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May
22
comment Ambidextrous instruments
Long before I ever got shown the "correct" way to play a guitar, I naturally picked it up in the 'left-hand' position. It makes sense to me that my dominant (right) hand should do the intricate work of fretting the strings while my useless left hand just went back and forth strumming them.
May
16
comment What is the importance of practicing scales on piano, and the proper fingering of them?
Good analogy. "Being practiced in scales ... is like knowing how all the words you read are supposed to sound, rather than having to sound them out."
Apr
16
comment piano finger spread
"Or is this because it's originally an organ piece?" Yes - that's exactly why your fingers are having to play such a range in the hands. The left-hand bass part is played by the feet on the organ, freeing up both your hands to play the rest.
Apr
4
comment Do I have a problem in my ring finger?
Yes, completely normal - in fact, place your hand on the table, fingers spread out, with your middle finger tucked right in under your palm. You'll be able to raise all your other fingers independently, but your ring finger won't budge.
Mar
18
comment What are the ABRSM graded examinations, and why would one want to take them?
Just to add that although you don't need to have the previous Grades to attempt the next level, you now MUST have passed Grade 5 Theory before attempting any practical exams of Grade 6 and above.
Mar
15
comment Which diploma, ATCL or dipABRSM
Congrats on your Grade 8! Don't forget that there's a third option - don't do a diploma! Are you doing a diploma for a reason? If not, and you're just doing it for "fun" then just go with the one which has the most interesting syllabus in your opinion. If you're doing it as a stepping stone to something even higher (a Masters degree? a job?) then look closely at the requirements and choose the one that fits best.
Jan
15
comment Aiding the transcription of naturally occuring sounds. e.g. Horse whinnying, bird singing, etc
Can I ask why you need to replicate a horse with a trombone specifically?! There may be other instruments better suited. It might also help if you could give an example of what a whining horse sounds like, I'm not familiar with horses making any whining sounds.
Nov
15
comment Musical Aids to Memorize Intervals
@MarkLutton Apparently I didn't, as I thought that film used "Fanfare for the Common Man"...
Oct
1
comment Is it dangerous to sing an entire song in falsetto?
I reckon Barry Gibb would say no. Reports that outlasting the rest of his brothers has anything to do with singing Falsetto are unconfirmed.
Sep
28
comment Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing?
This thesis is interesting but you're right there isn't anything conclusive in existing data - i.e. not all Pavarotti look-a-likes are guaranteed to have deep voices. But intuitively, a larger body means a better chance of a larger vocal tract & lungs. A larger vocal tract with more air means a better chance to resonate those deeper notes when "singing from your belly".
Sep
13
comment How to free up a rusty trombone slide?
Is this for real?! Google "rusty trombone" and then add the trumpet snake and lube... this question's suddenly way off-topic!
Aug
8
comment What are these aspects of song structure called?
@ymar not sure what you mean by a "foot count"?
Jul
27
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
@Bavi_H I see - I was discounting the enharmonic equivalents.
Jul
19
comment How can I establish myself as the creator of a given work
Yes, the posting it to yourself is a simple 'insurance' that you can take out should you ever need to 'prove' the date you created it. Normally a signed copy should also go to a prominent member of society such as a lawyer or doctor, who also keeps the envelope sealed with the postmark intact.
Jul
17
comment What are good tips for remaining composed during one's first public performance?
"Remember that the audience is not full of critics and music teachers" - excellent advice. Most people won't be capable of doing what you do - even if you make a few slip-ups and carry on, they'll still come away impressed by your performance. Even the most amateur magician can appear impressive when you don't know how he does his tricks!
Jul
13
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
@UlfÅkerstedt Yes, I say "name them"!
Jul
11
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
@teodozjan I'm being somewhat sarcastic with the Beiber example - but the point is that if you only write a handful of songs you have the luxury of naming them something of your choosing. Write hundreds of instrumental pieces and you'll soon end up just referring them by their style and key.
Jul
11
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
@reinierpost I meant the volume of his output is still small enough to spend time giving specific titles rather than functional ones.
Jun
20
comment How do I finger the interleaved 3rds in Goldberg 23?
+1 for "I feel like a T-rex playing it"
May
18
comment Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?
I've also wondered about this. I'm right-handed and I've never learnt the guitar. When I picked up my friend's to see what it was like, I naturally used my right hand for fingering the chords, as that seemed to require the most dexterity. Cue my friend exclaiming "wow, you can play left-handed?!". Although, I played violin (badly) as a child and using my left hand for bowing would seem awkward.