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Computer scientist playing bassoon, musically at home in baroque music


Apr
2
comment Do the F clef and G clef always reside on the same line?
Sorry to disagree. The C clef on the second line (called tenor clef) is heavily used - for higher passages of the cello (never seen an alto clef there) as well as for higher bassoon passages. If you don't prefer to revise your answer yourself I will make an attempt.
Apr
1
comment Can I play pipe organ as a pianist?
Keep attention, if the instrument is an ancient one: if the lowest octave is only partially present, it may have compressed layout, so (semi-)tones are missing and the remaining are crammed to the existing keys - good luck.
Feb
11
comment Playing recorder with bandaged finger
If the problem is air tightness for the covered hole: there are finger protectors (like a cut of finger of a rubber glove), which may help. The missing feeling is hard to compensate however.
Jan
28
comment Why does a clarinet behaves like a closed pipe?
What I‘m trying to say is: 1) cylindrical or conical does not decide alone - see flute (where everything but the head is cylindrical). 2) The construction of the mouth-piece - however closed it looks to the eye also does not cut it - saxophone and clarinet are quite similar in that respect. So simple recipes like taking that bore and that mouth-piece will give that tube behavior still seems ambitious to me, even if one can learn it for existing instruments easily.
Jan
28
comment Why does a clarinet behaves like a closed pipe?
The flute also has a cylindrical bore and behaves like an open pipe - this does not help much (and the wikipedia article also offers no additional explanation).
Jan
23
comment How to calculate the tempo of a song in numbers and find the Italian terms?
I have some reservations concerning the statement, that in 6/8 the beat would be 1/8. At least in classical music in this meter in nearly every piece there would be an emphasis on the first and the fourth eigth, so that the beat would be three eights or a dotted quarter.
Dec
6
comment Low(est) level digital piano vs keyboard comparison
@kali: I also know such shops; I would take the e-piano then: less additional keys, less distraction. This is stuff not necessary for piano playing and not present on a real piano either.
Dec
6
comment Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator?
An effect not yet mentioned: the massive air convection near a radiator is likely to bring lots of dust, which has to be cleaned out before it settles on the pads of a woodwind instruments spoiling the tightness.
Sep
17
comment How can I transfer the old \partcombine syntax of lilypond to a version newer than 2.1.17?
If it would be an easy regular expression replacement, I'm quite sure, that convert-ly would already handle it. I digged around ancient versions documentation (before 2005??) and while the implementation was changed there, no syntax modification is reported. So I assume, that one should simply double-check the produced result. 2.1.x is also a non-production version. I would replace the lilypond version in the script to 2.2 and give it a try.
Sep
17
comment How can I transfer the old \partcombine syntax of lilypond to a version newer than 2.1.17?
2.17.1 (seems to be mixed up in your question) is a non-stable development version. I would first try to fall back to stable 2.16.2. The changes document specifies no change in partcombine already present in 2.16.2, so this might be sufficient.
Jul
25
comment Methods of creating woodwind instruments without a lathe
My first idea was, to look how instrument makers in 18th century worked, but it seems, lathes were existing there already (I didn't find information, whether or not these were used for instruments, however), even if more resembling foot-actuated sewing machines (unfortunately the picture is not in the english wikipedia article). So would it be an option, to build a primitive lathe with an electric drill motor?
Jun
13
comment Why transpose at the octave?
Another method (possibly addressed by the Wikipedia) is simply by convention: Double bass and contrabassoon are notated like violoncello/basson, but sound an octave lower. Every player learns this, so there is no need to reflect it in notation.
Jun
13
comment Why transpose at the octave?
The symbols actually exist. Beside the different C key positions (alto and tenor being most frequently used), see octave-transposing keys. They are seldom used in favour of markings like 8va, the range either marked with a dashed line or a terminating loco.
Jun
12
comment What is another term for a voice on a synthesizer?
I also think, that this is more a language than a music question. I'm also not convinced that another term is helpful, at least I can't recognize the searched subject. "Voice" is the term to indicate polyphony, and given the spectrum of possible sounds to choose from, these are surely not just "notes". Would "sounds" do it?
May
15
comment Could B♭ instruments be built in C? Why are they in B♭ in the first place?
Every musical notation software I know of makes it a snap to adjust voices to a transposing instrument. You are not talking about writing notes with pen on paper?
Apr
26
comment Learning instrument recognition
Obviously this requires, that the instruments are visually recognized reliably. So the first step would be to click through orchestral instruments in wikipedia first (string, woodwinds and brass for the beginning), where the sound clips may give a first idea.
Apr
17
comment What is the reason for pitch inflation?
There seems to exist a counter-movement, mainly supported by singers, but also instrumentalists arguing for richer overtones, as can be seen here.
Apr
16
comment Difference between Baritone and Euphonium
Some of your differences seem not quite right, so both instruments belong to the saxhorn family and have a conical-bore, also the number of valves allows no reliable distinction. I'll try an update after some research.
Apr
10
comment What do you call plucking the violin strings with the finger, rather than using the bow?
My reference also gives "loco" as notation for "back to normal" (i.e. arco); however the main use of "loco" is to switch back to pitch as notated after an octavation passage.
Mar
30
comment Is a violin's shape (particularly the f-holes) necessary or is it just for aesthetics?
@VruxNix. Actually, yes, and the short title of the book is already mentioned. The full title is Otto Möckel, Geigenbaukunst (Art of Violin Making), 8th edition, revised by Prof. Dr. Fritz Winkel, Technical University Berlin, chapter I/B/2; admittedly the book dates from 1954. I find it plausible, since the bridge is in direct contact with top plate only - lutes may be completelety different. While I'm neither expert physicist nor musician, I'm astonished, that the violin should already have been physically modelled to such a degree to allow quantitative reponsibilities assigned.