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comment Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
@BobBroadley: Like many hollowbody electrics, it has acoustical pickups. The nylon strings are quieter than steel strings, but when using amplification it's not necessary that the guitar itself be very loud.
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asked Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
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comment What notes are optional in jazz chords?
A dominant seventh with the root omitted is technically a diminished chord on what would be the third of the chord (if the original chord was a G7, that would be a Bdim), but can still behave functionally the same as the dominant seventh. In a G7 to C resolution, the important notes are the B moving up to C, and the F moving down to E. Although one might need a "G" for a "G" chord, it's not an essential part of the sound of a V7-I or V7-i resolution.
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comment Beamed note with unfilled heads — What is this?
@PatMuchmore: Is three beams necessarily "unmeasured", or would that depend upon whether the piece used 32nd notes elsewhere and was at a tempo where 32nd notes would be plausible? I would expect that an editor who intended 32nd notes would probably want to include a footnote specifying that, but would there be anything "incorrect" about such notation?
Dec
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comment “slash” chords, e.g. B/F♯ - are these only for inversions, or can any note be the bass note?
A C/F chord would be expected to have an F in the bass, but have only C's, E's, and G's elsewhere. By contrast, a Csus4/F would be expected to replace all the E's with F's (rather than just having a single F in the bass).
Dec
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comment “slash” chords, e.g. B/F♯ - are these only for inversions, or can any note be the bass note?
The notation "C/F" represents a "C" chord in some arbitrary inversion (i.e. some arbitrary combination of C's, E's, and G's), with an "F" played in the bass line below it. Such notation is often use to establish a stepwise or chromatic moving bass line which creates and resolves tension with the chords above.
Dec
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comment What is distinctive about the Hammond B3 organ?
Another competitor to pipe organs and electronic organs would have been the reed organ. Reed organs were a lot cheaper than pipe organs, and depending upon size could have been more or less portable than the Hammond. Looking at some catalogs from the early twentieth century, I would think reed organs could have been price-competitive as well, especially if one was willing to accept a used instrument. Perhaps, though, it would have been more appealing for a church that needed an instrument to buy a new instrument than a "hand-me-down" even if either would have provided good value?
Dec
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comment How does “triplet feel” for eighth notes affect non-eighth notes?
...I might interpret as perhaps being 0.2+0.2+0.2, though I would really dislike that notation (it should be written as three triplet eighths). Personally, I prefer swing rhythms to be written as dotted-eighth + sixteenth, which makes clear which note is longer, and (at 100bpm) would offer concise notations for 0.2+0.4 (sixteenth plus dotted eigth) and 0.3+0.3 (two non-dotted eighth nodes). Sometimes it is helpful for a piece which is mostly in swing rhythm to have a few straight eight notes for contrast, but using a pair of eighths for a swing rhythm makes that hard.
Dec
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comment How does “triplet feel” for eighth notes affect non-eighth notes?
I think swing rhythms also affect dotted quarter notes in the same fashion as if they were written as three eighth notes tied together [e.g. at 100bpm (each quarter note is 0.6 seconds), a pair of eigth notes would be played as 0.4+0.2 seconds; a dotted quarter followed by an eighth would be played as 1.0+0.2 seconds. I would interpret an eighth followed by two sixteenths as 0.4+0.1+0.1 seconds. An eighth followed by a dotted quarter I would interpret as 0.4+0.8, though I'd rather see that notated as an eight followed by a tied eigth and quarter. Two sixteenths followed by an eigth...
Dec
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comment Co-wrote song in previous band, can you use it in a new band
It may be worth noting that if the song has been released in recorded form, then anyone wishing to make and sell their own recordings may legally request/demand a compulsory license, which would grant them the right to make and sell recordings in exchange for a per-copy royalties which are presently 1.75 cents per minute, with a 9.1-cent minumum; if the composer and lyricist are different people, they would split the royalty. The other band member would have no right to refuse a request/demand to license the song at the above rates.
