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Jun
25
comment What conventions are used with accidentals and tied notes?
Could you expand on the the engraving difference between a tie and a slur? I saw in your example that they don't look the same, but I had never noticed. Very interesting!
Jun
25
comment Why aren't unusual leading tone cadences more common?
I think IV-Imaj7-I is actually a plagal cadence (IV-I), only that you put the maj7 in there for a while.
Jun
24
comment How to know what notes/chords go together while improvising?
"Then change all of the notes, and leave the rhythm the same." I have to test this. Otherwise I hear you about tone choice being less important than most people think, and it's not the first time I hear that. But I just can't seem to make myself believe it (I just love the tension-release effect of playing out for a bar and then land in), so I'll have to test your exercise!
Jun
16
comment What is the difference between swing and shuffle?
As an example, listen to Clifford Brown: youtube.com/watch?v=dnK6OHPQZbA . It swings as HELL, and yet the melody instruments are playing nearly straight 8ths.
Jun
16
comment What is the difference between swing and shuffle?
I actually practice scales this way now: 8th notes, straight, p on the beats, mf on the other 8th. I also slur the notes in pairs, starting on the mf 8th. In other words, grouping with both volume and articulation the 8th number 2 with 3, 4 with 5, and so on. It's a bit mechanical, but if you're new to this articulation it helps moving from your old ways.
Jun
16
comment What is the difference between swing and shuffle?
+1 At last! I'm not a fan of the "swing = triplet feeling" explanations. It makes musicians sound like... people who just read what swing is on the internet. I'm a bit skeptical about the 50's, my experience is that the tighter swing feeling kind of started to disappear in the 40's with bebop. In the 30's they still played with tight triplet feeling, but this hasn't been hip for very long now.
Jun
15
comment “Tritone” intervals in n-tone equal temperament
Semantically, "tritone" is three whole tones. Would you have a definition of "tone" in a n-temperament scale? Then take three of these. If you are looking for the most dissonent (it's arguable if the tritone is the most dissonant interval in 12-temperament. There is a tritone in a dominant 7 chord), then find the "weidest" frequency ratio.
Jun
15
comment “Tritone” intervals in n-tone equal temperament
@MattL. And the augmented octave even more so.
Apr
25
comment How to know what notes/chords go together while improvising?
I am not aware of the terms you are using, boxes and such, but does this help?en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_scale
Apr
21
comment Why do Flugelhorns and Cornets have such dissimilar sounds?
From dallasmusic.org/gearhead/Flugelhorn%20Guide.html : "The small bore flugels play quite differently from the larger bored horns and one should really try one of each, if at all possible, to see which group feels the better to you. The large bore horns, though still sounding like flugels, play more like trumpets, which may or may not be a good thing. You already have a trumpet.". Cornets might have a smaller bore than trumpets, but flugelhorn maybe even smaller, which might make the difference you hear.
Apr
21
comment Why do Flugelhorns and Cornets have such dissimilar sounds?
@adogden: Placing the valve section closer to the mouthpiece should not affect the sound much in itself, but it allows for starting the conical part much closer to the mouthpiece.
Apr
21
comment Why do Flugelhorns and Cornets have such dissimilar sounds?
Well, if it is far more conical, it will need a larger bell. As for taper, isn't it the same as conicity?
Jan
27
comment Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor
"Singers with varying reading skills", I don't think that'd mean much to a good portion of a choir.
Sep
18
comment Why are notes named the way they are?
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
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.
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."