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comment How to make a brass instrument quieter?
I know you've already accepted an answer, but I just thought I should mentioned buzzing on the mouthpiece. You can practice all of your music just on the mouthpiece while at home, and when you're away, you can put the mouthpiece back in the trumpet and play - you will find your accuracy, flexibility, and tone production significantly improve.
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comment Amount of outside-classroom study required for theory/musicianship formal education
Agreed with @PatMuchmore. To take it a step further, it depends on how proficient you want to be. If you study for an hour or two a week, you could probably pass the class, but your skills would be very weak. You will never learn all there is to learn, so always learn as much as you can for as long as you can, and opportunities will follow.
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comment I have Finale and I am having trouble
Agreed with Wheat here, this question would be much better on the Finale forum.
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comment What's the shortest that a note can be and still have a recognisable pitch?
Very interesting question! Looking forward to some quality, data-supported answers!
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comment What's the shortest that a note can be and still have a recognisable pitch?
Guitars and pianos are not the same as harps - the duration of their notes can be easily controlled. Regarding your last statement, I would say the same thing also occurs as you approach the other end of the spectrum; a piccolo or xylophone in the highest registers would be difficult to differentiate pitch.
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comment The Tritone - is it a #4 or a b5?
@Tim It very likely comes from the spelling of a half-diminished chord, which is only an altered 5th away from a minor-7th chord, a chord often found in jazz / blues. Follow the flats -> C7, Cm7, Cm7b5, Cdim7. It's a natural progression. You see 5's instead of fours because most blues / jazz uses tertian harmony. If you used quartal, micro-tone, tone rows, or set theory, the nomenclature would be different.
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comment The Tritone - is it a #4 or a b5?
@Tim Yes, you probably see it more as a "#11".
Apr
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comment The Tritone - is it a #4 or a b5?
Your intent is good here, but a little short-sighted. A "tritone" is equidistant from a root in both directions, so you're only half-correct. If you descend from C, the three intervals would be C-Bb, Bb-Ab, Ab-Gb. A tritone is both Gb and F#, it entirely depends on the context of the music to determine how it should be written.
Apr
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comment Need help leaning to feel and play the upbeat centric soul/gospel/funk groove
The notion that there is "black" or "white" music or styles of playing is a crass, undeveloped one. If you mean Gospel, then say "Gospel", if you mean "improvisation", then say "improvisation". I think your real problem is that you don't know what to call things - if you aren't able to accurately describe exactly what about your playing style you'd like to improve, it is difficult to help. Simply asking "How do I play Black style?" doesn't mean anything. Why don't you try going and talking to and learning from the musicians you'd like to play like?
Apr
22
answered Does valve oil in the lead pipe of a trumpet prevent tarnishing?
Apr
22
comment What are some good ways to practice rim shots?
You can't play a good rim shot without a good punchline. [insert rim shot]
Apr
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comment I would like to learn to play an easy to learn instrument
FUN FACT: All instruments are difficult. If you want something easy, then music is not the subject for you.
Apr
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comment What is this called in Taylor Swift's song “Style”?
The wikipedia article is incorrect - it even contradicts its own definition of additive rhythm. Additive rhythms are found most famously in Messiaen's talas - notably in his Quartet for the End of Time.
Apr
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comment Why are time signatures needed?
@aeismail First, your notation is horrifying. Second, your ideas of "accented" beats are entirely contextual. You should only accent certain beats if it is historically or stylistically necessary. Otherwise, you should play the music as written.
Apr
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comment Why are time signatures needed?
I heartily disagree with your ideas. Time signatures are dependent on the music. Next time you play Stravinky's Firebird with an orchestra, let me know how it goes without measure numbers. Some forms of music don't need time signatures, like the ones you mentioned, however, it is important to know how best to organize your music. Your comments on key signatures are equally silly and misguided.
Apr
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comment Do song lyrics need to be complicated and have hidden meaning?
Absolutely not - if you want to be a millionaire, write trashy music with lyrics about sex and you'll be fine.
Apr
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answered How can I increase my vocal endurance and sing longer without getting hoarse and losing my voice?
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comment Do triads sound strongest in second inversion?
Also agreed with Tim here - The aural perception of 2nd inversion chords being "strongest" is purely subjective. In actual tradition, they are considered the weakest form of triad because of the 4th in the bass, which has been considered since the Baroque to be a dissonant interval.
Apr
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comment Do triads sound strongest in second inversion?
Agreed with Pat Muchmore here - it is important to remember the distinctions between open and closed voicings. Matthew's example definition could be considered closed voicing, while Pat's include both closed and open voicings. @Matthew - if a triad was E, C, G, would it not still be in first inversion?