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  1. I was reading Grove's Dictionary of music and musicians

    when I came upon a picture of a very interesting

    stringed instrument called Tromba Marina, or

    Marine Trumpet. It's not a trumpet, but the article

    says it sounds something like one. It looks something

    like a long oar or boat paddle with one string

    stretched along the length of it. It appears to have

    a scroll like a member of the violin or viol family.

    Also, it is played primarily in natural harmonics

    which are typically written on the body thus giving

    anyone a reasonable facility of the instrument.

    I am curious: how rare are these things and how

    easy would it be for me to get one or a couple for

    some friends and myself?


  2. I am working on a Sevcik shifting exercise.

    It is written in C major, but it says that I have

    to repeat it in 11 different keys. It doesn't mean to

    transpose, it means that F (for instance) in G major

    wouldn't become a note of an entirely different name,

    it would just become F#. I'm fine in G major and the

    obviously easier ones, but when it gets into all those

    sharps and flats, I get totally lost and don't even

    know how to approach it! I thought practicing scales

    in these keys would help me, but it doesn't. I can

    play a scale as perfectly as any teacher could ask

    because with a scale I know how it's supposed to sound.

    I know the sound of major, minor, melodic etc, as long

    as I start the scale on the note of the name of the

    scale. When it comes to this exercise starting on

    either A, Ab, or A# no matter what strange sounding

    key it's in, I just get a headache. Please help,

    I don't even know how to approach this.

    Thanks, if anyone can help me I'll be so grateful!


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