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Apr
18
comment Two consecutive mdi note-on of the same pitch misbehaving
I don't think overlapping notes are a particularly gray area. The combination (channel number + note number) is the only means of designating particular notes to be cancelled; thus, if it will be necessary to cancel one note at a given pitch while sustaining another, the two notes must be on separate channels.
Apr
9
comment Correct notation for a minor chord?
You can see a partial preview copy at onlinesheetmusic.com/amazed-p304281.aspx (I'd figured the chords by ear (second thing I ever did on the guitar, interestingly enough); for my second Cb chord the sheet music shows Abm7 (don't think I'd used one of those before; with my tuning, a Cb chord is voiced as Cb Gb Gb Cb Eb Gb on frets 4-4-4-6-7-7; when I get home I'll have to try 4-4-6-6-7-7, 4-6-6-6-7-7, and x-6-6-6-7-7 and see how they sound).
Apr
8
comment Correct notation for a minor chord?
@Tim: The chord sequence is "2x (Ab Eb Fm Db) Cb Gb Cb Fb 2x(Db Ab Bbm Gb) Fb Gb Ab". The "Cb Gb Cb Fb" doesn't feel like it's centered on Ab major; from an analytical perspective there's no reason to reckon it jumps to a lots-of-sharps key, but from a performance perspective reckoning those middle chords as "B F# B E" seems perfectly natural.
Apr
8
comment Correct notation for a minor chord?
I would expect a typical guitarist of moderate proficiency who's sight reading with a group isn't going to expect see a chord, figure out where it fits in the key, etc. and play it in time with the group. Instead, I would expect the guitarist to see the next chord is "E" and get ready to play 0-2-2-1-0-0 on the proper beat. Some styles of music will require harmonies too complex for sight-readable chords, but in cases where sight-readable chords would sound decent (if not optimal), big bold enharmomically-simplified chords would be helpful.
Apr
8
comment Correct notation for a minor chord?
@Gizmo: If you could do so without overly cluttering the page, perhaps having a big bold enharmonic chord and then a small-print notation or footnote reference with the "technically correct" chord might be helpful, especially if music would sometimes be performed in a sight-reading or near-sight-reading situations, and might sometimes be performed by a group that wanted to analyze the music and fill out chords in more calculated fashion.
Apr
8
comment Correct notation for a minor chord?
@Tim: Neither Abm nor G#m is a very common chord on guitar, but the "black key" notes can go either way. I think Cb and Fb, however, are pretty obscure--especially since the latter wouldn't even be a normal key signature.
Apr
7
answered Correct notation for a minor chord?
Apr
6
answered When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?
Apr
3
comment Do the F clef and G clef always reside on the same line?
I've also seen tenor parts printed with a C-clef bracketing the second space (equivalent to a treble clef one octave down).
Feb
28
answered Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?
Feb
28
comment Why digital piano has more polyphony voices than there are keys on the keyboard?
@keshlam: Before the generator is recycled for a different pitch, certainly, but if a note is restruck that should essentially nullify its earlier vibrations, should it not?
Feb
3
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Jan
21
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Jan
8
answered In jazz, can anyone play any song?
Jan
6
answered Power chord: Can the lower fifth be used?
Dec
26
comment “First ending” has a notation “2nd time R.H. 8va”
Although the book you're using may be simplified from what Joplin wrote, listening to a MIDI or recording of the music should make clear which parts should play in what octave.
Dec
4
comment How to add verse-specific dynamic to sheet music
@Édouard: Most musicians do not know Italian; rather, they know some musical terms which happen to come from that language. Your last example is not among the terms most musicians would know.
Nov
21
comment What's the most useful alternate tuning and why?
@luserdroog: If you want to see my tuning in action, look at youtube.com/watch?v=aRwT3E9iRfA (simple example: Hotel California using seven chords).
Nov
13
comment Notating 6 (or more) triplets with a single beam?
Whether something would be perceived as a sextuplet, a 3x2 group, and a 2x3 group, would likely depend upon context. If it appeared in the middle of a bunch of triplet eighths, it would be perceived as three pairs of notes. If in a bunch of duple eighths, as two groups of three. If in a bunch of quarter notes, as a sextuplet.
Nov
13
comment Notating 6 (or more) triplets with a single beam?
Whether a "6" is correct would in my mind be a function of whether the triplet sixteenths should be perceived as subdivisions of a quarter note, a duple eighth, or a triplet eighth. Only in the former situation would I favor a "6". In the second, I'd favor two separately-marked triplets, possibly joined via single beam. In the third, I'd favor a single beam grouping all six notes, with double beams connecting pairs, and a single "3" over the whole thing.