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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.


Sep
24
comment How many (major and minor) keys are there? Why?
@Luke: Why? Who set the standard? When? And what about G# being a key - this does not fit within 30! - as by the question I linked in the previous comment? Maybe there is no clear answer to these questions, but then I'd like to know that too. :-)
Sep
24
comment How many (major and minor) keys are there? Why?
What started my thinking was this answer as well as the question is G# major a real key.
Sep
21
comment “Depression” sensation after the beat, in electronic music
@Meloz: Nice answer. +1. You might want to edit your answer to add additional relevant info rather than adding it in comments.
Sep
21
comment What does the 3 above the staff represent?
Here is a related question about triplets for you: music.stackexchange.com/questions/5801/…
Sep
21
comment Where is a natural harmonic for the note C on guitar?
@wim: Yes the very "overtone to avoid". Theoretically and generally it will be rather too flat. (Due to the physical properties of your string and the chordal and musical context etc it might be a useful pitch however - you'd have to test it by ear or with a tuner.) And yes you'll find a similar F on the same position(s) on the G string.
Sep
20
comment Should a new band seek every possible opportunity to play or just work towards a few big shows?
@naught101: It was I who messed up while editing in a hurry using my mobile phone. I guessed that Georg with the original "at full heart" meant "wholeheartedly", but I failed to change it correctly.
Sep
20
comment 18-note groupings across 4 beats in this Yngwie Malmsteen inspired lick
I'd say the time signature is 4/4 shuffle (with 160 quarter note bpm:s), or 12/8 (with 160 dotted quarter note bpm:s).
Sep
19
comment What makes a song a “rock” song?
Then of course there is progressive rock where 4/4 might not be predominant. ;-P No rule without exception...
Sep
18
comment Are the any great open questions in music theory?
@naught101: You'll find some alternative notation styles here: musicnotation.org . See specifically the Tutorials section. However I don'think they address all concerns listed above.
Sep
18
comment What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?
+1 You beat me to it. :-) (There's also the General MIDI Level 2)
Sep
18
comment What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?
I don't have a TD-9K or other electronic drum set, but I find it hard to believe that Roland would have set up the triggering of sounds in another way than according to the General MIDI. Further I believe it's the sound module rather than the pads that produce the sounds. Each pad will likely just send the MIDI information corresponding to the appropriate key as listed above. I.e. you shouldn't need the pads when connecting a keyboard to the sound module. (But you probably understood that. :-)
Sep
17
comment Are the any great open questions in music theory?
Interesting Music.SE questions touching the subject of dissonance: music.stackexchange.com/questions/4439/… music.stackexchange.com/questions/4526/… music.stackexchange.com/questions/6122/…
Sep
17
comment Are the any great open questions in music theory?
So then you probably mean to include musical acoustics, ear physiology, and cognitive science in the question?
Sep
17
comment Advice on writing a midi file from almost complete sheet music
Regarding "figure out the missing [notes/chords]": Do a search on "ear training" in this site and you will find questions and answers that should help you.
Sep
15
comment Are the any great open questions in music theory?
Music theory isn't a science but rather a descriptive language formed in order to enable analysis and communication of common musical structures. I don't think there can be open questions in such; If there is a musical construct yet lacking a theory description you can just make up a name (and possibly a notation) for it and it will no konger be lacking.
Sep
14
comment What are some of the strength building exercises for Bass players?
What about exercises the thumb? (Unless you play with your palm against the back of the neck.)
Sep
14
comment What are some of the strength building exercises for Bass players?
How about "playing" for an answer? ;-)
Sep
14
comment What is the difference between a mode and a scale?
@Xzoechord: The C Aeolian mode would use the same set of notes as the Eb major key! The A Aeolian mode would use the same set of notes as the C major scale and key. See also music.stackexchange.com/questions/6885/…
Sep
3
comment Right hand in top stave?
@ColonelPanic: I believe you should play the highlighted chord(s) with your right hand just as Babu answers! (Otherwise there would have been some textual indication that you should play it with your left hand.)
Sep
3
comment How long would it take to learn to tune a piano?
I don't think tuning by a third is a good idea if you are aiming for an equal tempered tuning since I guess you're likely/risking to tune a just third (of frequency ratio 5/4) of 386 cents which is quite far off from an equal tempered third of 400 cents! Pure fifths (3/2 or 702 cents vs 700 cents of ET) might not be optimal either, especially if you stack them and add the error (ending up with the Pythagorean comma). (Further I believe the octaves are generally stretched a bit in the high and low registers of modernly well tuned pianos. But that might be beyond OP's needs or intents.)