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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.


Oct
9
comment Why does the C7 chord on guitar omit the G note (5th) in open position?
@Vigrond: If you have a bass playing the root you may omit that.
Oct
8
comment Was the Angolan style of music called kizomba inspired by Kassav'?
Perhaps this question would be a good fit for the yet not existing Music Fans site?
Oct
7
comment Want to learn composing and producing music on DAW's. Where To start from?
Perhaps OP is satisfied writing hacky spaghetti software? ;-)
Sep
17
comment How would one create music based on the principles of Cubism?
@filzilla: If you get a reply with an answer, please encourage P Magnuson to post his answer here, or post it here yourself with his consent.
Aug
25
comment Clarinet extension in Wagner's Tannhauser
The A clarinet goes down to Db. Are you perhaps notating for a Bb clarinet?
Aug
23
comment Is it safe to use silicone spray as valve oil?
You might want to avoid turning the pistons - if there is dirt in the valve there's a risk of creating horizontal scratches that might obstruct the vertical valve action. I have found that a few drops before and a few drops after playing and just pumping the valves a few times when back in place keeps the valve action in trim. (I have a feeling that I read such instructions in a Yamaha tuba manual, but I can't remember.) I haven't had any problems with any brass instrument since I started following this procedure. +1 for the screw open time being the time consumer.
Aug
21
comment What are some interesting ways notes and chords are spelled in cultures outside of the U.S.?
@rolf: I think you should provide an answer to this question: music.stackexchange.com/questions/10195/…
Aug
21
comment How to compose a simple “introduction” to a short musical piece?
@Michael: From Wikipedia: "[A secondary dominant] refers to a dominant seventh chord set to resolve to a degree that is not the tonic" [Emphasis mine]
Aug
21
comment What are the greek modes, and how do they differ from modern modes?
@Michael: I find it odd that you find differences between tuning systems irrelevant to musicians. I believe a lot of people would disagree with you including Bach, Pythagoreans, middle east musicians, etc, and anyone not using or limiting themselves to the equal tempered scale or tuning.
Aug
21
comment Introduction to jazz theory
@Karolis: 'The Jazz Theory Book' (by Mark Levine), however, does go up to John Coltrane's level and beyond, should you feel like taking a stab at it. :-)
Aug
19
comment Saxophone vs Trumpet: range, overtone series and intonation
In simplified terms, though, you could say that the saxophone repeats its fingerings by the octave.
Aug
19
comment Saxophone vs Trumpet: range, overtone series and intonation
Saxophones can be "overblown" to produce higher tones of the harmonic series using the same fingering as for the fundamental (as demonstrated by Michael Brecker in Delta City Blues {see 2:38...}). However that is considered an extended technique. Normally for the upper register you press the octave key which opens an appropriate "speaker" hole that kills the fundamental, and so your first question isn't really applicable; all notes have their own fingering(s)!
Aug
17
comment Which notes to play over a certain chord in a progression?
This question is similar and might be of help: Comfortable notes in a key
Aug
15
comment Correct process for replacing guitar strings
See also: [Changing the strings one by one or by taking all strings off at one time](http:‌​//music.stackexchange.com/questions/1511/changing-the-strings-one-b‌​y-one-or-by-ta‌​king-all-strings-off-at-one-time)
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.