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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 :)
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?
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".
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.