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Verne Andru

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  1. Originally posted by Auggie Doggie The earliest Western music that managed to recorded in some form can be found in sacred music. THAT is the actual source of our musical heritage; it's the earliest Western music, and was the seed for all which followed. Since those who made that music did so without knowledge of anything prior to it, that which may have existed earlier is irrelevant. It was, for all intents and purposes, started from scratch. Well this statement just goes to support my argument in a previous thread that you took "issue" with. Thanks for coming around. Music was always the purview of the priestcraft and handed down through
  2. Originally posted by Auggie Doggie Ummm...no. The keys to our musical heritage are found in ancient Greece, and in Europe up through the Renaissance. Ummmm...no - if you have some time, take a look at the research done on Sumer. The Greeks picked up much of what has been passed on to us from the Egyptians who got it from Sumer. As the quote I provided earlier shows, it would appear that our western diatonic system is derived from Sumer which got it from ? Try stepping back a bit and taking a wider view of history - don't just focus on a small fragment. The Greeks - as Plato readily admitted - invented nothing. As Salon stated - there were no old, wise-ones among them - they were but children. But of course we are taught that everything started with Greece, so your error is understandable. The good news is so little research appears to have been done on ancient music - pre-Egyptian - that the field is wide open for those with the curiosity to pursue it. MorePaul - yes, I'm passionate - particularly when "we" should know better. Actually "disgusted" is probably the better adjective.
  3. Originally posted by MorePaul Sadly; I fear much of the history has been lost, looted and destroyed, and revised even before the invention of the tank Sumerian military technology was also advanced (and used) it sucks, but in a way, that's part of history itself...a self-referential system can run into those problems While I'm not going to apologize for anybody, this latest invasion of Iraq has unleashed more devastation and wonton destruction of ancient archaeological sites [and mankinds shared heritage] than has been seen since the days of Nebuchadrezzar. At least during Nebuchadrezzar
  4. A quick search turned up: Sumerian Music And while Sumerian music appears to the oldest we have records for, he suggests - as many others have - that "they/Sumerians" came from "somewhere" because by the time we see them in the archeological record, their society is already fully formed and quite advanced. Here's a quote that goes to the point vis-a-vis musical history: "Duchesne-Guillemin was one of the early investigators of the reconstruction of ancient Babylonian musical scales and music theory. She was the first scholar to explore and explain the musicological significance of the sequence of number-pairs of musical strings in a cuneiform text of the first millennium B.C.E. excavated at the archaeological site of Nippur in southern Iraq. She was able to demonstrate that the tablet presented two series of intervals on a musical scale; that musical intervals of fifths, fourths, thirds, and sixths were known at that time; and that the evidence for an ancient Mesopotamian heptatonic-diatonic scale was strong. She was also one of the few scholars who attempted to interpret the musical instructions found on a cuneiform tablet (mid-2nd millennium B.C.E.) from ancient Ugarit (modern Ra
  5. Originally posted by halfpower Here's a link about ancient Egyptian music. halfpower Thanks for the link. Considering Sumer [ancient Iraq] predates and provided much of Egypt's culture, it would be interesting to see [and hear] some research on that era and area of the world. My fear is much of the record is getting destroyed under tanks and other acts of "liberation."
  6. I ran across this Q&A from Kaki King about her nails: Q: Are those false nails on your right hand? If so, what are they made of? Do you have any problems with them? If not, do you have really tough nails or do you do something to strengthen them? Is it possible to do right-hand pull-offs with them? Kaki Answers: I go to a nail salon and have very thick acrylic nails put on to my right hand. Acrylic is a very strong material and I've never had any problems with my nails chipping or breaking. I know that it might seem really awkward for a guy to go to a nail salon and ask for false nails, and yes, the ladies there will probably think that you are a confused trannie, but try it once and I hope you'll agree that it makes all the difference in the sound you can get from your strings. I keep the nails short enough that I can do right hand pull-offs with the pad of my fingers.
  7. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at NAMM - absolutely amazing! http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4179954
  8. I prefer using the real thing, but if one breaks and I've got a gig, glue-on's fill the bill. Caveat tho - the glue will weaken your natural nails so if you want to go back to nature you have to wait twice as long for the part that was glued to grow out.
  9. I usually use my Roland synth. I dial up an 8-beat for bass and switch to a 16-beat for 6-string. When I'm done the scales, arps, etc. I can easily dial in a funk, blues, swing or whatever beat I feel like. Just cause your in the woodshed doesn't mean you can't have fun - they do call it "playing" after all. But, whatever works for you is all that counts.
  10. Nomes are a great way to keep a player honest but can be a bit stale. I prefer to practice to a drum beat either out of one of my synths or Reason. Playing against a drum beat will "suggest" ideas that I find make practicing more of a musical experience than just a tick-tock route. Just my 2 cents - I have a nome and use it when convenience dictates.
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