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Jul
14
comment Why does a melodic half step resolve on the higher note?
Even in ionian, the fourth in a sus4 chord wants to resolve a half-step downward to the major triad. I don't think it's a clear-cut case of always resolving up as you state; it's more about wanting to resolve to the nearest of the three basic tones in the Western system, being the tonic (root), subdominant (fourth) or dominant (5th).
Jul
14
comment What is the difference between a mode and a scale?
Yes, my comment was incorrect; A Aeolian is the same set of notes as C Ionian, and C Aeolian uses the same flats as Eb Ionian. Xzoechord could play the Aeolian mode of the key of C, but it would start on A and not C
Jul
8
comment How many (major and minor) keys are there? Why?
True, however the question specifically asked for a number of major and minor keys, which imply the Ionian and Aeolian diatonic modes respectively. Any additional diatonic mode you want to include as a key, like Dorian, Phrygian or Lydian, would add 12 tonally unique and 15 engravable keys (though the signatures would not change). Add non-diatonic scales with non-standard key signature patterns, like Ascending Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Hungarian Minor, Phrygian Dominant, and Arabic/Byzantine semitonic, and you can easily arrive at a total number of tonally-unique keys in the hundreds.
Jul
2
comment What are the differences between an American and Mexican Fender Stratocaster?
MIM = Made In Mexico. MIA = Made In America. Common jargon among guitarists on the Internet.
Jun
16
comment Are there certain foods that harms the throat in the long run?
I would say that light to moderate alcohol consumption during times not related to singing is harmless, and some say it can even be beneficial; however, taken just before singing, or in heavy doses, it will cause damage that is compounded by trying to sing through it.
Jun
16
comment What is the difference between a “band” and an “orchestra”
The term "brass band" is indeed highly subjective. In some locales it refers to what in the U.S. is known as a "Drum & Bugle Corps", which is a competition marching group similar in concept to a military band but using specialized brass instruments with only two valves. In other locales it's closer to a "brass choir" and differs primarily in the genres played; a brass band will play ragtime, jazz, swing etc while a brass choir will play adaptations of classical pieces. In still others "brass band" and "brass choir" are completely synonymous.
Jun
16
comment Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?
My theory is that, regardless of which came first, the two chordophone branches in Western music developed interdependently, and the left-handed posture came to dominate the entire family due to its importance in bowed strings.
Jun
16
comment Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?
This is similar to my understanding of it; however, scholars disagree on which branch of the necked chordophone family spawned the other; bowed strings (which descended to the modern violin family) or plucked strings (the lute and oud, eventually resulting in the guitar, banjo and similar instruments). If bowed strings came first, the need for fine motor control in the entire bowing arm would indeed naturally lead to using the nondextrous hand for note fingering; however, if plucked strings came first, the other way makes more sense to a right-handed person.
May
14
comment common mistakes made when singing
The floating ribs do move, but humans only have one of those on each side. All the others are linked by cartilage to the sternum, and while cartilage is flexible, it's not very elastic, so no, the ribcage as a whole doesn't expand to increase lung capacity.
Apr
29
comment In electronic music equipment and software, what are some good ways of cutting costs without sacrificing quality/effort?
There are some significant limitations in many genres, including EDM, to using the computer keyboard as a musical instrument. The biggest one is velocity; a key press registers a set velocity, so all you can do is plunk out a melody with little musicality, or use constant-velocity samples like some synth patches and custom samples. But, you don't need a $3000 MIDI workstation to control some freeware VSTs. Some really nice ones are available for about $250 new, and the used market is saturated with this equipment.
Dec
30
comment How does string gauge affect a guitar's sound and playability?
Good answer. I would mention that the gauge of acoustic strings also affects volume as well as sustain; heavier-gauge strings "drive" the top of an acoustic guitar with more force, and also provide a different "resting" tension. A particular acoustic guitar will sound best with a specific gauge set of strings; too light and the guitar sounds thin, too much and the guitar sounds stuffy.
Nov
6
comment How to make songs with chords that don't belong in a scale?
Actually it's A-C#-E-G if you follow the key of A (it's a sharp key, not flat). I'll edit.
Nov
5
comment How important is it to have an EQ pedal in your chain?
This is one of the reasons why I like giving the house engy a pre-EQ DI feed. My amp allows pre/post EQ switching on its built-in DI; for those who aren't so lucky, just slip one in between your pedal board (every bassist should have at least a good chorus and a gain boost) and your amp input. Now, turn your cab towards yourself and kick it back at an angle; presto, instant monitor feed, with the sound you want, independent of what the engy wants for the house mix. Like you, I've come to the realization that I have very little control over the house mix, but I can still control my stage sound.
Nov
5
comment Beginner replacing guitar strings
I would also suggest light strings over mediums for an acoustic. Even the lightest light acoustic strings are the equivalent of an electric guitar's medium-heavy, and that high tension can present that much steeper a learning curve to a beginner.
Nov
5
comment Beginner replacing guitar strings
I typically prefer to have an entire backup instrument for those times when a string decides its had enough. Rather than having to take five right then, I can switch to my backup instrument, even if it's not ideal for a particular song, then replace the string at the end of the set (ALWAYS have at least one set of strings in your case, as well as plenty of picks, and if your axe has active electronics, a spare battery).
Nov
4
comment Why do musicians prefer to play in certain keys?
Possible duplicate: music.stackexchange.com/questions/3486/…
Nov
4
comment How to make songs with chords that don't belong in a scale?
As for using any of the 12 tones on top of the 5th chord, that starts getting very jazzy and barbershoppy, but yes, when you're on the V chord, the natural progression from there is back to I, so if you want to redefine what the I chord is, you can add a tone, pick a triad out of the chord, and resolve that to your new tonic. It doesn't have to result in a permanent key change; you can use this to slide down through chords barbershop-style.
Nov
4
comment How to make songs with chords that don't belong in a scale?
I mention this in my answer; the IV-7 isn't often heard, but with some small moves it can give you a progression into a key change a half-step higher.
Nov
4
comment How to make songs with chords that don't belong in a scale?
Not all of them. The dominant seventh, for instance, is not in the key when you add it to the tonic or IV chord. I also didn't mention 6th chords, or major-seventh chords, or half/fully-diminished chords, which get more and more dissonant and use fewer and fewer in-key notes depending on what scale tone you're building them on.
Sep
16
comment Why do unofficial Stratocaster clones have a differently shaped headstock?
It's actually not a "court" decision, per se; it's a decision of the US Patent Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal board. Just as binding, though. Notice in the opposition docket numbers that pretty much every guitar maker in the United States, from ESP to Warmoth, filed in opposition to Fender's motion.