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Apr
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reviewed Approve accidentals tag wiki excerpt
Apr
1
comment How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?
Well yeah... but the physics units are a bit messed up anyway here; it doesn't really make sense to consider cos(2 ⋅ t) if t is a time.
Mar
31
answered How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?
Mar
30
awarded  Quorum
Mar
29
comment Schoenberg's Hexachord decoded
That doesn't seem to be said hexachord. I think it's actually supposed to be laid out B♭ B C E♭ E G, yielding only SCHBEG. — Anyway... this is so arbitrary (like everything in twelve-tone technique, mind); you could read plenty of other stuff into that hexachord.
Mar
25
answered Hearing a click track above an orchestra
Mar
22
comment Why acoustic-guitar often use direct output instead of amp miking while on-stage?
That's actually what I do too: my cello runs through a Para-Acoustic DI. No amp on stage. But I rely completely on in-ear monitoring, if it weren't for that then I would use an acoustic amp. Wedge monitors are unbeatable for vocals; but for acoustic instruments they're at best ok, often much more prone to feedback problems than a good acoustic amp. — Aside... how does this post actually answer the question?
Mar
21
comment Is there any rules to choosing appropriate drum pattern for a melody?
Indeed there are no general fixed rules at all in music, but even less for drum patterns. Just use anything that feels right to you, experiment a lot. Best of course experiment with a proper drumset yourself, or find a drummer and jam a little.
Mar
20
comment vocal software for singing in tune
There is software that does such things, but frankly, the only proper way to sing in tune is to hear it yourself. Just practise, sing to accompaniment (playing some simple guitar chords goes a long way), join a choir or band... obviously, taking a few vocal lessons can't be a bad idea either. You'll get a much better feeling for when you're off these ways. Or if you don't, then singing is perhaps just not your thing – you can still play an instrument!
Mar
20
comment Can I re-string my 12 string guitar with strings of different octaves?
...no, not really. At most you'd be forced to damp the adjacent strings. The larger spacing between the strings on electric bass at the bridge is mostly to give enough space for plucking / picking, but at the nut, the space could easily be much narrower (many bass necks are in fact more tapered than guitar necks, and could be yet more tapered, except there's no reason why they should be).
Mar
20
comment Can I re-string my 12 string guitar with strings of different octaves?
Reason Three doesn't make much sense to me. Thick strings are actually easier to fret (easier to feel and cut less into the flesh); only if you increase the tension or action then the required force becomes a problem, but that wouldn't apply here. Reason Four b) is also only partially correct, because if the strings are tuned in unison they will be able to vibrate in phase-locked mode, i.e. each goes out of the other's way at exactly the right time. Not sure how much colliding would happen before they sync; at any rate that might in itself give an interesting sound.
Mar
14
comment What are inexpensive alternatives for bass notes in a handbell choir piece, for which we don't have bells?
Note that octave-transposing is not so uncritical in something like hand bells as it is with string or wind instruments. Bells don't have a simple harmonic (integer-ratio) overtone series. Some of their overtones are actually quite dissonant to the ones an octave up or down.
Mar
14
revised What is a chord in terms of frequencies?
Two, too, to, ... all the same.
Mar
14
answered What is a chord in terms of frequencies?
Mar
6
comment Is there a term for chords like F/G and C/D?
IMO this is spot on. I usually don't hear anything Jazzy or quartal in a /2 chord, but simply a mix between dominant and subdominant / plagal cadence.
Mar
6
comment Why does most “Country” Music use mostly major and minor plain simple chords?
Or put the other way around: complex chords in Country would risk being considered a bug, rather than a feature.
Mar
6
comment What first to put in effect chain (order from guitar cable input) — distortion or effect processor?
In particular, putting wah before distortion changes the characteristic from single-resonant-peak lowpass on a high-bandwidth signal (as typical for many synths) to complex morphing of a peak with harmonics and no real high cut (somewhat more like human voice). Both FX orders have their benefits and drawbacks.
Feb
29
comment Why is there a natural accidental on this C?
@ToddWilcox right, but the C♮ sounds not only not weird at this spot, it's almost inevitable after the leading note B♮.
Feb
29
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
29
awarded  Nice Answer