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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.


Aug
15
comment Oriental violin techniques?
Would you care to include a short summary of the article for the casual reader and in case the link goes stale?
Aug
14
comment Picking using forearms vs Picking using wrist for palm muting
Related: What's the correct technique for strumming a guitar?
Aug
14
comment Feasibility of practising music for a person who are almost tone deaf?
@kqr: See also what-does-it-mean-to-be-tone-deaf-musically-and-how-does-one-improve; teaching-a-student-to-match-pitch; a-case-of-tone-deafness-or-not-enough-practice
Aug
14
comment Resources for learning music theory whilst doing other things?
See also Music education audio lessons
Aug
14
comment How to compose (a starting point)?
@user3533: You seem to be asking for resources for learning composition and music theory. This is not it, but might still be helpful or inspirational: Finding the starting point when creating a composition or score
Aug
12
comment What are all these symbols in some old sheet music?
The purple marks indeed seem to indicate octava for the duration of the wavy solo line underneath; There is a later solo indication at approximately 1:55 in the video/recording that doesn't have this indication, nor the wavy solo line, and that is played loco.
Aug
12
comment What is the time signature and tempo (let's say for the intro) of Yes' Close to The Edge song?
I'd say the intro is simply 6/8 (or 6/4) and the drums are playing dotted eighths (or dotter quarters) creating a three over two polyrhythm pattern. Nothing magic. (I recall this as being refferred to in jazz as "african rhythm - where you simultaneously have room for patterns of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8, and further subdivisions - but I can't find any source for that name right now. Maybe I'm misremembering.) Of course you could notate it in 4/4 with quarter note triplets, but I beleive it would be less readable.
Aug
12
comment What instrument is this and why is it held so strangely and played?
Those are natural trumpets. :-)
Aug
9
comment Does music theory make you a better Musician? Artist?
Perhaps some form of "How does knowledge of music theory make you a better musician or artist?" would make a better music.SE question? (Although it would be quite broad.)
Aug
7
comment What should I write first
@PhaDaPhunk: This question is fairly similar: "Finding the starting point when creating a composition or score". And this question might also be of interest: "Where do musicians draw their melodies from".
Aug
5
comment How can you teach a child the names of the notes on each key on a keyboard?
@Chris: What that image also does not have are the (enharmonic) alternative names of the black keys. F# = Gb; G# = Ab; A# = Bb; C# = Db; D# = Eb.
Jul
24
comment What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?
@AlexanderTroup: I've updated with a passage on stacking as well as calculated tuning differences (and some other stuff).
Jul
20
comment What is the difference between upstrokes and downstrokes while strumming a guitar?
+1 From my musical acoustic studies I learnt that the attack of a musical sound is very important for how the sound is perceived. A piano attack with a violin sustain will (largely) be percieved as a piano note, and a violin attack with a piano sustain will (largely) be perceived as a violin note. The guitar attack of an upstroke will always be different than the attack of a downstroke at the very least due to the order of the strings. Thus the sound will be perceived as different.
Jul
20
comment Decoupling voice from the beat
Actually I think the wording of this current question is more general and therefore possibly better, but I suppose the duplicate indication mostly serves as a reference pointer why it doesn't matter if this is the one to be marked as duplicate.
Jul
20
comment Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?
@ReiMiyasaka: I agree with a couple of the answers that it sounds like you have perfect pitch. You just need to actively work on refining it through some perfect pitch ear training if you want it to become what you've been thinking is perfect pitch.
Jul
18
comment How to enter overlapping notes in Sibelius 7
If you use separate voices(!) for the notes there should be no problem!
Jul
17
comment practice of omitting notes in jazz piano
I read the question such as that it is notes of the melody that gets omitted, rather than notes of the chords. I imagine such as playing the full melody the first chorus, and during the next chorus omitting for instance all C notes of the melody, or perhaps all notes on the first beat of each measure, and then omitting more and more melody notes for the consecutive choruses. Is this what you are asking about? (I.e. more of a music performance gimmic technique question rather than a music theory question.)
Jul
17
comment What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?
Maybe someone over at history.SE can provide an extensive answer? Perhaps repeat the question there?
Jul
16
comment What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?
@luserdroog :-) I'm hoping for an ancient music expert historian to turn up and give a complete exposé on tetrachords, early music theory, and the evolution of the concept of modes.
Jul
6
comment Is there a website with easy sheet music for popular songs?
These questions answer your request at least for the classical side: music.stackexchange.com/questions/696/… , music.stackexchange.com/questions/9563/free-sheet-music-please