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May
31
answered What are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?
May
30
comment humbucker vs two single-coils
In a humbucker, the second set of magnets will cause most of the flux to return on the second-magnet-set side, but even without those magnets almost half would return through the second coil (about half would return on the other side of the main coil, and a little would return beyond the second coil).
May
30
comment humbucker vs two single-coils
In a humbucker, the north-pole magnets are close enough to the south pole magnets that I would expect their proximity to have a significant effect even if one only used one coil. Further, I would expect that if a single-coil pickup's magnet assembly installed in one of the coils of a humbucker, the other coil would pick up a signal about half as strong as the first, and in proper phase for humbucking operation. I don't have easily-separable pickups at my disposal, but my understanding of the physics is that flux which goes through a coil has to have a return path outside it.
May
29
comment What does the tie across other different notes mean?
What would you think of writing everything for the first three eighth-note beats of the second measure as four down-stem 16ths grouped with an eighth? The first 16th note would include an "A" tied to the third 16th note, and the third 16th note would include a "D" tied to the eighth? To my eye, from a timing perspective, the "A" is part of the 16th note phrase and would best be covered by the same beam.
May
26
answered Why does a clarinet behaves like a closed pipe?
May
26
comment Physics behind why a bugle can play several notes, while a whistle only plays one note
@DarrenRinger: A typical whistle behaves as a closed pipe rather than an open pipe; while an open pipe of a given length will have harmonics 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. the harmonic series of a closed pipe will be 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, etc. [commonly expressed as odd multiples of a fundamental that's an octave lower].
May
23
answered How are the passive pickups of an electric guitar powered when they are connected to an effects processor?
May
23
answered Why do electric guitars have such many pickups?
Apr
28
comment “slash” chords, e.g. B/F♯ - are these only for inversions, or can any note be the bass note?
Am/G would indicate that there should be a G on the bottom, and A's, C's, and maybe E's above it. Am7/G would indicate that there should be a G on the bottom and A's, C's, G's, and maybe E's above it. Once chords go beyond 7ths things get a bit messy since it's normally necessary to omit notes, but it's not always clear which notes should be omitted.
Apr
8
comment Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?
I know magnetic pickups require some sort of ferromagnetic strings; it would seem conceptually like it might be possible, however, to e.g. have nylon strings coated with material similar to magnetic tape. I don't think any such thing is commercially produced, but I don't know whether there's been any exploration of such concepts.
Apr
8
comment How do I write good tablature?
Violin, cello, and other stringed instruments describe things in terms of position and finger numbers; I find it somewhat interesting that guitar doesn't. I think part of the reason for that is that in conventional guitar tuning it's common to have up to three fingers on one fret, and he relative positions of the fingers aren't fixed. Using some other tunings, that would be less of an issue.
Apr
7
comment Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?
How does the sound compare with nylon? I have my Ovation (steel-string hollow-body electric) strung with ball-end nylon strings using my own tuning (G-D-d-f-g#-b), with an unwound fourth string (a "g" string tuned to "d", which is looser than I'd like but sounds okay) and I very much like the sound of it. It's not very loud when played acoustically, but when it's plugged in that's not a problem. I'd love to find some strings for my solid-body electrics that sounded like the unwound nylon, but I doubt such a thing exists.
Apr
7
comment What guitar tunings allow many chords without fretting between “live” strings
@KristalMcKinstry: Using perfect fifths tuning, it's impossible to avoid playing broken chords; what I found interesting, though, is that flat-finger bar chords can be used to play (broken) triads (e.g. C-G-E or E-C-G or G-E-C) much as they can play "dense" triads in minor-thirds tuning. Calling it "Gentleman's Tuning" isn't nearly as presumptuous as "New Standard Tuning", which is Mr. Fripp's name for C-G-d-a-e'-g'.
Apr
7
comment What guitar tunings allow many chords without fretting between “live” strings
Once you get some rep on any SE site, joining other SE sites will give you a +100 rep starting bonus on the new one, so once you get somewhere on any site you'll have a head start on any of the others (e.g. electronics.stackexchange.com). I thought 20 was the rep requirement for chat (that's what the FAQ says), and you're at 21.
Apr
6
comment What guitar tunings allow many chords without fretting between “live” strings
I upvoted your answer here (something I should have done before) so it looks like you should be up to the required rep threshold.
Apr
6
comment Definition of minor key
@NeilMeyer: "Twinkle twinkle little star" or any of the variants thereof use the first six scale degrees; "The little drummer boy" uses a lowered seventh scale degree, but always follows it with the sixth. Are those not good melodies?
Apr
6
comment What guitar tunings allow many chords without fretting between “live” strings
Stack overflow has a built-in chat facility; visit chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/22598/flat-finger-tuning to chat there. Seems like we have a bit in common, since I could talk your ear off about the PIC as well as the benefits of tuning the top four strings to minor thirds.
Apr
3
comment Why are conductors required at orchestra performances?
Another thing to note: even if the conductor did his job sufficiently well in rehearsal that his orchestra could play just fine without him, having the conductor on stage lets the audience see some of the role he has played during rehearsal, and makes it much easier for him to turn around and take a bow at the end of the performance.
Apr
2
comment Why tune the guitar other than standard?
I wonder how your father would do with my Flat Finger Tuning? G-D-d-f-g#-b [the fifth string is the lowest]. All major and minor triads and seventh chords (7/M7/m7/Mm7) can be played using two or three fingers, placing the index finger across three to six strings, and other fingers covering one to three strings.
Mar
30
comment Time signature change.
If a piece is mostly in 6/8 but one measure is in 3/4, then a conductor would be expected to break is down-up pattern to mark mark three quarter-note beats in that measure; even though the conductor's baton makes no sound, its motions often audibly affect the sounds produced by other performers who are watching it.