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comment Evidence about accuracy of human music transcription
@Koffer - my larger point was that because musicians transcribe in drafts, they work out the errors until the score is accurate. To answer your first question: the character / integrity of the music must be preserved. The 2nd question: see my answer. 3rd question: guessing comes with inexperience and goes away with experience.
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answered Evidence about accuracy of human music transcription
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answered Top-down music learning
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comment What to look for in the musicians you play with
Tim brings up a great point about you being the musician who's "1 rung up" so to speak. Just because your friend might not be as advanced as you doesn't mean that your individual contribution can't surpass his. Do what you want; encourage him to do whatever he can (understanding that he might not be able to play everything you do, and he doesn't have to.) Over time, he will improve. I would much rather play with a great friend who's an okay musician than someone who's awesome and is a jerk (the latter has happened many a time...)
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comment Can anyone interpret every single part of this staff for me? Guess its the quickest way to learn
I really don't like questions like this, as the person asking is essentially saying "Can someone else do all the work for me because I'm too impatient to discover these things for myself?"
Apr
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comment Is there such thing as a piano-like keyboard with all whole tones between two adjacent white keys?
To Note: Pianos / keyboards already have a consistent structure and have maintained this structure for the past several hundred years.
Apr
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comment Picking a key for a song and how to use the notes in that scale?
I would recommend finding a beginning music theory textbook and learn the fundamentals of theory. Once you have a better grasp of the language, you can then work on making it meaningful.
Apr
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What kind of tenor will my voice lead me to (audio recording included)?
Apr
10
comment Dull sound of concert guitar
I suppose this is also assuming the concert sound hasn't left your hands...
Apr
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comment Moving from C to C6 on guitar
+1 for physically taking the time to draw out diagrams and upload them.
Apr
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comment Book about development of music
Technically speaking, The Study of Counterpoint is an 18th century book that teaches methods for interesting linear contours and historically "appropriate" techniques for handling dissonance. Counterpoint is a technique within composition, not composition itself. Obsession with vertical harmony doesn't really develop until the mid-late Classic period.
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answered Book about development of music
Apr
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comment Correct notation for a minor chord?
@PeterOlson - dubious and a hoax perhaps; I thought it more appropriate (and family friendly) an analogy than perhaps American slang for women.
Apr
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answered Correct notation for a minor chord?
Apr
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comment Can anyone achieve absolute pitch?
Good answer, good content, and I agree with a lot of your thoughts. Hearing is very underdeveloped in the US, and it is not surprising that there are no standardized techniques for AP as there are for RP.
Apr
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comment Chord analysis: b13 or #5
@NReilingh - If I were writing a jazz tune, I wouldn't write the chord with a b6 for the same reason you outlined. That said, it should be noted that it was never explicitly stated that we were talking about jazz - it merely appeared that way given the context of the OP's question. My comments about "compelling reasons" and nomenclature are intended for a broader interpretation of the question, which I thought was fair given ambiguity of the question.
Apr
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comment How does a flutist maintain a grip on the flute when the stops are open?
A responsible textbook answer, but what about when you hold the flute away from your face? I was always taught that you only needed to fingers to hold a flute: the right pinky and the left thumb.