[extropy-chat] LA Times - Singing and health
pj at pj-manney.com
Fri Apr 27 19:21:33 UTC 2007
>I cannot (yet?) read regular round-note music, despite several years of piano
>lessons in my long-ago childhood. My poor teachers - they were so disgusted
>disheartened. My parents were insistent, even offering cash bribes for me to
>to play certain pieces of music. It never really happened.
>I wonder what they'd think of Shape Note Singing? ;)
I never saw this before! Even when I sang with Presbyterians, they didn't use the Shape Note system. This is awesome. I think I prefer the seven note system over the four note. It makes more sense to me.
What excites me the most is that I might actually learn to read music properly if I used this. My dyslexia -- or what I'm starting to think is actually a form of dyscalculia, too -- might finally lose in the battle of the musical notation. The shapes help differentiate the notes and the notes seem less 'lost' on the staff.
I, too, had disgusted teachers. I played by ear, faking it on the flute and piano for a couple of years, each, but there came a point where it was just too hard and I quit both. It's why I stuck with singing. I could fake it, pretty much forever, as long as I heard the song once before I had to sing from sheet music.
There's even a fasola group not far from me. Of course, I think it will have to wait until my kids are in college, with all my free time and all... <ROTFLOL>
Ah, something to look forward to in my retirement. Thanks so much for this!
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