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I play the double bass, electric bass, most brass instruments - with a preference for the low - and some other instruments, as well as sing (choir, á capella and solo). I know a fair bit of music theory and arranging, as well as some musical acoustics. I have a huge crush on musical instruments in general. My main focus is jazz and related genres, but I find myself in other contexts now and then.


Dec
5
comment What does a number inside a parentheses in a chord name mean? Example: B(7)#9b9
Note: For normal notation of chords the parentheses around chord extensions are merely there for improved readability and does not signify lesser importance, and certainly not that they are to be omitted. Omitting extension notes or other notes could however be done by the discretion of the performer.
Dec
3
comment Why is the aeolian mode the minor scale?
@Dom use <pre></pre> to work around jTab. See for instance meta.music.stackexchange.com/questions/404/…
Nov
27
comment Playing guitar pieces flawlessly
@awe: fair enough. :-)
Nov
26
comment My mandible is abnormal — can I play the trumpet?
Some trumpeters have their mouthpieces bent by an instrument maker in order to achieve another angle of the trumpet when playing (or to compensate for an overbite). I understand that there is a risk of breaking the mouthpiece in the process, so be prepared for extra expenses, should you choose to try this.
Nov
15
comment How do I make funk rhythm guitar sound fuller and nicer?
But there's nothing wrong with plain dominant 7 chords. You might want to try to voice them with the seventh and third at the bottom and the root and/or fifth on top.
Nov
15
comment How do I make funk rhythm guitar sound fuller and nicer?
@TimH: Even if the chord symbols say dominant 7 you can add extensions at your own discretion (especially in funk or other jazz related genres). Just make sure that the extended notes don't conflict with notes of the melody, i.e. that the extended notes don't end up a semitone from a melody tone of the same scale step (e.g. don't play a natural 9 extension if the melody is on a b9, etc). Selecting extension notes that are diatonic to the key signature will likely work. :-)
Nov
15
comment How do I make funk rhythm guitar sound fuller and nicer?
Are you really supposed to play full 5-6 string "simple" b7 chords? I would have expected more "trebly" 2-4 (top) string chords with 9 and 13 chord extensions/colorings. All in quite simple, but strict and tight rhythm.
Nov
14
comment Basso profundo question
Perhaps not exactly what you are asking, but also see the answers to this question and this question
Nov
9
comment Magen Abot Scale - Indigenous Recordings
Hmm. Both these examples uses the harmonic minor scale a lot (or mainly) with some variations (such as b7). I didn't hear any minor seconds (b2) or major thirds (3) (with one exception), but a lot of perfect fifths (5) and natural seconds (2). So to my ears these examples don't use the scale formula you listed. I only had a quick low focus listen though. (As a side note different modes of the harmonic minor scale are at the core of jewish klezmer music.)
Nov
8
comment How to make songs with chords that don't belong in a scale?
@KeithS: I believe you have the inversion nomenclature mixed up (or "inverted" if you will ;-) First inversion of a G7 chord for example is (from the bottom) B-D-F-G, second inversion is D-F-G-B, and third inversion is F-G-B-D. :-)
Nov
5
comment Difference between Baritone and Euphonium
Ah, the answer I've been longing for! Excellent! Can you perhaps refer to sources for further reading?
Nov
2
comment List of possible trichord/triad names
Also this question is related, but perhaps not what you are looking for.
Nov
1
comment List of possible trichord/triad names
This page at wikibooks.org, with the title Complete List of Chord Patterns, might be of interest to you.
Oct
31
comment Piano--Sight Read vs Memorising
@Kat: Can you clarify? What kind of answer are you looking for? Scientific research? Implications on practicing? Pros and cons? Other? (My experience is similar - that there is a spectrum of performers abilities of sight reading and memorization and/or playing by ear - so I can relate, but I don't feel that, at least, I can write a SE Q&A relevant answer from that.)
Oct
30
comment Piano--Sight Read vs Memorising
Welcome to Music.SE! Do you have a specific question? Please see the help center, and especially the section about asking to learn what questions work well here. :-)
Oct
30
comment Difficulty playing piano due to my hands, anyway around it?
Are you asking for special techniques for playing octaves with small hands? Are you asking for something not answered here: music.stackexchange.com/questions/8013/… ?
Oct
27
comment How do I fix a loose joint in a plastic recorder?
Also cleaning the interior would become much harder with a glued together recorder.
Oct
27
comment Can one install new sample libraries in a digital piano?
If the keyboard has MIDI out (and I guess most have), then you can connect an external MIDI sound module, or a pc with appropriate software (through an audio interface with MIDI connectors), and control the sounds of those with your keyboard.
Oct
20
comment Understanding V/ii♭9 Chord
Yes you are correct; minor ninth is the correct name! My error. (A diminished ninth I suppose would sound equivalent to an octave. :-)
Oct
19
comment I need help to understand chord intervals (not single note intervals)
See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatonic_function