Dec
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comment Is there any name for two melodies that are being played at the same time?
Looking back at my first comment, I see I ommitted a word "What" that might have clarified things; I was intending to ask, for my own interest, whether you know of a recognized term for combinations of independently-composed pieces? I didn't think it worth a separate question (which would most likely get flagged as a duplicate of this) but would like to know if you're aware of such thing.
Dec
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comment Is there any name for two melodies that are being played at the same time?
A piece of music in which multiple performers play the same notes, but start at different times, might be a form of "counterpoint", but would be more specifically described as a "canon". OP's question (and I'm also curious of the answer) is whether a word or concise phrase has been established as specifically describing a piece which juxtaposes independently-composed melody lines.
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comment Is there any name for two melodies that are being played at the same time?
Even if the simultaneous playing of independently-written pieces that happen to fit well together could be considered a form of counterpoint, that would not imply that the term was sufficient to define it. I would think "mashup" might be as good a term as any other, even if it would imply that preexisting recordings were being used (which might not be possible unless recordings existed in matching key and tempo). For example, the first two lines of "Ode to Joy", repeated, will fit very nicely with the "Lone Ranger" part of the William Tell overture, but the "normal" tempos wouldn't fit.
Nov
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comment Is there any name for two melodies that are being played at the same time?
Normally the term "counterpoint" would imply that at least one of the melodies was deliberately designed to fit with the other. Would be the term to describe cases where the two melodies were composed entirely independently and combined by someone unaffiliated with the composer of either melody?
Nov
27
comment Does each note have a more specific name depending on its pitch?
Related to MIDI numbers, one may specify pitches by combining a note name with an octave number. Within each octave, C is the lowest note, and C5=60=middle C (so Cn is 12 times n).
Nov
27
comment What is this electrical thing in my piano?
There may be places where humidity never gets very low, but that doesn't mean its "constant". Small changes in temperature can cause a certain level of absolute humidity to go from being slightly under 100% relative humidity to slightly over. Keeping the piano slightly warmer than its environment would ensure that its relative humidity would always be slightly lower than the surrounding air (and thus below 100%). It may not be possible to protect a grand piano while it's in use, but it could still be protected when it's not in use.
Nov
25
comment What is this electrical thing in my piano?
As a slight clarification, its purpose is to protect a piano is stored in conditions where temperature and humidity can cycle (e.g. a building which is used a few hours a week, and is unheated when not in use). If the air were warm and humid when the heat was switched off, and then very slowly cooled, then when the temperature reached the new point, moisture could condense on everything. Condensation on strings could induce rust. Adding the heater will ensure that whenever the air is at the dew point, the piano will always be a tiny bit above that, so condense will happen elsewhere.
Nov
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comment How much does an electric guitar's body physics affect the tone, playability, etc?
When vibrational energy reaches a joint between two materials with different mechanical impedance, some energy will be reflected in phase, some will be reflected out of phase, some will be converted to heat, and some will be transferred; the extent to which the different behaviors occur will depend upon the materials in question. The mechanical characteristics of parts of the guitar which receive significant vibrational energy will affect the sound; mechanical characteristics of parts which don't receive significant energy, won't.
Nov
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comment Are counterpoint and harmony mutually exclusive?
I think one could have counterpoint if one had two instruments which never played simultaneously, but I'm not sure that could be called harmony. If that could be called harmony, then the same could be said even if the two separate instruments were replaced with one instrument that played all the notes.
Nov
22
comment What does the distance between a pickup and strings do for the sound?
...and thus wiring such a coil in series with the primary coil would yield the noise cancellation advantages of a humbucker without the distortion. I wonder why I've not seen guitars do that? Also, I would think that if a guitar used magnetized pole pieces, having "C"-shaped pieces of metal which touch the magnet in the middle (forming an "E") and wrap around the sides would improve gain; do you know if that's what some of the more exotic pickups are doing?