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Jan
22
comment Recommended fingering for Hometown Glory
This is how I would do it as well; typically it is not comfortable or economical to separate 4 and 5 by more than 2 semitones.
Jan
14
comment Extreme difficulty matching a piece to the metronome (piano)
I agree with Todd that counting is important. One thing to try would be to sync the fastest note in the piece to your metronome beat, and hold and count beats for all other notes. For example, if the shortest note in the piece is a 16th then play each 16th in time with the metronome tocks, hold and 8th for two tocks, a quarter for 4 tocks, etc. This will be very slow but will help you get used to it. The next step would be to set the metronome to match an 8th -- and you'll have to practice playing 16ths on and halfway between two tocks.
Jan
12
comment Could I turn a bass guitar into a large ukulele?
How do you define "working ukelele"? With bass strings, you'd have a bass with an alternate tuning that would allow you to finger shapes the same way as with a ukelele -- are you replacing the strings with something else?
Jan
9
comment Can I use a DI Box to practice guitar without an amp?
This seems very opinion-based. You're not really providing much in the way of qualifying criteria. I personally run my Strat to an digital effects pedal to a guitar amp to the headphones, but there's tons of setups that would work.
Jan
8
comment Guitar Input Problems
@GuneyOzsan On what basis?
Dec
24
comment How to give classes on improvisation
This seems really, really broad.
Dec
14
comment Mac vs PC for music production
I've cleaned up some comments here and on the answers. Everyone, please focus on directly addressing the concerns of the question rather than getting into side discussions about hardware pricing, reliability, etc. which are simply not related to music. Those are certainly factors one would consider when it comes to actually buying a computer, but that is not on-topic.
Dec
5
comment DeQuervain's Tensynovitis
You should be talking to a doctor about health issues.
Dec
5
comment I feel like my falsetto doesn't go as high as my head voice, is that likely?
Falsetto should definitely be higher. If you smoothly transition from chest to head voice, you will feel the "origin" of the sound change but your throat will still feel like it's doing the same thing, whereas the vocal switch to falsetto ought to be unmistakably different.
Dec
1
comment Learn piano one hand at a time or simultaneously?
Whether or not you practice the hands separately, you must slow down to the point where you can play correctly when playing together. Never practice a muddled confused mishmash, as doing so only makes you get better at getting it wrong.
Nov
29
comment How do I retrain myself to memorize germanic note naming (C-D-E) if I've been taught the latin one (Do-Re-Mi) as a kid?
There is no need to retrain, they are sepa tea te systems so just learn it the same way anyone else would -- memorize the name of the physical positions, and drill. Similar to how you'd do it for intervals: music.stackexchange.com/a/4283/28
Nov
26
comment Grand piano make by music style
There can certainly be a difference between choice of grand and upright (ragtime tends to be suited to the "tinkling" you can get on the latter, for example), but I'm not personally aware of a preference between grands that's not related to size/weight.
Nov
26
comment Lightest gauge strings for a 12-string acoustic?
When starting out, I found that using too light of a gauge made my fingers more tender thanks to the strings cutting into them.
Nov
26
comment Is there any software to record my notations without a MIDI cable?
Are you asking if there is software that can take raw audio of your keyboard and correctly transcribe it? In general, the answer is no -- see music.stackexchange.com/q/4514/28
Nov
25
comment Is it possible to have “Perfect Tempo”
@DrMayhem I can actually count seconds with 99% accuracy just from a sense of time (and occasionally testing my self against a watch as a bored child...), no heart rate needed :)
Nov
25
comment Musical Notation using Roman Numerals
Please don't ask about specific examples -- they're hard to find or not specifically applicable for others with similar problems. Once you learn the general method for doing this, you should be able to apply it to any specific chords/keys.
Nov
24
comment Can someone explain what a voice is in piano?
Great answer and fantastic examples.
Nov
20
comment Is learning from an unknown guitar teacher better than just learning on my own?
Theoretically, this institute will have some sort of standards for its teachers rather than hiring complete "unknowns".
Nov
17
comment EADGBE, thin to thick
It seems like you could still play all the same chord shapes -- they'd sound quite different, but would still contain the same notes (by name, not frequency). And I could be wrong but I don't think the direction of the bends matters, other than maybe a slight difference in which pickups the string vibrated over. Good points otherwise!
Nov
17
comment Switching from keyboard to hammered-key digital piano
Analogies to typing on this site are usually a bit tenuous, but I think this one is spot on.