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SF symphony to set concert pitch

Concert Pitch-A4 and 440Hz in Music

May 5, 2018

Tuning Up to Concert Pitch You are been seated for the concert. The musicians are assembling and creating a variety of dissonant sounds. All of a sudden everything becomes quiet and the concertmaster (a violinist) approaches the podium and requests the oboe play an A. The woodwinds tune to it. The brass follow suit. After… Read More ›

guitar frets

To Fret or Not to Fret

Guitars have frets but violins, cellos, bass and double bass don’t? They all have strings and a fingerboard. What makes them different? Frets Frets are metal strips embedded along a fret board. They are placed at points dividing the scale length by a specific mathematical formula (2). Standard classical guitars have 19 frets and electric… Read More ›

protest music

Protest Music: How it Works

Music Has a Role in Protests   Over the years protest music has proven to be one powerful medium for drawing people together. Not only is music able to comfort the soul, it is also able to provoke individualistic thought and opinion. Accounts describing music’s power to effect the collective consciousness of groups of people… Read More ›

Handel’s Messiah

Handel For many, Christmas music creates joy and inspiration. Among the favorite holiday compositions  is an English-language oratorio composed by Georg Friedrich Handel in 1741, entitled Messiah. Its scriptural text was compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. The… Read More ›

The Digital Evolution

Times are changing!  This is especially true in the music industry.  Before we discovered digital music we spent time listening to live performances and taping music to obtain infinite detail and infinite resolution.  If you are old enough to remember the’70s you probably can remember turntables and 8-track players.  We played records or tapes using… Read More ›

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