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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!
Jan
2
comment Better way of playing major Barre chords
@Tim: it depends on the context which of the two 5ths is more important. But if you don't need the high one, you'd better not bother with that awkward A-shape in the first place, but use e.g. a normal index-finger barre over those three strings. An index-barre does fortunately not prevent a proper open hand, because you can roll around the finger (pronation). — The 3rd only clashes with the root and 5th if you render it in 12-edo. In just intonation, everything is a powerchord.
Jan
1
comment Are there any specific criteria for notating guitar sheet music particular to the guitar?
No, guitar has no such limitations. Chords with more than 8 notes are completely fine, no problem at all...
Dec
22
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
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
3
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
3
comment The notes outside the major scale form a pentatonic scale
B♭ is not part of the F♯ major pentatonic.
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
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...)
Nov
13
comment Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound?
Good answer, but it's a common misconception that active pickups have a particular sound which is necessarily different from passive ones. What's true is, some active PUs (EMG81) have a response that you can't get with any passive PU. But it's actually possible to replicate exactly the sound of any given passive pickup with an active model.
Oct
30
comment Bass effects through guitar amp
Indeed: I think most bassists prefer the more focused response of 10" speakers to bigger ones. 15" is more of an economy/weight compromise. IMO guitar amps work better with larger speakers than bass amps, because a) they rely more on the cabinet to smooth out harsh distortion frequencies, b) they take most of the tone-definition from the higher midrange, above the slow-responding resonances, and c) guitar doesn't need to sync up as precisely with the transients from the drums as bass does.
Oct
28
comment Buzz in electric guitar recording
Seriously? It's highly unlikely you'll get half decent results when you plug a guitar into “some sort of synthesizer or something”. Get a ruddy simple audio interface with high-Z instrument input. They're available from as little as 20 € nowadays.
Oct
20
comment Should I remove electric guitar cord daily after practice?
but many beginner guitarists probably never thought about it, and it wouldn't seem far-fetched to think that every electric guitar must have a battery. I wouldn't want them to now start unplugging their instrument in every little pause, to avoid failure of a battery that doesn't in fact exist at all...
Oct
20
comment Should I remove electric guitar cord daily after practice?
Correct, however most electric guitars do not have any preamp built in. The main reason is irrational “vintage” buzz, but this is actually a worthwhile point in favour of passive electronics: I have more than once forgotten to unplug my active bass, and ended up with an empty battery just when I needed it. (Normally, I power the active circuitry with a custom phantom power system, which eliminates the need for batteries entirely.)
Oct
20
comment Can I say all black keys are enharmonic equivalents?
BTW, white keys in an enharmonic role are not something exotic that only happens in ridiculous key signatures. For instance, in something as simple as A major, the dominant to the relative minor (C♯→f♯m) contains an e♯. This lies on the same piano key as f, but it's not an f.
Oct
17
comment Faking a human performance in midi
Well worded question. IMO the problem with all those “humanisation algorithms” is that their premise is completely flawed: human performance is not just an inaccurate rendering of the exactly quantised timing and intonation that a midi sequencer would normally output. I like to view it the other way around: a fixed time raster and a fixed 12-edo pitch grid are just inaccurate approximations of how a good human performance works.
Oct
15
comment Difference between sound speaker and guitar combo speaker?
Uh... this really isn't true; guitar-amp speakers are deliberately designed for a wide range with not particularly even response. OTOH, HiFi or PA speakers don't need to be able to handle a very wide bandwidth (because they're used together with other speakers and crossovers), but they are trimmed to offer a pretty even response in their intended range.