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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.
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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.
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
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
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).