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Jun
6
comment Protecting my voice with a phone job
sometimes it's more helpful to enunciate your consonants than it is to speak with greater volume. You should give that a try and see how it goes over.
Jun
4
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
I would like to know that I have seen guitarists do (or know guitarists can do) #2 and #4 and I believe (but am uncertain) #1 depending on the set up of the guitar and number of strings. #5 appears to be a rewording of points 2 and 4, but maybe I'm missing something. THat leaves range, which piano is the clear winner, but I feel is still insufficient to rule it as being able to play a broader set of music. Also, are you sure a piano can play the entire range of the orchestra? I believed there were instruments outside that range. Good observations of piano's ability!
Jun
4
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
@Jduv, I know that Stanley Jordon wasn't the innovator for those techniques, but he was the first one I ever heard (I haven't since heard others) and he also appears to have done some renditions of classical works for piano, which is why I specifically mentioned him. Thanks for the new names though; I'll be sure to check them out.
Jun
4
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
@Neilfein, I do like the reword, however (as you stated) the answers will have to be edited to be sensical. And I don't know if there's a way to retract an answer being accepted or not, but my edit of my answer may not be as "acceptable" to the author as another answer or edit may be. I haven't edited mine yet (I will within the next few days), but maybe creating an entirely new question would have been in order? This bears very little resemblance to the original question and doesn't even mention the guitar.
Jun
4
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
@Lotus Notes, I'm not sure if you can see just that (probably due to guitarist's tastes) but you can definitely see people like Stanley Jordan (youtube.com/watch?v=4QaWUjJkBZA) do incredible things on the guitar. I listened to this for months on the "Blue Note Plays The Beatles" album debating in my head whether it could be a single player or two. Just don't be surprised if some ambitious guitarist chooses to make you eat those words!
Jun
1
comment Sharp / Flat: Collectively known as property by what name?
@Mr. Disappointment I agree that this question is unclear. By "flatness or sharpness" are you referring to the note possessing a flat or a sharp sign or to a note being flat or sharp? The difference being that adding a flat or a sharp sign indicates a very deliberate amount or sharpness or flatness whereas something can be out of tune and therefor flat or sharp. Basically "Intonation" vs. "Accidental"/pitch. If you can edit for clarity that'd be great.
Jun
1
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
31
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
16
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
14
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
14
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
13
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
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
13
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
10
comment What does a conductor actually do?
You might want to add in a quick mention of how the size of the group affects whether there will be a conductor or not in your first paragraph. And possibly the why of larger ensembles needing conductors more than smaller ensembles more than chamber groups. I feel your answer is very complete but this could round out the "unify" or "leadership" bullet a little more.
May
10
comment What does a conductor actually do?
@Noldorin do you mean "conductor" or did you mean to write "composer?" I say one when thinking the other all the time.
May
10
comment What should I do about composing 'soft' accents for piano?
Have you considered "fp?"