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May
17
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.
May
17
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
13
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
10
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
10
comment Intermediate exercises for sight reading, specifically for reading ahead
@ogerard Some more than others :)
May
10
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.
May
10
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).
May
10
comment Teaching a group of people of varying skill levels
Cool, good to know I'm on the right track. I had a little bit of an opportunity to try this out last week, but it's exam season and there weren't too many people -- so I'll have to try again this week.
May
9
comment Musical factors when picking a good school to go to.
I think an addition to every answer if it's not included already should be how good the people (students and teachers) are. What "good" constitutes might be up to you, of course, but I think the importance of peers and teachers is on par with the educational content itself.
May
7
comment How much baroque music was derived from improvisation?
@Willie I bet he was right most of the time too.
May
7
comment When learning a piece, concentrate on playing the beginning really well or the whole piece the same?
One of the most celebrated violin teachers, Ivan Galamian, suggested that students should dedicate time to practicing technique and practicing interpretation separately, and to make the distinction between the two very clear. Practicing interpretation means playing the piece from start to finish with the same mindest as if you were in a performance, and practicing technique would mean to focus on very small sections of the piece, devising variations that you think best isolate the difficulty you're having with each.