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comment Do we find music arranged according to Western Music Theory pleasing because of “biological instinct” or because of what we learn?
@Kilianfoth You have some interesting conjecture here; it would be interesting to see some examples.
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comment Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?
@mey Tim is right here, in this case, it would be G# since the proceeding notes must be sharp in order to show harmonic motion to the leading tone chord. Otherwise, you're building a harmonic progression to Dbb, which doesn't make sense.
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comment Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?
@Tim The difference is not academic, but of function. The point of roman numeral analysis is to show harmonic function. If it functions as a V/vi then that's great; you wouldn't label it as III. If it's part of a series of unrelated chords, then you shouldn't use RN analysis and instead just use chord names. Regarding your point about "D", the answer is yes, V/V/II(I) would be correct; you would put the whole motion in the context of D since that is where it's heading. I have analyzed pieces that contained V/V/V/vii°/I. Yes, I agree, it's obnoxious.
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comment Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?
@mey It would depend on what you're doing with it. A "VI" would need a picardy third in the new key, which would almost sound like voice-leading to "D" depending on how it was prepared. A "VI" would be considered a parallel major of the relative minor and would be considered root movement by mediant relationship.
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comment Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?
@Mr.Boy You're right in saying that major/minor relationships are not "opposites", but should rather be thought of as different flavors.
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comment Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?
@mey You wouldn't call it a "III", you would call it a "V/vi".
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comment What did ancient cuneiform notation look like, and how did it work?
@PatMuchmore Yes, I absolutely agree. My mention of the Epitaph was only going to be a corollary to the example espoused in the question. Ancient notation systems are somewhat of a weak area of mine.
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comment What did ancient cuneiform notation look like, and how did it work?
Wish I could vote for this twice. I was going to mention the Seikilos Epitaph, but your examples here far pre-date mine. Fascinating!
Jan
26
comment Which one to teach first: solfege or absolute notation?
I'm not sure who voted to close. I don't have time to answer this right now, but this is an INCREDIBLY well researched subject and is not subject to opinion.
Jan
25
comment iOS app that recognises intervals
The best app I've found is called: An Acoustic Piano - they are found in practice rooms, recital halls, houses, restaurants, music stores, and maybe even your home some day. They are easy to use: 1.) Sing an interval 2.) Play the piano 3.) Did it match? 4.) Lather, rinse, repeat.
Jan
25
revised How should I write a 2nd interval between two voices?
Added picture from another answer.
Jan
24
comment I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?
@LeeWhite I think perhaps you need to revisit your understanding of cultural, musical, evolutionary, and biological history. I am supposing your expertise are derived from classes you're currently taking, and haven't had the luxury of accumulating enough life experience to eventually forget them? Save discussion for the chat.
Jan
23
comment Practical limitations of the 4 mallet technique for idiophones from a compositional point of view
@Patrx2 Percussionist employ several types of grips depending on their playing style and application. Some grips offer wider range while other grips offer more versatility / dexterity. Just write the music, let the percs worry about the grips.
Jan
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comment I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?
@LeeWhite I disagree with your though about music being "invented recently". Written music extends almost as far back as written language, and anthropologists have pretty good ideas about how music was used for communication. Music conveys concepts and meanings - is that not the function of language?
Jan
22
comment What's the term for speaking fast in a verse
@RockinCowboy No worries; your enthusiasm for helping other people is great. I get a little too snappy sometimes.
Jan
22
answered Practical limitations of the 4 mallet technique for idiophones from a compositional point of view
Jan
22
comment How to play a piece “cantabile”?
@amalgamate - if you have found your answer to be wrong, you should delete it. Also, the word is spelled "legato".
Jan
22
answered Is it possible to play 2 wind instruments well?
Jan
22
comment Statistical Average range for a Male singer
@BarneyChambers That kind of answer you're looking for doesn't exist in the concrete as every voice is different. However, very generally speaking, untrained male baritones can typically sing G2-B2 in the bottom part of their range up to approximately B3-D4 at the very top of their chest range. Up above D4 you're getting into tenor territory and it's best to have them take over.
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comment Statistical Average range for a Male singer
@RockinCowboy No worries, as I teacher, I just always want to make sure people get the best possible information. I wouldn't say your view is tainted, but perhaps, just a little incomplete?