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I am taking a sabbatical from this forum which I can best express with my recent video work:

"Time Out" https://vimeo.com/106951688


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. :>
Jun
6
comment Which takes less time and effort to learn?
We all have mileage that varies e.g. I personally prefer Mongolian Throat Singing while playing harmonics on my electric bass.
Jun
6
comment Which takes less time and effort to learn?
Playing a note and playing one properly are not the same thing. A child can blow on a harmonic too, but it would not be the same as Little Walter (Jacobs). Where's the music, where's the love?
Jun
6
comment Which takes less time and effort to learn?
"you can play each note on it without needing any technical practice" ...I am having a chuckle on this one, thinking of my piano teachers rolling over in their graves.
Jun
6
comment What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?
Yes, headphones are a reasonable substitute too, as long as the amp has a provision for headphones otherwise you might have some mismatch issues.
Jun
5
comment What is a latin rhythm and how do I play it on Double Bass?
In IT, we worry about missing ones and zeros, wonder if James has the zeros too?
Jun
4
comment What's the difference in sound between different wood grades?
@Fergus. I get what you are saying about cosmetics vs. actual value of tone but I would like to see some evidence, e.g., quotes from new vs. old school master luthiers as in this discussion: acousticguitarforum.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-225649.html
May
30
comment Has music notation become more prescriptive?
+1 Caleb: just want to mention that precise notation is taught in most universities for composition as to lock down the intent, no surprises for either the performer or the composer. At the same time, composition professors are very aware of stochastic or aleatory practices and are very willing to assist in notating the best way to 'cut it loose'.
May
30
comment What's the difference in sound between different wood grades?
With all do respect, I think you guys are making a huge mistake here by shutting down this question. Here's why: if tone graded wood is as misleading as you suggest then here is an opportunity to smack it down with some real data, if not, then why not allow our guests to explain why AAA is better than AA tone wise. Ignoring this is simply saying materials for instruments don't matter, which for those of us who have studied musical instruments for music production know is not true otherwise Steinway would sound just as great made out of cardboard.
May
29
comment Baroque music composed in the 21st century
Along Caleb finds add Richard Grayson.
May
29
comment Baroque music composed in the 21st century
Ottorino Respighi, not 21st century but 20th century: "His musicological interest in 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century music led him to compose pieces based on the music of these periods." While listening, Caleb has it right, this is not authentic, but I would say borrowed/inspired. He has a definite 20th century flare for texture and dynamics and is quite good at creating deep moody and somber moments from traditional themes. Not unlike Ralph Vaughan Williams, his orchestration is powerful and profound. Check out his "Three Botticelli Pictures".
May
29
comment Baroque music composed in the 21st century
Assuming Baroque, close to J.S.Bach, likely the best place to find this besides university students of counterpoint would be film scores as per writing original music for motion pictures.
May
29
comment Does a guitar ebow work on bass?
I think this is a worthy thing to try, don't let my opinion get in the way of your hands on education. New things should be explored not ignored, kudos to you.