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Sep
29
comment Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?
@leftaroundabout: Tone coloration by impedance interactions is not as nicely controllable and predictable as sound shaping by other means. The question of whether sound is more or less pleasing is subjective rather than objective, but the fact that low-impedance inputs do affect sound in ways which are different from high-impedance devices is not.
Sep
28
answered Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?
Sep
28
answered How can you get guitar and bass tone out of a guitar?
Sep
23
comment Why does this harmonic minor scale notation use a natural sign?
The sixth scale degree is generally only raised in melodic minor when it's part of an ascending melodic line. In writing out the chords, it might have been better to double the root note up an octave to establish the chord root as the "melodic" line; otherwise the melodic line in the top staff might be read as E-F-G#-A-B-C-D-E.
Sep
22
comment Two electric guitars on one amp
Within the US, the retailer Radio Shack carries a Y adapter. That is probably not the cheapest place to get one, but such retailers might be an easy place to pick one up. Otherwise, I would expect most countries to have an on-line retailer that could supply them.
Sep
18
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
@DrMayhem: There are some venues where it would generate a lot of value, and many where it would generate none. Even if only 1% of venues would offer sufficient value to justify the cost and effort, so what? If a musician knows of a particular venue which does offer sufficient value, why should he care about the 99% that don't?
Sep
18
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
@SteveJessop: In a sense--when a performer is being paid, the performer is expected to act in the interest of the person who is paying. A professional performer might regard paying for an open mic as part of his professional career if e.g. he views it as a means of advertising himself. If $2 would buy the right to say "If you'd like a CD, see me after the show or visit my web site at example.com", that could generate as much value as a print or radio ad, but at a fraction of the price.
Sep
18
comment Does an implied tie exist
How about using a whole note in the first, second, and last measures, repeat-measure marks in the interim, and a single long slur mark that extends uninterrupted from the first measure to the last under all of the repeated measures?
Sep
17
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
If the number of people willing to pay $2 is sufficient to keep the mic full, the odds of the next big star having been willing to go through the trouble of driving to the venue but unwilling to pay $2 would seem far less than the likelihood that--in the absence of a fee--the venue would miss out on the next big star because the mic was constantly given to people with no talent. Allocation of resources by people's willingness to pay isn't perfect, but most of the time it will be more efficient than any fair and practical alternative.
Sep
8
answered Two electric guitars on one amp
Aug
26
comment What's the difference between two notes played on strings of different thickness?
You sound like you know a lot about string physics. One thing I've been wondering about is whether it would be practical to design guitars (especially smaller scale ones) in such a way that string tension would vary less with displacement. The biggest problem I've observed with low string tension is that loud notes are noticeably sharp compared with quieter notes; I would think that having a more constant string tension would help fix that. Do you know of any efforts to achieve such a result?
Aug
22
comment Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud
@WheatWilliams: A legend on the soundboard of by grandmother's Stultz & Bauer referred to the felt curtain as the "patented muffler attachment"; it was actuated via drawknob rather than a pedal, but the purpose was the same.
Aug
21
comment When to use a dot or a tie in music notation?
In 4/4 time, I'd say it's fine for a dotted quarter note to start on the "and" of beat one or three, since a dotted quarter note is expected to carry on through the next beat; no form of quarter note should generally cross from beat 2 to 3, however. Any quarter note which starts in the first half of a measure should fit entirely within it; likewise any quarter note that starts in the second half. As for having four beamed dotted notes, that would seem a little odd except in something like 6/8 or 12/8 time, and even there a duple bracket might be better.
Aug
13
comment How to play chords like G/B
That's B-x-G-D-G-X; I could see advantages to using a higher hand position if one were putting a B on top (e.g. 7-x-9-7-8-7 or 7-10-9-7-8-7 (bar 7th fret), but I'm curious why you would suggest using a higher hand position but then not use the upper E string?
Aug
12
comment How to play chords like G/B
How about an open "G" chord but simply omit the sixth string? That would voice it as B-D-G-B-G, which I would think should be good.
Aug
3
comment Are doubly augmented and doubly diminished intervals practical?
...reduced twice (and thus became only singly-diminished) or minor intervals that got expanded twice (and thus only singly-augmented). I have actually encountered a doubly-diminished second (pitch moving the opposite direction of the staff note) in print (choral sheet music); there was a section of about eight bars that was in Cb, but two non-consecutive bars within that section notated pitches enharmonically as though it was in a "sharps" key. I'm sure it was "accidental", but it was definitely weird having the staff notes go one way and the pitches go the other.
Aug
3
comment Are doubly augmented and doubly diminished intervals practical?
@PatMuchmore: You're quite right of course (corrected I think). A transition from D# to Db could be a doubly-diminished or doubly-augmented octave, depending upon direction. I know I've heard music which modulated with an old-key V7 going to the tonic of the key a major second higher, so although the choice of starting key was contrived to cause "trouble", the chord sequence was "real". I found it surprisingly difficult to create any sort of doubly-augmented or diminished interval, since just about all the intervals which could get "double-whammied" were either major intervals which got...
Aug
3
revised Are doubly augmented and doubly diminished intervals practical?
Corrected diminished->augmented
Aug
2
answered Are doubly augmented and doubly diminished intervals practical?
Aug
1
comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
@syntonicC: I would suggest that a 4:5:6 major chord is to a 4:5.06:6 chord what a photograph of scenery is to a tracking-camera shot of that same scenery. Adding a little motion to the scene makes it much easier for the brain to separate out the items within it. I don't think people's preference for slightly-sharp thirds is just cultural--I think that the brain needs the changing phase relationships between notes of a chord in order to hear them cleanly as distinct notes.