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James H. last won the day on September 27 2010

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About James H.

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  • Birthday 04/21/1990

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    PA, USA
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    College music student.
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    ... ... Only some of them.
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    ... Finale.
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    ... ... All the instruments.

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  1. Oh my gosh, thank for sharing this, I love it! I just performed Suicide in an Airplane in a recital this past semester - I was hoping to make an impression upon a slightly conservative audience. It's a very good piece to break the comtempory-piano-music ice with. :laugh:
  2. WHOA, I never noticed this... *applauds*
  3. I thought of a book called "Bach for Beginners" published by B&H in 2 or 3 small volumes. That's how I started. There's always the John Thompson books... they have a smorgasbord of stuff at each level. Really great sets of works for beginners I found to be Kabalevsky's books, Burgmuller's etudes, and Heller's exercises. Also, work on Hanon always to build up some dexterity (and try them in different keys, like C# and Cb). Hanon works best I find if you do it while insanely curving your fingers - more than you have to to make it harder than it needs to be.
  4. I played a couple good sopranos for a good few minutes a couple times in my life, and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had with a woodwind instrument. I thought it was great. Very nimble and easy to control. I came to it as a clarinet/flute player. I've never played a curved soprano. Funny story about horns... I think it was the Cleveland at some point. I was told that it was in the principal horn's contract that if he ever had to play this excerpt he was not required to play the last two notes in the bass clef bars and that they would be played by an assistant or the assistant lost his job. :laugh:
  5. Two options. I don't know how you "hid" the staff, did you use Optimise Staves? If not, this will do the trick for you. It is found under the Page Layout tool drop down menu. This auto-hides all the staves that don't contain notes on a per system basis. If that's not what does it for you, here's what you do. Align the staves manually so that the proper amount of space is present between your string section and your choir. This will crunch that solo violin line together. So you go to where the solo violin part is, go to Page Layout tool, right-click the upper-left handle, select "Allow Individual Staff Spacing". Now for just this one system, if you change the spacing of the staves so the violin isn't crushed, it does not affect other systems. Finale is extraordinarily powerful if you know how to use it. Also, I'm confused. It's a solo violin part and you have it between the strings and choir? :huh: It should be above the first violin part and paired with it in a group.
  6. Yeah, but if every bar of sixteenths is different pitches... then that ... OH you can FILTER? That's not what I'm looking for, I'd still like to see some point and click work, but this filtery thing might be useful.
  7. I'm wondering if there's a shortcut for slurring a fixed number of notes in one click. It would be really useful for say... long string parts where I want every group of four sixteenth notes in one bow... but it's awfully painful to go through 30 bars of clicking and dragging the slur marking for all four or five staves. And what if I'm writing something where it is more sophisticated than just that? So I'm looking for a macro where I can for instance hold '4' and double click and it slurs 4 notes automatically. Is there such thing or a way to program it? I haven't been able to figure it out, but it would be a godsend.
  8. Both parts? lolwut? It's one part for one pianist.
  9. Sulfur hexaflouride lasts a lot longer than helium gas, due to the simple fact that it's heavier than air. You almost have to stand on your head to get all of it completely out of your lungs. But yeah, it's not something I would want to ever subject a vocalist to for more than like... once. Ever. Though I always thought it would be cool to have a whole entire choir take some for some weird effect mid-piece. Did you know it affects wind instruments, too?
  10. I've been taking a hiatus too since I've gotten a life at college, and I really have had high hopes for the new changes. I have been expecting a lot out of the updates and bug fixes and chopin has been promising a lot and I honestly haven't seen much change at all. It's still as messy as it was when it first launched, the bugs just found more nooks and crannies to infiltrate. And honestly the design aside from the forum skin is horrid (and why isn't the forum skin horrid? because it is just colourized version of a professionally-made hunk of code.) The rest of this site needs a professional treatment and it just hasn't been getting it. I'm sorry, but ur doin it rong. If it's the financial problems, then fine - wait it out, THEN deal with it... but so far it's just been one little disjunct bit made after another and then changed over and all kind of shenanigans ... and I have no idea what the hell is going on anymore. Why do you think I haven't been trying to be on here more? It still needs work, and it needs more work than I can just point out and say "fix this." like I used to.
  11. This is still an issue. It's leading me to the forum index. Also, the tooltip says "Notifcation" (sp?). Perfection, please. It's been a month.
  12. To perhaps bring this thread back to life, here's something I did tonight. I wasn't in a good mood, and I didn't know why, so I decided to just get it out my system and to hell with it. Using a look of 9-8 suspensions in successions and a descending bass at all times. Just felt like falling to the pits of hell... accidentally based it on marche funebre, so I went with that. It's a rant more than anything. Offer thoughts, analyses, etc, if you can bear to listen to this tonal crap. http://www.box.net/shared/uobkoklfh7
  13. I *will* the Heckelphone as soon as I get my hands on one. Use the handwhistle. Every has a pair. =]
  14. I'm pretty sure I understand your idea and I'm not too fond of it. I have seen this kind of thing before, but I don't think the idea has a lot of synergy with the purpose of YC. You're trying to find too many little extra features to buff up YC and I think if the site is run properly then it won't need any of that. I agree with the comment about the token exchange being gimmicky. Plus... people will invariably get pissed when they're denied a token or think they're not getting enough bang for their buck. There will be people who won't use them and people who might leave because of them, which isn't a great combination of possible outcomes to have to combat. Also... are we sure the auction idea will even work before you decide to revamp it? I haven't exactly seen it in action. I know I haven't been around much, maybe I've missed something?
  15. There have been so many threads on this topic and I haven't been around much lately, I hope this is the right place. Notifications info pic is displaced horizontal (look near the Sign Out button)
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