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Jan
3
comment How long would it take to learn to tune a piano?
Tuning in 5ths and octaves only does have an unfortunate side-effect, which is that if you make a mistake, it is perpetuated across the entire circle of 5ths. Tuning in 3rds gives you a chance to tune some notes anchored more closely to your A (or C if you use a C-fork)
Jan
3
comment How long would it take to learn to tune a piano?
If someone decides not to use a tuner, then either (A), they need a tuning fork for all 12 notes, or (B) they need to tune in increments. I can understand someone wanting to only tune in 5ths, and not 3rds, and I expect there are other good options.
Mar
24
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
@SRiss, The askercan unaccept at any time, even years later. Have no fear :)
Mar
5
comment How can I learn to sing and play an instrument (like Piano) at the same time?
At first, some slower songs, such as Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World, or some hymns. What I am hoping for is Busted by Ray Charles, but that of course is more difficult. Also, I do not usually use sheet music unless it is conveniently available. (music without paper) I am able to modify/simplify the piano side of things if necessary.
Dec
19
comment How long would it take to learn to tune a piano?
In the video lessons I took, a C fork was suggested, and the old man gave the reason he uses an A. When someone is reviewing your work, they will say "How's your A" and it is less common to say "How's your C". Of course if you are on your own it does not matter, and it is personal preference.
Jul
27
comment My fingers are huge; how do I adjust on a piano?
All that comes to mind for me is: Transpose what you are playing to key of C, or Write your own.
Jul
9
comment How to prevent a string from breaking during a performance?
Wish I had done more than skimmed it before I posted the link :(, I first saw it mentioned in an article by a weekly author from the local paper. I Googled so I could get the story to post here. I did not really think it was fake because I believed it is doable. But, (thankfully), my point still is not entirely invalidated if you see where it says "Carrying on after losing a string without interrupting the performance is certainly within the capabilities of a world-class violinist". But thanks for getting me to read my own link @Rein.
Jun
14
comment How often is it recommended to change bass strings?
This sounds like a joke... lasted ten years... nobody would use it because of the short... that might be why it lasted so long :)
Jun
14
comment How often is it recommended to change bass strings?
What is DR coated?
Jun
5
comment How do you remember your music and how do I improve in this regard?
+1 for your progress without formal education.
Jun
5
comment How do you remember your music and how do I improve in this regard?
I will add to that if you don't mind: If you want to play a song by ear (including the fullness of the music, not just the main tune), it helps to listen to it frequently for some time, so you don't have to pause and rewind during the time you put it to the piano.
May
19
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
@James: Interesting. The reason I ask is because I am a programmer and I think it is possible and within reason to write a program to add a left hand to a melody that ands up sounding good... and I wondered how far that concept has been taken or if that was what you were talking about. That would be the part about "generating chord progressions". Glad this category has not been left untouched!
May
19
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
I am curious. What are you actually doing with this "linguistics-inspired computational musicology on chord progressions"? Are you writing software of some kind?
May
14
comment What notes on the piano do the Ukulele strings equate to?
We prefer not to have link-only answers because if the get-tuned.com goes down or gets re-worked, the answer would likely become useless. I edited in the illistration.
May
13
comment How to prevent a string from breaking during a performance?
+1 Good secondary answer.
May
13
comment How to prevent a string from breaking during a performance?
Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, violinist. Takes a long time to walk onto stage due to polio, had a string in his violin break near beginning of performance, made necessary composition corrections on the spot.
May
12
comment English translation for “rubato”
+1 Robin Hood time. Probably the best name there is. And it is easy to remember the explanation after have heard it the first time. (Also +1 for having a complete answer)
May
7
comment J. S. Bach's place in musical history
Most great people don't follow trends. Einstein, Edison, you name it.
May
5
comment What do the 3/4 and 4/4 numbers mean?
@ogerard: The asker did not ask if it would be written differently, he asked if it would sound differently. All the sheet music software I have seen changes the bar lines automatically. And I would be highly surprised if the asker was hand-writing his music. The down vote was not reasonable in my opinion. Edited anyway.
May
3
comment Is learning an instrument online a bad idea?
@Michael: I tend to agree with @Dr Meyhem, but I know this is subjective. Here are some examples for those who are interested. music.stackexchange.com/questions/63/….