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comment Singing the words to one song along with the music for another - what is this called?
When done intentionally, this is a parody, and is a very well-established practice. A lot of J.S. Bach's church cantatas are parodies of secular works or vice versa. Sometimes he would even order a new different text specifically so that it could be exchanged for that of a successful work whose music he wanted to re-use.
May
17
answered Is there music available for a c1780 square piano with 5 octaves F to F
Apr
25
comment Why do so many symphonic works that are named “minor” end “major”?
By the way: one of Brahms's intermezzi is the only work I know offhand that ends in (e flat) minor after having begun out in e flat major.
Apr
18
comment Ritardando, Rallentando, and Allargando
"Ritardare" is like reining in a horse. The animal wants to go stampeding off, and you actively prevent it. "Rallentare" is simply any slowing down - even a rolling ball will slow down over time, but there is no willpower and no conflict involved. That may or may not be helpful in deciding how you interpret one of these "slow down" indications.
Mar
31
revised Are tonal (sharp, flat and natural) key signatures octave specific?
fix spelling
Mar
31
answered Are tonal (sharp, flat and natural) key signatures octave specific?
Feb
20
comment Piano Accidentals and Key Signatures
Usually the chords suggested for accompanists contain exactly the same notes sounding in that bar, but even if they didn't, that would not influence the music on the staff at all. These "guitar chords" are supposed to be read by instrumentalists other than the one playing the music on the staves (e.g. rhythm guitar, harmonica etc.)
Feb
19
answered Piano Accidentals and Key Signatures
Feb
17
answered Lilypond staffs extend past end of music
Feb
17
comment Lilypond staffs extend past end of music
The usual advice for this is \layout { \context { \Staff \RemoveEmptyStaves }}. Is that not what you want? And for breaks at non-bar-line point the usual trick is to insert an invisible bar line via \bar"".
Feb
17
comment How to play these overly extended intervals on piano?
In general, whenever the range of a chord exceeds your hand span, you're expected to play it via arpeggio even if there isn't a waved mark. Pianists have very different body measurements, and this convention makes it easier to notate things without worrying whether or not you are demanding the impossible. Towards the end of the romantic era, a lot of composers omitted the arpeggio mark even when writing monster chords that were obviously too wide for anybody to play, even Rachmaninow himself.
Feb
10
comment Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?
Because it's extremely useful to have instrument ranges standardized, so you don't have to specify "for German-keyboard piano" / "for French-keyboard piano" etc, but simply "for piano".
Jan
30
answered Do different minor chords (vi, ii, etc) convey different nuances?
Jan
29
comment Do we find music arranged according to Western Music Theory pleasing because of “biological instinct” or because of what we learn?
@RockinCowboy "wrongly convincing". Asking whether something is "due to instinct" or "due to learning" implies that either one or the other is the case, but in fact almost certainly both mechanisms are operating. People are quite bad at understanding mixed-causality situations, which is why there are so many "false dichotomies". Arguments based on these are usually specious :)
Jan
28
comment Do we find music arranged according to Western Music Theory pleasing because of “biological instinct” or because of what we learn?
The alternative is specious. A huge part of what we transmit to our children culturally is also biologically constrained (but not determined). There are many different scales that peoples consider "natural", but only a tiny fraction of those that would be mathematically possible actually occur. Most of them would be hard-pressed to be accepted by any culture.
Jan
25
answered Is it possible to do tempo changes while practicing with metronome?
Jan
21
comment What's the term for speaking fast in a verse
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patter_song
Jan
21
comment Where to upload (keyboard) transcriptions?
The standard resource is imslp.org. Do you have a particular reason why you think they would not want your scores? There is no particular notability requirement - I've even uploaded myself and nobody objects.
Jan
6
comment How do you play a glissando with two notes?
With great difficulty! I dare anyone to practice this for some time and not sustain at least slight skin injuries. It's still a fun piece to play, though.
Dec
21
comment Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner
Didier Squiban - provided you accept his music as 'Jazz' at all.