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Jun
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comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
There is actually a slowly growing movement within the contrabass community wherein musicians are beginning to re-tune their basses to 5ths for improved tuning / intonation purposes.
Jun
26
comment Time signatures
@AshokRanade Interesting question - see my answer below.
Jun
26
answered Time signatures
Jun
23
comment How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
@RedSonja Yes, you can circular breath on almost any instrument. Haven't tried flute personally, but I could imagine it would be very difficult. Clarinet definitely works.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
I'm not jingoistic, merely a champion of correct information. Whether you want to admit it or not, both Rock and Blues musically derive from European parents. You cannot deny that non-traditionally educated musicians conflate meanings of words through unintentional ignorance. I have the distinct impression you think all "Classical" musicians are stuffy, boring, and outdated, and this mindset informs your own world view, including thinking that oral traditions don't inform composition pedagogy. If you want to continue, take it to chat.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
Further, regardless of the country, time period, or genre of music, terms are still equivocal and necessary for describing musical events, and sorry, America still uses all of the terms other European and abroad countries use to describe music. Colloquially, certain terms may be used certain ways, but it doesn't mean that they're being used correctly. A wonderful example is when Rap artists use the term "beat" to talk about the rhythms of their percussion when in fact "beat" actually refers to "pulse".
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
The introduction to Purple Haze is actually 4 phrases, each with an antecedent (A) and consequent (C) arranged thus: A1,C1, A1,C1a, A2,C2, and A2,C3. The term "Riff" is used to identify motives, phrases, and sometimes even sections within music (btw, non-Rock musicians also use the term!) Your terms that are "genre defining" do not come up with a Google search, so I have doubts as to how much they "define" the genre. Further, I think it's important not to conflate the literary "narrative" form with modified-strophic form, which is what most songs are, for example, Purple Haze.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
Hello Ben Phillips - Welcome to Music: Practice & Theory! Would you care to elaborate on your question? Right now, it's a bit too broad.
Jun
21
comment How are phrases used in Rock music?
Wouldn't it be the opposite, that a phrase is constructed of riffs? I've always considered a riff to be a short grouping of notes, akin to a motive. Motives strung together form antecedents and consequents, which in turn form phrases. Could you elaborate on "narrative form"? Is it similar to through-composition? Rock and Blues stem from Folk which stems from "Classical" music; with song forms being variations on Rondo Form. Last, I hate to get super-technical, but a motive is the smallest grouping of notes.
Jun
20
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Jun
19
answered Is there a standard musical/poetic form for the interaction between the protaganist and chorus in Ancient Greek tragedy?
Jun
19
comment How to play the note on the 24th fret of the 1st string when my guitar only has 22 frets
The same note could also be achieved by accessing the harmonic located above the neck pickup - easier to grab than fretting down to 5th fret.
Jun
17
comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
This is actually incorrect, there are more than two systems of notation. One must not forget graphic notation, indeterminate notation, stochastic / aleatoric notation, and of course non-"traditional" means of notation: lines in the sand, paint on canvas, jelly beans on a counter. I can convey musical information through almost any means, so really, there are an almost unlimited number of notation systems. Regarding piano roll, it should be noted that that type of notation is specific to computer playback. I am not aware of professional musicians using such notation for performance.
Jun
17
comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
Precisely, the question is asking about specific notation systems, not about how to notate elements of Rap. Asking about notation systems indicates interest in analysis, not notation itself. No one here is saying that you cannot notate Rap with traditional symbols, but rather trying to explore what frameworks are available for analyzing the content within the music. Because Rap doesn't primarily utilize pitch, it would make sense then that music analysts need to develop systems for analyzing lexical intricacies of the text.
Jun
17
comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
@SomeDudeOnTheInterwebs Thanks for the link. Aside from the fact that the Haka is a war cry / dance (a function completely separate from music making), I would still classify the texture as monody. It is true that pitch is undefined, however, they are chanting in unison. If you want to get real nit-picky, you could actually classify their chanting as homophony if including their body percussion as accompaniment. Though interesting, your link is not indicative of rap stylistic traits. Rap arose out of Disco in the '70's; we can continue in chat if you'd like to know more.
Jun
17
comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
You're right in that they can be transcribed with traditional notation, but I believe the question had more to do with analysis than notation.
Jun
16
comment “Spoiled” suspension
@Patrx2 We can postulate about what to call it, but I don't think that was the intention of the question. I thought your original answer was pretty straightforward. I disagree with some points; staying strict to Renaissance counterpoint, you can't move a voice upward into a dissonance unless it is on a weak beat and / or if it is a passing tone to another consonant tone. It is through this lens I made my comment about incorrect voice-leading. That said, I contend that Tallis made the best possible choice. Given all of the voice-leading possibilities, the "G" is least wrong of all outcomes.
Jun
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comment What notation systems exist for indicating rhymes, alliteration and cadence in rap lyrics?
@SomeDudeOnTheInterwebs What you're referring to is monody, which isn't rap. Rap is an interesting mixture of homophony and polyphony and it is markedly different from plainchant, art song, motet, aria, chanson, oratorio, and other vocal styles from throughout history. The closest approximation I know would be recitative from the operatic tradition, but even that is only 600 years old. If you know of a historical vocal style that sounds distinctly similar to rap, then I am interested for you to enlighten us.
Jun
16
comment Alternative ways of notating this example of metric modulation
@DaleNewton 6/8 refers to the time-signature of the perceived modulation, but yes, coincidentally, I also mean that I heard 8ths in 4/4 move to 8ths in 6/8. Apart from the tempo fluctuations, it's misleading because their 4/4 is actually 12/8, and the "hemiola" rhythm is a very common rhythm in compound meter (dotted 8th -> 16th -> 8th).
Jun
16
comment Alternative ways of notating this example of metric modulation
@DaleNewton Yes, you're exactly right; I know it seems finicky, but think about it in terms of pitch. You couldn't justify a tonal modulation that only lasted 2-3 measures - you'd call it a tonicization. If the new "key" stayed for the whole verse, then yes, the modulation represents a dramatic shift in tonality. Metric modulation uses unit subdivision to pivot the very pulse of the music and remain there (much like composers use pivot chords to connect similar keys). Since the song only uses the effect for about 2 measures at most (at any given time), it's not a true modulation.