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Computer scientist playing bassoon, musically at home in baroque music


Aug
12
comment Notes for piano songs
This "character notation" will bring you nowhere, since it does not transport tone length, accidentals, octave etc and therefore only works for songs you already know. It's not much better than colour coded circles to be played on toy pianos with matching keys. I would strongly recommend, to look at that note reading video first and then give standard sheet music a try.
Aug
11
comment Classical music vs March music relationship
I guess "O fortuna" refers to Orffs Carmina Burana, I have some doubts, that really the 4th symphony by Mozart is intended, more likely is 41 "Jupiter".
Aug
7
comment Double Sharps And Double Flats
@BobBroadley No problem with me. I guess part of the difficulty is, that accidentals are context-insensitive (they work irrespective from previous accidentals and actually it is mostly recommended to resolve them first before applying new ones), but the question is posed in a context-sensitive way.
Jul
29
comment Ukulele or some kind of flute
See the answers to this question: music.stackexchange.com/questions/4151/…
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
@BobBroadley: The number of keys increases with the price of the instrument, 23 to 26 total, from which upto 9 are indeed for the left thumb, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon#mediaviewer/….
Jul
20
comment Why are there transposing instruments that transpose by octave?
possible duplicate of Why transpose at the octave?
Jul
8
comment How do I approximate instruments when arranging an orchestral piece for brass ensemble
I would suggest to replace "Isolde" by "voice (soprano)". You need a distinguished tone color for that to stand out from the others, possibly the sopraon cornet warned against in other answers?
Jul
7
comment More volume from a Bass Clarinet
I helped out as bassoonist in a large wind ensemble, which had all these tubas, trombones etc. I was astonished that I could nearly not hear myself playing (which never happened in a standard orchestra), but nevertheless got some nice remarks from co-musicians later, how I added to the complete sound. So I guess it is partially a psychological problem. One instrument can't replace a whole bass group and the conductor will probably not succeed to reduce the volume of all saxophones, clarinets and trumpets to really achieve a sort of balance in this case.
Jul
2
comment What is this notation?
possible duplicate of How to interpret half notes combined with thirty-second stems?
Jun
4
comment Why is A4 the standard pitch reference for tuning?
Sorry for faulty translation of German note names. Whereever I wrote "b" it should read "b flat".
Jun
4
comment Why is A4 the standard pitch reference for tuning?
@BraddSzonye: Actually I have no reference, but helped out in a brass band. They play a sounding B which would correspond to a notated C (if I'm getting that right). I had a hard time at my first attempt to make my A matching their B.
Jun
3
comment Why is A4 the standard pitch reference for tuning?
Some remarks: While the "a" is somewhat fixed, the octave is not. A violoncello will use the "a" of a deeper octave. Brass bands use "b" instead, since this is the base tone for many of the instruments.
May
15
comment Will a 61-key keyboard severely restrict my piano repertoire?
I would not trade. If (trans-)portability is not an issue I would recommned to keep your piano, whose keyboard you are used to and simply substitute the sounds on the computer.
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.