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  1. Thread: Reading the dots

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    I wasn't going to get drawn into this but I do...

    I wasn't going to get drawn into this but I do have this observation:

    Maybe this controversy over note reading is just an American thing.

    The earliest form of it dates back to 1720 when Rev....
  2. Thread: Reading the dots

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    It's not often that we hit the Trifecta quite so...

    It's not often that we hit the Trifecta quite so early in a thread.

    I suppose the case is closed now.
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    Here is Invention #2...

    Here is Invention #2 from my Three Inventions for Two Mandolins.

    I have performed them with Seth Austen (the premier), August Watters and Marilynn Mair.

    They are published by Singing String.
  4. Thread: Philistine

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    Thanks Eugene. I am getting SO sick and tired...

    Thanks Eugene.

    I am getting SO sick and tired of the charges of elitism.

    From those charges you would think we were saying "I don't know how anyone could listen to xxxx -- it's such dull,...
  5. Thread: Philistine

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    Missed my point entirely. Oh well...

    Missed my point entirely.

    Oh well...
  6. Thread: Philistine

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    This oversimplification is the kind of statement...

    This oversimplification is the kind of statement that reinforces that attitude (already prevalent here, at the Cafe) that anyone who understands more than a little theory is an elitist who has...
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    Two more weeks of this show. If you're in the...

    Two more weeks of this show.

    If you're in the Boston area and interested to see it.

    our run ends 8/9.
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    I actually have a cello bow ding and a gouge from...

    I actually have a cello bow ding and a gouge from a trombone slide in one of my guitars.

    Orchestra pits are not spacious. #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif
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    The most interesting doubling gigs I have had (if...

    The most interesting doubling gigs I have had (if I recall correctly -- I've done several dozen musicals and operas) were in:

    --Three Penny Opera -- guitar, tenor banjo, Hawaiian guitar and...
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    This ends up happening all too frequently....

    This ends up happening all too frequently. Student productions simply lack the budget to bring in musicians who can do all of the required doubling (which also affects the wind parts).

    It really...
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    I am playing in the pit orchestra for Sondheim's...

    I am playing in the pit orchestra for Sondheim's musical "Assassins" through August 9th (though I'll have a sub covering for me on 8/3 because of a previously booked gig.)

    My part calls for...
  12. Thread: East of here

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    I don't post here anymore but will be glad to...

    I don't post here anymore but will be glad to discuss this with you if you PM me.
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    I'll be happy to take a permanent cooling off...

    I'll be happy to take a permanent cooling off period.

    I'm sick of the direction of it myself and I have better things to do with my time.
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    Obviously, you are (probably purposely)...

    Obviously, you are (probably purposely) misunderstanding my statement.

    "When 2nds, 3rds, 6ths and 7ths occur with the upper note in the MAJOR key of the lower note, these intervals are called...
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    I'm not going to play this game with you. ...

    I'm not going to play this game with you.

    Obviously, one has to be able to spell major scales first. Which proves my point.
    If there isn't a good firm understanding of scales, there is no way to...
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    Have it your way.

    Have it your way.
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    OK -- try to trap me with my own words. I was...

    OK -- try to trap me with my own words.

    I was making a reference to my earlier post in which I said that most of what we are talking about here is not the bulk of what music theory is -- it is...
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    Obviously you are going to take issue with...

    Obviously you are going to take issue with anything I have to say here.

    Yes, Groveland copied and pasted from one of my earlier posts.

    I'm sorry I wasted your time -- rather, MY time with this...
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    What about Schenkerian analysis, Neo-Riemannian...

    What about Schenkerian analysis, Neo-Riemannian theory, atonal set theory, diatonic set theory. etc.?

    Again, what you are talking about are the fundamentals. This isn't even the main substance of...
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    Doug -- If someone understands the system...

    Doug --

    If someone understands the system clearly, they won't get thrown by such simple concepts.

    I am simply advocating for better understanding of the basics so that folks don't get confused...
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    If you think that is an advanced topic, you are...

    If you think that is an advanced topic, you are quite mistaken.
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    For the sake of "completeness" the system does...

    For the sake of "completeness" the system does allow for "diminished unisons" -- D to Db would be one.

    Let's not get into arguments about this though--in most cases, these would be written as...
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    My point is that the language of music theory IS...

    My point is that the language of music theory IS simple. You just need to have enough of the fundamentals -- taught in a clear and correct way -- in order to understand enough for most performance...
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    Sure, on some levels I agree with you but I have...

    Yes, 12th root of 2... Can it get any more beautifully simple than that? It's all the clarity you need to comprehend equal temperament.

    That electronic calculator is a good thing - the birthplace...
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    Some of us still use the ratios (for certain...

    I agree that there is a good try starting it simple, but it ends up with bad language, using asymmetric coding, based on one diatonic scale with the help of accidentals (reminds me of the epicycles...
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