602 reputation
28
bio website
location Illinois
age 44
visits member for 1 year, 6 months
seen 20 hours ago

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.
Nov
4
comment When I play the C chord, why does the electronic tuner indicate that it is a G chord?
@TedWong: If one had 12 separate stroboscopic tuners, each of which was set for a different pitch, the wheels corresponding to the notes of a chord may have a slightly visible stationary pattern caused by its own notes overlayed on the moving patterns caused by all the other notes. How visible the stationary parts would be would depend upon how the tuner was designed, but conceptually a stroboscopic tuner which is set for a particular pitch should be better able to resolve it in the presence of other pitches than would a frequency-counting tuner.
Nov
4
comment Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
@Tim: In any case, my point was to mention that a major minor seventh is often called a "dominant seventh" because the dominant chord is the only major chord whose seventh will naturally be a whole step below the octave.
Nov
4
revised Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
edited body
Nov
4
comment Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
From the standpoint of someone playing chords, you are correct that the chord names are interpreted without regard for the key signature. My intention was to make clear that secondary dominant sevenths have accidentals because their pitches are what they would be in the key of the chord they lead into. I'll tweak the way I wrote things to make it clearer.
Nov
3
comment Why is the G/F chord not shown?
@AlexBasson: Indeed, some slash chords simply require either omitting a note that would normally be played (e.g. for G/B, simply omit the G) or strumming an extra string (e.g. for an A/E or C/E, the sixth string would naturally play the right note).
Nov
3
answered Why does the dominant chord contain a flattened 7th?
Oct
18
comment Do I write # or b?
Another thing to note is on chromatic instruments which have parts associated with particular pitches (e.g. organ pipes and reeds, piano strings, actuating levers, etc.) it is common to always use the "sharp" forms of pitches to identify them. For example, if the bottom note on a pipe organ rank is C, the fourth pipe from the bottom would be described as D# (rather than Eb).
Sep
12
comment Does a note/key/string struck on one piano cause the same note on another piano to resonate?
I have a guitar with very light strings, and if one plays the fifth string ("A") it will cause the first string (upper "E") string to sound; that string will continue to sound even if the "A" is damped.
Jul
9
comment Does a chord need to include its root?
In the key of C major, if a trio of voices were singing BDF and they resolved into CEG, I would think it would be more meaningful to view the progression as a V7->I rather than as a vii°->I, even in the absence of the G on the first chord; YMMV.
Jul
9
comment Is it possible for a left hander to learn guitar right handed?
An Ab chord (the lowest closed-form bar chord) on the bottom four strings would be 4311XX. If one reverses the string order, the pinky plays the first (bass) string, the ring finger plays the second string but may safely touch the first, and the index finger plays third and fourth strings but may safely touch the first and second.
Jul
9
comment Is it possible for a left hander to learn guitar right handed?
Using a right-handed guitar left-handed, it will be possible to use the lower four strings to play major and minor bar chords in any inversion without "crossing fingers". I'm right handed, and I haven't tried playing a left-handed guitar, but when I started trying to play the instrument, I was curious to try a left-handed guitar for that reason (as it is, I tune my upper strings to minor thirds to achieve a similar effect).
Jun
16
comment Why transpose at the octave?
The program "Master Composer" for the Commodore 64 had treble and bass staves marked with the appropriate staffs, and also had a staff marked TR+ above the treble staff (line notes CEGBD reading up IIRC) and one marked BA- below the bass (CAFDB reading down). I've never seen that notation elsewhere. I would think having a staff marked with with two consecutive treble clefs reading an octave above a staff with one could be nice for handbell music, since such a staff could stack above a treble cleff with two ledger lines between.
Jun
15
comment What Does a Compressor Pedal Do?
One thing I've wished for in my multi-effects pedal would be a means of having the compressor normalize the volume of the sound to a certain level before applying distortion, but then undo the effect of that compression after. I don't know that I've seen effects pedals do such a thing, but I would expect that it should add a level of independence between sound character and envelope shaping.
Jun
15
answered Why transpose at the octave?
Jun
15
comment The same note on two staves
@slim: Many vocalists will find it useful to hear a melody played on the piano, even if they prefer to perform without it.
Jun
15
comment Are whole and half note rests supposed to only be written on specific lines?
For cases where a voice drops out for many measures, it may be better to simply have a notation "Altos only" or "Soprano tacet until measure 37", but if voices are entering and leaving frequently, using rests is often clearer.