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Functional programming enthusiast, audio engineer & musician. Whilst not busy with any of that, I study physics at Universität zu Köln / Bonn-Cologne Graduate School.


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comment What is the difference between portamento and glissando?
I daresay it's rather the other way around. Glissando means, a contiguous pitch transition from the beginning note to the next specified pitch. Ideally, this should be a continuous slide, but instruments where this isn't feasible may approximate it with a chromatic or even diatonic scale run. OTOH, portamento must be a smooth "pitch bend" (if a composer writes something about "portamento" in a piano score, it simply means they've mixed up the term with portato, which is something different), but it doesn't really need to connect the specified pitches, only aim in the direction.
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comment What is the best way to learn to sing harmony?
Alternative to Twist And Shout: Vocational Guidance Counselor...
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answered How to make a bass growl?
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comment “Correct” notation for a minor chord?
@BobRodes: there's definitely a lot of musical reasons to consider major the default chord gender, and minor the exception. Aside from that, not in all languages the word for "major" starts with an m (germanic and slavic languages use varieties of "dur"), but the word for minor usually does ("moll"). And finally, even if you don't know whether the m stands for minor or major, it's easy enough to find out, if just from nearby chords. A-major | C-minor | G-minor | A-major? Unlikely (though of course possible). — I really don't like the writing maj vs min, at all, IMO it's very inefficient.
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comment Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?
Consecutive use of one finger "when going from one string to the next lower" is called raking, at least for bass that term is established.
Dec
21
answered 2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality
Dec
21
comment Setting up a “hot mic” for a softer vocal sound
Feedback should never be a problem in recording. Also, "constantly adjusting" is quite doable with automation. So are you really talking about recording, or rather live performance? If so, please change the tags.
Dec
18
comment How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?
"It is very rare that preforming musicians will play every solo exactly like the original recordings." Indeed, and that's good the way it is. Most live music would be a lot more boring without such improvisation.
Dec
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comment Why does the following chord progression sound good?
@luserdroog: ♭ works just as well and is almost as easy to remember as ♭...
Dec
17
answered How can I ensure each instrument and vocals are audible during band rehearsal?
Dec
17
answered Fretless rosewood fingerboard care
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comment Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted
@BraddSzonye: that has a lot to do with what strings you use, though. Jaco used roundwound strings on a rosewood fingerboard (which was particularly vulnerable because it originally had frets in it). Flatwound or otherwise "unsharpened" strings on an ebony fretboard give much better longevity. On my fretless, I have black coated strings. I like a lot their feel and sound, plus they look pretty great (actually they're almost invisible) on fretless.
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comment What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?
Most decent pickups you can get these days are wax-cast anyway by default, no need to do this yourself.
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comment How does a DI box work together with guitar?
I guess I was being a bit harsh – this answer does, of course, still make some correct points, it just doesn't get to the gist IMO. In particular, the preamps in active DIs generally don't boost the signal voltage at all ("bring the output signal up to line level" – in fact they rather bring the signal down to mic level!), though they do in a sense boost the current. That, in turn, actually means that the signal is more immune to interference, though when the original source was low-impedance then the balanced connection after a passive DI is plenty stable for any realistic XLR connection.
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