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May
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answered Teaching Bandmates to Count
May
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comment What to play instead of chords with an informal group?
That's actually the same tuning as violin and mandolin. Maybe you could check out the repertoire for those instruments. The Violin II parts of orchestral and string quartet pieces might give you some inspiration, albeit probably not in your style. Bach could be especially good since his music generally has interesting counterpoint. If you're interested, imslp.org is a good place to look.
May
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comment How to transcribe music by ear?
I find that the hardest task for me when I'm transcribing is figuring out the middle pitches of chords. Sometimes it seems like a pitch is there, so you write it in, but then after a while you realize that you're really just reinforcing a fifth redundantly.
May
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answered Keeping time when tired
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answered How do you get into “deep practice” mode?
May
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accepted Learning an alternative moving-do solfege — futile?
May
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comment Learning an alternative moving-do solfege — futile?
Yeah, I definitely wouldn't bother trying to popularize something like this. The main reason I'm really interested in this myself is because I've developed a compulsive habit of solfeging everything I hear, so it's frustrating when I can't keep up. I do admire your friends who can "sing chords in their head" -- that would be a really practical skill to have. Thanks for the great discussion yet again!
May
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comment Do music theory books differ per instrument?
@Allan Actually, when I think of it that way, that instrumental specifics come from practice more than from theory, I have to agree.
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asked Learning an alternative moving-do solfege — futile?
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comment Do music theory books differ per instrument?
@Allan Bach's work is one of the more extreme examples of music that's open to reinstrumentation, because that's not where the substance is. You could never say the same of Sarasate for instance, whose compositions can only be played on a violin to make it worthwhile. In his case it wouldn't make sense to say it's all a "technicality". Given that the asker wants to compose specifically for guitar, I think it would be beneficial to be open to the idea of composing idiomatically for the guitar, even as a beginner. Practically speaking, it's probably not all that time consuming to learn anyway.
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answered Do music theory books differ per instrument?
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comment Do music theory books differ per instrument?
I wouldn't call them "technicalities"; the features of different instruments influence the nature and the sound of the composition on a musical level.
May
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comment Prokofiev's style
I'd love it if someone could answer this in vocabulary that can be understood by a performer. I've always wondered about this too, though I lack the theory knowledge to even formulate the question, let alone answer it.
May
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comment Intermediate exercises for sight reading, specifically for reading ahead
That is one heck of a helpful answer. Thanks a lot! I gotta try this out for a few weeks. And you're right; now that I think about it, I do have less trouble reading baroque and early classical than anything else, as that's what I've had the most practice with.
May
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accepted Intermediate exercises for sight reading, specifically for reading ahead
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comment Intermediate exercises for sight reading, specifically for reading ahead
@ogerard Some more than others :)
May
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comment Why do minor keys sound “sad”?
Happy and brooding probably aren't mutually exclusive. I might disagree that minor is necessarily sad, but I think it's universally more brooding. There's ongoing debate as to whether the Greeks' culture might have been different had they used major keys, and I'm inclined to believe that the answer is yes, either as a cause or as an effect.
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comment Why do I yawn while singing?
I tried to play flute in middle school, but I had to quit due to my iron deficiency at the time (as well as the fact that every other flautist in the band was a girl, which at that age isn't necessarily a good thing).