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Feb
8
comment Why is this stripe (or N) used to display a crotchet rest?
It also takes less vertical space when you have multiple voices in same line as here.
Dec
17
comment In MuseScore, is it possible to add tab to an existing bass notation so I'd get both notation and tabs for bass?
You can make the bass part first in a separate project like you said you did, and then select and copy everything into this project at the right voice.
Dec
15
comment How can I teach a student who seems to have no rhythm?
I think metronome is "too steady" and not flexible enough to use for learning the consept of rythm. It is important to learn to recognize your own internal rythm before trying to adapt to external rythm. This answer was spot on!
Oct
1
comment Lilypond: how to engrave a double bar at “Fine” when a \repeat statement follows
It would be useful if you include a full code snippet here in the answer that solved the issue. Also you can accept your own answer. This way it will be a good reference for others that may have similar issues.
Dec
17
comment How to determine the key and write melodies for a chromatic chord progression?
When you have such special chord progressions, with chromatic based melody, the key is neither major or minor, but something completely different (may not even follow any official scale pattern).
Dec
17
comment Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4
@Tim: Yes, I agree with you that they can be equal in the sense of having a score in 2/2 with half noes as the beat is the same as having a score in 2/4 with quarter notes as the beats, but with half the tempo of the first score. What I mean is that does not make sence to say that a score that is written in 2/2 is played in 2/4. That is totally dependent on tempo, not time signature.
Oct
13
comment Is there a more specific name for this instrument than “PVC instrument”?
I would suggest "plumber's nightmare"
Sep
22
comment Why does music seem to transpose when I yawn?
I think you actually answered your own question there, with the note about change in tension.
Jul
30
comment Trumpet low C♯ and D
@naught101: Yes, depressing valves lengthens the total tubing. Perhaps he means that the more valves you press, the shorter the total length will be compared to ideal length for the tone to play.
Jul
16
comment How do I know when I'm singing in key?
@LeeWhite The occarina has a more simple frequency pattern, which makes sense to use a tuner. The human voice has a more complex frequency pattern, which will more easily confuse the tuner without necessarily being off pitch.
Jun
18
comment What use is knowing how many sharps or flats a key signature has?
You don't even have to memorize the entire order. Just the first two. For sharps, you start with F# and C#. Then go one up sequentially for the following pairs (3rd is one up from F# => G#, 4th is one up from C# => D# etc.). For flats, you start with Bb and Eb, then go one down sequentially for the following pairs.
Jun
5
comment Why do wind bands use a concert Bb for tuning?
@pat: The fact that it is transposed do matter. For Bb instruments it is Bb that is the natural key that instrument.
Jun
5
comment Why do wind bands use a concert Bb for tuning?
In school bands in Norway where I live, there is most common to have tuba in Eb. It is also quite common to have tenor horn in Eb. For brass bands, it's more common to have tuba in Bb.
May
23
comment Is there a difference between 2/4 and 4/4
How can you play 2/2 in 2/4? 2/2 means 2 half-notes per measure, and 2/4 means two quarter notes per measure. They are in no way equal. If you say that you count 4 beats per measure in the 2/2, it is really "ONE-and-TWO-and". If you say that you think double tempo of what is written, it's alla breve, not 2/4. (Actually the time signature for alla breve is per definition 2/2.)
May
5
comment Should I be learning groove skills if I am not yet good at chords
I recommend that you search on YouTube for some basic guitar lessons, and just follow them through. They will help in understanding a number of basic questions you might have. Then come back if you have more specific questions that can easily be answered here without having to give a full feature lesson on music theory basics like Bob bravely tried to do for you ;-)
May
5
comment Why are only even values used for note duration?
@AmericanLuke: Maybe you should include in your answer something about the relation between beat and time signature. The time signature is telling what is a beat, and the tempo (as you already said) defines the number of beats per minute.
Apr
29
comment Retrograde and Inverted songs
@Hans: It would help if you provide a bit more background info on why you want this answered. It would help in how to phrase the answers and what kind of examples to provide, and to be more useful to others that might share your interest in this.
Feb
13
comment What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?
To answer this, it is important to know the definition for "arpeggiated" (reference for others who don't know what it is).
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
The original key that the composers use is one thing. Another thing is that you can transpose any finished piece to whichever key you want to better fit your own needs. See the answers below for more on this.
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
In a wind orchestra, it is common to tune in Bb, as it is common that all the instrument groups there are tuned in Bb except flute, sax, walthorn (and oboe and fagott(bassoon), but those are less common in amateur wind orchestras).