Josiah
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What is the best way to Improve dictation without a teacher?
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Becoming good at taking dictation is a huge undertaking. It sounds like you're doing the right things with sight singing, which is really the key to being able to transcribe music well. In college, ...

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What are common analytic techniques for identifying phrases in music?
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When I'm looking for phrasing, I like to think of it as "musical resting places." It's really tied to performance, so always bear in mind whether it would sound right if you played a phrase there. ...

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Guitar fingerstyle arrangement
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I'm not a guitarist, but generally when doing an arrangement, you do your melody and bass line. The you fill in with other notes from the chord. For example, if I'm filling out a measure where the ...

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What techniques can be used to get a bigger, more resonant orchestral bass drum sound?
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One technique my college band used, since we were using electronics anyway, was to mike the drum and play it with an extremely soft beater so as to minimize the ictus. Then, with amplification, you ...

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Is there a proper way to train the ears?
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Jim did an excellent job of describing how to hear intervals and melodies. There are a couple other aspects of music that can really help you to be a better performer and listener, if you get used ...

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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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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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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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Diatonic substitution and upper-structure triads for minor chords
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As for the sound of the F#dim chord, I would guess that the reason it doesn't sound compatible is that F# is the one note where A Dorian differs from vanilla A Minor. It's not in our "normal" musical ...

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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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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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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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How does one choose the correct time signature to match the tempo and vice versa?
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Music is structured sound - while it usually has meter, there's no need for music to have time signature or tempo markings to exist. Time signature is just a tool to help everyone involved in the ...

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Sites with a good selection of sheet music
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For American/Irish/British traditional/folk music, try http://www.tunearch.org/. Music is available as SVG or ABC, and all free.

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