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May
15
comment Statistical Average range for a Male singer
It would be great to see an answer which cited the statistics rather than just stating the average values. This seems such a reasonable and interesting question I am surprised that there do not seem to be canonical academic studies one can turn to, but I've not found any.
May
1
comment Is there a way to lower your falsetto threshold?
One exercise my singing teacher has me doing is to sing a pitch and to vary its production as smoothly as I can between chest voice and head voice.
Apr
30
comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
The number of UCAS tariffs allowed for ABRSM grades is given in this table: ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/… and appears to have reduced over the last 10 years. It's also worth note that most UK universities, especially the posher ones, do not use UCAS points but make offers subject to grades at specific exams (A levels or baccalaureate)
Apr
17
comment How to interpret results of the failed exam
I'd be surprised if there were not countless anecdotal examples. "Genius in X was thought by her or his teachers to be a dunce at X" seems a common story: Einstein leaps to mind. But making a living out of being a musician seems so hard that perhaps being open to having it as a hobby instead of a career is a wise choice to consider; after all that worked for Einstein!
Apr
17
comment Mathieu Crickboom “The violin” method
Great answer. It would be even more useful if you could include their strengths and weaknesses with your list of methods.
Apr
17
comment What technical difficulties will I encounter transitioning from violin to 5-string viola?
One big change if you do start playing viola repertoire is having to read music in the c-clef
Apr
17
comment What technical difficulties will I encounter transitioning from violin to 5-string viola?
I think a five string violin (with the low C string) and a five string viola (with the high E string) are the same instrument? I'd be intrigued if they aren't, can you provide a link to the instrument in the question?
Apr
10
comment E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
Getting another violinist to play the existing set-up is a great idea.
Apr
10
comment E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
OK - I'll add another idea. Please do keep us up-to-date it's a fascinating question.
Apr
10
comment E string remains silent when playing fast legato from A string on violin
OK - I'll add another idea to my answer.
Apr
10
comment Difference between equal temperament and just intonation
For a thorough yet engaging mathematical explanation I recommend David Benson's Music: a Mathematical Offering. It is available to buy, or as a free download. Chapter 5 (it is free standing) covers scales and temperaments and Chapter 6 has a lovely explanation (in terms of continued fractions) as to why the octave is divided into 12 semitones
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)
Feb
11
comment How do you find the best teacher?
Don't forget to ask how much they charge!
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
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
comment Music Store Etiquette
It may be hard to answer this, because clearly you know what you intended, but did anything in your behaviour, demeanor, age, etc. suggest to them that you had no intention or no possibility of buying the guitar? At face value their behaviour is poor, so I wonder if there is a reason not covered in the question.