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My main instrument is the trumpet, I have classical training but switched to jazz 10 years ago. I play in a big band, and a funk-pop band.

I can play some piano, and find my way around on a guitar. I have also composed some choir music and played with sequencers.

I like typography (including music notation), and music theory.


Sep
18
comment In 12 tone equal temperament, why are the notes named c, c#, d, d#, e, f, f#, g, g#, a, a#, b, instead of something else?
This is incredibly interesting. German note naming has B for Bb, and H for natural B, I suppose it has to do with "The first note that people tried adjusting was B, which formed a dissonant interval of a 'tritone' with F. " I would love a source for this!
Jun
24
comment Is the trumpet's theoretical range unlimited?
With a standard bore of .450", that is roughly 11.5 mm, and with sound speed of 340 m/s (is that the correct value to use here? Should it be affect by the air speed?), that limit is right below 30 kHz. The human ear is said to be able to hear frequencies up to 20 kHz.
Jan
27
comment What chord is this and when is it the dominant?
Oh I'm with you. I find it kind of dirty to notate the descending line of My Funny Valentine (C, B, Bb, A) in the chords. It's not really the harmonic function, as you say. I was just reacting to your "isn't a real chord", because if a composer really want a minor chord on I with a sixth, what else could they write?
Jan
27
comment What chord is this and when is it the dominant?
@jjmusicnotes: I am not sure what you mean. Surely you can have a m6, for example on the root? My Funny Valentine: Cm - Cmmaj7 - Cm7 - Cm6.
Dec
17
comment How does “triplet feel” for eighth notes affect non-eighth notes?
Yeah, I love your play! You really do swing, so you must be aware that getting a computer to play like that is going to be extremely hard. Surely you must have noticed that it's not only the triplet feeling?
Dec
16
comment What is the most common way to notate dominant chords with a sharp fifth?
Nice answer. In the D+11 case, you could also put the 11 in superscript, to avoid the +11 confusion.
Dec
16
comment How does “triplet feel” for eighth notes affect non-eighth notes?
@charlieparker is not very friendly, but right in questioning your "for a fact". If a program does something, it doesn't mean that it's the correct thing to do. How does it deal with dotted eighths?
Aug
27
comment Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?
Trombone is best, but 3-valve instrument is doable I think. Especially light valves, such as the trumpet. People with such disabilities gain much better control over the fingers they have left than people without.
Aug
27
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
Why? I don't know. But it happens: see wikipedia's C-sharp major page (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-sharp_major). As for G# major (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-sharp_major): "The final pages of A World Requiem by John Foulds are written in G-sharp major with its correct key signature shown in the vocal score including the Fdouble sharp."
Aug
27
comment Comfortable notes in a key
"When you practice, your head should hurt more than your hands." Fantastic!
Jul
19
comment What do you call a Major chord with a natural 4?
Good comment about having the 11th below the 3rd. Sus chords are sometimes voiced to include the 3rd, but in that case higher than the 11th, for the reason you named (b9). Depending on context, I guess your chord example could be a Sus. But I know of no standard symbol for including the third in a Sus cord.
Jun
22
comment What does an “L” shape mean beside a note in the lower staff?
The left hand stretch is no comfortable. Which is why the bracket is :) (time sig: 12/8).
Apr
28
comment Sound spectrum to notes software
Regarding your comment about "the best SE site for this kind of questions", you might want to consider avp.stackexchange.com
Apr
23
comment Can a chord contain both the C and C♯ notes? (as opposed to containing C and D♭ notes)
Agreed. And having a Db instead of a C# in a A7 variant of chord feels... urk. This is what I meant with limitations of the system. You can see A7+9 as a chord with the third, the seventh, a minor ninth, and an augmented ninth, then come up with one spelling. Or you can see it as a set of tones from Bb minor melodic and come to another spelling. There are several ways to look at it, and they are not very consistent. It is even worse when you start using things such as diminished scales (on A7b9. Too many tones!) or whole tone scales (too few!).
Apr
22
comment Can a chord contain both the C and C♯ notes? (as opposed to containing C and D♭ notes)
@ReinHenrichs: correct. There is something to this answer though: you can voice A7+9 with both the b9 and the #9. There you have A, Bb, B#/C, C#. I would prefer to spell it A - C# - G - Bb - C, thus having both C and C#. This is really a sign of the limitations of our notation system, in my opinion.
Apr
16
comment Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
@Mark: there may be a big difference between the trumpet and tuba, the frequency ranges being so different. Here is a relevant discussion about buzzing at the Trumpet Herald: trumpetherald.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=104100
Apr
16
comment Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
@supercat: interesting, I am not sure I understand it all though.
Apr
15
comment Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
I've heard the lip buzz amplifier theory many times, but I am a bit skeptical. If you can play the trumpet, try and play a comfortable clean middle G, then remove the mouthpiece from your lips. You are not buzzing, just blowing. Likewise, I can play tones with such spacing between my lips that they could not be possibly buzzing. Now I don't want to go too far and call it a myth before I have more evidence, specially since buzzing is such a great work-out.
Mar
28
comment What does it mean to write a song in a certain key?
@slim: Bm has a F# (I don't mean you should put the b5 in there, but maybe omit Bm altogether). A7sus4 in A major would feel like a C# is missing, but mostly like a G# was altered to G.
Nov
12
comment What are the practical reasons for still having transposing instruments?
"Why do we write music in keys other than C?": fantastic :) A technical reason: in the case of the trumpet, the low G on a Bb trumpet is occasionally used (not very often, but not too seldom either), and you can't reach it with a C or D trumpet.