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answered Do bass notes basically just accent and/or add notes to the above harmony?
23h
comment Any way to improve musical memory?
@DeusDeceit Glad to hear it helps - if you feel it satisfactorily answers your question, you can always "accept".
23h
comment Should ossia stave barlines connect to main stave?
No problem Bob - just glad to help. Thanks for the clarification; makes sense now!
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answered Should ossia stave barlines connect to main stave?
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comment Any way to improve musical memory?
@DeusDeceit Yes, it does make a difference. Writing it down forces you to interpret the information in a way that would make sense to somebody else. In effect, it is as if you are "teaching" someone. You find out if you really know something when you have to teach it. Additionally, there is something to be gained by making a graphic representation of what you are hearing, much like taking notes in class.
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comment What is the '+' symbol mean in a chord?
At the risk of getting obnoxious, the "+" symbol actually has many meanings in music, such as LH pizzicato and stopped horn.
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answered Any way to improve musical memory?
Jan
28
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.
Jan
28
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.
Jan
27
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.
Jan
27
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.
Jan
27
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.
Jan
27
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".
Jan
27
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.
Jan
26
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.