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comment How should tuba valve springs of different size be reassembled?
You probably should have paid attention to that before you took the tuba apart.
Mar
22
comment Classical examples of a 'fifth voice' or 'ghost soprano'
@ Dave Thank you for the source - it was an interesting read. Apparently, we are both mistaken, according to the article combination (or "resultant") tones do not exist.
Mar
20
comment Is there more than one use for Roman Numerals in music notation?
Roman numerals are also used in Schenkerian Analysis to direct the listener to specific harmonic moments or shifts.
Mar
20
comment Classical examples of a 'fifth voice' or 'ghost soprano'
@Dave Would you care to cite your sources for this information? I'm really interested to learn more about your perception of the overtone series. If you were a classically trained organist, I might take your conjecture at presented value, but I see that you are not a musician by profession.
Mar
18
comment How can I get the vocals to stand out better in the mix when recording?
Also, I wouldn't recommend cutting the high frequencies from the violins, they're pretty high instruments to begin with, so you'd be robbing their sound. All you really need to do is just emphasize certain frequencies to give the violins and the voice each their own shape. For example, emphasize the frequency of the tonic key for the voice and emphasize the frequency for the dominant for the violin. This is of course very rudimentary, but you get the idea.
Mar
18
comment How can I get the vocals to stand out better in the mix when recording?
I don't think you would have to worry about violins being "too loud"; I don't recall a situation ever where the violins needed to be softer. Real instruments are very different than synthetic ones. Now Brass I could see being a problem.
Mar
16
comment Older Hexachordal Systems referred to in The Study of Counterpoint
@Limited Atonement - The Locrian mode was also missing long before composers started thinking about writing with specific harmonic progressions.
Mar
13
comment What are the characteristic intervals or scales of 13-limit harmony and beyond?
@PatMuchmore Glad to help, and no worries; I mostly just wanted to help you (and others) get un-stuck and moving again. :)
Mar
11
comment What are the characteristic intervals or scales of 13-limit harmony and beyond?
Just wanted to clarify that the assertions about hearing are not my own - just reporting the information that I read to help the OP move along in their research.
Mar
11
comment The teaching of scales, chords and keys
I think the answer to that is subjective - for some people it's never an issue, for others, they just need "permission". Still others might just need a change of attitude while some need to be re-taught. As I said before, you have to know a theory before you can see whether or not it applies to music. I think the real travesty in education would be not making students aware of the difference, so they know the examples in the book aren't true for everything.
Mar
11
comment Which keyboard works - beside Bach's - are part of the study curriculum *and* regularly performed in public?
Chopin was not part of the CLASSICAL period.
Mar
10
comment Switch to Clarinet or Saxophone, which one is easier for an oboist?
The real answer here is: whichever will get you the furthest away from an oboe. :D
Mar
9
comment 12 to 6 strings on a 12 string guitar?
Actually, you are incorrect. See my answer.
Mar
9
comment Marimba Bars on a Vibraphone Frame
First, who doesn't like the sound of a vibraphone? Second, if it's really an issue, stay after school 3 days a week and practice on the vibes. OTOH, you can play vibes with your hands. If you're really in a pinch you can practice for vibe parts on piano using vibe hand-positions; the layout is the same as a vibraphone (though obviously narrower), but it's better than nothing. If the keyboard is electric, you can plug headphones in and practice as much as you want. Personally, I'm of the mindset: so what if your parents don't like it? You have to practice and they should respect that.
Mar
9
comment Marimba Bars on a Vibraphone Frame
Marimba bars are also graduated, meaning they are wider and further apart the lower the pitch. Vibraphone bars are not, they are all equal width regardless of the pitch. Unless you have an 8ft vibraphone, it very likely isn't going to happen...
Mar
8
comment What are the characteristic intervals or scales of 13-limit harmony and beyond?
From what I've read, that is also part of the problem - as interval ratios approach that of the 12-ET system, it is harder and harder for people to distinguish between the microtones and the "normal" ones. To that end, appropriate tuning and playing with these extremes is more practical with electronic equipment or percussion, which can be tuned of course.
Mar
7
comment How much time are you supposed to spend on a piece approximately at your difficulty level?
Interesting to know your average turn-around time for relationships. XD
Mar
6
comment Is it acceptable to change tempo in the middle of a song or is this a bad idea?
@DarrenRinger I would amend your comment by adding in the drummer. If a bassist and drummer are locked in together, you're good to go. Otherwise, you've got a nightmare.
Mar
6
comment What is it called when a music has two concurrent tempos
@luserdroog Pick your poison, they all get you to the same place. English is wonderful for butchering other languages and cultures. :)
Mar
4
comment How does a pipe organist deal with latency or delay?
A quick comment about iPads, this is assuming of course that every touch of the iPad is a perfect touch and there is nothing inhibiting the screen. It also depends a bit on the quality of the coding.