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Computer Programmer Piano Player


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:)
Jun
8
comment What is another term for a voice on a synthesizer?
Yeah, I was talking about the term when you're within the world of synthesis. Not in the whole world of music, per se. A voice in a synth can have timbres (waveforms) piled on top of each other, swapped in and out, morphed between like any other parameter of sound.
Jun
8
comment What is another term for a voice on a synthesizer?
Well, you said "voice" - that's the term. I thought you were looking for what the term is called in the "synthesizer vernacular"... pitchbending is pretty common in blues and pop on synthesizer, guitar and other acoustic instruments. The note starts, pitch changes continuously to the note a half or whole step up or down, then ends. So when talking about synthesizers, the term "program" or "preset" usually refers to the parameters of a sound. "voice" usually refers to a note event being played.
May
6
comment Drums - Having trouble playing bass 16th notes
I'm no expert... do the usual - slow way down till you can do it to that slowww tempo. Also, I think 16ths on kick are usually done with 2 pedals on the kick drum, eh?
Apr
3
comment Realistic long-term goals for an adult piano learner? (Limits of adult learning)
> I don't think any person who started the piano at an age above 10 or 12 has ever played Rach3 - Says who? Go ask on Pianoworld.com forums and see for yourself. (There are literally thousands of people who started playing as adults there.) I'll bet you're wrong.
Mar
29
comment Is a digital or acoustic piano a better option for a beginner (sound and feel)?
I haven't researched acoustics much, but I thought at $4000, you were lookin at something used.
Mar
20
comment Plateau in speed increases
As a programmer, yes, I can tell you're a programmer. A surprising percentage of "us" make music.
Mar
19
comment Plateau in speed increases
I don't know guitar. But in my piano world, I've heard that you won't improve muscle memory on the same day. You -program- your muscle memory by stressing it correctly that day. Then you -sleep- which rewires your brain=>fingers so your brain is effectively soldered directly for that action. More practice+sleep reps is what does the trick. Well, that and an overall long range improvement in "general skills".
Mar
15
comment Any tool to vizualise musical playing in 3D aka in many dimensions?
unfortunately, all my links are old:( There are quite a few apps out there, though. Most are just "interesting to watch", though. Not helpful for piano practice. There's my app pianocheetah.com/tutorial/screenshots.html scroll down to see pitch in x dir and note in color and time in y dir. The only non-dead link I've got is to some silly flash things: soundtoys.net/tags/soundtoys
Feb
26
comment What is intellectual experience of music?
pattern in sound and in TIME, don't ya think?
Feb
20
comment Should I be grabbing piano key?
Well, you definitely don't want your hands spreading out as you hit the same notes in (very fast) succession as that causes tension. I think it's just a result of leaving your fingers "un-tensed" (i don't think that's a word). Where I came across this is in one of this guy's videos about technique. He has a LOT of videos though and I forget exactly which one it is - youtube.com/user/joshwrightpiano?feature=watch (but I do recommend watching them)
Feb
7
comment Are some synthesizers and keyboards able to interchange sounds?
also, software synthesizers have a much easier job of sending sounds between each other. At least the samples can be moved from one to the next. Often the preset "realtime" parameters and effects parameters as well. So be careful which software synth you pick.
Jan
31
comment Electronic drums in apartment
if you're using headphones, do your neighbors really complain? The dull thumps really make it through the walls that well?
Jan
4
comment What does a duplicated note in a chord mean?
ok thanks - I'm learning ClaireDeLune and there are a couple of these "double duration same note"s in there, too.
Jan
3
comment What does a duplicated note in a chord mean?
ok, so this means that the double note is there to appease the composer, then? As far as actually playing this, there's only one dang key involved and it can't be played twice at the same time :) So you hit F#4, hold it for a half note (or pedal it) and use whatever velocity you think will make the arpeggio and held note "work", eh?