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Teacher, multi instrumentalist.


9h
comment Improving Timing While Improvising A Solo
That's fine for timing, but what would he be improvising over - there'd be no sequence to follow or inspire.
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comment Determining What Chords Fit With A Scale
@Charles - good idea, but better to call the dim one m7b5 - not quite diminished. As a triad, it is, though.
1d
comment What would be a good method to learn a new piano piece?
Depends what is meant by later ! I meant later, after the notes and fingering are all good, not very late, when the piece can be played and all that's left is dynamics/pedalling - which, for a musician, will most likely happen in a natural way.
1d
comment Basic synth performance in Pop-Rock songs
What's the instrumental line up of the band?
1d
comment Why do composers choose different keys for their works?
What makes you think that Cmaj and Amin are the 'easiest' keys? On several instruments they are NOT the easiest.
1d
comment How much to pay sound person?
@AJFaraday - I speak as having experience from both sides.It took me a heck of a lot longer to become a half decent muso. I used to do the sounds for jazz greats from all over the world. They were quite exacting, but I managed with not a lot of training. Maybe being a player, thus empathetic, helped.Yes, more time at the beginning and end of gigs is spent. Owning the p.a.etc., would put a different perspective on things, too. As a muso, I've found some sound guys are good, some bad. The bad ones seem to know what sound you're after before they even ask you. Telepathic? No, clueless !
2d
comment In 12 tone equal temperament, why are the notes named c, c#, d, d#, e, f, f#, g, g#, a, a#, b, instead of something else?
Did you mean decimal numbers, or binary numbers ? (Para. 3).
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comment How much to pay sound person?
Max. should be the same as a band member, providing they are good at their job. You still have to buy a p.a. for other gigs, but then you'd have to pay for time for someone to run it, perhaps. So consider an equal split with the personnel. Did they spend as long as you learning to 'play'? Of course not. So less recompense !!
2d
comment What does a double bass string eliminator do?
Ha ha.The frequencies produced from behind the bridge, I'd have thought would not be useful to a player anyway.
2d
comment what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?
@Nick - in simple terms, to tune a string that is not as thick to the same note that a thicker one is tuned to, you don't need to wind it up with as much tension. This is why, as you go from top string to the B, the B string is thicker, so it won't be too floppy or as loose as it would if you put a top string in its place. There is no such thing as a TIGHTER gauge of string.
2d
comment what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?
Any string (within reason) can be tuned to that E note. I use .008, others use .014. The string is tuned to make exactly the note E, with whatever tension is needed produced by tightening the machine head till it plays an E. That's why light gauge strings (like my .008) are not as tight as, say, your .012.
2d
comment Suggestions for transition from 6/8 to 4/4 (Piano accompaniment)
The key change is going in a better direction, up a fourth, so that's good.What we don't know is how long the last bar of 6/8 will last. One oft used idea is to take two bars at the new tempo/key, a I and a V. If you are also in the role of M.D., it should be down to you. To go directly into the F song (sounds appropriate...) then YOU count them in, maybe after one or two bars' gap in silence. Or everyone can count in silence, if they don't want simple.
2d
comment How to find your vocal range using the guitar?
There may be confusion as the guitar plays notes that are one octave lower than the ones that appear on the dots.
Sep
17
comment Practice before a gig - bored of material
@CurlyPaul - absolutely. Otherwise music is going to atrophy.
Sep
17
comment How can one categorize himself as a Beginner or Intermediate Guitarist?
It's a joke - he'd been playing the first set of three quarters of an hour...
Sep
14
comment How to keep rhythm
Fair enough, except that I dep quite frequently, and have to play the same piece at different tempos with different bands, different arrangements - some to read, others to busk, and the response time has to be counted in nanoseconds. You can't go onto autopilot, you have to think on your feet. It ain't easy, but it certainly keeps you on your toes ! I guess the rhythm/tempo for a piece just has to get locked into yourself somehow, probably it's down to experience. And there's only one way to get that !!
Sep
13
comment How to use bIII in music composition?
@Kevin - i-III in a minor key is what's expected. It's the relative min/maj. The unexpected is in a major key, going to a major b3.
Sep
12
comment String gauge, scale, and tuning relationship? (Guitar in particular)
-And would be kind to the neck of your guitar !
Sep
12
comment Are there guitar strings for very high tunings?
@slim - Given that, say a plain .010 string on a standard length guitar will be at a reasonable tension when tuned to E, then it will go to a G without too much problem. So, using a .008 has to be pretty close in tension to a 'normal' string, when tuned to G. That was my reasoning behind it. I guess twice the tension = twice the pitch.
Sep
12
comment What options are there for cheap synthesiser/synth modules to get for gigs?
XPs have been at £300-£400 for last few years. Great tools, organ type action, so I basically use decent Roland pno for well, pno, and MIDI it to XPs. Better for playing Hammond type stuff on XP, although you can put in whatever sound you like, of course.