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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by TwelveSquared » November 17th, 2013, 4:36 pm

ScienceOlympian wrote:Sorry for the extremely ridiculous question that I asked recently. :(
Well, I received my guitar (medium tension, 80/20 bronze) strings yesterday. I think that the strings' tension will break the PVC pipe on the harp.
I am going to drill holes onto the neck and the soundboard and tie knots in the holes to secure the strings in place, and I'm pretty sure that the tension of the strings will snap the column of the harp in half. Do you think that medium guitar strings tuned from C2-C5 will break a PVC harp? (Look at PVC Piper Harp. It is approximately 34 inches at the longest string's location (C2)
Should I just build another instrument and return the PVC? Or should I take the chance that the harp will not break and use the harp for the competition, which is in 3 weeks?
Well, from my experience last year w/ building a guitar for this event, i have an estimate that each string puts about 5 lbs of tension on the instrument. Of course, this is with standard guitar string tuning, where it's from E2-E4, not C2-C5. That higher range is going to have somewhat more tension. Furthermore, the tension would also depend on the type of string. Classical nylon would obviously create less strain than 80/20 bronze. I was using silk/steel, but i believe those tension estimates were for standard bronze. Probably not much difference between the two, anyway.
So, assuming you're doing a full chromatic scale, that's something like 5*12*3=180 pounds spread across the support.
With some engineering, you might be able to make it strong enough to keep it intact. If it doesn't, a change of material(and/or thickness of said material) should work.
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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by ScienceOlympian » November 17th, 2013, 8:23 pm

I don't think that I should continue with the harp. Too many things can go wrong.
Now back to square 1. So what instruments blend well with flute?
And what can I make with PVC pipe, a bunch of elbows (PVC and ABS), and 6 packs of guitar strings?
Srsly I should have thought this a bit more before buying the materials

Also, I remember reading that we shouldn't make Instrument 1 and 2 the same kind of instrument. (like wind, string, or percussion). Am I making something up? Or if it's true, then why?
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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by silverheart7 » November 18th, 2013, 3:11 am

ScienceOlympian wrote:Also, I remember reading that we shouldn't make Instrument 1 and 2 the same kind of instrument. (like wind, string, or percussion). Am I making something up? Or if it's true, then why?
It's because of (I think) the originality and instrument varieties scoring segment. You might lose points, depending on the judges, if you have two of the same kind of instrument.
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Post by billiambobjoe » November 19th, 2013, 7:41 pm

How do you think a pvc panflute (panpipes), and a pvc marimba would do as a pair? Would that be a bad combination?

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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by ScienceOlympian » November 22nd, 2013, 7:19 pm

I have to get the harp done in a week, and I have to find out how to attach the strings onto the neck of the harp without losing any tension or the string slipping.
Any ideas? This it the last step of the construction!
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Post by phil9047 » November 25th, 2013, 1:22 pm

I have a question about the sheet music for the songs we are playing. Is it okay for the sheet music to be computer-generated? What information should be included on it? Also, should I cite who the music is from?
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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by silverheart7 » November 25th, 2013, 6:56 pm

phil9047 wrote:I have a question about the sheet music for the songs we are playing. Is it okay for the sheet music to be computer-generated? What information should be included on it? Also, should I cite who the music is from?
Yes, absolutely. Last season I used Noteflight to arrange my music, and there was never an issue. You should cite the composer, and you do earn points for putting your names, the school, and the team number.
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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by ScienceOlympian » November 26th, 2013, 3:13 pm

I submitted 3 FAQ's about Sounds of Music and there has been no reply, even though I sent them 1.5 months ago. I wonder what rule of the FAQ I didn't follow.
I only remember one question:
It says that the allowable scoring range for Instrument 1 is F3-G5. Therefore, can we play G5 in our music (Hornpipe and the other piece) without a penalty?
(I didn't add the following part in the FAQ, so I only asked one question) Or is the highest note that we can play F#5?
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Post by zyzzyva980 » November 26th, 2013, 3:25 pm

G5 would almost certainly be allowed.
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Re: Sounds of Music B

Post by ScienceOlympian » December 6th, 2013, 7:02 pm

SO...my invitational is tomorrow and my harp goes drastically out of tune every two minutes...Should I bring it to the invite to show everyone that we made a harp (I cannot even play a song or a scale...it is so out of tune). Or should I leave the harp home and just use the flute? However, would we get zero points for the song part because we only have one instrument, since it says: all competitors must play one instrument? Our flute is perfectly fine and I can play a song on it. But my partner would be just sitting around...Help!
The harp cannot play anything btw. But I still have a flute that is in tune and I can play Hornpipe and Water Music... So what should I do? Would I get half of the points that I would get if I had a harp, or will I get no points on the Part 1-2 scores? I need advice ASAP
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