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Jan
22
comment What's the term for speaking fast in a verse
@RockinCowboy Please refrain from patronizing me by attempting to educate me about my profession - I am a professional composer and musician. Using your logic, the vocal line must be impossible to transcribe and have no balance. ^Hint: anyone could transcribe this and write it down^ In fact, in the first 50 seconds of the song, you can clearly hear several instances of evenly-spaced phrase relationships with antecedents and consequents. Yes there is syncopation and subdivision, but the phrasing is clearly in 4/4 time, surely you must see that. You need to revisit your concept of prosody.
Jan
21
answered Books on orchestration specializing in dynamics?
Jan
21
comment Books on orchestration specializing in dynamics?
I shudder to think that Zimmmer is mentioned in the same sentence as Britten and Ravel - especially with respect to orchestration. The man doesn't read music.
Jan
21
answered What's the term for speaking fast in a verse
Jan
21
answered Harmonizing a melody for 4 voices… help?
Jan
19
answered Using Fruity Loops to create Pop Music
Jan
19
answered How to prepare for an audition when chops are tired?
Jan
18
comment What is it called when singers very rapidly change pitch while singing the same syllable of text?
No worries, the text to which I referred is a recent text on the history of western music compiled by Music History professors from Indiana University, and is well-regarded in the field of music.
Jan
18
answered What is a perfect fifth?
Jan
18
comment What is it called when singers very rapidly change pitch while singing the same syllable of text?
Actually, not a semantic question. To answer your question, yes I would. See my comment to Wheat Williams' answer below for why.
Jan
18
comment What is it called when singers very rapidly change pitch while singing the same syllable of text?
Thanks for the expansion Wheat, a couple things though: music does not need to be written down in order to be considered melismatic. If there's more than one pitch on a syllable, it's a melisma. Regarding "coloratura" you are actually mistaken, the textbook definition of "coloratura" is: florid vocal ornamentation. Sopranos were called thus because they were divas and always colored passages unnecessarily, preferring to hear themselves more than other people. They received the most attention, so people wanted to be like them, and the term was designated to the performer.
Jan
18
comment Does good intonation alone really make you “louder”? If yes, why?
You need to qualify your question to distinguish between perceived amplitude and actual amplitude.
Jan
18
answered Is there some way to quantify melodic transitions?
Jan
18
comment Statistical Average range for a Male singer
my source is years of writing music, attending clinics, collaborating with professional musicians, teaching, and working with untrained musicians. 2/3rds of an octave actually puts the minimal range at a minor 6th, not a 4th as you claim. In Renaissance and Baroque times the cantus firmus of a chant was written with intervals no larger than a perfect fifth because many untrained voices could not sing higher. My statements are historically, contextually, and pedagogically relevant and accurate, devised from years of study and professional work.
Jan
17
comment Statistical Average range for a Male singer
I disagree a little bit with you here - your range is a bit generous. An average, untrained male adult without falsetto will generate an average range to approximately between 0.66 - 1.3 octaves. The average trained vocalist / musician should be able to cover the range you prescribe.
Jan
17
answered What is it called when singers very rapidly change pitch while singing the same syllable of text?
Jan
17
answered Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?
Jan
17
comment Augmented 5th on B double sharp?
@caters Double and triple accidentals had a surge in popularity in the early 20th century, but now most musicians see them as impractical and unnecessary. C## Major does not exist.
Jan
15
comment How do archaic instruments affect contemporary music?
I disagree strongly that the A clarinet is obsolete. It is very standard for professional clarinetists to have both a Bb and an A for orchestral and solo playing. If you want obsolete, talk about Bass Trumpets, Hurdy-Gurdy, Lutes, and Ophicleides.
Jan
15
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