tubaman at tubatoast.com
Tue Oct 3 18:08:36 PDT 2006
Hope I am not being to obvious here, but in my experience playing
tuba in Country Western and Rock n Roll bands (more than once!) it
seems like the guitar/fiddle folk have a preference for sharp keys
(just as brass band/jazz bands have a preference for flat keys.) It
has to be something more than music education - I think it is more
related to the basic tuning of the instruments in the various groups.
Yes, we could learn to play comfortably in sharp (or flat) keys, and
I think a song that was written in a sharp key might sound slightly
different in some flat key (but not much.) However, for an
experiment - try modulating a song the "wrong way" and see what happens!
I think the bigger "psychomusical" difference is between things like
Major and Minor scales. Blues Scales are a whole 'nother story...
On Oct 3, 2006, at 5:49 PM, Bill Gunter wrote:
> Hello troops,
> Mike wrote (regarding keys):
>> I like the timbre of the sharp keys.
> I've heard of this notion before but I never have quite understood it.
> As I understand it, timbre (pronounced "TAM brughhh" or TOM
> brugghhh" or
> maybe "TOM burr" of something in an unpronouncable French accent) has
> nothing to do with the pitch or volume of a note, but rather it's
> "color" or
> tone quality.
> Are there those among you who can distinguish the difference in
> "tone color"
> between, say, E and F? Does a piano solo played in the key of E (4
> sound (color wise) different than the same piano solo played in F
> (1 flat)?
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