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Sep
12
comment Tuning the Ouds
An unauthoritative answer based on observing my friends who do play: Greek and Arabic ouds generally have 11 strings in 5 pairs + 1 (though I was told there are some with 13 strings), the pairs are often tuned one octave apart (though sometimes in unison?). My friends always carry a tuning fork at A-440, but I am not sure whether that is because they like to play in small ensembles and it is more convenient then to tune to a reference. (I don't play the instrument myself, so I don't know the usual tuning. But I remember seeing alternative tunings used sometimes for certain songs.)
Sep
2
comment Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
For those who haven't seen it before: comedic illustration of Rachmaninoff's hands youtu.be/ifKKlhYF53w
Aug
25
comment Note bending on harmonica
Thanks! I'll definitely check it out.
Aug
24
comment What does it mean when one says that rock and jazz have strong beats on the even numbered beats?
Pulse I get. I am not quite sure what you mean by drive. Can you explain a little bit more? Thanks!
Jul
30
comment Some literature on voice
You probably also meant "sound creation" rather than "sound creature".
Jul
4
comment bass chord progressions in “Killing me softly”
Actually, according to the video linked to in the previous post, all his notes are correct except for the second note in the first bar, which should be an A, not a G.
Jun
15
comment Ways to warm up vocal cords?
"sigh" from the bottom of your range?
Jun
15
comment How can I get the instrumentals for a song?
@Pacerier: it means import "stereo". The basic idea of the trick is that because the vocal is panned in the center, it contributes equally to the left and right channels of a stereo recording. So you can subtract the left from the right channel and remove the vocals, while anything that is not dead center will still have a bit of remnant left. In other words, you use the vocals from the right ear to cancel out that from the left ear, so you must have stereo (and not mono) input.
Jun
15
comment Are fingertips supposed to hurt and get calluses from playing the violin ?
in the end of the third paragraph, do you mean instead "If you can't pull the paper out, you're pressing too hard"?
May
12
comment When did keyboard partitions start to use the G-clef for the upper staff ?
drop me an e-mail (my e-mail should be available in my profile; if not, click on "network profile" and look for it on my webpage), and I can send you copies. They are both relatively short.
May
5
comment When did keyboard partitions start to use the G-clef for the upper staff ?
You may be interested in reading jstor.org/stable/905327 and jstor.org/stable/905443
May
5
comment What are the best techniques to play overtones in the saxophone?
@NReilingh: ah. Thanks for clearing that up.
May
1
comment What are the best techniques to play overtones in the saxophone?
@NReilingh: I'm not actually quite sure how far "embouchure" extends. Perhaps I am misusing the term, but I've always thought that the muscle behind the chin, under the jaw, but above the neck is part of the embouchure. Is that actually part of the throat?
Apr
28
comment How much baroque music was derived from improvisation?
I think Bach probably also believed that he can improvise better than other people can write. :-)
Apr
27
comment How much baroque music was derived from improvisation?
I do not claim to be really knowledgeable on this matter, but I wonder if you are mixing two facts together. The first is that Baroque music (especially solo performance forms) are big on ornamentation, which are typically supplied/improvised by the performer, though the basic score is written down. Second is the story behind The Musical Offering of Bach.
Apr
27
comment Why are violin bows longer than viola bows, than cello bows, than double-bass bows ?
Ah yes, I forgot about this part. To produce a "smooth" sound on the lower pitch instruments also requires the bow to be heavier (so as to have larger angular momentum and less likely to be "bounced" away by the string). This puts further physical constraints to what Gauthier described.
Apr
27
comment What are good sources for free orchestra scores?
+1 for IMSLP.org
Apr
27
comment What kind of edition and tuning to use to study Bach's fifth cello suite ?
Why are there two close votes on this? This looks like a reasonable question for this website.
Apr
27
comment What are the best techniques to play overtones in the saxophone?
Just to check, do you mean overtones or altissimos?
Apr
27
comment Why are violin bows longer than viola bows, than cello bows, than double-bass bows ?
There is, of course, a different reason for the length of bows of non-full-size instruments: you give shorter bows to kids with shorter arms so they can build up good bowing habit. A 10 year old with a 75 cm bow will never be able to pull far enough to get close to the tip.