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Apr
4
comment Chord analysis: b13 or #5
@microtherion - Tim means that if the G is considered a 13th, it should rightfully be on top of the chord, which it is not.
Apr
4
comment Chord analysis: b13 or #5
@MeaningfulUsername - how / why would you ever interpret "G" as a fifth above "B"? It is always a sixth (a minor one in this case.)
Apr
3
answered Chord analysis: b13 or #5
Apr
2
comment C#m in Am chord progression
@Spring - it would be less interesting. Interest is derived from contrast. If you only had an A minor triad / key sounding for ten minutes, it might get monotonous.
Apr
1
comment C#m in Am chord progression
@Spring - A "V4/2" is a third inversion dominant 7th chord. The figured bass for it would be 4/2 (read: "four-two") thus illustrating the order of notes in the chord from lowest to highest - or at least what's in the bass.
Apr
1
comment C#m in Am chord progression
@TimSeguine - Nope! You've only got two possibilities. Using this example, those would be F# or C#. Any sort of proper analysis has special notation used to designate key changes, so it's unnecessary to try and qualify it as a "major chromatic mediant".
Apr
1
awarded  theory
Apr
1
comment what is the difference between writing and pronouncing of notes?
Methinks there needs to be more clarification with this question.
Apr
1
comment C#m in Am chord progression
@Spring - "Non-diatonic" means "isn't a part of the original scale". For example, A -> C in A minor is a diatonic third. A -> C# in A minor is not a diatonic third as C# doesn't occur in A minor. Therefore, it's a non-diatonic third. Chromatic Mediants refer to non-diatonic third relationships. Mediants refer to diatonic third relationships.
Mar
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Should you shape your voice consciously or try to find a natural voice?
Mar
31
comment C#m in Am chord progression
@Dom - functionally, this explanation really only works if the C# is being used as an approach note to a V4/2 in A minor.
Mar
31
answered C#m in Am chord progression
Mar
31
comment What do I do when my long fingernails for classical guitar interfere with playing piano?
@CarlWitthoft - long fingernails for guitar playing help with articulation and projection among other things. Classical/flamenco guitar technique is much different than typical guitar technique. The alternative is to use fingerpicks similar to a banjo player, but as other people have pointed out here, they are uncomfortable and not as intuitive as using one's nails.
Mar
30
comment What does the tie across other different notes mean?
@NReilingh - Glad that you have done some research. However, French scores shouldn't be used as models for notation practices as they typically sport many nonsensical things. Further, the chosen example is 106 years old and is not current with contemporary notational procedures. Nice find though.
Mar
30
answered Parallel key modulation while sight-singing
Mar
30
comment What does the tie across other different notes mean?
Alternatively, George, since the original excerpt appears to have been written for guitar, it should remain on one staff (therefore the ledger lines are acceptable.) A proper way to write it in two voices would be to merely show a short tie coming off the bass voice of the grouping - this would complement the written directions of "let basses ring" from the original example.
Mar
30
comment What does the tie across other different notes mean?
@NReilingh - I respectfully disagree that this is acceptable notation - for piano or any instrument otherwise. The durations of tied tones must correlate with the rhythms occurring during the tie. The exception here is of course if there are two or more parts being portrayed in the same staff (such as trumpet I, trumpet II) and therefore have different music. That said, if the parts are too different rhythmically, they must be notated on individual staves. In the case of the provided example, it should be notated as a 16th tied to a 16th tied to a 1/4 tied to 1/8 for maximum clarity.
Mar
30
comment (1/√π)/√⅔ as a time signature?
@BobRodes - to paraphrase Gardner Reed: if your music is illegible, why should musicians bother to puzzle it out?
Mar
28
comment (1/√π)/√⅔ as a time signature?
@BobRodes - the concept that resonance is contingent upon tonality is a silly one. Tonality is contextual. I can write a series of incredibly resonant major triads but have the overall effect be serial, non-tonal, pan-tonal, or a-tonal simply by how they are presented. You also attribute a lack of resonance of essentially being devoid of musical meaning. Resonance is an effect to be used by the composer for a specific purpose. We have not yet begun to discuss my position. :) My point was simply that tone rows are no more / less superficial than major or minor scales.