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Aug
6
comment What are the main topics to master in order to learn to play the piano?
@jjmusicnotes, thanks for your comment. I picked Rachmaninoff cause I think he stands highest as both master composer and pianist. While Liszt and Chopin etc are all remarkable. It's all subjective.
Aug
5
comment What are the main topics to master in order to learn to play the piano?
There is a science side to piano, consider the mechanical aspects of a hammer striking a string, or the acoustic properties of the highest register sounding more like a bar vs. the lowest register that sounds more like strings. However, performance is art and understanding how it works belongs to science and philosophy.
Aug
2
comment Guitar fretboard diagram generators
For PC or MAC? ..as you can roll your own depending on your OS.
Jul
31
comment How are blues chords constructed from the scale
Blue Note: there are three possible blue notes: b3, #4/b5 aka tritone, and b7. You have the idea though, but in blues we have to pay tribute to the string instruments (traditionally guitar, banjo, and fiddle) that can bend notes in addition to the blue notes, also the horns, trombones, harmonicas, vocals, sax too that can bend notes. Bending notes by more and less than a half step too.
Jul
23
comment A genre for soft electronic music
we are also living in a time of great 'fusion' so from that perspective almost any combination of ideas is possible.
Jul
19
comment Can a musical note be diatonic and chromatic simultaneously?
Hey guys, don't forget how this all falls apart in atonal, 12 tone music, by definition each note has equal importance.
Jul
19
comment Tonality and Modality together
Many contemporary guitarist will play mixed modal scales with a tonal center. The practice can be at least traced back to Claude Debussey's nocturne "Sirènes". Perhaps the term polymodal might apply?
Jul
17
comment What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?
Good answer, supplement Harry Partch's "Genesis of a Music" where he covers the Greeks very nicely.
Mar
5
comment “Dull” sound when recording dry audio from an Ibanez S series, not caused by old strings?
Also, string gauge may be an issue. Don't rule out multiple issues too.
Feb
26
comment What is the history of considering Rock 'n' Roll to be “the Devil's music”?
Right, I was looking for the missing tritone in the answers, thanks for adding this in. Now it is complete. By the way if the tritone represents the devil in historic terms, consider Debussy and Ravel's use of the whole tone scale--it's got tritone city baby with every 4th scale degree !!!
Dec
5
comment How can I improve my note accuracy and intonation?
If you did have software to do this, and if you do not make the correct pitch say +/- 10 cents, it would ask you to try again until you reached an acceptable target as determined by your programming.
Nov
28
comment Guitar Hum disturbances
Is all the gear plugged into the same outlet/breaker?
Oct
24
comment Classical guitar songs for someone with slow fingers?
Flat pick is wonderful for a number of things but for classical you will need to learn to play with your bare fingers on nylon strings as per the way of classical guitar. This technique can be also be used on an electric for blues.
Oct
11
comment Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts
Are you using only single coil pick ups? Do you have the option of trying the same amp with humbuckers? Is there a difference?
Oct
11
comment Technique for octaves on piano without pain?
Wow, whoever she is, she really did a great job. You might video yourself playing the hard octave part as it would be a good way to see how you are holding your body, arms, etc and might assist in trying help you find the answer.
Aug
31
comment How to build up to playing an F chord?
Learn the barred E major position, take it up and down the fret board as an exercise. This will make the F major chord a heck easier.
Aug
24
comment Is music always supposed to be dependent on timing?
Thanks for the points. A good exercise would be to Google those words.
Aug
23
comment What is bad about Roman Numeral Analysis?
Are you looking for the antithesis of harmonic analysis or just the use of Roman Numerals vs some other means of representation?
Aug
10
comment Musical notation/tablature for isomorphic instruments
You could modify the traditional guitar tab with the following changes: make a space between in each group of strings, use a different color for each group to make it stand out, use line width to express diameter of each string (a set of lower strings would have progressively heavier lines as you descend).
Aug
8
comment Could a group of musicians play a new piece by sight-reading on first attempt?
Possible, but in reality how many composers and conductors are happy with the first read? It takes a number of rehearsals to get the nuances perfect. In movies, you may have other considerations that have to work with other sound elements (Foley, dialogue). A first read by competent musicians is certainly possible, but getting what the composer or director or conductor wants in a first read is rare.