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Jan
13
comment What is “groove”?
It helps a lot if a few instruments take a rhythmically leading role, as nowadays drums and bass do. That's also possible with e.g. sufficiently rhythmic piano, for instance I find many of Bartók's works highly groovy, even with full orchestra like the Piano Concerto 2. More obvious candidates would be stuff like An American In Paris (Gershwin), but you might well classify those as rather jazz than classical. However, even the “purest classical” works can groove a lot, especially with smaller instrumentations. Check out the finale of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 12!
Jan
12
comment What is the difference between sharp note & flat note?
@phoog: that's matter of considerable dispute. Pablo Casals used to insist that leading tones be rendered almost a quarter-tone higher than just intonation, to make it clear that you have not a harmonious third in a consonant chord, but rather an energic forerunner note, leaving the unrequiting dominant for the tonic.
Jan
12
comment Help for the first time keyboard player in a band
@tarun: either that, or they start to jingle around way to much with the right hand, because the left hand already covers anything needed harmony-wise.
Jan
11
comment What are common scale patterns for the cello?
@CarlWitthoft: right (though I do occasionally use the pinky for trills in thumb position), but the difference is that, in thumb position, the fingers are assigned to diatonic scale degrees, e.g. f and f♯ are both played with 2 in 7th position, and the g is played with 3, so you don't need 4 like you would in 1st position.
Jan
11
comment What are common scale patterns for the cello?
BTW, I too started cello late (at 16) and after years of (classical) guitar. One year I tried it autodidactically, but then fortunately though better of it and started taking proper cello lessons. Without these, I'd never have gotten very far on the instrument.
Jan
11
comment Brand new bass, annoying fret buzz
If the problem goes away when pressing down the strings sufficiently hard, then it may in fact help to lower the action, so it's easier to do that. It is indeed more typical that buzz is caused by too low action, but in that case the buzz doesn't care how hard you press down on the strings, so if pressure helps then the issue is probably not that the action is too low.
Jan
11
comment Help for the first time keyboard player in a band
“even tying your left hand to your back” – my, I know some keyboarders who I would positively wish did that, at least sometimes...
Jan
11
comment Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound?
You may have a point here, but nevertheless this should be a comment, not an answer.
Jan
10
comment Are magnets really harmful for guitar pickups
@ToddWilcox: I agree, though I reckon the magnets used in hard drives are rather less fussy about demagnetising fields than the typical alnico magnets that most PUs use.
Jan
10
comment How to keep music books open?
@11684: I'd say a tablet is more useful in a dark performance hall, because you don't need an extra light source. If it's too bright, you can always just turn the brightness down! Perhaps even invert the contrast – a white-on-black OLED display emits far less light than you can ever hope with an illuminated paper print, while still being readable.
Jan
7
comment Guitar Input Problems
Guitars with active electronics usually use the ring contact as an on/off switch, so it's unlikely that the OP would get these results if the signal were accidentally wired to ring (because then the active pickups should never have power!).
Jan
7
comment Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?
I remember my teacher immediately offering me both variations back then. I first found the 123 fingering easier, but was later convinced by the nicer chord changes with 234. Actually not much later: if I recall correctly it was mere weeks. In fact it seemed like practising the 123 shape also made the 234 shape easier to do.
Jan
5
comment Is the zoom H4n a good option for chamber music?
@nsn: perhaps, but either way you'll need an interface or mobile recorder with decent mic preamps. An interface needs a laptop attached for recording. If you also wish to do music production (with overdubs etc.), then this is definitely better. If you only want to capture full classical performances, then a mobile recorder is way more practical.
Jan
3
comment Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar
Have you tried it by now? I find this a really interesting idea, and would expect it to sound not weird but just very fat, powerchord-ey (provided you use B and F♯ for the second course; a tritone would by tricky indeed...)
Jan
3
comment What key could the progression Dmaj7-Amaj7-A6-Esus4-E be in?
I would heavily lean towards simply calling it A-major, due to the strong dominant effect of the released E suspension (even though it's not directly resolved to A).
Jan
2
comment Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?
Don't cross your legs too tightly. Actually, the right foot should almost be on the left knee. That's important for stability and also avoids pins and needles.
Jan
2
comment Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?
BTW, do you really indend to play a E♭/D chord there? Phew, that sounds a bit jarring...
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...