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Aug
4
comment How can I practice clarinet quietly?
Would you consider trying a wind controller? That's completely quiet.
Aug
4
comment A shape barre chord up-strum issue
How about getting used to the, ahem, correct way to play A-shape chords – with one barre plus three fingers? (Regardless, it would still be a good idea to practise missing the top string on purpose, but you shouldn't really need it.)
Aug
4
comment Connect digital piano to interface
They're balanced if they're TRS (i.e. 3 contacts like on a headphone plug, not just two like on a guitar cable).
Aug
2
comment Why do I need to change chords throughout a piece music to make it pleasant to listen to?
Pretty much. You don't have to change chords but it may sound plain boring if you don't. If you do, it provides a sense of direction and finality in the music and can avoid dissonance between melody and harmony.
Aug
1
comment Instrument range cheat sheets
That's a truely amazing resource.
Aug
1
comment Why do I need to change chords throughout a piece music to make it pleasant to listen to?
True, nobody after him was ever able to pull off pedal points quite as well as Bach used to!
Aug
1
comment Why do I need to change chords throughout a piece music to make it pleasant to listen to?
Are you sure you meant to refer to Mary Jane? It is a pretty amazing song, but it doesn't exactly stay on the same harmony all the time. Perhaps one of the rhythm guitars stays on something G-like, but I don't really hear it.
Jul
27
comment Extend lower range
Welcome to music.SE. This is certainly a reasonable opinion, but it doesn't really answer the question. Please post such remarks as comments in the future.
Jul
26
comment Which way do I tilt the bow hair?
Regardless of bow technique, it might be a good idea to test a couple of different A-strings. Perhaps you can find one which is not so scratchy after all.
Jul
26
comment What are the benefits and drawbacks of active pickups?
@MeaningfulUsername: most active pickups do not compress the signal. The reason many players think they do is probably just this: active pickups have higher output levels, hence they can push a given amp further into overdrive (and thus compression).
Jul
26
comment How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?
Actually not a bad suggestion, but please explain it in a bit more detail, and particularly why it helps with the sound the question asked about. We're not particularly fond of posts that don't even contain a complete sentence (full stop etc.)
Jul
26
comment Do mixers support 6.5mm mics?
@Tim: yes, definitely. Phantom power should never be applied over 1/4", because these connectors tend to short pins to ground when connecting/disconnecting.
Jul
26
comment Why isn't there a key signature with F flat?
“For whatever reason he chose to use 7 sharps...” because he could. That's really the reason, since WTC was most of all a proof-of-concept work. — I agree that this answer could use some more connection to the question, though there's really good points in there.
Jul
19
comment Reducing Neck Pickup Dissonance
Stratitis is a particular problem caused by too strong (and/or too close) magnets. When Alnico pickups loose their power, they loose sound too of course, but this doesn't cause dissonance and has nothing to do with stratitis.
Jul
19
comment If a piano song contains a melody line, should this be removed if we add the singer?
Right. Though it can of course make sense to double certain passages, or possibly add a parallel second voice.
Jul
8
comment Is there any support for microtonality and temperaments in (or beyond) the MIDI specification?
Regardless of that: I'd say that workarounds like .scl (though they do work) remain ugly hacks, and we shouldn't really content ourselves with them. It's a disaster that 7-bit MIDI is still around after being technically out of date for two decades; let's try to at least encourage developers to think of some better replacement rather than focusing on the adaption MIDI for applications it wasn't originally meant to do – it's bad enough at the stuff it was meant for!
Jul
8
comment Is there any support for microtonality and temperaments in (or beyond) the MIDI specification?
@user2165086 those .scl files use a very simple text-based format. You can create them with any text editor or scripting language, don't need Scala or any specific library. For instance, here's 31-edo.
Jul
8
comment How can I visualise the effects of EQ as a curvature represented on a graph?
Mind, a) that “completely independent” is true for ideal linear EQs. Most digital EQs are in fact perfectly linear (up to floating-point unaccuracies, but these are neglectable now we use 64-bit for everything), but analogue EQs (possibly modelling) introduce more or less nonlinear distortion, which is not simpler in the frequency domain. b) even linear EQs that present you a full curve may do unexpected things to the phase of the signal. Only for constant-phase EQs (aka “linear phase”, confusingly) you really get a real multiplication in time domain with the response.
Jul
6
comment When composing for oboe, how useful is it to think about recorder fingerings?
@CarlWitthoft: damn, I was going to use baritone, octave sub-bass and mezzo-soprano clefs all over the place for the oboe...
Jul
5
comment What is this orchestration technique called?
Ok, that makes it clearer. So you mean that ~1 second long dissonant brassy sound at 2:56?