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Jul
18
comment Why does the orchestra tune to the oboe?
I read the answer carefully, I just thought it wasn't obvious there was more to it than just habit. I agree with your answer, but I think the stability of the oboe deserved some more attention.
Jul
17
comment Why does the orchestra tune to the oboe?
To me, only the oboes graph looks like a wave. But I am not a physicist.
Jul
17
comment Why does the orchestra tune to the oboe?
Not only a habit! The oboe's tuning is very stable, by this I mean that it doesn't change so quick as that of most other orchestra instruments because of heat/cold/moisturity/dryness. (This is already in the quote you gave, but I thought it hadn't gotten enough attention.)
Jul
17
comment Why does the orchestra tune to the oboe?
Then what is the instrument that is in most orchestras with the simplest waveform? This answer is part of what I heard (from my parents who both are professional musicians and play in orchestras). @JCPedroza
Jul
17
comment Why does the orchestra tune to the oboe?
This tiny sample does not prove that. The answer says that an experienced oboist is able to produce one, not that an oboe always does. I would argue that, when playing (and not tuning), an oboist would try to create a more complex sound than a sine wave, because a sine wave isn't really the most beautiful sound. But even if the answer is incorrect, the waveform of an oboe is still a lot simpler than that of most instruments (compare to the waveform produced by a piano), which would still support the conclusion of the answer. @JCPedroza
Jul
3
comment Do power chords have some kind of function/meaning?
A major fifth does not exist. Fifths and octaves can't be major or minor (so fourths and primes neither).
Jul
3
comment If Für Elise is in Am why there is a D# in it?
D♯ is not a flat 5 in A minor. It is a sharp 4.
Jun
19
comment How to determine which inversion a chord is?
Yeah, I noticed some strange behavior on StackOverflow as well (getting notified for comments I should not be notified of).
Jun
19
comment How to determine which inversion a chord is?
@Tim Is this a response to me or to Kirk A? (To send others a notification of your comment, use an @ symbol and type username without spaces. This will make it clear to whom your are talking as well.)
Jun
19
comment How to determine which inversion a chord is?
@KirkA Sorry, I did not state this clearly in my answer. There is a rule, saying that the lowest note determines the inversion. (Look at the last sentence of the first paragraph and the entire last paragraph of my answer.)
Jun
19
comment How to determine which inversion a chord is?
@Tim Exactly, that is what I tried to say in my answer.
Jun
19
comment How to determine which inversion a chord is?
@SasukeWang Better?
Jun
19
comment How to determine which inversion a chord is?
What do you want to know? @SasukeWang
Jun
19
comment Question about soloing
Thank you, yes. Talking about musical theory in a different language than the one you learnt it in is quite tricky. @JoshuaTaylor
Jun
19
comment Question about soloing
It depends on the temperature. But even if you play in equal temperature the function is still different (and if you are playing an instrument on which you can intonate - like the guitar - you may choose to adjust, because equal temperature is slightly off pitch.)
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.