Reputation
303
Top tag
Next privilege 500 Rep.
Access review queues
Badges
1 6
Newest
 Yearling
Impact
~74k people reached

Apr
6
comment Why have I never found any music written in the key of C Sharp Major?
@Tim: Such keyboards are very rare. Indeed, I'm not aware of any keyboard that will play the same key differently depending on whether a C# or a Db is "meant".
Apr
6
comment Why have I never found any music written in the key of C Sharp Major?
@Rockin Cowboy: You're probably right. To disprove it, you'd need to find a piece in C# and one in Db that are clearly written to be played in a non-equal temperament tuning system and without tuning the instrument specifically for the key. I don't think such pieces can be found.
Apr
6
comment Why have I never found any music written in the key of C Sharp Major?
This answer would gain accuracy by mentioning that by saying C# and Db are equal "on keyboard instruments", what you really mean to say is that they are equal when tuning in equal temperament. Not all keyboard instruments are tuned that way.
Nov
1
comment Unusual Accidentals
No. I've never seen a double accidental being denoted as a redundant one, while redundant accidentals out of courtesy are quite common .Also bear in mind that in a lot of music accidentals tend to depend on context, e.g. a note may have an accidental in an ascending sequence and lose it in a descending one,of vice versa.
Jun
24
comment What is the name for a group of five?
And there's "quintuple" for a group of non-people.
May
27
revised Why is music theory built so tightly around the C Major scale?
fix spelling in title
May
27
suggested approved edit on Why is music theory built so tightly around the C Major scale?
Mar
28
revised What gives 'Winter Song' by Nico a medieval sound?
added 2 characters in body
Mar
20
comment What is the difference between a “riff” and a “melody”?
So would you call the guitar parts in 'Heroes' by David Bowie a riff as well?
Mar
20
comment What is the difference between a dominant scale VS a mode?
Historically, modes do not come from a major or minor scale, rather it's the other way around.
Mar
20
comment What is the difference between a “riff” and a “melody”?
@Roland Bouman: interesting ... I'm not sure the best term for this guitar part is a riff, it's a repeating pattern, but it follows the chord changes; but it does convince me that a riff can be in a higher part. For intros this may not be so rare, but I can't think of an example that continues this throughout the whole song. The best I can think of right now is Chelsea where the organ is more consistent in repeating the riff than the bass guitar is.
Nov
25
comment the problem with pickup notes
This is very much related to another question you asked: What is and is not syncopation.
Nov
25
comment What is and what is not syncopation
One way to make it clearer why Amazing Grace isn't syncopated is to imagine where the chords will be played: on the stressed notes. This makes it clearer where the stress is, and clearly shows that the first note is a pickup note. But not only that: play every chord one quarter sooner and the stress will shift along; suddenly, the same melody is entirely syncopated! Conclusion: syncopation isn't a property of a melody, but of how it is timed relative to the bars (the stress).
Oct
14
answered What gives 'Winter Song' by Nico a medieval sound?
Sep
16
comment How to algorithmically find a chord progression for an infinite arbitrary melody?
@Michael Martinez: Possibly not - still it's interesting to ask what rules these chords abide by in the example, and what sorts of rules should be followed in general. Fux's rules are an example: they are already nontrivial in that the chords that can be played with a given note do not just depend on the note being played, but also on a small window of preceding chords.
Sep
14
comment How to algorithmically find a chord progression for an infinite arbitrary melody?
The left hand can't be cycling - that's the point of using pi.
Sep
7
revised How is counterpoint different from harmony?
added 134 characters in body
Apr
22
comment What is the history of considering Rock 'n' Roll to be “the Devil's music”?
Apparently our willingness to hear meaningful words is quite strong, e.g. I also find youtube.com/watch?v=nIwrgAnx6Q8 pretty convincing.
Apr
22
comment What is this beat and why is it so popular
I know a name for a 3x2 section in 2x3 music: hemiola. This seems to be the same thing, except it's 4x3 in 3x4 music. But I've never heard a name for it.
Jan
6
revised How is counterpoint different from harmony?
added 13 characters in body