Alphonso Balvenie
  • Member for 4 years, 11 months
  • Last seen this week
Why do listeners hear the lowest note of a chord most distinctly?
Accepted answer
19 votes

The answer lies in the realm of Psychoacoustics and/or Music Psychology. I studied a little of this in Audio Engineering, and from what I remember it has to do with how our primary auditory cortex in ...

View answer
What does this rhythm notation after the tempo mean?
18 votes

The 3 on top of a set of notes indicates a triplet. Triplet eighth notes would play three eighth notes in the time that you would normally have two. You may also see other divisions such as 5 and 7. ...

View answer
Why do lower pitched string instruments have a larger body?
14 votes

The lower the sound the instrument is producing, the larger the vibrating plate needs to be to produce that sound. The vibrations from the strings are being transferred to to the face of the ...

View answer
Do pegs for stringed instruments require holes?
Accepted answer
13 votes

Yes, holes need to be added for the strings. Pegs for violin family instruments are usually sold as "blanks" that are ready for shaping and setting. Because of the wear and use of the pegs, the peg ...

View answer
Why is a violin so hard to amplify?
Accepted answer
12 votes

At the time of writing this answer, there are roughly two ranges of electric violins available on the market. Inexpensive instruments in the $150 - $400 USD range, and better quality instruments ...

View answer
How does any given major key contain only 1 tritone?
Accepted answer
11 votes

The lecture transcript isn't particularly clear unless you already have an understanding of the topic. What is being presented is this: in the major scale pattern, the tritone (three whole steps ...

View answer
How do I fix a broken bridge pin without going to the guitar shop?
11 votes

Do not try to force the peg out using the string, the ball presses against the peg to lock it in place and you can damage your peg slot by forcing it. Here's how we do it at the shop: Loosen all the ...

View answer
Is it normal to use a clipper instead of a limiter?
9 votes

Assuming your question is dealing with pre-recorded tracks that aren't already into your clipping range and you are having problems with the main output being too loud when you mix: No, when dealing ...

View answer
Is it true that cut time means "play twice as fast as written"?
8 votes

It may be that the e-book used the same notation example written in 4/4 earlier, and is indicating to play this version faster? You are correct that the time signature is not the indicator for tempo....

View answer
Retuning violin numerous times daily
7 votes

Yes, your instrument will require more tuning from its original set up. As it settles in it will require less tuning to get it in tune, but all string instruments require regular tuning. Initially ...

View answer
What does this V-Shaped Slur denote?
7 votes

Although not applicable to the piano piece in the question (the use of which is in the accepted answer), but to clarify for people that may see a similar mark used in student pieces, who may ...

View answer
Do you always count?
7 votes

No, you don't always have to count the numbers in your head all the time. As you work on counting rhythms, eventually, with enough practice, you can develop a "feel" for how many counts or bars have ...

View answer
What is the difference between the speaker in a bass amp and sub?
7 votes

Yes, there can be a difference. The difference will depend on manufacture and quality however, and in some cases there may be no discernible difference. A speaker designed for a sub-woofer is made ...

View answer
harmonics in violin strings
Accepted answer
6 votes

Since it is an electric violin, what you're hearing is likely sympathetic resonance with the other strings through the bridge. This effect is taken advantage of by the Hardanger fiddle, which uses ...

View answer
My guitar strings go loose when I tighten them?
6 votes

The screw at the end of the tuning machine can back out and be loose, causing some free play between the gear and the housing, causing slipping when tension is applied. Try loosening the string ...

View answer
Playing saxophone without using the octave key
Accepted answer
6 votes

If it works for you, keep on doing it. The only issue you might run into is if you get a new horn or mouthpiece that requires more consistent use of the octave key, you'll need to develop the habit ...

View answer
How do I fix a stuck Joint on a plastic recorder
6 votes

As Tim commented, warm water may loosen the grease, but for stuck woodwind joints we usually use a refrigerator or freezer. Chilling the plastic and/or grease can both shrink the joint and make the ...

View answer
Any way to make my oboe reed shorter?
6 votes

You can cut the staple shorter, but it depends on the staple. If the staple is the type that doesn't have a rolled or fluted edge at the cork end, you can shorten it with some basic hand tools. ...

View answer
Does piano soundproofing require floating walls? Getting conflicting answers from professionals
6 votes

Was posting this as a comment, decided it might even be an answer: You could build a box around the piano and decouple it from the room that way instead of trying to decouple the room from the ...

View answer
Why is the perfect fifth the nicest interval?
6 votes

edit: The other answers do an excellent job of describing the difference between pythagorean and tempered tuning systems and the related maths, so this answer is to add additional information ...

View answer
Can a smaller viola be used as a violin?
6 votes

Yes, it is absolutely possible to restring a smaller size Viola into a Violin. You will not damage the instrument by doing so. Fractional size violins can roughly correspond with smaller size violas,...

View answer
How do I keep my E string from "squeaking"?
Accepted answer
6 votes

The E string whistle may be caused by many things, usually a technique issue with the bow, but there are some strings that are more likely to whistle. I've found that the gold plated unwound E strings ...

View answer
Does the Thunderbird actually need special strings?
Accepted answer
5 votes

Some of the long scale basses can be restrung with medium strings, but the final string length varies by manufacturer so it depends on what brand you use. Long scale string sets shouldn't be uncommon, ...

View answer
Triple stops in Bruch's violin concerto
5 votes

When playing three or four string stops, don't try to play all the strings at once. For a triple stop, you start double on the lower two notes and rotate to the upper two notes during the bow stroke, ...

View answer
Why don't violins have geared tuners?
5 votes

Some reasons why people don't use geared tuners on violins: I haven't tested in personally, but there us usually some discussion on how using heavier material in metal geared tuners reduces some of ...

View answer
Is it normal that my bridge is this low the sides?
5 votes

Normally you want the saddles level so the string sits directly in the center of the groove. Adjusting the screws isn't difficult, although you need the Allen wrench/Hex key that fits it. If you ...

View answer
Question about guitar amp footswitch compatibility
5 votes

The switch is for switching channels and turning on and off the reverb. This is a fairly common configuration on dual channel with reverb amps. The foot-switch uses a TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve) connector ...

View answer
What causes consonance in music?
Accepted answer
5 votes

A short and simplified answer is that it can be explained with where the peaks of the waves line up with each other. For one example, if the wave peaks line up in regularly spaced intervals, such as ...

View answer
Is there any reason not to use TRS cables for typically TS applications?
Accepted answer
5 votes

No, for a small studio, other than the cost difference, you can use TRS in the place of TS cables. When you start looking at cable runs over around six meters (20 feet) you can start seeing some ...

View answer
Different types of tuners
Accepted answer
5 votes

Some tuners will be configured for a specific instrument, and only show the notes that the instrument uses. For example a "violin only" tuner would only show the notes G D A E on the tuner. Tuners ...

View answer
1
2 3 4 5
8