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Jun
27
comment what is the correct musical term for arpeggios where the notes are left ringing?
Can also be notated with short ties to empty, open space, with a specific duration of time (e.g. 4 seconds), and / or if the instrument has a pedal (piano, vibraphone, tubular chimes) a pedal indication may also be used.
Jun
27
comment Are there any situations when one needs to make a distinction between slurs and ties?
All of this is incorrect. I don't think you understand what ties or slurs are. You should revisit your knowledge of this subject.
Jun
27
comment Are there any situations when one needs to make a distinction between slurs and ties?
Not really correct here. A half-note tied to a quarter can easily be represented by a dotted-half, but there are many reasons to notate the music the former. Also, slurs indicate smooth things for some instruments and circumstances, but not all instruments and circumstances.
Jun
27
comment Are there any situations when one needs to make a distinction between slurs and ties?
@CarlWitthoft Well, a slur covering the same pitch is fine and normal. You said that ties can indicate phrasing, which they cannot.
Jun
27
comment Are there any situations when one needs to make a distinction between slurs and ties?
@CarlWitthoft I've never heard of a tie being used to indicate phrasing. A tie simply joins two notes, nothing more.
Jun
27
comment Are there any situations when one needs to make a distinction between slurs and ties?
@Speldosa Agreed with alephzero here. A slur with two notes of the same pitch signals a string player to many several notes in one bow direction. When tenuto markings, this is called louré bowing, with staccato, it's called slurred staccato. For wind instruments, it indicates several notes to be played with breath attack - no tongue articulation. Slurs are also thicker than ties and reach to the center of the notehead. Ties are thin and flat and begin slightly away from the interior part of the notehead. Musicians distinguish them all the time.
Jun
26
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
Informative answer overall, but one small point of contention: The viola is acoustically imperfect and does not harbor the resonance or the volume of the cello or the violin. Although a lovely instrument in its own right, it is by an large considered to be a "weaker" instrument because of its acoustical traits.
Jun
26
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
There is actually a slowly growing movement within the contrabass community wherein musicians are beginning to re-tune their basses to 5ths for improved tuning / intonation purposes.
Jun
26
comment Time signatures
@AshokRanade Interesting question - see my answer below.
Jun
26
answered Time signatures
Jun
23
comment How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
@RedSonja Yes, you can circular breath on almost any instrument. Haven't tried flute personally, but I could imagine it would be very difficult. Clarinet definitely works.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
I'm not jingoistic, merely a champion of correct information. Whether you want to admit it or not, both Rock and Blues musically derive from European parents. You cannot deny that non-traditionally educated musicians conflate meanings of words through unintentional ignorance. I have the distinct impression you think all "Classical" musicians are stuffy, boring, and outdated, and this mindset informs your own world view, including thinking that oral traditions don't inform composition pedagogy. If you want to continue, take it to chat.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
Further, regardless of the country, time period, or genre of music, terms are still equivocal and necessary for describing musical events, and sorry, America still uses all of the terms other European and abroad countries use to describe music. Colloquially, certain terms may be used certain ways, but it doesn't mean that they're being used correctly. A wonderful example is when Rap artists use the term "beat" to talk about the rhythms of their percussion when in fact "beat" actually refers to "pulse".
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
The introduction to Purple Haze is actually 4 phrases, each with an antecedent (A) and consequent (C) arranged thus: A1,C1, A1,C1a, A2,C2, and A2,C3. The term "Riff" is used to identify motives, phrases, and sometimes even sections within music (btw, non-Rock musicians also use the term!) Your terms that are "genre defining" do not come up with a Google search, so I have doubts as to how much they "define" the genre. Further, I think it's important not to conflate the literary "narrative" form with modified-strophic form, which is what most songs are, for example, Purple Haze.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
Hello Ben Phillips - Welcome to Music: Practice & Theory! Would you care to elaborate on your question? Right now, it's a bit too broad.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
Wouldn't it be the opposite, that a phrase is constructed of riffs? I've always considered a riff to be a short grouping of notes, akin to a motive. Motives strung together form antecedents and consequents, which in turn form phrases. Could you elaborate on "narrative form"? Is it similar to through-composition? Rock and Blues stem from Folk which stems from "Classical" music; with song forms being variations on Rondo Form. Last, I hate to get super-technical, but a motive is the smallest grouping of notes.
Jun
20
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Jun
19
answered Is there a standard musical/poetic form for the interaction between the protaganist and chorus in Ancient Greek tragedy?
Jun
19
comment How to play the note on the 24th fret of the 1st string when my guitar only has 22 frets
The same note could also be achieved by accessing the harmonic located above the neck pickup - easier to grab than fretting down to 5th fret.
Jun
17
comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
This is actually incorrect, there are more than two systems of notation. One must not forget graphic notation, indeterminate notation, stochastic / aleatoric notation, and of course non-"traditional" means of notation: lines in the sand, paint on canvas, jelly beans on a counter. I can convey musical information through almost any means, so really, there are an almost unlimited number of notation systems. Regarding piano roll, it should be noted that that type of notation is specific to computer playback. I am not aware of professional musicians using such notation for performance.