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Italian, "Single touch," "single key," or "single subject," tasto solo is a term in group music, indicating where the basso continuo section of the performance should be played without additional harmony, by itself, in contexts where otherwise the continuous bass section of the song would be played by several instruments together.

Typically tasto solo is handled by cello or upright bass, when normally harpsichord or another keyboard instrument would also be featured alongside it to supply harmony to the bassline. Tasto solo is most often used as a way to limit the amount of layer and texture the music has, for a period of time: perhaps the composer wishes to slowly introduce one instrument at a time, and doesn't want the bassline to overwhelm the treble instruments being brought in gradually. Alternatively, the composer may wish to gradually taper off the dynamics of the song, getting quieter and quieter, simpler and simpler, leaving only the bass and a single treble voice together to…

I was going through the iron noder progress list to make sure I voted on every node added through this year's THE IRON NODER CHALLENGE XII: WE'LL RUST WHEN WE'RE DEAD and I saw Dustyblue's sentiment in the node above this. Even though the challenge is over I thought I would also add a post because the noding goes on and on.

First off, my thanks to mauler who again took the reins and drove this crazy wagon through the wilds of…

Qwixx is a dice game that entered into the market as a small, light board game for entry-level players. It takes about 15 minutes to play, and can take 2-5 players, but is best with 4-5 players.

The game consists of four colored dice, two black and white dice, and a sheaf of score sheets. Each score sheets consists of four rows of numbers, one for each color. Red and yellow ascend from 2 through 12, while green and blue descend from twelve to two. The object is to collect as…

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