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Musical Notation - Music notation or musical notation refers to various systems of writing music. Diverse systems of musical notation have developed in various cultures. In fact, many cultures simply do not notate their music in any form. While this article attempts to present a world-view of musical notation, the dominance of western musical notation throughout most of the world inevitably results in emphasis upon this system. It should be noted that the evolution of any written musical language is akin to the evolution of the written language of speech. First comes spontaneous, unwritten expression; later comes a system of written language. Each has its merits, particularly in the realm of music. Music which is not notated can convey the natural and spontaneous aspects of the human spirit, free of preconceived parameters of rhythm and pitch. Ironically, in western music, many of today's most successful song-writers can neither read nor write music. Their compositions result from improvisation. In juxtaposition, the leading classical performers are primarily committed to written scores, since music which is notated can preserve the inspiration of some of the most profound of musical thoughts.
Rather than do a complete series of lessons on standard music notation. Why reinvent the wheel. There are lot of great resources on-line and books that already exist. Here is my take on several of the offerings.
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Reading for Ukulele - The Next Steps
Reading can be thought of on many different levels. 1) the ability to slowly and painfully work out the written music. 2) the ability to hear the music by looking at the notation. 3) the ability to notate< your ideas in standard music notation. 4) the ability to read music as you read a book or an article. 5) the ability to communicate with other musicians in the written language of music. 6) the ability to learn songs that you have never heard.
This series of lessons picks up after right after the Reading Music on Ukulele - Primer which focused on reading in the open position. This series is a Pro level series of lessons to get you really reading.
Reading Music on Ukulele - Primer
There are a few things in music that students and players avoid. These are things like learning to read and knowing the notes of their own instrument. It is hard on guitar - but not so hard on ukulele. With the right guidance and plan of attack. IT IS EASY.
It is really quite easy on a uke. Starting with natural notes in in the open position you can finally check off the Reading Music to do item.
Learning to read standard music notation is really, really easy.
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