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comment What's the purpose of the key signature information in a MIDI file?
i don't think so. it might be a manufacturer specific parameter buried in a sysex or something. it's not part of the realtime midi protocol, just stored in midi files.
comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
ok, ok. Two notations in wide use. And I've seen many musicians who use piano roll notation to learn songs and communicate. I'm working on a way to use it for performance as well basically take piano roll and use all of standard notation's good ideas in this format. Eh, we're way off topic.
comment What characteristics should I look for when picking a microphone to record a piano?
do you have an acoustic piano or digital?
comment How much digital piano polyphony is really needed for classical music?
well, as I say in 1) and 2), some manufacturers count one note = one voice. some sneak by with stereo being 2, etc. I was assuming 1 note = 1 voice and dividing the 88 by 12 (12 notes per octave including accidental) then multiplying by 7 (7 notes in your average major scale). 88/12*7 is somewhere around 52. 2 adjacent notes will sound really dissonant. You'll find some of that, but not tons.
comment Is it learned or innate our reaction of happiness or sadness in music?
it's both. our brains are wired from birth (most likely) or at least very early on for either the 12 tones or multiples/subsets thereof. there's a whole lot of research that's been done. But I have no references for ya - that's on you. It's kind of the main question of music theory - Why/how is music the way it is? Why/how does it sound good?
comment What exactly does practising scales teach?
I wish the answers paid more attention to this part of the question: 'what specifically it teaches you that doesn't come from playing music.`
comment When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?
i agree. ideally sticking to just a couple bars until those bars are perfect, then picking the next set of tricky bars. if the piece is at your level, not all the bars will need to undergo "rigorous treatment"
comment What is the terminology for how we identify numbered notes like C4, E3, D6, etc?
I dunno. It may say "scientific pitch notation" on that wikipedia page. But I've never ever heard anyone else use that term. I'm not Mr. Allknowing about musical terms, of course. But don't expect everyone you meet to know what the heck you're talking about if you use that term. Also, keep in mind that it makes more sense to specify the octave first as it qualifies WHICH C# you're talking about. Things sort better in a text file if you use 4c for middle C, for example. (Not that that matters a great deal. And C4 is a standard way to say it).
comment Tempo, time signature and note lengths
Also keep in mind that if your tempo comes from a midi file, that note length will always be a quarter note regardless of what the sheet music notates it as. Technically in microseconds per quarternote which translates to quarter notes per minute
comment What electronic keyboard can I upload music to play on it?
also, the lights only tell you that you're already TOO LATE at hitting a note. Use software like Synthesia or PianoCheetah to see notes on the screen instead. And buy a real keyboard - the ones that have those lights are totally cheap and crappy.
comment Can someone learn practicing piano with a MIDI keyboard?
It's not so much that you need more muscle strength for a true keyboard. More that your hand can't rest stress-free on the lite keys - you have to physically hold them up. And stress-free is a big deal playing piano. You also have more delicate control over weighted keys.
comment Is an inversion a different chord, or a different voicing?
As a piano player, this seems weird to me. Not a different voicing when the octaves are DIFFERENT? Even if the bass player is doing bass, I'd say the arrangement is different. I mean, sure, original and inverted will sound similar. But you want to pay careful attention to that if you're on piano following strict voice leading with a vocalist, eh?
comment What are the principles for improvising over an ostinato?
Well, you can win here. If you truly want an answer, start with one very specific question and provide what you've researched or know so far. This place gives great answers. If you need to answer a similar question, wait and see your response on the first.
comment What are the principles for improvising over an ostinato?
you are making a million questions... if you provide your understanding of improv for the style so far, you might get some answers. you're kind of asking for a blank check...
comment How to consistently sing with energy?
this sort of vague question is what a vocal teacher will answer well and we won't answer well
comment What are some rythmically complex songs (with a large amount of time signatures)?
i don't think there's a definitive answer for this question. But Rush is known for changing time signatures aaaaall the time.
comment What is a good freeware MIDI editor for minor changes running on Windows?
do you need the source? I've got a closed source one (windows) on (my personal site)
comment Note length line (beam) placement in numbered musical notation
Why would you use that notation? Nobody will know it and it's not even something you can do with straight text. What does it offer that beats standard notation?
comment How to learn piano without owning a piano?
And you're sensitive to people telling you... So that kinda sounds like you're under stress... The wedding is =IN= the question. I may not know everything. But I know -my- wedding was stressful. OP can, of course, do what he pleases.
comment How to learn piano without owning a piano?
Ummm, so you haven't been married yet, eh?