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Apr
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revised Why is my choir director telling a bunch of rednecks to drop their Rs as though they were Londoners?
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answered Why is my choir director telling a bunch of rednecks to drop their Rs as though they were Londoners?
Apr
16
comment Why do the notes of Melodic-Minor Scale change when you play it in descending order?
A reasonable assessment as well. I guess I think of the melodic minor scale as rather arbitrary, but not entirely so. As such I find the word "merely," which implies "entirely," to be a stronger word than I would use. If I had a piano student who felt as you did, I suspect I would make the observation about vectors that I have made, and encourage him to learn the scale both ways if he felt strongly about it.
Apr
16
comment Guitar Tablature: “bis” meaning
In fact, our word biscuit has the Latin meaning of "twice cooked." :)
Apr
13
comment Can someone help me with the counting of this piano piece please?
Keep in mind that the quarter rest under the whole note applies to the subsequent half and quarter notes pointing down. This means hold the whole note, while playing the other notes in time. It's written that way to let you know that there are two "voices" going on simultaneously in the treble clef, as well as the single "voice" in the bass clef.
Apr
13
comment Why do the notes of Melodic-Minor Scale change when you play it in descending order?
A fine analysis. One minor point: I don't see that the melodic minor scale is taught as it is for merely arbitrary reasons, but because it occurs rather frequently in this way in music. There are some striking examples of verbatim melodic minor scales in Mozart's C Minor Concerto, if my memory serves me correctly. Furthermore, (again as I recall from college) Meyer argues that a rising scale creates a vector towards tonic that is more powerful than a falling scale, and that that vector is strengthened by the use of a leading tone. This would be something of a reason for the structure as well.
Apr
13
comment Teaching using the Piano Adventures series
Just so. :) ...
Apr
13
comment Teaching using the Piano Adventures series
One of my brothers teaches high school. If a cell phone rings or he catches someone texting in class, he confiscates the phone for the duration, explaining that it isn't the student's fault, but the cell phone's, and that the phone's punishment is to be put in "cell phone jail". One student presented him with a wooden "cell phone jail", complete with cell-phone-sized cells, that now hangs on the wall of his classroom. To me, that sort of goofiness is an example of connecting emotionally with the students.
Apr
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comment Teaching using the Piano Adventures series
I've found teaching to be an endlessly creative process, where I constantly have to come up with variations on how to explain things. There's some process of emotional connection that has to happen. (cont)
Apr
13
comment Teaching using the Piano Adventures series
It has been said that knowledge is gained in four phases: receive, learn, apply, teach. :)
Apr
13
answered Teaching using the Piano Adventures series
Apr
13
comment How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano?
You'll notice that Hanon's metronome marking says a quarter note = 60 to 108. One beat per quarter note is most usual practice, although Goku's answer is of course correct.
Apr
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Apr
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comment How to play the piano using less than ten fingers
So does everyone's. That's why musicians (often) live to be so old. :)