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Dec
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comment How can I extend the pitch range of the ribbon on a Monotron?
The problem if you try to make it too simple: the monotron's analogue oscillator is highly non-linear and also depends a lot on temperature. So with a mechanical octave switch, most of the time the tuning reference will not be right, you'd need an additional fine-tuner. — If you'd like to avoid hardware hacking, your best bet is likely to play the monotron though a standard guitar pitch shifter / whammy pedal, using that as a range selector.
Dec
21
comment What music notation software allows you to code the notation?
I don't think any of these can really take it up with Lilypond though (which, incidentally, started out as a LaTeX package too, but became standalone when it was determined that music typesetting diverges from standard document typesetting in too many ways for this to be a really practical approach).
Dec
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Dec
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answered My guitar plays out of tune on the high e on fretted notes up the neck
Dec
3
comment The notes outside the major scale form a pentatonic scale
(Though I would add that the circe of fifths isn't the only way how notes can be harmonically near: major thirds are so harmonious because they are a single 5-limit step, not because you can get them as 4 fifths. Indeed Pythagorean thirds sound pretty jarring, even when you're used to the already too-big 12-edo thirds!)
Dec
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comment The notes outside the major scale form a pentatonic scale
Well, no, B♭ and A♯ are just not the same note with different names, but two different notes which happen to be so close that some instruments can get away with approximating them both as the same frequency. Just because they're close however doesn't mean they're similar, and your answer actually explains quite well the reason.
Dec
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comment The notes outside the major scale form a pentatonic scale
B♭ is not part of the F♯ major pentatonic.
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Nov
28
comment Why does the chord progression Gmaj - F#maj - Amaj sound the way it does?
@Dom: well, Pythagoreically speaking, the ii degree is basically defined as the secondary dominant. Only if you stay in a single diatonic scale, the ii chord is rendered as minor and thus doesn't function as V/V, but using the secondary dominant and labelling it II is fine and common.
Nov
24
answered Why does the chord progression Gmaj - F#maj - Amaj sound the way it does?
Nov
22
answered Making Harmonize to a melody
Nov
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Nov
22
comment Is there a lower limit for how short a note can be, in a given time signature?
In fact, already 64th notes are very seldom used, and even 32nd notes tend to belong to the virtuoso/flourish realm (except in very slow pieces).
Nov
20
comment Instruments that are easy on left pinkie fingers
Strangely enough, I think most (of the few) proper theremin players do use the right hand fingers, including the pinky, to intonate scales.
Nov
20
comment Instruments that are easy on left pinkie fingers
@Old John: I know a (right-handed) guitarist who plays left-handed guitar for precisely this reason. I don't think this is such a good idea on string instruments, though: at least on cello the pinky is very important for giving stability and impetus to the bow stroke. (Also, alas, playing left-handed is much more limiting for a string player than it is for a guitarist: you constantly clash with your neighbours in the orchestra...)
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