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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
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
28
comment Thumb position when soloing (or performing scales) on electric guitar
As much a classical-technique snob I am, I still have to agree with this: bends on the upper two strings work much better if the thumb hooks around the neck.
Feb
26
comment Is there another way to go through keys instead of 4ths or 5ths?
You're right of course.
Feb
24
comment Would piano or accordion be easier for me as a guitarist?
Regarding music theory, I could never see why keyboard instruments would be any more useful for this than guitars. Sure, you can perform more independent voices on organ than on string instruments, but that's not really necessary for theoretical understanding. IMO, theory benefits greatly from seeing the symmetries in harmonic relations, and the standard keyboard layout rather obscures this.
Feb
24
comment Would piano or accordion be easier for me as a guitarist?
There are now also electronic accordions available (e.g. Roland V-Accordion). Not as cheap as electron pianos, though.
Feb
20
comment What is the difference between the Circle of Fifths and the Camelot Wheel?
Right... let's not go there, it's a silly place!
Feb
20
comment Playing guitar with two identical strings
I would just take the opportunity to experiment with an alternative tuning: two strings tuned to the same pitch can actually give interesting voicings. Don't bother with translating tabs for this though (I'd say, generally don't focus too much on tabs). Just try & error. You may not be able to play the same stuff as on a standard guitar, but that's actually what could be so interesting about this: explore new territory!
Feb
19
comment How do you control hum without humbuckers?
@topomorto: well right – thinking about it, I suppose it is actually possible for your body to become an antenna and increase interference. What happens is, you're in the near field, but wave decay still depends on geometric factors. In particular, a device like switching power supply will have a pretty fast-decaying quadrupole field, unless you remove the symmetry by placing your hand on it.
Feb
19
comment How do you control hum without humbuckers?
Your body doesn't “pick up and retransmit hum from the environment”. This can happen in the HF domain (e.g. you can increase the range of a car key by holding it to your head), but audio-freq EM fields have far too long wavelengths. The effect you're talking about is the opposite: your grounded body can shield existing fields. But that really is just testimony to the bad job most guitar manufactors do at internally shielding their instruments. (Also: the body can only shield electric fields, not magnetic ones. So it's pretty useless against the specific hum single coils pick up so much.)
Feb
1
comment Is it feasible to modify a combo-amp so the line-out doesn't silence the speaker?
@Tetsujin: theoretically, but the internal input to the power amp is probably so high-impedance that this doesn't matter.
Jan
26
comment Do capable harmony singers sing in just intonation or tempered tuning?
I disagree with this answer, but your argumentation is reasonable. In particular, when someone always practises by singing along with auto-tuned recordings, it does seem plausible that they'll end up "fixing" those 12-edo intervals in their vocal chords. However I don't think this has been happening previously. The reason: singers generally don't perform unison with a 12-edo instrument. Rather, the 12-edo instruments will just lay down chords or perhaps counterpoint. But the best way to intonate to a 12-edo major chord does not necessarily use the frequency of the major third in that chord.
Jan
17
comment Simple one-channel audio-interface plus analog mixer, or multi-channel USB audio interface?
4-channel mono mixer for unbalanced mics? Frankly, there's no way to make a good recording with that, unless you're doing minimalist lo-fi electronic music. You could get better result with a cheap mobile recorder with built-in mics, provided you record in a decent-sounding room and use good instrument- and mic placement.