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Jan
16
comment Lyrics for additional verses in LilyPond?
This is cross-posted from here and possibly the mailing list. I'm confused about where questions like this should go (and my confusion is cross-posted here and here!)
Jan
7
comment How many voices do violins usually play in modern orchestral music
I don't think that's the question?
Jan
7
comment How many voices do violins usually play in modern orchestral music
Exactly, it would be worth knowing the standard of the orchestras the OP is targeting. I'm a 2nd violinist in a local amateur orchestra and we cope fine with two parts (firsts and seconds) or further dividing one part into two (i.e. inner desk player does the bottom part, outer player the top) but I get in a bit of a tiswas when there's an 1st, A, and B part (or more) since I cannot rely on glancing at the section leader to see what she's doing.
Jan
7
comment Free software to create a score from scratch
I second LilyPond, but I'd only recommend it to folk comfortable with text based notation (as @cjm points out). Since the OP has a StackOverflow profile with questions on SQL and PHP I think LilyPond's language will be make sense.
Jan
4
comment Distinction between same notes played on different strings
On the violin notes of the same pitch sound different if played on different strings, partlly because the violin sounds different higher up the fingerboard. Sometimes when I'm playing in orchestra the composer (especially Elgar) will write "Sul G" meaning that the entire phrase should be played on the low G string. Hard, but sounds wonderfully eerie if you can pull it off. Also as the violin is not fretted an open string sounds very different from the equivalent note on a stopped string. Folk fiddlers often use this to play both 'versions' of the same note together as it sounds rich.
Jan
4
comment Distinction between same notes played on different strings
I don't understand the phrase "without distributing these phrases in the intended manner across three strings they become pointless"
Jan
1
comment Is there a known point in history where dissonance became acceptable?
Don't forget Carlo Gesualdo (1566 – 1613) bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01w3rp4
Dec
2
comment vocal exercises to perform while driving to work
I do exercises on my bicycle in to work (folk at junctions must think I'm mad). Even just the breathing exercises (e.g. imagine you are a pint of beer, filling from the bottom) are useful. And simple scale work: 1 ... 1,2,1 ... 1,2,3,2,1 ... 1,2,3,4,3,2,1 .. etc.
Nov
17
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
Brilliant - I read once (I think in a note in the RCM museum) that one of the ways of telling something in the violin family from something in the viol family was how the body joins the neck. Violins join perpendicular while viols slope in. It's always bugged me that double-basses seem to break this rule. But they don't!
Oct
22
comment Clean and polish an old violin
Interesting - is 'linen oil' lanolin?
Oct
3
comment What's the correct term for a 'professional' composer?
Don't worry @jjmusicnotes, I will mark an answer. I've taken to leaving questions open for a few days to encourage more answers. I hope that's OK.
Oct
3
comment What's the correct term for a 'professional' composer?
Interesting - but the amateur composers who worked with us were also published
Oct
2
comment What's the correct term for a 'professional' composer?
I do realise that most, if not all, composers will also get money from other things like performing, teaching, conducting. You look at someone like Mahler and it's a wonder he had time to compose at all. I meant more a distinction between someone who is, say, a bank manager but also composes and someone who is just doing music. Still someone like Borodin messes with that distinction too! Anyway, great answer. Thanks.
Oct
2
comment What's the correct term for a 'professional' composer?
I like the term 'established'; that does bring weight.
Oct
2
comment What's the correct term for a 'professional' composer?
The trouble is, unless they are a household name, it is hard to distinguish a professional composer you have never heard of from an amateur composer you have never heard of without looking them up. It would be great to find a term that avoided the web search for the composer's biography
Sep
8
comment Violin: How to change left hand position without hearing the change?
I do not understand this answer: why do you ask what changing position means?
Jul
29
comment Getting a good sound from a 5 string violin
I think you will be thwarted :-( The interest and production of five string violins with the extra low C string grew up with amplification and electric violins. I think that without the extra body size the physics of producing the lower frequencies without external amplification is not on your side.
Jun
2
comment What should I consider when I see a loosen hair in a violin bow?
Is the rosin thing true? My intuition is that the bow is more slippy and thus less likely to snag with zero rosin (though you clearly wouldn't want to play it that way as it sounds awful)
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.