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comment Why would a songwriter want the music to change keys during a song?
There are thousands of musical tools, and changing keys is just one. Like any other tool, you can use it an attempt to accomplish something, or not. There's no external force making you use it or not use it, and there are many different ways to approach the same thing. You seem to know this, so I don't really understand the purpose of the question.
Jan
28
comment Rules of how the bass should (and should not) move in chord progressions
I've cleaned up the comments here. I couldn't quite understand everything, but it seemed that most of the discussion had been resolved. In any case, comments are not the place for extended back-and-forth -- please use Music: Practice & Theory Chat for that.
Jan
24
comment What food / drink affects vocal characteristics?
Pineapple seems questionable since it is known to degrade tissue (proteins), especially in the throat and mouth.
Jan
23
comment I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?
Likely poor singing will have a slight negative or neutral effect on their musical ability, but there are other more important considerations. Giving a child attention and speaking/singing to them is instrumental in early development. I'm not sure that we're the best site for these concerns.
Jan
20
comment Use of Music Theory in Composition
@FrobberOfBits Maybe I am not totally sure what you mean by "supposed" -- "intended" or "able". Whether theory should inform composition is up to you, and what I'm trying to get at in my answer. If you meant how can theory inform composition, I would recommend memphisslim's answer; at this point I don't feel comfortable going back and adding what he said to my own answer.
Jan
20
comment Use of Music Theory in Composition
I meant to go into this in my own answer; well said, +1. Related Q/A: Does following musical forms suppress creativity?
Jan
19
comment Why does music increase abstract reasoning ability?
This off-topic because it's primarily about psychology.
Jan
18
comment What is a perfect fifth?
Do you know what intervals, frequencies, ratios, or semitones are? You should back up and learn what they are, and then the definitions you quote will make sense.
Jan
17
comment How can different compositions use C Major?
"Scales" and "keys" are entirely different things. You can have a scale within a key, but that's about as far as they relate.
Jan
17
comment Epiphone SG-400 and straps
It looks like that site no longer exists. I see random sales of that strap on different sites, but nothing official.
Jan
17
comment Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?
Weakness might have something to do with it; stronger fingers are generally preferred for many things. That said, do you have examples of it being taught this way? You'll forgive me for assuming that you haven't actually surveyed "most guitar teachers".
Jan
13
comment Why do composers use seemingly/unecessarily complex time signatures?
Maybe partially a response, but still looks like an answer to me.
Jan
6
comment Does Singing Lower Notes Require More Breath?
@Wolf You can apply pressure to the balloon to keep the rate of flow constant, and this will still hold true.
Dec
24
comment Can't differentiate between time signatures
music.stackexchange.com/a/2500/28
Dec
7
comment Co-wrote song in previous band, can you use it in a new band
This question appears to be off-topic because business and legal issues are off-topic here.
Dec
1
comment How to sing “like a girl” for men?
I do not believe this is a technique, it's simply the quality of their head voice. Nick Pitera in particular just has an exceptional range -- you can hear here how high he as to go before he needs to switch to falsetto.
Nov
30
comment I am a beginner piano player, have no idea how to emphasize a downbeat
I have to disagree very strongly with this or, at least, your teacher. You cannot hone accuracy without focusing on it. And, IMO, you cannot be properly expressive without it being purposeful. When you deviate from the tempo, use rubato, etc. you should know exactly what you're doing. Too many players think being sloppy makes them artistic.
Nov
30
comment I am a beginner piano player, have no idea how to emphasize a downbeat
I've cleaned up the comments a bit here, please keep it polite. Personally, I agree with this answer; an absolute beginner should not be worrying about the intricacies of rubato.
Nov
28
comment Does each note have a more specific name depending on its pitch?
The standard "A" is often called A440, as in 440Hz. Some orchestras might use A438, A442, or others. This can be (and is) extended to any other note/pitch.
Nov
28
comment What pedals to get this effect?
Please add some detail to the question so that it is searchable and useful to others.