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Nov
21
comment My mandible is abnormal — can I play the trumpet?
"Play" is a simple goal. Are you asking if you can be lead trumpet in The World Trumpet Orchestra of Trumpeting, or do you want to blow a few tunes? I think you would need to lack lips entirely for the latter, and "who knows" for the former. If your interest lies somewhere in between, can't hurt and might be fun.
Nov
19
comment B flat minor - the key of death…seriously?
I had a film teacher say that B&W was more realistic because all the musicals were in color. This may be a correct observation but seems to lack explanatory power...
Nov
15
comment How do I make funk rhythm guitar sound fuller and nicer?
Don't forget to check intonation on the guitar. You might be "in tune" using your tuning method but be totally out when fingering chords. Chords highlight intonation problems in ways that lead does not.
Nov
8
comment Beginner replacing guitar strings
When I got my first guitar, I had the same problem. I was feeding the string through the tuning peg hole first, wrapping it 3x and then feeding a second time. This put all the tension on the edge of the hole which was a little sharp on that guitar. This edge cut the string when under tension. The trick is to wrap it around 2 or 3 times and then slot it through the hole. The tension is then on the round of the peg, not the edge of the hole.
Nov
6
comment Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good
minor side comment: John McLaughlin has been criticized for being sloppy, esp. circa 1972 style. This is kind of the opposite of "making my motions crisp, short, and with just the right twist or bounce so that cross string alternate picking will work without colliding." I love Inner Mounting Flame (for example) but a lot of what makes it great is him riding the edge of ability and his relentlessness (the whole band really)
Oct
22
comment Guitar audio interface matching tone of my old amp, and a problem
Note the the clipping may be a limiter kicking in either pre or post effects (not part of the normal chain). IIRC Amplitube has limiting enabled by default.
Oct
18
answered What's the best way to begin learning lead guitar?
Oct
17
comment Creating a composition that sounds as fusion?
A (mechanical) way of doing this would be to come up with a series of chords ("a progression"), and then assign one note from each chord to a single instrument. So the chord is now spread across the musicians. Once the progression has completed a round, you can restart it, assigning a different note for each instrument. etc etc.
Oct
17
comment Is loosening the truss rod of a bass the correct thing to do after changing to a lighter string gauge?
Minor note for Users from the Future(tm): the amount "1/2 turn" varies depending on thread count of the truss rod.
Oct
4
comment Practice amount and habits for time constrained individuals
"A 'measly' 1 - 1.5 hours a day would be nowhere near enough to achieve serious results" presupposes a fixed timeline. You have a lifetime. Also, that person is a naysaying snob. Avoid.
Oct
2
comment Hard String Tension on a short neck (Change Gauge?)
I would avoid the neck adjustment, but the action and intonation adjustments on many electric guitars is a five minute job with an allen wrench and a screwdriver and runs nearly no risk of damage to the instrument. The worst case is paying finding an expert to put it back if he fails. He should take a chance. I believe in him!
Sep
27
comment Is there such a thing as a silent drum set?
I have heard that one big problem is the kick pedal: if you have neighbors below you, you might need to build a buffered platform
Sep
25
comment I want to control the peak volume of guitar feedback and echo/delay feedback
You say the oscillations are too heavy, but you have the tremolo and delay at the end of the chain. Try moving them back so that they have a more muted effect.
Sep
17
answered Guitar slur. Need help on understanding notations
Sep
6
comment Black stains on my fingertips after playing a new guitar
Note that Fast Fret is (mostly?) mineral oil and might act as a mild solvent for the die. Additionally, some of the color might be e.g. nickel oxidation acting as a pigment suspended in the fast-fret solution. In the first case, try a different oil (or refrain from using a treatment)
Sep
3
comment How can I adjust the volume of my guitar connected to an iOS device?
garage band is basically a DAW (Digital audio workstation). This question may be better suited to AV stackexchange, since the "musical practice and performance" is incidental to the question.
Aug
1
comment Approach to learning arpeggios for chord-tone soloing
As a word of encouragement and caution I will say that good improv requires a large body of knowledge and experience executed without or very nearly without conscious thought. To break out of development plateus, it is helpful to play with people. If you are playing with people and you hit a plateau, it is helpful to play by yourself.
Aug
1
comment Approach to learning arpeggios for chord-tone soloing
I see three diagrams and your edits show 3. In any event: not being an educator nor learned in musical notation (but having played an instrument for nearly 30 years), I say that I am struggling to see the difference between "knowing all notes" (I'll call it absolute positioning) and your nashville method (call it dynamic positioning). Assuming you are willing to expand "nashville" to include "all possible chords which I know that hang off the root position." The difference is that the absolute method is useless if you use an alternate tuning. Absolute seems like a subset of method 2.
Jul
24
comment Feasibility of practising music for a person who are almost tone deaf?
i agree, but identifying chord names out of context is quite different than listening and adjusting within it.
Jul
19
comment Feasibility of practising music for a person who are almost tone deaf?
I am 100% self taught and have played for nearly 30 years. When my children's (over 18) friends have overheard me they think my kids are pulling their leg when they are told it is me and I am not listening to the radio or playing guitar hero or whatever. I have played in bands and have done a lot of jamming. That said, I cannot identify chord names in isolation but I can find them pretty quickly. There is no doubt that learning the right way is the better way, but unless your goal is to be lead X in Orchestra Y, you are playing for personal enjoyment, forget about parlor tricks and have fun.