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Jul
14
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
I also think it likely there's a great deal more variation among keys in classical music, making the inclusion of the key in the title useful. In rock/jazz/pop/country you'd see an awful lot of the same key names, making it not very informative. Just my opinion.
Jun
28
awarded  Critic
Jun
20
comment How to prevent a string from breaking during a performance?
Personally, I'd rather him just change guitars than hear "music is love" 20 times in a row
Jun
5
comment Tuning a tuning fork?
Certainly possible the wrong fork got in the wrong box. Or, manufacturing wasn't calibrated properly. Any number of human factors could have led to a improperly boxed fork or a bad batch.
Jun
1
awarded  Commentator
Jun
1
comment What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
@Babu, Additionally, I've not found that experienced teachers are significantly more expensive than college students. Most everyone uses fairly standard rates. I do agree that there's no point in going to a teacher with whom you're not compatible, not matter how qualified they are. That's why I suggested trying out several and choosing the one that feels the most compatible.
Jun
1
comment What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
@Babu, depends on the situation. I don't necessarily mean finding the top instructor who teaches all the virtuosos. They probably don't take beginners anyhow. But finding the best you can who is well-qualified. It is true that anyone can teach things to a beginner, but working with a great teacher from the start will equal better technique more quickly. If you start with a mediocre teacher and move to a great teacher later, you'll be kicking yourself at how much farther along you could have been had you started with the great teacher from day 1.
Jun
1
awarded  Teacher
May
31
awarded  Editor
May
31
revised What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
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May
31
answered What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
Feb
6
comment What is a transposing instrument?
Bass (both double and electric) is another example of your third case, where the instrument sounds an octave lower than written.
Jan
22
accepted Limb independence for non-drummers
Jan
19
comment Limb independence for non-drummers
Thanks. Tapping the foot is a subject of great debate in orchestral settings. Some say it should never be done, some say it's fine if not loud, etc. Still others say to flex some other body part in time. My instructor sees no problem with it if it's quiet. As a total beginner I think I need the extra reinforcement, since just keeping a beat in my head doesn't come easily when my mind is trying to think of notes, bow angles, string crossings and so many other things that are second nature to experienced musicians.
Jan
19
asked Limb independence for non-drummers
Dec
14
comment Orchestra warmup sounds
NRellingh has it right - if there's an oboe in the orchestra, it will generally give the tuning note. Typically the winds will tune first, then after a brief pause, another A will be played and the strings will tune. I've seen junior orchestras even tune 3 times, having brass and woodwinds tune separately. The oboe is used to tune because the instrument itself is theoretically impervious to going out of tune. There's no tuning slide - tuning is controlled solely with the reed - thus, the principal oboist plays the note.
Sep
27
comment What instruments are inexpensive, portable and not too loud?
Note that string instruments played with a practice mute can be pretty quiet. Additionally, there's electric violins and cellos which can be played with headphones. However, as you mention, with the cello in particular, its suitability would depend on your definition of "portable." However, they would not qualify on the inexpensive part.
Sep
9
accepted Does shifting vary on a fretted instrument?
Sep
8
comment How to play a song without making mistakes?
I was writing a post that discussed the final point too. Even at a music camp with advanced players, they don't have the score in their laps, and they're unlikely to notice that you played a G instead of an F# on the third triplet in the 27th measure. Unless you make a face. The average person will certainly not notice minor mistakes - unless you make a face. Even if you do make a noticeable mistake, people will quickly forget about it, unless you do something to exacerbate it - such as make a face. Keep smiling and play like nothing happened.
Sep
8
awarded  Scholar