Reading music

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Posted by SlipKid on November 25, 2002 at 16:02:16:

In Reply to: Re:who reads music posted by Nick on November 25, 2002 at 12:59:44:

Can't say I ever read while jamming. But it does comes in especially usefull when I've come up with a new chorus or a few verses on the harp that may make for a good song. I jot down the note progression and timing, give them to my guitar player for him to come up with some fills and riffs of his own on his own time. We get together a few days later and put it all together in hopes that we have the makings for a good tune. Granted harping doesnt' require as much music theory as does, say.......the piano. But we do play harp to create and play MUSIC. And music notation is just one other way of translating it so that we may continue to put it out there to a wider audience.

Food for thought.

: Hi Guys
: I learnt to read music (basicly) some time ago when I was learning to play the keyboard,however since I've been playing the harp I've been letting what little musical knowledge I had aquirred slip away...this is something I am now regretting and I am now trying to reeducate myself.
: If any of you out there are like me,you stick the tuition c.d. into the deck with the book infront of you let it play,then you play your part reading just the tabs and copying the timing of what you've just heard.I think they call it playing by ear,and hey whats wrong with that it's what the blues is all about
: But reading music and more importantly understanding things like scales, how chords are made up,where to find these notes on your harp open up endless possibilites for you
: To me its a bit like learning a new language,if you learn the grammer you understand what you're saying(Does that make sense?)anyway I know what I mean!!
: Take care
: Nick (The Charlie Musselwhite of his own living room!)

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