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Computer Programmer Piano Player


Jan
28
comment Rests & Their Usefulness in Drums
with standard notation, you can only sort of tell when the note starts by looking at it's spacing. But when things get busy, the spacing can change wildly. This rubber banding of time makes rests necessary. Without the rubber banding, standard notation would take up a lot more space (as piano roll notation does). But if things are always busy anyway, like they usually are with drums, piano roll notation can be a lot better. (my opinion)
Jan
24
comment Chord notation for stacked and inverted chords or intervals?
P stands for perfect. Which I thiiiink means has no minor/major alterations. (perfect unison, perfect fifth, etc)
Jan
22
comment How to enhance a basic drum kit without buying
No answer here. But I just hit guitarcenter recently. A good Yamaha set with all the drums,cyms is $1000. And the snare has multiple zones. That's what -I'm- doin':)
Jan
17
comment Composing For Drums as a Non-drummer
That's a pretty open ended question. If you want a real answer you'll probably have to narrow it down. If you wanna do it right, find a drum teacher, buy a set, and start down the path. Otherwise, just stick with the "if it sounds good, it is good" rule.
Jan
7
comment How much practicing time per week is enough to progress with piano for beginner?
Oops :) Yep. Same deal.
Jan
3
comment Is there a color code for notes?
I'm not sure he's thought that out too well... On his lower diagram, F is orange. I'm not sure how he justifies starting the hue somewhere other than C=hue of 0?
Oct
24
comment Looking for a list of common 4-note chords
rats - formatting is messed up and I can't fix it. If one of the site editor dudes could fix it, I'd appreciate that... In the mean time... 4, 2, 6, m2, m6, 7, M7, m7, mM7, dim7, m7b5, 7sus, 7b5, 7#5, M7#5
Oct
15
comment What musical scales should I include in my electronic musical composition tool
got a link? :) (adding more characters so it'll be 15 characters in length cuz site whines about this...)
Aug
29
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh I can't figure out how to make that chat thing work to save my life (and I'm a computer programmer!) You can go ahead and chop out my comments if you don't mind.
Aug
27
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@Tim scale spelling is also used to place notes on the staff. Spelling a scale is not too difficult. The trick comes when there are notes outside the scale used. There are 5 notes outside the major scale that must be placed on the staff if used. Standard notation specifies which line/space and whether to #/b/X/bb/% the note.
Aug
27
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@Tim I don't know what you mean by "the major scale is the starting point for notes"... Are you familiar with the naming of intervals? In C minor, m6 and m7 would be Ab and Bb while M6 and M7 would be A and B. But they'd be spelled out in sheet music with m6 and m7 at A and B with keysig flatting them both and M6 and M7 would be naturalled
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh well, the aug or dim5 wouldn't show up in sheet music on the same line as the 5th. So it wouldn't be spelled with the letter of the 5th... Right? Scale spellings map which line/space the note sits in.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh I dunno, I'd think that the "dominant HAS to have it's own letter" rule could throw a wrench in that. The reason I care about all 12 notes of the keysig is that given a midi file, my program has to draw correct standard notation for it.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh well, there are 12 notes you need to spell in each key signature. G is spelled: G Ab A Bb B C C# D Eb E F% F If you "just sharp them", you get: G# A A# B B# C# Cx D# E E# F# Fx Hey, ya know, you're right! Sorry bout that. The seperate letter per step and tonic,dominant having their own letter still hold. I dunno though. I'm not sure that'd still be the case with all key signatures (just sharping them). But it is with this one at least.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
You can't just # every note of G keysig to get G#'s. That'll break the rules of spelling scales correctly.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
my answer below details the rules for ya. The G# key signature is never used since the number of accidentals are way above the number you'ld need for the equivalent Ab key signature.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
That ! is a "steve-ism", sorry. I had to work these out all on my own, and so ! means "don't show the #/b as it's implied by the key signature". I don't think G# is a standard key signature. You'ld use Ab normally.
Aug
7
comment What are the main topics to master in order to learn to play the piano?
Oh there is definitely science to it. Just write yourself a software synth and you'll learn a LOT about dsp, acoustics and so forth. Myself, I'm mostly into pop. So equal temperament is all I care about. It just works. But playing piano - composing notes and such - I'd still say that's pretty artsy
Jul
23
comment What kind of converter do I need to go from a Yamaha-p105 'USB to Host' to standard MIDI?
If I were you, I'd sell the Alesis and use a softsynth for drums. But, of course, I'm not - I'm sure ya got your reasons :)
Jul
5
comment How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?
That's GOOD! Here's something similar for midi from my website: pianocheetah.com/piano/midi.html Do you got a website, Slim? From reading your answers, I see you have plenty of content for such a thing:)