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Aug
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comment Why does a major minor modulation with the same root work (e.g. C to Cm)
You might want to look up "borrowed chords" as a way of analyzing this. Using the enharmonic chord (i. e. the minor with the same root if you're in major, and vice versa) is a common musical decoration. One pop tune that come to mind that uses it fairly prominently is "Heart of Glass."
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answered How long do you hold a fermata?
Aug
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comment How to use Piano pedals without using the foot?
I might mention that the knee lever was the piano damper mechanism that preceded the pedal. Mozart has some quotes about using it and liking it. The pedal was introduced in the 1770's.
Aug
23
comment How to use Piano pedals without using the foot?
@alephzero: Interesting. I used to sell Yamaha pianos back around 1990, when the unit was a big box that sat beside the piano, and I remember 16 steps of pedal movement too. I'm not surprised to see that they have improved the sampling granularity to that degree.
Aug
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answered Where to start with sight reading
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revised Should i keep my pinkie stretched while i play this part of tahitian sunset on piano?
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answered Should i keep my pinkie stretched while i play this part of tahitian sunset on piano?
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comment Should i keep my pinkie stretched while i play this part of tahitian sunset on piano?
The position of the first chord is a very common one, so if it feels weird and uncomfortable you probably need to work on it until it feels normal. The second one is pretty common as well and you ought to get used to how it feels. There are many places in music where you have to squish 1, 2 and 3 pretty close together while stretching between 3 and 5. It's something else to get used to while not as basic as the first chord. Matthew's idea is good, too, although you have to be careful to hold down the Ab while playing the repeated Eb if you do it that way. That's another thing to learn.
Jun
24
comment Should pedals be used when playing classical piano music?
@supercat Yes, indeed. The point is that a modern piano note, especially in the bass, sustains for a noticeably longer time at a higher volume, and what is an ethereal effect on a fortepiano is quite muddy with a modern piano. In the Tempest sonata that I mention above, most performers (Gould is an exception, as he so often is) half-pedal that section to keep the notes from running together too much.
Jun
22
comment Should pedals be used when playing classical piano music?
@supercat My observations are limited to a comparison of a piano with a wooden harp with a modern piano with a cast-iron harp.
Jun
22
comment A question about quarter notes
@Tim I got one of those pedants, too. :)
Jun
20
comment Mastering double trills
If you keep at it in the right way, it will come to you eventually. :)
Jun
20
comment Is this type of sound wave possible (Picture)
@MeaningfulUsername What knowledge I have of this stuff comes from a time when a seven-note sequencer was state of the art and about the size of a Hammond organ. I've dug around on google, and it looks like they're related. What the actual relationship is I can't say, although most of what I'm reading says that the wah-wah effect comes from a variable band-pass filter which is a bit different from phase shifting. I'd have to dig up my college textbooks from 30 years ago to give you a better response, and they're 2000 miles away in a storage unit at present. So, I'd say go with what you know.
Jun
20
comment A question about quarter notes
@Tim: true, there are a few "demisemihemidemisemiquavers", or 256th notes, running around. I think the only ones I've seen in a score are four of the in the adagio variation of Mozart's "Je suis Lindor" piano variations. And of course there are theoretically many more divisions (I think Sibelius supports up to 4096th notes, don't ask me how many semis and hemis those would have), which modern composers sometimes use to be different.
Jun
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comment A question about quarter notes
Tim's point is that a breve is a "whole" entity, so a semibreve, being half a breve, is not; therefore a breve should be a whole note, and a by extension a 128th note should be a 256th note, and so on. The opposing point is that since the semibreve/whole note has been the largest value in general use for at least 200 years, calling a semibreve a whole note is reasonable. I fall in the latter camp.
Jun
20
comment A question about quarter notes
At the risk of sounding precocious, though...at least if you say it loud enough.