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Jun
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comment Sharp / Flat: Collectively known as property by what name?
Also known as "In-tune-ation" And luckily there isn't a vote down button for bad puns.
May
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comment One-to-one techniques for improving ability to sing in tune
All good points, I will mention that tuning across timbres is more challenging and that's where tuning to a piano can be difficult. Also when doing this tuning exercise with my chorister, I sang at a constant dynamic level (or as close as possible) and held it until the chorister could match it. It usually took longer than the sustain on a piano for the chorister to match (that's without taking into account that he couldn't actually match the piano pitch)
May
31
comment One-to-one techniques for improving ability to sing in tune
the author of the post says "I have also heard that it is easier for a student in this situation to match another voice rather than a piano." And while you have experience of choristers preferring to take their pitches from a piano, I most recently had the opposite experience. The chorister I was working with would sing perfect fourths and fifths lower than whatever piano note I played but when I sang the pitch for him he had a much easier time picking out the (nearly) right pitch.
May
18
comment Capitalization of key names (C Minor vs. c minor)
I wouldn't be surprised if it came from the misunderstanding of record producers about what's supposed to be capitalized. Usually, in song titles every thing is capitalized: "Please Please Me" unless it's a small word in the middle "The Long and Winding Road." I can easily see producers thinking "c minor" is supposed to be capitalized and just editing it.
May
18
answered Where should I go to learn about non-Western scales (particularly Turkish & Greek)
May
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May
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comment How do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?
In addition to legitimate answers to how musicians develop and access this skill, TV producers aren't against staging the show to seem like this is the first time the musicians are seeing it. Some shows will pretend, some will be legitimate. Top studio-quality musicians need to have this versatility though.
May
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comment What to consider when selecting the number of keys for a keyboard
+1 for weighted keys. I refuse to play anything without them.
May
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comment What to consider when selecting the number of keys for a keyboard
@NReilingh Do you realize you just linked Tom Wijsman to a question he answered with the accepted answer (a pretty knowledgeable one if I might add). @Tom Wijsman I realize that you're an enthusiast and not a "professional" in regards to piano music. You'd benefit from asking for a list of repertoire that uses the outer octaves of the keyboard, something which definitely wouldn't have been done until the extra octaves were added, and even then many composers did not use them. Make your decision based on how large that list is (or how important you find it to be)
May
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May
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comment How can I develop a high register on a brass instrument without creating tension?
@NReilingh I needed the terminology altered before I could like it.
May
13
revised How can I develop a high register on a brass instrument without creating tension?
Reworded for understanding.
May
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comment How can I develop a high register on a brass instrument without creating tension?
#awe Thanks! I already firm-up my corners throughout my range (I say "firm-up" because in my experience, children/students are inclined to smile if you say "tighten"). Even so I think this is a good answer for others to read as well, nice work.
May
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May
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asked Why are orchestras tuned differently?
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May
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comment Should I retrain myself to be a right handed drummer?
Most drummers and drum teachers I talk to insist that every drummer train to be ambidextrous. Any exercise done starting on the right hand is repeated starting on the left. Any polyrhythmic passage where the right hand is playing rhythm A and the left hand is playing rhythm B and then practiced with switched hands. This is applied to snare drum or percussion sections, but I'd be surprised to hear someone tell you NOT to train your right hand in the way you're asking for drum set. Also, try playing some left hand only or left hand melody piano etudes to program your left hand to be melody.
May
10
comment What should I do about composing 'soft' accents for piano?
@NReilingh, you're correct. I thought he was speaking from a purely notational stance and writing for a line or was using a keyboard and wanted to start a single note loudly and make it suddenly softer. I now see that he is looking to create an inverted accent of sorts for a single note in passage (not "a lot of" suddenly soft notes) Thank you for drawing my attention back to the question. Maybe a light edit is in order?
May
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answered How to build up endurance for bass trombone after many years away
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