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I'm a musician, photographer and web/IT specialist in Bristol, UK.


Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
But it's a well known trick in pop songs to shift up a semitone, tone or even more to give more energy to the final chorus. Lifting into the new key, although it's not far away, encourages the singer to put more in to the piece.
Aug
20
awarded  Scholar
Aug
20
accepted Can Sibelius house styles be edited selectively?
Aug
19
asked Can Sibelius house styles be edited selectively?
Apr
23
comment Should the soloist watch the conductor?
This shouldn't be considered a hard and fast rule for all solos, but is valid for pieces like concertos, where the ensemble is more of a backing group for a soloist. In some pieces the different parts are on a much more equal footing, or there might be multiple intertwining solo parts, and then the conductor becomes the driving force again.
Mar
21
awarded  Yearling
Feb
13
comment Is there any real-world difference between time signatures such as 4/4 and 8/8?
See also, 9/8, 12/8 and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter_(music)#Compound_meter
Feb
13
suggested suggested edit on Is there a significant difference between playing one note or multiple ones per bow stroke?
Feb
13
comment Is there a significant difference between playing one note or multiple ones per bow stroke?
Articulation doesn't just mean separation. Having said that, the sense of these sentences might be worth an edit...
Dec
26
awarded  Student
Dec
16
comment Small natural above C in G Major
If this were earlier music, I'd suggest it was en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musica_ficta, but that doesn't make sense here. They could be signals that the accidentals are editorial, but I'm not sure there was another way of performing this that needed correcting editorially.
Jul
5
asked What's the law on performing/recording a cover version?
Jun
24
comment Does an implied tie exist
If the notes are changing pitch, though, make sure it's a slur. Plenty of music programs get confused if you start adding ties to notes that don't have the same note next.
Jan
6
comment Tips on counting and playing odd time signatures
If you look at most odd time signatures, in my experience, you'll find some grouping that makes sense, like 4+3 or 3+2+2 for 7/8. It's a question of checking the music to see whether, for example, 5/4 splits into 3+2 or 2+3. Also be aware that sometimes the emphasis changes between bars or alternates every other bar.
Dec
26
comment Trying to program a piano staff/stave. Is this what it's supposed to look like?
You need a reference on musical notation; the one I always have next to my monitor is the Essential Dictionary of Musical Notation, published by Alfred: amazon.com/Essential-Dictionary-Music-Notation-Practical/dp/…
Dec
19
awarded  Supporter
Nov
27
awarded  Analytical
Nov
27
answered Is there any real-world difference between time signatures such as 4/4 and 8/8?
Nov
27
answered How does the Risset Rhythm work?
Nov
27
answered Notating tenor vocal parts with 8va G-clef in Sibelius 6