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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!


5h
revised Why does the 5th string of a 5 string banjo usually start from the 5th fret?
adding comparison to double bass c extension
7h
answered Why does the 5th string of a 5 string banjo usually start from the 5th fret?
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comment How much practicing time per week is enough to progress with piano for beginner?
I know this sounds downbeat but be prepared for her or him to be unable to motivate themselves and that you find yourself nagging them to practise day-after-day. Youth is wasted on the young: amazing ability to learn and often little desire to do so. That said, I was pleased my Mum & Dad had forced me to practise the violin. I gave up the day I turned 16 but took it up again in my forties and found it much much easier to return to than to start from scratch.
Apr
18
revised Any DAW for Violin?
expanding DAWs on first use (with wikipedia URL). I didn't know what it stood for, others may not too
Apr
18
suggested suggested edit on Any DAW for Violin?
Apr
4
comment Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
Good answer, but with the stitching along the base these bags (or at least the music bags I've seen and used) are not that flexible length-ways anyway.
Apr
4
comment Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
I realise that the tag sheet-music is incorrect but I need at least one tag to submit a question and all the others I could think of do not exist on the site.
Apr
4
asked Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
Mar
21
awarded  Yearling
Mar
20
comment Is there a mandolin-like instrument with guitar-like tone and range?
It's worth note that the "octave mandolin" Wheat mentions (i.e. the mandola tuned an octave below the mandolin) is also called the octave mandola or (perhaps more correctly) the tenor mandola.
Feb
10
comment Why aren't intervals zero-indexed?
I don't see how it makes any difference as long as the convention is well documented and well understood. VB programmers start arrays at index 1, most others at zero. Americans call the ground floor the first, Brits don't. It is not a problem.
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
Is "equal temperament" a red herring? Surely before equal temperament a harpsichord tuned in C and one tuned in C# would have an identical pattern of intervals, but around different roots. On those two imagined harpsichords what makes the key of C on one feel different form the key of C# on the other beyond the slight shift in pitch - anything?
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
I voted it up because it has always slightly bugged me. When composers talk of the colour of a key or the mood I'm left wondering if this is cultural (i.e. over the years composers in generation after generation associate a key with a mood) or is it something about the notes themselves. Sometimes such discussions bring up equal temperament, but even before equal temperament keys would have an isomorphism between them (albeit involving retuning)
Jan
26
revised Which are the ~15 most common time signatures?
adding link from The Lamb score reference to sample jpg on musicroom
Jan
26
suggested suggested edit on Which are the ~15 most common time signatures?
Jan
22
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
Adding ref to Alex answer
Jan
21
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
Correcting figure
Jan
21
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
adding papers that cite Barlow
Jan
21
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
added 1 characters in body
Jan
21
answered Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?