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I have worked in a technical support role for several industries and love the problem-solving aspects of my work as well as helping clients maximize their productivity.

A life-long curiosity drives my interests ranging from creative writing, photo-editing, music, problem-solving puzzles such as sudoku, cooking and baking, all types of crafting, sewing and yarn arts, creative resources on the internet and learning new apps for my favorite toy...my iPhone.

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Jan
15
comment Aiding the transcription of naturally occuring sounds. e.g. Horse whinnying, bird singing, etc
Good suggestions! For an example, most renditions of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" include a trumpet-produced horse whinny at the end of the song.
Jan
2
comment Chord Leading Question
Excellently written answer!
Dec
8
comment How to improve the blend between male and female voices on the same part in a choir?
+1 for a good, practical answer that emphasizes break-outs into a small group of voices to let the blend develop through listening.
Nov
23
comment What does “TAG for Three-part voices” mean?
I thought about 19 being the measure but it looks like the beginning of the song and is the opening line of the song so I hazarded a guess . . .
Nov
23
comment What does “TAG for Three-part voices” mean?
in that example? Seems odd to see that at the beginning of the piece.
Nov
14
comment Musical Aids to Memorize Intervals
LOVED your question!
Nov
11
comment Effect of Rubbing Alcohol Upon Reeds
I'm curious to know what is your source of information that says it's common practice to use rubbing alcohol with reeds? I couldn't find any reference to that and my experience as a clarinetist is that 1) reeds are not shared and 2) only water and saliva are used on reeds.
Nov
9
comment Baroque Performance Tips
Perfectly clear! I've heard that sort of ornamentational improvisation used in Handel's Messiah. Thanks for the clarification! If I'm not mistaken, that sort of improvising includes the addition of grace notes, turns and trills. Best of luck!
Nov
9
comment Baroque Performance Tips
By improvise, do you mean adopt a baroque style or actually deviate from the written notes and improvise music?
Nov
6
comment Goldberg Variation 28, right hand 4/5 trills
Does downvoter care to give some constructive criticism?
Oct
28
comment Silent, extremely portable instrument to learn music
Welcome Stephan! +1 for good suggestions!
Oct
26
comment How does one start learning music theory?
Excellent answer that outlines a typical music theory curriculum (very similar to one I followed in school). OP should benefit from such a thorough overview.
Oct
10
comment Capturing music in my head
@Tony- I totally agree with you and learning to sing (and hear) the intervals has been extremely useful to me, too, as a singer. I guess I was just thinking about how overwhelmed the OP might be with everything needed to be learned. Thx for feedback!
Oct
10
comment Capturing music in my head
@Tony, I'd only suggest that ear training for intervals and chords, etc., might be more productive for OP than sight singing. I know what you meant by that but I don't think the OP needs to learn to sing in order to compose (though it's never a bad skill to have!)
Oct
7
comment Why isn't there a reed aerophone with valves?
Wow! Even though I play both clarinet and trumpet, I never gave this subject any thought. Great answer, NReilingh!
Oct
6
comment How to keep practicing to compose music when you're too picky to listen to yourself playing
@Josh- I agree that time and distance can be important tools to let ideas ripen.
Oct
6
comment How to keep practicing to compose music when you're too picky to listen to yourself playing
@Luke - creativity does have a psychological component, IMHO, but OP will likely get better musically practical advice in this forum than in another one.
Oct
2
comment Is it dangerous to sing an entire song in falsetto?
Oh wow! I guess the teacher had some concern about it. Best of luck, Kobu! :-)
Sep
28
comment Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?
What's odd is that Pavorati was a tenor. Samuel Ramey is a very slender man and one of the best basses in opera. Go figure!
Sep
27
comment Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?
Do you have any sources for this information because I've seen many examples contradicting the body size reference.