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Jun
19
comment Question about soloing
What is a 'b5'? A lowered fifth? In case that's what you meant, a G# in D Major is actually a #4 (following the assumed notation - a fourth with a sharp). If that's not what you meant, could you explain that? Otherwise, +1.
Jun
11
comment What is the origin of the up bow and down bow symbols for bowed string instruments?
The V is for the French word "Vileine" (not sure about the spelling), because up bow naturally sounds less nice (nowadays, people tend to practice until up and down sounds equal). There is a symbol with a French origin for down bow as well.
May
30
comment Has music notation become more prescriptive?
(+1) There are some outliers though. Not so extreme as jazz or renaissance music, but for example Canto Ostinato by S. ten Holt is quite anti-prescriptive. (Anti used on purpose. Ten Holt opposed prescriptivity in music (to some degree) according to the preface in my copy.)
May
25
comment Why is music theory built so tightly around the C Major scale?
The circle of fifths is really simple. Just go a fifth up (or a fourth down) and your at the next note in the circle of fifths. No memorisation whatsoever.
May
25
comment Why is music theory built so tightly around the C Major scale?
Concerning the memorisation of point 3: here's a handy trick. (Works only for tonal music.) When dealing with flats at the key, the last flat is a fourth up from the key note (I bet this is called differently - I don't talk about musical theory in English very often -, but I mean the note the key is named after). (So if you have two or more flats, the second from the right is the key note.) Sharps: the last sharp is a major seventh above the key note (minor second down, obviously). This saves you from memorising a poem. I need another comment for the circle of fifths.
May
15
comment What's so off about the intro to Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights?
I must say, Gergiev isn't doing very well. His hands are severely shaking and some parts he falls behind. This may have caused the rather clumsy beginning.
Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
@KyleStrand I think we agree, it's just my English.
Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
@KyleStrand I knew it isn't an instrument but a system, I just wasn't sure how to formulate that. Indeed, when both enharmonic they are the same, but a situation where two notes with the same function are notated differently should be quite unusual. (Perhaps not nowadays, since the 20th century rules for notation are treated looser and looser.)
Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
The differences are minimal though.
Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
@Tim Actually, these notes are only the same on instruments with keyboards, and only since the well tempered clavier was invented. (I.e. Beginning of the 18th century.)
Apr
24
comment Do classical and rock musicians train with different goals?
There is one difference I would like to point out though (which is too minor for an answer): for a classical musician, technique is much more important than for a jazz/pop musician. This is based upon the technical difference between jazz/pop and classical students at the conservatory here. Jazz/pop students tend to focus more on other things, among which is improvisation.
Apr
24
comment Chord progressions
By the way; don't bother comparing yourself with famous classical composers. They were so good, their works are still now world-famous. It is just unfair to compare yourself to these half-gods, especially if you haven't had any substantial education in composing (which they all had. Guess what the profession of the fathers of - for example - Bach and Mozart was).
Mar
22
comment Is it possible to differentiate Major scale and Minor scale by ear?
I am not sure, perhaps it was just the terminology that "scared them off", as I think they were quite musical. Anyway, it isn't as straightforward as above comments suggest. @Christian
Mar
22
comment Is it possible to differentiate Major scale and Minor scale by ear?
@keshlam I can only notify one user per comment, please read my comment above.
Mar
22
comment Is it possible to differentiate Major scale and Minor scale by ear?
I have been able to distinguish major and minor scales instinctively as long as I can remember, but I know that some people somehow find this very difficult. (no, not only beginners. These people were singing western music daily.) @Christian
Mar
20
comment Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row?
@KyleStrand comment 1: interesting. I didn't know. Comment 2: I oversimplified there. You're right.
Mar
19
comment Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row?
Note: fingerings are usually not by the composer, but by a pianist hired by the editor. (Though perhaps the Czerny fingerings are authentic, because no credit is given for the fingerings in my edition.) Note as well that fingerings are quite personal, though in some cases (like the case you are asking about) there is a definitive fingering: the one described in BobRodes' answer.
Mar
9
comment Why do we use so complicated notation?
I disagree that standard notation is complicated. Compared to natural languages it is almost ridiculously simple. What makes it complicated is what is not there, i.e. interpretation stuff. What is written is unambiguous and sequential. You don't need to read ahead to understand what is written. (Though it is certainly necessary for 'interpretation stuff'.)
Mar
5
comment Ten minute piano practice techniques?
The most "correct" answer is of course: scales.
Jan
4
comment Can anyone learn to sing?
There was some research into the voice of Paverotti. The conclusion was that why he had such a wonderful voice wasn't because he was physiologically different from me or you (unless either one of us has some kind of handicap I don't know of).