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Mar
4
comment How do I properly stretch my newly strung strings?
I've never stretched guitar strings and I've never had problems with tuning.
Mar
4
comment Strange key signature?
Bartok probably didn't want to write a # by every C in the piece or a natural sign in front of every F, maybe it was just easier to do it this way. He also has songs where each hand has different keys. His music wasn't exactly the traditional European classical so maybe he didn't feel like notating it in such a way.
Feb
13
comment What factors affect the loudness of a drum?
Agreed. This isn't an easy question to answer without getting into a lot of physics/math; just trying to explain what gives things volume to begin with is difficult enough. Which, by the way, isn't just a matter of increasing the amplitude of a sound wave, it's much more involved than that.
Feb
8
comment Guitar practice - general techniques
@Kieren Johnstone Most of the exercises I do for warm ups are weird patterns that sound funny. They just gradually stretch your hand more and more. I'll also do chromatic stuff and string skipping things. Sometimes a combination of all three.
Feb
7
answered Guitar practice - general techniques
Feb
7
comment Are some synthesizers and keyboards able to interchange sounds?
Slim is right. You can't just transport sounds from one synthesizer to another, they're not samplers, they're synthesizers. You can try to recreate the sound if you know what you're doing but no matter how hard you try it'll never sound exactly the same; unless, of course, you're using the exact same synthesizer!
Feb
7
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Feb
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Feb
5
answered Can I learn an instrument just by practicing songs?
Feb
4
comment Making a Soundproof Room
Egg cartons and beverage holders, like from a drive through, work surprisingly well.
Feb
1
comment which software has sorting capabilities to help mastering the fretboard?
Guitar Pro is the only software I use and it has standard music notation which can help you figure out what fret is what note. You can also program it to do everything you're asking. Really though, I don't think you need special software for this. Memorize a few frets at a time, 5, 7 and 12 are a good place to start. The shapes (visual memory) on the guitar are the intervals and will help you memorize chords/arpeggios, etc. Just keep practicing and dedicate your practice time to some of these ideas.
Jan
29
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Jan
29
comment Why do F#6 and higher notes ring more than F6 and lower notes?
Thank you for your clarification. I think I just misinterpreted/misread what you had originally said.
Jan
28
comment How can I change the time signature to make the score easier to read?
If it's a pop song it's likely in 4/4 since basically every pop song ever is in 4/4 but I guess one could argue that 2/4 is almost the same thing. Regardless, nonpop's answer is correct but the same thing is achieved by writing in 2/2, switching it to 2/4, and then saying the tempo is twice as fast. I don't see any reason it couldn't be moved to 4/4 either. The time signature is a matter of convenience, literally any of them could be used.
Jan
28
comment Does proper technology exists for guitar accompaniment design for guitarists who play alone?
Besides the already mentioned information, Ableton Live is another good program for live performance along the lines of what you're asking. The learning curve is much steeper though.
Jan
28
comment How can I make my headphone cable indestructible?
+1 I was going to suggest detachable cables as well. I will not buy headphones without detachable cables ever again.
Jan
28
comment What to do when we have back pain from playing guitar after a while?
Find a chiropractor that plays guitar and have him watch you play. Or anyone who knows a lot about playing guitar. I do not rest my guitar on my lap when playing and I've never experienced back pain even during extended practice sessions. I know you don't want to involve medicine but something is seriously wrong if you're experiencing back pain after only 10 minutes.
Jan
28
comment Why do F#6 and higher notes ring more than F6 and lower notes?
The overtones are present regardless of whether or not the damper is used.
Jan
28
comment Why do F#6 and higher notes ring more than F6 and lower notes?
The higher notes don't have as long of a sustain and whoever designed the piano probably thought it was fine to leave them off.
Jan
7
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