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Jan
11
comment Help for the first time keyboard player in a band
“even tying your left hand to your back” – my, I know some keyboarders who I would positively wish did that, at least sometimes...
Jan
11
comment Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound?
You may have a point here, but nevertheless this should be a comment, not an answer.
Jan
10
comment Are magnets really harmful for guitar pickups
@ToddWilcox: I agree, though I reckon the magnets used in hard drives are rather less fussy about demagnetising fields than the typical alnico magnets that most PUs use.
Jan
10
comment How to keep music books open?
@11684: I'd say a tablet is more useful in a dark performance hall, because you don't need an extra light source. If it's too bright, you can always just turn the brightness down! Perhaps even invert the contrast – a white-on-black OLED display emits far less light than you can ever hope with an illuminated paper print, while still being readable.
Jan
7
answered Guitar Input Problems
Jan
7
comment Guitar Input Problems
Guitars with active electronics usually use the ring contact as an on/off switch, so it's unlikely that the OP would get these results if the signal were accidentally wired to ring (because then the active pickups should never have power!).
Jan
7
comment Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?
I remember my teacher immediately offering me both variations back then. I first found the 123 fingering easier, but was later convinced by the nicer chord changes with 234. Actually not much later: if I recall correctly it was mere weeks. In fact it seemed like practising the 123 shape also made the 234 shape easier to do.
Jan
5
comment Is the zoom H4n a good option for chamber music?
@nsn: perhaps, but either way you'll need an interface or mobile recorder with decent mic preamps. An interface needs a laptop attached for recording. If you also wish to do music production (with overdubs etc.), then this is definitely better. If you only want to capture full classical performances, then a mobile recorder is way more practical.
Jan
5
answered Is the zoom H4n a good option for chamber music?
Jan
3
answered Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar
Jan
3
comment Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar
Have you tried it by now? I find this a really interesting idea, and would expect it to sound not weird but just very fat, powerchord-ey (provided you use B and F♯ for the second course; a tritone would by tricky indeed...)
Jan
3
answered unable to tune the acoustic guitar
Jan
3
comment What key could the progression Dmaj7-Amaj7-A6-Esus4-E be in?
I would heavily lean towards simply calling it A-major, due to the strong dominant effect of the released E suspension (even though it's not directly resolved to A).
Jan
3
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
2
comment Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?
Don't cross your legs too tightly. Actually, the right foot should almost be on the left knee. That's important for stability and also avoids pins and needles.
Jan
2
comment Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?
BTW, do you really indend to play a E♭/D chord there? Phew, that sounds a bit jarring...
Jan
2
answered Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?
Jan
2
reviewed Reviewed What is “groove”?
Jan
2
comment What is “groove”?
Classical music can have lots of groove. Granted, there is a bit of a tendency to the stiff side, but that's not necessarily the mark of good classical performances. There definitely are lots of tempo variations and microtiming in classical music, much more than in popular music!