Gianluca Barbaro replied to the topic Coming soon: Play melodica with both hands! Volume I in the forum Melodica technique 1 day, 15 hours ago
I am happy to announce that the book is now available on Amazon
Gianluca Barbaro started the topic Coming soon: Play melodica with both hands! Volume I in the forum Melodica technique 2 days, 3 hours ago
It will be soon available on Amazon an adaptation I have made of the well-known F. Beyer piano method ““Preparatory School for Piano”, op. 101. The intent is to have a few beginning exercises to start playing the melodica the “Japanese” way: vertical, with both hands. As we know, playing the melodica in this style means having the left han…[Read more]
I have access to a drill press… maybe I’ll try, although I have zero experience in this kind of working.
I wonder if anyone could make a comparison with 3D-printing of mouthpieces: what are the pros and cons of the two type of processing, compared to each other?
I think there is a little bit of a market with melodica mouthpieces: I am not…[Read more]
I wish I had your skills and machinery to build a recorder-like mouthpiece (not much different from the one you build in the video, maybe smaller).
Is the material pricey?
the sound is much better than the previous version! I love this piece, well done! The rhythmic combination between piano and melodica works well too now!
If I may, each effect plugin should have a “dry” and a “wet” fader: when using a reverb effect, the less is the dry signal, the more the sound steps away from the front. If possibile,…[Read more]
Very nice André, thank you for sharing 🙂
Regarding the transcription practice for two hands on melodica, I recently asked myself the same question. I have tried:
– One staff with separate voices (i.e. “choral”style)
– Two staves with treble keys (like yours)
– Two staves, treble and bass keys, piano style.
I eventually opted for the last…[Read more]
I have made a little comparison video between the Yamaha P37D e the Hammond Pro 44H.
There are actual differences in the higher harmonics: how they map to timbre differences is a little difficult for me to say.
In the last part of the video I play a B on the Yamaha and change the oral cavity shape (and resonance): as you can see, that way we can…[Read more]
Awesome indeed! Bravo!
I recorded an EWI version years ago (it’s on youTube) so this prelude was one of the first things I have tried on the melodica, but I still have troubles with big jumps: are you involving the left hand or is it just great right hand technique?
I have recently started to have a look at Violin Partitas and it occurred to me…[Read more]
Joanna, when we record an instrument we generally put the microphone very near it. This way, we loose part of the natural reverberation of the room we are playing in: in my opinion, the digital reconstruction of the (lost) ambience is not dishonest at all 🙂
The compression might be a different case and it refers to a well-known psycho-acoustical…[Read more]
Hi Joanna, I agree, this version is nicer than the previous one (which was already very nice!).
May advise you to add some reverb to your recordings? It depends on the recording software you are using, but it should not be difficult and it would make the sound richer and more contextualized. Also, if available, a little compression probably would help.
Alan, I am no scientist nor engineer myself, I just studied the matter a little bit and made some experience 🙂
But now you got me curious: I will make some measurements myself with the different melodicas I have, and maybe I will post a video.
Hi Daren, thanks!
Yes, the outside tube would be for air and condensation release.
is this prototype currently connected to a computer?
I’m sorry I have not made it clearer: yes, it is connected to a computer (Mac or Windows, but there is software for linux too) through USB. Both the master keyboard and the breath controller generate MIDI…[Read more]
As a first step towards the construction of a Silent Melodica prototype, I have assembled my own Midi Melodica:
Alan, clearly it is a very complex subject. There are many parameters to be taken into account. Here are a few that come to mind:
– microphone quality/specs
– algorithm used for spectrum analysis
– distance from microphone
– room reverberation
– air flow
– oral cavity resonance
– pitch of the note
and finally, certainly…[Read more]
My take on the subject is that there are two other important factors to the timbre of an instrument:
– ADSR envelope curve (Attack-Decay-Sustain-Release)
The envelope curve mainly depends on the physical attributes and construction of the instrument, but it can be greatly influenced by the player through articulation (how you attack…[Read more]
Thank you Alan,
It really looks the same. As you might have guessed, there’s one for sale not too far from where I live but I couldn’t find any info on the Web.
I had a look at your previous posts about the Pianola, it looks like a lot of (skilled) work…
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