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Apr
6
comment What makes graduate-level music theory different from undergraduate-level music theory?
Feel free to edit my answer and add "Algorithmic Composition" to the list.
Apr
5
comment What makes graduate-level music theory different from undergraduate-level music theory?
@Clarinetist Happy to help. Regarding orchestration, one of the most popular contemporary texts on the subject is the book by Samuel Adler. There is also another excellent book by Alfred Blatter.
Apr
5
comment Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument
@MWc Happy to help. Happy Practicing.
Apr
4
comment Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument
@BobBroadley I disagree with you a little there concerning oblique motion. That type of motion requires a bit of independence, which comes with time. I would suggest that parallel motion is much more accessible to the beginning multi-phonic-player. FWIW, I've submitted an answer (me being a brass player).
Mar
30
comment What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?
@Patrx2 I'll take your word on it; ear trumps all.
Mar
30
comment What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?
@ToddWilcox The only problem with Fminor is that you'd have all sorts of Db's lying around, which doesn't occur in this piece. While I understand your reasoning about it not being unusual, I will say that what does make this excerpt unusual is how infrequently the tonic note / chord is emphasized. Indeed, Fm appears to serve as a support post that suspends the edges of the verse/bridge. This is unusual because it is almost a mirror opposite of typical periodic phrasing. Even more unusual is that book-ending chords either change modally or move by step; there are no periodic cadences.
Mar
30
comment What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?
@Patrx2 Now taking a second look (and realizing the chords are C instead of Cm) I'm going to agree that F Dorian with usual ficta seems to work here. If we agree on F Dorian for Verse / Chorus, then I think a move to C natural minor for the Bridge is indeed reasonable.
Mar
29
comment What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?
@Patrx2 Sure, F Dorian works as well, and I see your point about the half-cadence. However, I'm not convinced that it stands up harmonically. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Bb Mixolydian stands up harmonically either (with the C chord, perhaps modal mixture with lydian?), I was just assigning a key based on notes presented. We can postulate any number of assignments and argue their validity, but, I think you'll agree, it comes down to what we hear. I also must admit that I misread the post originally, I though all the chords in Verse/Chorus were C minor chords for some reason.
Mar
29
comment What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?
I suppose I'm being a bit of a stickler, I guess I just wish the correlation between the answer and the question were drawn more clearly.
Mar
29
comment What key contains the chord progression C, Fm, Bb? Or is it multiple keys?
Tim, I'm not convinced this answers the question.
Mar
28
comment A scale question
The distance from root to 3rd is 4 semitones (M3) while the distance from 3rd to 5th is 3 semitones (m3). 4 + 3 = 7.
Mar
23
comment Mixer vs JamHub?
@RockinCowboy You are kind; just wanted to point something out in case you had forgotten or simply didn't know. My reaction is less, I think, from your answer, and more from the wording of the original question.
Mar
23
comment Mixer vs JamHub?
@Tim Alright, I guess I can understand that. I suppose I would prefer some of the language to be changed such that it doesn't come across like the OP is getting personal advice - perhaps just some rewording to sound a bit more general?
Mar
23
comment Mixer vs JamHub?
@RockinCowboy It's great that you helped the OP, but as a stack rule, we don't answer questions on equipment recommendations because they're primarily opinion-based and because they're unlikely to help future people.
Mar
22
comment How to improve jerky bowing on the violin
@ToddWilcox I've re-posted my comments as an answer. Fire-away. :)
Mar
22
comment Music Theory Augmented 6th chord: Analysis of Haydn String Quartet op.74 no.3, II
Welcome to the site! We don't do homework for people here because it's unlikely to help other people. Unfortunately, Patrx2 has already given a great answer, so it would be great if you could edit your question to be a bit more broad - such as making it clear that you're asking about Aug6 chords, citing the Haydn as an example (and removing the bit about the TA). Free Advice: When you analyze theory, ask yourself how it sounds, not every not is equally important; remember the larger picture.
Mar
22
comment How to improve jerky bowing on the violin
I mean long as in you sit with your violin, bow, chair, and an empty room and play an open string, focusing all of your attention on bow speed, position, angle, and tension until it is as smooth as glass and doesn't do anything you don't want it to. Then, you move on to the next string. Do this every day until you don't need to. Then, keep doing it.
Mar
22
comment How to improve jerky bowing on the violin
Long-tones. All the time. Extremely slowly. Always. Meditate on your open strings with long tones until they are perfect and serene and the bow only does what you want only when you want it. Long tones. Only when you can play your long tones in this way can you have control over all of the music you play.
Mar
17
comment Move a trill into the stave
@theonlygusti You don't need special notation for that, it's just how the instrument is played. If you want to emphasize it, you could put a tenuto marking I suppose.
Mar
16
comment Move a trill into the stave
What musical purpose are you trying to achieve here?