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Jun
22
comment How should one practice a piece that is learned, but not fully mastered?
Be aware that you'll never get to the point where you play every piece of music perfectly every time. Mistakes just happen! The trick is being able to continue playing confidently, shrugging off mistakes as you play. When playing for an audience, if you make a few mistakes but act like everything's OK, virtually nobody will notice.
Jun
3
comment Whole bar rest in 6/8 time?
More importantly than helping the players, using semibreve rests makes it much easier to read the conductor's score. Parts that are silent are notated with mostly empty whitespace, making it easier to focus on parts that are actively playing something.
Apr
15
comment Replacing words in the vocals of a recorded song
Your best bet might be to find a student who can sound convincingly close to Katy Perry, have him or her sing "lion" at the pitches and in the style you need for the replacements, then go to town mixing the student's recordings into the original song with a DAW. This wouldn't be easy, but I don't think it is unrealistic, either.
Mar
14
comment How can I make a note repeat endlessly when I hold down a key in Garageband?
+1, although because GarageBand uses audio units instead of virtual instruments, I would search for "audio unit arpeggiator."
Mar
7
comment So I *need* the music but I don't actually read it - how bad is it?
I would expect to able to stop an expert performer and ask which note they just played. But the answer I would get back would probably be something the musician has to think about for a moment as they "reverse" the chords, scales, riffs and other structures they were actively thinking about to decide which note best fits that information.
Mar
5
comment Is it acceptable to change tempo in the middle of a song or is this a bad idea?
To emphasise, while changing tempo is unusual, there's absolutely nothing wrong or improper about doing so. Done well, it will give your song a distinctive, memorable character.
Mar
4
comment What is it called when a music has two concurrent tempos
Related: music.stackexchange.com/questions/14410/…
Feb
28
comment Electronic music beats: Sample or Synthesis?
Use whatever sounds good. I would say choosing whether to use synthesis or sampling is a minor decision to deciding what connotation and style you want your drums to have.
Feb
23
comment What's the correct notation for a full bar note or rest in non-common time?
One major advantage of this notation is that when a conductor looks at a piece's score, when there are passages where several instruments or entire sections aren't playing, the passages show up as blocks of whole rests instead of measures full of multiple rests. This gives the score a cleaner and, in my opinion, easier to parse and quickly read appearance.
Feb
21
comment Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?
Because the piano and guitar are different instruments that lend themselves to different types of play styles.
Feb
19
comment Is there a term for a chord progression that chromatically ascends or descends an octave?
Can an omnibus progression also ascend the chromatic scale, or is there another term for that?
Feb
19
comment Using the Dorian Mode
@mey I use bVII a lot. I asked this question which describes some of the chord progressions I personally favor. Also, as Pat Muchmore noted, what I do can often be described as writing in the mixolydian mode.
Feb
17
comment Algorithms for music composition
-1 While I agree that music is art and composers cannot be replaced by machines, creating an algorithm to generate music is itself a form of composition, and one that, as the other answers can attest, is receiving quite a bit of attention.
Feb
5
comment How can I slice and modulate samples in Logic like Ableton's Slice To Midi feature?
Off the top of my head, I believe there is a way to do this (I've personally done so myself), but I don't remember how. I'll look into it and post an answer in a few days if no one else does first.
Jan
28
comment Do we find music arranged according to Western Music Theory pleasing because of “biological instinct” or because of what we learn?
I'm not an expert, but the general view I've picked up is that musical tastes are a little of both. Musical sounds have certain physical properties that other sounds don't that gives rise to some notes sounding empirically, quantifiably consonant or dissonant. In addition, different listeners from different cultures and backgrounds have acquired tastes for different musical constructs.
Jan
26
comment Which one to teach first: solfege or absolute notation?
Even as a kid, I didn't enjoy singing but was more interested in reading sheet music. Solfege is only really applicable to singing, so it's not going to apply to what all your students will end up wanting to do with music, but arguably learning absolute notation doesn't have this problem.
Jan
24
comment Happy, oriental minor songs
Related: music.stackexchange.com/questions/15704/…
Jan
16
comment What staff affected by a dynamic mark?
Unless the answer is edited, I can't change my vote.
Jan
16
comment What staff affected by a dynamic mark?
I stand corrected! I apologize for the downvote. :p
Jan
15
comment What staff affected by a dynamic mark?
-1: I'm pretty sure I've never seen dynamic marks for piano music written above the treble staff. I believe dynamics between the staves apply only to the treble clef, and dynamics below the bass clef only apply to the bass clef.