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Feb
24
comment How is scale knowledge typically tested in music schools/colleges?
Saw your edit, thank you!
Feb
24
comment How is scale knowledge typically tested in music schools/colleges?
@NeilMeyer I believe that the Grade 8 Level refers to this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_examination. Do you know of any place where I can find sample exercises at all the Grade 1-8 levels?
Feb
24
comment How is scale knowledge typically tested in music schools/colleges?
Thank you for your answer! Would you know about "performance" questions, though? For example, to be asked to perform the scale on the instrument at a certain speed, or in a particular way.
Feb
20
comment What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?
@MatthewRead in case you were the downvoter, could you explain what I could have phrased differently in order to not be downvoted?
Feb
20
comment What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?
Good point regarding being "competent" (finite problem) versus "mastering" the scale (unbounded problem). I will add the intervals exercises to my practice!
Feb
20
comment What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?
My goal is to recognize if I'm actually evolving or if I only got good at a certain drill that may not be representative of a higher-level understanding of the scale. Imagine the following example: I'm trying to prove you that I know a certain scale, so I play it fast and clean in all positions. So you tell me: OK, now play it only on the 1st and 2nd strings, and I have to stop and think. This makes me realize there's more to learn on that scale, and that I had not mastered it yet. Does this make any sense?
Feb
20
comment What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?
Both! I think an alternate way to phrase my question would be: think of someone that you have as a model of knowing scales in and out. Let's say, for example, Joe Satriani. How does he think of the pentatonic scale? Does he think about the notes that are in the scale and his fingers know where to go? Does he think about the degrees of the scale and then he applies instrument (i.e. fretboard/scale shapes) knowledge to do what he wants do do?
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
Like I said in my comments to the other answers, "using a metronome to 'push' your tempo faster" is commonplace in guitar-oriented practice. I'm just surprised that it seems I misunderstood something I took for granted for years.
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
Sorry to be nitpicky, but when can I really say 'this is flawless'? Also, I don't really know what you mean by 'normal' (see my comment on @luser's answer).
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
I've never really approached 'getting faster' using a 'playing it faster in your head' strategy. The whole 'guitar practice' culture I run into seems to use a 'metronome-first' approach.
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
To put it simply, let's say I'm playing 'difficult-ish' guitar-oriented metal-or-something (think Dream Theater, Satriani, etc)
Nov
4
comment Does using an EVH D-Tuna limit the range of a Floyd Rose type floating bridge?
What are you using to stabilize the Floyd Rose bridge of your Music Man?
Oct
3
comment How do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?
Your answer makes a lot of sense. However, a piece of music is not as spontaneous an event as a clogged pipe or mouth condition. Somebody created it. I just think your answer was too "ultimate" regarding the previsibility of music in general. Of course, the very question I asked implies that this previsibility exists in some degree, though.
Oct
3
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
In most programming environments, this is as simple as calling up a "URL Decode" function. This "%20" way of encoding characters for transport in URLs is actually a standard: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding (this is more of a Stack Overflow question, really lol)
Aug
31
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
One may also keep an eye on the rankings of letras.terra.com.br and/or cifraclub.com.br for songs currently popular monthly/weekly-wise.
Aug
31
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
These are good options too. The previous suggestions were more in the erudite realm. If you ventrue into popular music, then Roberto and Ivete are very significant. It should be kept in mind, though, that they represent only a fraction of the MPB (Música Popular Brasileira - Brazilian Popular Music) genre. Also, they're hardly "currently trending".
Aug
28
comment How do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?
Should this be made a community wiki?
Aug
27
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
Also, if I may, the proper spellings would be "Água de Beber" and "Manhã de Carnaval". And the Portuguese names for "Girl From Ipanema" and "One Note Samba" are "Garota de Ipanema" and "Samba de uma Nota Só", if that helps :).
Aug
16
comment Symbols “M”, “C”, “D”, and “P” in Guitar Tablature
It was the first thing I tried... although a good reference overall, this Wikipedia article unfortunately doesn't cover this particular "corner case".
Jun
23
comment Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck
I would if I could, but since I can't, I'm expressing my opinion in the closest place I can :)