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comment Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?
It gives an example that the idea has been considered acceptable by a renowned musician. It also explains what you achieve with it. You not only get a bit more volume but also, because of the different physical properties of the strings and the millimetric inaccuracies of the position of the finger you get extra little harmonics when the two waves get added together.
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accepted Reverberation in a recording to play with big speakers in a hall
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
It is more like this kind of music (youtube.com/user/franklinvp?feature=mhee). Not really songs, but it could be songs some time. But it is good. First time I hear about this instrument.
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asked Reverberation in a recording to play with big speakers in a hall
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
I might have used incorrect terminology. By 12th interval above I meant playing simultaneously two notes that are too far apart for a single hand.
Feb
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
There is a difference between learning about an instrument and learning to play it. Playing an instrument involves knowledge about the instrument but also physical dexterity. The latter is obtaining by practicing and practicing only. It is a reality that older brains tend to become less capable of assimilating new knowledge. Specially knowledge that can't be or shouldn't be rationalized. You can rationalize knowledge about an instrument, why one hand can't play a 12th interval in a piano for example. The knowledge involved for a hand playing quickly scales is of a different nature.
Feb
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
This is a very good point. I feel this when composing in Sibelius. It is more rigid than when I fool around with some friends' keyboards. In Sibelius you can input notes using the keyboard of the computer, A,B,C,D... but since accidentals require more key combinations they are only added a posteriori.
Feb
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
Are you saying that composing on Sibelius may somehow make me tend to restrict myself in some particular cliches? If this is what you are saying I kind of agree with you. That happens to me. Now, I am not completely sure if to blame Sibelius or my creativity and my experience, the lack of it.
Feb
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
I think this answer has some good content but I am not clear what it refers to. When you say, 'Another thing to mention is that it makes coming up ...' What is the 'it' referring to?
Feb
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comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
Thanks. But I think that can be learned without knowing how to play. I have seen tables or diagrams showing the ranges of the instruments in an orchestra. I think Sibelius 7 (the software) also tells me that. If I put a note out of the range of an instrument Sibelius 7 simply doesn't have a sound sample for that note.
Feb
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asked What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
Feb
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comment How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
About learning an instrument. I imagine piano and violin are the typical, but I am very very old to learn any of these. Is there some other instrument that is relatively simpler to learn and that is also meaningful for composing music. I could write this in a separate question to have more space for a response. Well, I am doing it.
Feb
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comment How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
Thank you very much! I learned from you about circular breathing. Didn't know that was possible. I just read the Wikipedia article. And the, probably useful, notation "n". Haven't learned that one before.
Feb
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comment How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
Right. I forgot to say the tempo. Right now the metronome mark is an eigth-note=100 (I don't know how to say that properly).
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asked How many bars can a clarinet sustain?
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