Andrew Meronek

Microtonal trombone quintet: Star Spangled Banner

My arrangement. This performance is computer-generated using Dorico notation software. The notation is Mixed Sagittal. The “base” tuning is Pythagorean, upon which I added additional accidentals to precisely define the key signature. Sharps and flats represent specifically about 114 cents, which would be the “standard” 3-limit Pythagorean adjustments. The “straight” half-arrows that appear in the […]

Work-at-home material for music students

This is focused primarily on music students and their parents, and also for music teachers: In this COVID-19 changes we’re seeing right now, a significant action being taken is schools closing – which means lots of kids at home at a time of year we’re not used to. Why not keep teaching with whatever resources […]

My favorite Youtube channels

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Youtube lately, and I think that there’s some excellent content on there. My favorites tend to be channels that are less productive in terms of numbers of episodes churned out per week, and produce fewer, higher quality videos. That’s not to say that some of the faster-paced […]

Sun Gift (Dorico playback)

This is a melodically minimalistic trio I wrote many years ago, but this version has a microtonal (just intonation) treatment, with a 224EDO custom tonality system I defined in Dorico: both the Mixed Sagittal accidentals on a few notes and in the key signature; and the playback, which is excellent given this is fully computer-realized. […]

Extremely dissonant “Pentatonic” scale

The brainstorm inspired by a question on the Xenharmonic Alliance, I decided to create a simple chorale where the scale tones are derived exclusively from wolf intervals: the wolf fifth with its extra syntonic comma, and the wolf octave with its Pythagorean comma. The result here, treating both commas as the same, as they’re only […]

Performance documentation on Youtube

For anyone who is interested, I do have a small history of performances that people have opted to record and put on Youtube: Marie with the Rhythm Society Orchestra A pick-up band for a birthday party, on bass trombone: Chet’s Call Strike Up The Band Miller Time Some things from the Great Basin Jazz Camp: […]

Lesson Requirements

Here is my introduction to lessons document for new trombone students, intended both for them and for parents who may not know much about musical training: Lesson Requirements My approach to teaching private lessons covers a wide range of topics. Music is a doorway to many different disciplines besides literal performance, and I think it’s […]