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comment How to make people interested in what we're teaching?
I voted for this as the answer is primarily opinion-based. This type of question is not new and if the answer to it were simple, the education system would be vastly different than what it is today. In part, students and culture change with time, so the answers we create and our roles as teachers must also change through necessity of preservation.
Oct
15
comment What pitches for singing “Movable Do”?
Technically, I did answer your question as you asked about pitch. However, you meant to ask about frequency. In all tuning systems, pitch classes are always consistent within themselves (due to how the overtone series functions). The actual frequency of F differs depending on the tuning system, but whatever system you're singing in will determine the frequencies of the notes you sing. FYI we use the Equal Temperament system in the Western European tradition. Voice ranges and groups only effect what key you choose, not the frequencies of those keys. Find a key that works for everyone.
Sep
29
comment Why do notes have multiple names?
@Dom - It's also true of other musicians as well; people don't like reading double flats. :) Also, small nitpick - chords can have two notes, they're called diads.
Sep
29
comment Why do notes have multiple names?
I agree with Matthew here: I think the thought and intention is good, however I think the reasoning could be a bit more developed. For example, you didn't mention anything about Tetrachords, use of enharmonics to suggest harmonic function, contextual enharmonic use, or the alphabet rule, to name a few.
Sep
29
comment Why do notes have multiple names?
It's also true for Just Intonation, Meantone Intonation, and microtones as well...
Sep
28
comment Chord notation for stacked and inverted chords or intervals?
Can you be more specific when you say "normal" chord notation? It's unclear if you're talking about macroanalytical notation, figured bass, set theory, 12-tone theory, quintal/quartal/diadic harmony, or others.
Sep
26
comment Terminology for tension idioms in composition
@MartinDrautzburg - you are incorrect here - musical structures can be applied to pieces of any length. There is a Webern piece written in sonata form that is seven measures long. Different types of musical form do not accurately describe music. A four-bar phrase might be the "A" material of a binary, ternary, or rondo form. Regarding contrast, it is precisely your thinking that is limiting you. If you prefer your opinion over others, then do not ask questions if you are not prepared for the answers.
Sep
24
comment short segment of different time signature
yes, you are quite right. My comments / thoughts are usually made with respect to "classical" music only; including other genres by name as necessary.
Sep
23
comment short segment of different time signature
agreed; my only stipulation is that I think you should say "...though it's not terribly common in certain time periods...". Certainly most music written within the last 110 years or so contains many, many time signature changes.
Sep
23
comment short segment of different time signature
Would the 6/4 would better as two 3/4 measures? Also, see my comment to the answer below.
Sep
23
comment short segment of different time signature
I do see your points, but I'm definitely of the mindset: "suck it up and learn to read".
Sep
22
comment leaps: small vs. large (learning counterpoint)
@Dom, regardless of how a 4th is classified (you'll find different answers depending on where you look), the important thing is to understand how to treat it. My teachers always classified it as a leap because (in addition to the rules I mentioned earlier) it made you think twice about using 4ths (a good habit to get into). Mark, to answer your question directly, a large leap would be anything larger than a P5th.
Sep
21
comment leaps: small vs. large (learning counterpoint)
Dom, I upvote here but disagree with a portion of your answer. I would say that a leap is a 4th or larger as the interval of a 4th is dissonant in counterpoint and voices must be resolved in the opposite direction. Therefore 4ths are used less frequently and thus fall into the "rare" category (or at least used with certain rules.)
Sep
19
comment Proper technique for screaming vocal style
I think perhaps you should re-read your comment and think about how your justification is silly and unfounded. Also, opera, country, blues, folk, and world music, to name a few.
Sep
18
comment Proper technique for screaming vocal style
@NathanTaylor - your argument holds little value for justification in that you completely ignore the temporal aspect of vocal damage. Most people say "yeah, but they sound awesome and are getting better!!!!!" and that's all well and good while people are young. Talk to me again in 55 years and see if "Jessie" is still able to sing/scream in the same way. It is the same thing with tattoos - sure they look great when you're young, but that's about it.
Sep
18
comment Are certain subdivisions “uncountable”?
@Dom - it would depend on how they are being subdivided. The western traditional system only accounts for regular beat divisions (2, 3, 4, etc) but the Carnatic rhythms are infinitely subdivided and interchangeable (such as 3+5+2 etc). In a straight-forward 8 32nd notes-per-beat of simple time, you would use the following syllables to subdivide the beat into 8 (4+4) parts: ta-ke-di-mi-ta-ke-ja-nu
Sep
17
comment Are certain subdivisions “uncountable”?
@Ryan - rhythm and timbre are two completely unrelated things. I believe the term you are looking for is hypermeter. I posted an answer about hypermeter a while ago.
Sep
14
comment Is it bad for a piano player to work out?
@JanDVorak - The largest issue with that would be pressing more than 1 key simultaneously, though I've never heard of this being an issue. A larger and more prominent issue are fingers that are too short. Pianists with short fingers can still be virtuosic, but they need to alter their technique a bit.
Sep
12
comment In “All we like sheep have gone astray,” are we laughing with Handel or at him?
I'm not sure who voted to close, but the reasons are silly. This question is clearly within the realm of music history and also narrow, limited, and specific enough to warrant a cogent answer supported by documentation. In other words, not opinion-based. That said, I wouldn't at all be surprised if those words were accented purely because he happened to be writing that section before dinner and lamb was on the menu for that evening. (f
Sep
12
comment What are some techniques to alter a repeated phrase
Some good musical terminology here. To offer a broader thought for the OP: make something different, anything really. If you want it to be noticeable, you can't be as subtle as you think you should be. People won't notice. Also, you'd want to create enough context to where the deviation can be appreciated. If you're constantly changing everything, your piece will seem wandering and people will lose interest.