Musical Knowledge

Royce Burt Fiddle Tone Improver

How Royce Burt Enhances an Old Fiddle

To understand what Royce Burt does and how it makes average student violins sound like professional instruments, you must learn about graduation. The top and back plates of the violin have a contoured change in thickness. This change is called the graduation. Royce Burt regraduates run-of-the-mill

instruments to make them sound as good as the best fiddles.

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Band Management Allegory

Sea Berth Band Lesson

This is a fictional account of incidents that disturbed the harmony in the Sea Berth Dixieland Band. I’m Al, the trumpet player in the band. I joined the group in the early days when they needed a soloist to fill in between the singing, which the band members were surprisingly good at, considering they were primarily wind instrument players.

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Natural Tuning and Triad Power

Power Up the Triad with Natural Tuning

For readers of thrillers and action novels, triad power derives from a mysterious and dangerous Chinese gang. For us musicians, triad power comes from the chord that is the working result of the three notes that form a triad. I would like to explore the origen of the triad in the overtone series to show how natural western … Read more

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