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Apr
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answered Differences between capos
Apr
26
revised How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?
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Apr
26
answered How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?
Apr
23
comment Is playing fingerstyle really hard?
You certainly shouldn't be scared about fingerstyle, it's not that hard. If you're motivated to learn it, you will probably manage to do so.
Apr
23
revised Is playing fingerstyle really hard?
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Apr
23
comment How do I notate a 'wailing' sound?
Great answer, though I wonder whence you procure that “general rule” of slurs automatically implying legato if possible on the instrument. As you say yourself, this is not the case for bowed string instruments, nor on woodwinds (which are more limited in portamento range, but e.g. oboe could certainly implement many half-tone slurs as portamenti), nor on guitar or keyboards with pitch-bending capability. In fact, trombone and timpani seem about the only instruments where slurs are commonly understood as portamenti! So, I'd definitely put the oblique-line notation as first recommendation.
Apr
23
reviewed Approve My guitar gets out of tune after 1 minute
Apr
23
revised Can you play two guitars through the same amp?
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Apr
22
answered Can you play two guitars through the same amp?
Apr
20
reviewed Approve How to read these notes?
Apr
20
answered How to read these notes?
Apr
11
comment Stretching for a guitar intro
This is right and good to know, but both of these options are probably not optimal in terms of sound and groove. It's certainly a good skill, being able to play that typical Rock'nRoll pattern as the OP has it in the tab; I thing that version is best in particular for playing with a lot of overdrive.
Apr
11
comment How to grok 20th-century pop music as evolution of classical harmony
Exactly. You first need to rebase pop on top of classical, to make history look linear. Wait...
Apr
10
answered How to grok 20th-century pop music as evolution of classical harmony
Apr
8
comment How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?
The OP didn't include any physical units. It could as well be f₁ = (0.5 min⁻¹) / 2π ≈ 0.0013 Hz, which is even further into the subsonic. Or, more sensibly, it could be understood as referring to an arbitrary time scale, i.e. the base frequency is ad libitum.
Apr
8
comment A (440 Hz) and A (880 Hz) are completely different sounds to me. Does this mean I'm tone deaf?
@Yakk: I wasn't going for imperfections of 12-edo tuning at all here. (The fifths on a well-tuned piano are only ever so slightly off, they can be considered as perfect in basically any musical context – it's the thirds that you need to worry about.) What I meant was, in a perfect fifth (7 semitones), the tones have a clear harmonic relationship, which means the lower note is clearly the root and the higher note is, well, the fifth. But in a tritone (6 semitones), none of the notes has anything like “root character”, i.e. the two notes are more on an “equal footing” than those in a fifth..
Apr
7
comment A (440 Hz) and A (880 Hz) are completely different sounds to me. Does this mean I'm tone deaf?
@Yakk: curiously enough, one might even say that the two notes a tritone apart are more similar than the two notes a fifth apart: in the latter, there's a clear hierarchy that the lower one has root character and the fifth is harmony, whereas the tritone's enharmonic ambiguity thwarts such symmetry breaking.
Apr
7
revised A (440 Hz) and A (880 Hz) are completely different sounds to me. Does this mean I'm tone deaf?
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Apr
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answered A (440 Hz) and A (880 Hz) are completely different sounds to me. Does this mean I'm tone deaf?