Josiah
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How to transcribe the impossible?
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To build on NReilingh's great answer, anything* is transcribable. Transcription is just making music so that it can be communicated visually to another musician. Most conventional music makes a trade ...

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How do you refer to a note that is more than one octave above or below middle C?
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Sometimes there is benefit in losing some precision for the sake of simplicity. There are lots of good answers here but in rehearsal and when talking to students I find myself using a simpler way of ...

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Pros and cons of matched vs. traditional grip for lefties
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I teach ancient style snare on old rope drums, so we only do traditional. I can't comment on the pros and cons of each for lefties, but I have noticed that they pick up the traditional grip more ...

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Roman Numeral Notiation - Chords not in the key
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The point of roman numeral analysis is to represent what certain chords "do" in the key, or how they functional (and it's often called "functional analysis'). If the music wasn't written to be ...

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What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?
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Let's just say you want to play as loud as you would in a concert. A little googling turns up 110 to 120db being a pretty standard range for concert volumes. The city of Binghamton, NY, USA ...

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Diminished second and NCTs
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No. But, I can think of two (theoretical) chords, both would have to be inverted. A chord with a doubly diminished ninth, for example, C-E-G-Bb-Dbb. A fully diminished vii chord with either an ...

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Triplets against twos in Bach's music
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It appears that there is not consensus on how these polyrhythms should be played. I have not yet found anything on your (a) case, but have some information about your (b) case. The quotes are long, ...

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How to get frequencies for the major and minor Pentatonic scales
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Using Equal Temperament There are a few things to consider when building a pentatonic scale. It looks like you used the formula for equal temperament in building your table, which is fn = f0 * (...

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Odd Meter Transcription Practices
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As Todd states in his comment, there isn't "one way" to notate rhythms. After all, notation is just a partial representation of the sounds produced, and several may be possible and equally correct. I ...

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How do I lubricate a slide whistle?
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In all my days (weeks?) of playing slide whistle, I've never needed to lubricate it. That said, my first inclination is some kind of mineral oil, which is safe on pretty much any type of instrument. ...

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Tonicisation of Secondary Dominant in D Minor
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I never found it helpful to think in terms of intervals from the desired chord; rather, the function of the chords involved helped this makes sense to me. What Secondary Dominants Do When a composer ...

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What are Kick Lines?
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JBarry's answer seems to define what a kick is, your comments seem to be asking what to do with it. Percussion parts, especially drumset parts, are very rarely notated beyond general sketches, but it ...

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How to tackle this tricky rhythm -- nested triplets?
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A consideration that no one else has mentioned is that this type of figure is often used around tempo changes. If that is the case, it will be hard to coordinate everyone (depending on proficiency) ...

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Note Positioning: .abc files and note length
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Be aware that I've never used Starbound (though it looks pretty cool), but I know something about ABC. If you have a long pause like that, you're going to have a bunch of rests - Look for z a bunch ...

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The best solfege key for a choir warm-up?
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The voice parts are designed to overlap but be distinct. You won't find a spot where everyone will be perfectly comfortable - the objective of warmups is to stretch everyone to expand every part's ...

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Tips on improving rhythmic notation
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I teach some really young kids drum, so we've spent a fair amount of time on the very basics. Make sure you know the notes and how they relate. I have each student make a set of flash cards, and then ...

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What does this horizontal dotted line mean?
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@MattPutnam suggested that it could be telling you to keep the 4th finger on that note. Alternate editions don't include that line, so it's probably not anything musical or interpretive in the ...

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Is classical singing with self-accompaniment ok?
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Probably 95% of students who take lessons don't end up performing professionally. Music will be something they do for themselves and their friends, and good accompanists are rare in many areas. If she ...

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Do you need anything beside the BPM and number of beats per measure to specify a rhythm?
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The 3-part tempo marking system gives a lot of useful information to the performer. Generally, you have a tempo marking (130bpm or allegro), an upper number specifying the number of beats in the ...

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Piano in all RH chords
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Usually this technique allows you to add musical interest by filling out the left hand with more harmonies or a counter melody. You'll want to keep the melody in its own musical space - so either ...

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Bass clef changed to treble clef in the middle of the sheet music
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It is pretty common to change clefs in the middle of a piece. There are 4 fairly common clefs (treble, alto, tenor, bass), and which one a piece is written in really depends on where the notes are on ...

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Creating a Harmony that Harmonizes with a Chord
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Of course you can. With modern harmonic practice, the underlying harmony can be almost anything you want. Since the melody is related to a minor, this could be relatively simple. If you previously ...

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Alternative ways of notating this example of metric modulation
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If I'm understanding correctly, you want to tell people that the speed is reducing to to 0.75 of what it was, though in this piece, I feel more of a hemiola (cross rhythm) effect than an actual ...

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Is there a rest symbol that means "rest until the end of this measure"?
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No, there's not a conventional rest you can use for that. But you have a couple of options here, depending on what effect is intended. Remember to always go with the simplest solution that accurately ...

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Starting out on drums with just a practice pad and sticks
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I came from an ancient-style rudimental background, and in college had to learn to play set in about two weeks. Obviously, there was no set in my dormroom, so most of learning independence happened ...

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two symbols (accidentals) on the same note
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I can't find it in the edition I'm looking at, but probably this is a courtesy accidental to make it easier to remember what note you're playing. Strictly speaking, courtesy accidentals aren't needed ...

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The emotional response to a tune
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This question is really broad, but I'll take a crack at it. There's no universal emotional language of music. Compare, for instance, the writings of Plato on emotional qualities in music (The ...

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What attribute of sound will be identical (or close to) for multiple people receiving same input from different locations
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There will be no sound in common among the 3 listeners. Consider that sound travels at a relatively fixed speed over distances regularly found in concert venues, so the sound will take longer to reach ...

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What would be the proper fingering for these 2 small parts?
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For fingerings, it's important to know that there isn't a "right" fingering. There are, however, lots of WRONG fingerings. The right fingerings are the ones that let you play the passage easily and ...

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How should I practice mallet percussion?
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If you're playing in a local band, memorizing everything might be an option. My experience in bands was that the volume of music precluded memorization. If your show is 15-20 minutes, sure, but an ...

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