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comment “Correct” notation for a minor chord?
@leftroundabout: I didn't mean to suggest that I recommend it, just making a point which your good reasons for not liking it fail to refute. :)
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reviewed No Action Needed How can I get decent audio from a clip on 3.5mm microphone?
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answered How to teach the staff to a teenager?
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answered How does your brain learn to play the piano two-handed?
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comment Explanation of Phrasing, Accidentals, articulation, modulation for a piano player
It may be helpful also to think of phrasing in terms of speaking. Words organize themselves into groups as well, and it's not by accident that we call them phrases.
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answered Are minor scales meant to be in sharp or flat keys?
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comment Looking for notation software with good playback
That's certainly better quality than SourceForge's playback!
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comment How can you tell if the singer is in pitch?
There's a concept called "relative pitch" where a person hearing one pitch will be able to precisely sing pitches that are a specific interval from that pitch. "Absolute pitch" means that a person can, for example, sing a G# when asked. I have always had relative pitch, meaning that if someone plays a C, I can sing a G#. But that C doesn't make it to long-term memory for me. It's not uncommon for musicians to have relative pitch; absolute pitch is pretty uncommon even among professionals.
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comment Is Emajor the dominant chord in A minor?
Neil, you're using jazz semantics. Classical semantics are more concerned with the idea that dominant is the fifth scale degree. Any chord built on the fifth scale degree is called dominant, just as any chord built on the second is called supertonic. So, no, Tim isn't getting confused. He's just speaking a different dialect. :)
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comment Is Emajor the dominant chord in A minor?
In classical usage, a chord built on the fifth scale degree is a dominant chord, since it's the fifth scale degree. In jazz, a Mm7 chord (major chord, minor 7th) is generally called a dominant 7th, no matter what its relationship to the tonic.
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comment Why do films sometimes transpose everything by a quarter step?
Or perhaps get rid of it altogether. :)
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comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
@leftaroundabout There's also the hypothesis that the brain "corrects" what it hears, much as it can correct an obvious wrong note in a performance. When it can't, there's a tendency to withdraw. For example, when an orchestra is playing a piece in such a way that the parts aren't quite together, or if the acoustics are such that different parts hit the ear at different times, there's a greater tendency for the audience to fall asleep. I suspect that tuning variances in intervals are resolved in the brain to their most consonant value. I suspect that this process is innate, also.
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