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Musically-inclined mathematics-loving liberal agnostic idealist, stir-fried with a large side dish of computers.

Jul
28
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
Also, good trombonists make extensive use of alternate positions, so that even passages that could be played linearly end up in more interesting (faster) position patterns.
Jul
28
comment Strengthen mouth muscles without mouthpiece
Freebuzzing is a great activity for anyone, but especially for beginners who are working on forming a good embouchure. With some hard work, you'll eventually be able to freebuzz entire songs, which is good practice AND good fun. 😊
May
9
comment How can I stay informed of new art music?
@NReilingh: Your edit is totally in line with my original intent. I think your wording might help make the question less controversial.
Apr
30
comment How can I stay informed of new art music?
I think your first two links are the same...? And, yes, that Wikipedia page is hours of fun!
Apr
29
comment Criteria for selecting a voice teacher
Something to consider in the case of a voice teacher specifically is your goal--do you wish to become a better musician? A better solo singer? A better choral singer? These are three very different goals, and you should consider your choice of teacher accordingly.
Apr
28
comment Beaming in different time signatures
A phrase is a group of notes that forms a musical idea, which traditionally almost always runs over beat boundaries in a way that should cause breaks in the beaming. Maybe "beat or group of beats" would be more appropriate.
Apr
28
comment How do I find a flute teacher?
+1: A local high school band teacher will almost certainly have some suggestions.
Apr
28
comment Should fingerboard tapes be used for beginner violinists ?
+1: This list also applies to... everything. Ever.
Apr
28
comment Beaming in different time signatures
My issue is "that they be perceived as a single [...] phrase."
Apr
28
comment Why do minor keys sound “sad”?
+1: Great answer, sensible musically and scientifically.
Apr
28
comment Beaming in different time signatures
6/8 is confusing as heck. It IS theoretically possible for it to be meant as six beats, but I've never, ever seen it; literally almost all of the time, 6/8 is two compound beats. Look into Orff Time Signatures for an interesting perspective on this.
Apr
28
comment Beaming in different time signatures
-1: Notes should be beamed based on metric properties, not based on musical ideas. Large-scale slur markings can convey that, but beaming based on musical motive is very nonstandard and would be extremely confusing to most performers.
Apr
28
comment Beaming in different time signatures
This is true. Edited.
Apr
28
comment Software that slows down music to help in transcribing
One of the great features of Transcribe: you can select a section of audio and it will display a keyboard with a graph of how much each pitch is present in the sound. This is especially helpful for working out complex jazz chord voicings if you're trying to transcribe a big band piece.
Apr
28
comment Are Hanon exercises mindless unmusical repetiton or a great way to develop finger strength and dexterity?
@Alex Basson: The answer is absolutely yes to both!
Apr
28
comment What are the most effective ear training methods ?
...But we look at our keyboards when LEARNING to type. It's very important at the beginning. We just make sure we're not using that as a crutch, only as a first step. Using familiar tunes for interval recognition is a GREAT trick for beginners--just wean yourself off of it as you advance!