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Sep
12
comment How does a advanced classical pianist start to play pop music?
This is actually common for many classically trained pianists / musicians. Many of them are not good improvisors or can't go to jam sessions because they simply can't get off the page. Besides studying different pop/rock bands, I would highly encourage you to start learning pop songs by ear. Using your ear only will help you increase comfort off the page.
Sep
11
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Sep
9
answered Is it considered poor skills if a (Western) classical singer has to cough during performance?
Sep
9
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
@George - at this point it means very little; these comments have divulged considerably from the original topic. Further discussion can be done in chat.
Sep
9
comment Who invented the special left hand grouping for Chopin Ballade no. 4?
I agree; I think the printed version also attempts to make the time signature for each hand clear (e.g. 3/4 Right Hand, 6/8 Left Hand) as well as reflect what's happening musically (notice the single 8th notes are marked staccato while the beamed notes are not.) That said, I do prefer Chopin's manuscript.
Sep
9
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
@George - I'm going to ignore your immaturity here and focus on the larger point: that none of us can enjoy Beethoven's genius if we have no clear way of interpreting what he expresses. There is a similar story about Penderecki - an orchestra conductor at Curtis was rehearsing a Penderecki score; it was so poorly notated the piece could not be rehearsed. Frustrated, the conductor threw the score and said "He might be a genius, I don't know, I can't read his score!" We are lucky that other people took the time to make legible Beethoven's works, otherwise, we could not enjoy them as we do.
Sep
9
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
@George - a musical idea, no matter how profound, is useless if poorly presented; just as it is also useless if poorly performed; just as it is also useless if it is poorly conceived. Obsessive? Yes. I agree with "meticulous" in Pat's respect. In your respect, "stubborn" seems to be more appropriate.
Sep
9
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
@PatMuchmore - couldn't agree more; my comments were made with respect to his style, and yes, certainly more meticulous in compositional instructions than his contemporaries.
Sep
8
comment The Secret Current
This is a great question and an interesting subject, but I voted to close because I think it is better suited for a discussion on Meta or Chat.
Sep
8
comment Counting while Playing
Nicely suggested.
Sep
8
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
Good answer here Caleb - and this is how Beethoven often used the sforzando as well; often replacing the accent mark with an "sf" or an "sfz". In quick summation, a passage with repeated "sf" indicates a series of accented notes, not a global dynamic change.
Sep
8
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
I'm not sure where you learned that Beethoven was meticulous. Quite the opposite really; his scores are hardly legible and were completely impractical to use. They had to be re-copied before they could even make the parts. You also say it is difficult to generalize, and then spend an entire paragraph generalizing about LVB's music. The effect you describe is most notable a the conclusion of a movement or piece where the composer is intent on creating a sense of finality.
Sep
8
comment Is there a general term for a single note or a chord?
Dom, your information is simply incorrect.
Sep
7
answered Playing with an mp3 player in performance
Sep
7
comment Playing with an mp3 player in performance
To clarify, this question is obviously concerning the practice of musical performance and the logistics concerned therein. I think other people could benefit from this question as this type of performance is becoming increasingly common. Perhaps a change to the title of the question would help.
Sep
7
comment Just intonation with Finale Human Playback?
Just to add: The retail version of Finale comes with the GPO sound libraries and offers in total 11 different tunings of equal temperament (from 380-445hz).
Sep
7
comment Is there a special name for “I - V - i” or “i - V - I” Modulation?
Just want to add here that it is important to note the difference between modulation and progression. If this is a tonal region with a distinct shift to another tonal region, then we can consider it a modulation. If it merely passes through the chords described above, it is a progression and therefore should be though of a modal mixture as opposed to a parallel modulation.
Sep
3
comment Definition of the note C
It's important to point out that a 12-note scale is only one type of scale. Other composers use 24 or 48-note scales, dividing the octave into many microtones. It is also important to remember that tuning systems have changed dramatically over the past few hundred years, and even vary by country today. Really, the frequency for a note encompasses a range of frequencies, and not any one particle single number. This question is similar to "why is the sky called Blue?"
Sep
3
comment Definition of the note C
I think you mean A = 440hz
Sep
2
comment Is there a way to notate alternative transitions between 2 sections of music?
Of the two ideas, the D.S. al Coda idea is better.