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Essex born programmer and researcher at Microsoft's lab in Cambridge. Dad. Opera lover. Keen but shite violinist. Too many hobbies and obsessions to list!


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revised What does “gajo” mean as a musical directive on sheet music
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Mar
21
revised What are the best methods to study violin positions?
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Mar
21
comment How to avoid shaky violin bowing?
This is too random to pull out as an answer but I find that staying calm (i.e. breath steadily) helps as does keeping my hands warm on the way to playing (e.g. thick cycling gloves)
Mar
21
answered What are the best methods to study violin positions?
Mar
21
awarded  Yearling
Feb
19
reviewed Reject Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?
Feb
15
revised Fingernails and vibrato
wording
Feb
11
comment How do you find the best teacher?
Don't forget to ask how much they charge!
Feb
11
revised Fingernails and vibrato
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Feb
11
answered Fingernails and vibrato
Feb
11
answered Harmonic stop on cello without fingers
Jan
22
revised How to play a piece “cantabile”?
Removing erroneous "bolckquote"
Dec
20
comment Instrument grade exams
@Liz, Grade 1 is not always patronising for adults. There's a scheme here in Cambridge where, to raise money for charity, music teachers spend a month in the summer learning an instrument that they have never played before (they teach each other in groups) and then take Grade 1 and put on a concert. They are always quite nervous, not just about the instrument but the embarrassment of potentially not acing the aural part of the exam!
Dec
20
comment Instrument grade exams
@Andrew, don't worry. The ABRSM examinations are valid credit for entry into a UK university. Our top universities do not use a points system, but for those that do credit ranges from 5 points for a pass at Grade 6 up to 75 points for a distinction at Grade 8. Comparing this to our 16 - 18 year old qualification A Levels (cf NEWTS in Harry Potter) E is worth 40 points and A* 140 (actually more, but it's complicated). That shows Grade 8 is not considered equivalent to a university degree.
Dec
20
comment Is 'Gianni Schicchi' the shortest well-known opera ever written?
Strauss's Salome is only 1 hour and 40 minutes long, but that's longer than Gianni Schicchi. Handel's Acis and Galatea is just 1 hour and 20 minutes too.
Dec
18
comment Do musicians that began playing from an early age have an incontestable advantage?
What grades are those @NoviceInDisguise? Our ABRSM ones only go up to 8
Dec
14
revised Are adult male sopranos / trebles counter tenors?
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Dec
14
comment Are adult male sopranos / trebles counter tenors?
I think a term like castrato is about the biology of the singer. I'd like to understand if the term 'counter tenor' is a description of the way that the vocal range is attained or a description of the range itself. I'm guessing that the definition of the term 'counter tenor' is not yet settled enough to authoritatively answer the question but it's worth a try.
Dec
14
comment What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto?
Interestingly the Wikipedia article on the countertenor voice notes that: "it is generally acknowledged that a majority of countertenors sing with a falsetto vocal production for at least the upper half of this range, although most use some form of 'chest voice'" but goes on to note "In response to the (in his view) pejorative connotation of the term falsetto, Giles refuses to use it, calling the upper register 'head voice.'". I would love to see a detailed answer comparing 'head voice' and falsetto.
Dec
14
asked Are adult male sopranos / trebles counter tenors?