based on Charles Ives use of a 14 3/4" wood block in the Concord Sonata, why not extend to the entire keyboard. NOTE: most synthesizers have a limit on simultaneous polyphonic events--at last the piano wins technically over the synth. :>