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May
21
comment Why do old russian guitar songs sound out of tune?
It's worth noting, in this context, that 12-edo tuning was actually invented in China, long before western music started to take it up! Arguably, the tuning is better suited for many far-eastern styles (which tend to be mostly 3-limit), than for western classical music (whose 5-limit thirds are not represented so well by 12-edo). Of course, this doesn't mean far-eastern influences (which may include excessive pitch bends, and some styles probably also have higher limits like in Indian music) are not a factor which might make Russian music sound off to western ears in the age of autotune.
May
11
comment Effects with audio interface
Should be noted that some newer amps (Including Behringer models such as the LX110-GY; I suspect the OP might have one like that) don't actually rely on the colouring by the power stage and cabinet much, but simulate all the colourations digitally and in the end send the signal to a power stage and speaker that in itself behaves much more HiFi than traditional guitar amps. In this case, the line-out will probably sound as good as the amp gets.
May
9
comment Why won't my new guitar play in tune?
Sounds like a nut issue, either too high or misplaced. How high are the strings over, say, the 3rd fret?
May
9
comment Can someone clarify the range of orchestral strings?
@CarlWitthoft: yeah, that's also possible. I've always interpreteted it that the fingers act like a bottleneck slide up there (the high frequency means you need very little inert mass to stop the string). But IMO these notes sound rather harried; artificial harmonics tend to come out smoother.
May
8
comment Can someone clarify the range of orchestral strings?
@alephzero: well, violinists and violists could probably reach over the body too, but they couldn't establish a stable thumb position there as on the cello and bass – and without that, intonation is just a bit too much of a roulette. — As for special techniques, sure you mean below the bridge? That's normally a bow-only thing, there's not really much interesting the left hand could do there. What is occasionally done is, playing (flageolett) notes higher than the fingerboard reaches, but still above the bridge.
May
8
comment Can someone clarify the range of orchestral strings?
@NeilMeyer: I consider that a needlessly complicated perspective. Guitar and double bass aren't transposing instruments, they simply use a different clef, which happens to be an octave lower than treble / bass clef, respectively. In guitar scores, this is generally written as such (with an 8 below the clef); for double bass it somehow hasn't caught on.
May
8
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May
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comment Can someone clarify the range of orchestral strings?
@WheatWilliams: in Europe, five-strings are rather more common than extensions.
May
8
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May
3
comment Beginner guitar : Ode to Joy - is it chords shown in sheet? E.g. C is shown, but not played in note
@HagenvonEitzen: it's evidently a beginner arragement, simplified to only use crotchets and minims. But, I also cringe at this kind of mutilation...
Apr
30
comment The practical difference between 2/2 and 2/4 time
@alephzero: why not make that an answer?
Apr
30
comment The practical difference between 2/2 and 2/4 time
@StephenHowe: you can also specify a swing on semiquavers, and why not also on crotchets? It's not commonly done, but everybody would immediately understand it.
Apr
28
comment Controlling high frequency of heavily distorted guitar tone (metal)
There can't really be a scientific approach to this, because ultimately it's always subjective what's “good” or “bad”. Anyway, let me repeat my earlier point: cabinet IR and post-EQ are not the single crucial factors for a good sound, though they will typically make the most obvious difference. If you can't seem to find an IR that sounds quite right, then probably there is something subtle wrong earlier in the signal chain.
Apr
26
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Apr
26
comment Is there a more precise way to play F natural on a D pennywhistle?
On the recorder (which has an extra hole for the C) you get the F♮ by covering all holes except the third. Analogously I'd suspect on the tin whistle you can get something F-like by covering all except the second hole, but I haven't one to test how usable this is. You may need to partially cover the second hole anyway to get the tone low enough.
Apr
24
comment What is the difference between sharp note & flat note?
And it's not generally true that A♯ is higher than B♭. You're probably referring to a leading tone A♯ that's “gravitating” towards its B resolution. But apart from such leading notes, just-intonation actually tends to make sharps lower, compared to 12-edo tuning (because a sharp-note is more likely to be the third of a major chord).
Apr
24
comment Are there any plain nylon bass strings for classical guitar?
BTW, solid-polymer strings can actually be used for bass, even below the guitar range and without excessive scale: bass ukulele is normally strung with thick rubber strings! Of course, these give a pretty weird sound, but you can play music with them...
Apr
24
comment Are there any plain nylon bass strings for classical guitar?
@Blahman: the Thomastik Classic S have sort-of flatwound bass strings. (Mind, these aren't really nylon strings – they have a very thin stranded steel core, which helps to counter the dullness associated with flatwound.)