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Teacher, multi instrumentalist.


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comment Showcase Piece in Music
~Fabricio - funnily enough, 'showpiece' is a far more apposite word in this instance than 'showcase'. Worth marking down for... And it's actually a helpful answer.
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comment Custom xylophone sticks?
If it's metal, it's not a xylophone. Xylo = wood. More likely to be a glockenspiel.Try the internet. Not much that can't be found to buy there.Hard rubber ends on sticks work best.
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comment Determining Key / Key Change / Chords?
@Grey. Interesting. How would you write the 'key signature' at the beginning ? I wonder if 2# would do, but that could also signify B minor. A reader would then probably look to the last chord for a clue as to what key it's actually in. Or would they ?
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comment Distinguishing intervals
what I meant was if there are only 2 choices for an answer, the random chance of being correct is 50/50.
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comment Determining Key / Key Change / Chords?
@Grey - A Mixolydian contains 2 # - F# and C#.This would technically be the same notes as D maj. As you state - does it matter ?!
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comment Determining Key / Key Change / Chords?
The first chord sequence is similar to Sweet Home Alabama, which is also difficult to state the key. If the last chord is deemed to tell the 'key', even Lynyrd Skynyrd couldn't decide, finishing in two distinctly different ways on different recordings.
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
Basically, it's the fact that it doesn't change when it is in major. It doesn't even have to be in the major scale. It still is the same in minor. Perfect maybe is not a quality imbued upon the interval, just a name. When all this was labelled, the tritone was disallowed, as it was perceived as the Devil's interval. And the definition of major and minor are pre-determined, they are not open to jurisdiction.
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
Sorry, my glasses were having a break ! Thought we were still on the minor 6th. Got a ring of augmented about it - but it would then have G# instead of Ab.
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
It may not - but that's not the set of notes we're talking about !!
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
@RolandBouman - yes - horrible ! It can't sound good with a semitone between V and bVI.It actually becomes an inversion of Abmaj7, but voicing it with the C root underneath is horrible. It's somewhat like Am7/Cmaj6, although any voicing for that works, as there are no semitone neighbours.
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
@RolandBouman - a minor 6th chord is I-mIII-V-VI, as in C-Eb_G-A. A minor triad with an added major 6th.I'm not using classical inversion notation.
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
It always makes me smile that a minor 6th chord has a major 6th in it...
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
@Grey - Some instruments will allow more harmonics to be heard. But they are undeniably there nevertheless.Just being able to hear a harmonic doesn't necessarily make it perfect. No, I can't find a good answer, it appears to be Man's need to label everything, sometimes with lack of total logic.
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
The rules seem to have been man-made. A second (the D) is the same note in major and minor, just like the 4th and 5th. All three are present in both major and minor keys, so it seems (to me), illogical to say that a 2nd can be major or minor, especially when a minor 2nd doesn't appear in a minor key ! Yes, it's all technicality, but seems artificial.What do you think ?
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
@Grey - when a note is played, several harmonics (partials) are also present. The strongest is, admittedly, the 5th, but every note from the root's major scale, plus a m7th is also there. Some instruments will make certain of these harmonics more prevalent.
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comment Best way to indicate a time signature in inline text?
Waiting for a good answer ! 'C' is another way to show common time, but it's not far off a fraction. The numerator tells how many, the denominator tells what each bit is.3/4 and 6/8 are not the same (as in fractions), but each digit is absolute.However, if you saw 34 or 68 it would be meaningless.
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comment E chord with arc and dot symbol over it - What is this symbol in a guitar chord song book?
What song is it?
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comment What is the difference between a mode and a scale?
So, are you saying that a half/whole diminished is a scale or a mode, and why? Same for whole/half dim.Modal scales, scalar modes - what's that?
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comment What is the difference between a mode and a scale?
Most notes have functions attached, in scales too. Leading notes in maj. and harmonic (and melodic)min. Maj. or min. 3rds.If D is the tonic, and there are Bb notes, it's not Dorian any more - it's D minor.
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comment What is the difference between a mode and a scale?
Could you please explain your last para. to me. Octave as in 8 notes, or octave as in the next highest note of the same name, i.e. 2x frequency. Or do you mean a scale which has extra notes that .....I'm confused !