Friday, 24 July 2015

How I’d Redesign Piano Sheet Music

Many people strongly dislike reading music. In the early years of music lessons, memorizing symbols and shapes is often tedious and unsatisfying (in the short term). When some folks decide to learn music later on in life, they often avoid learning how to read music like the plague. Why? It's hard! You're learning a new written language. It is not an easy task! There is complex musical grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and emphasis's among many other things that need to be expressed. Though this can be a daunting task, boy is it ever a fulfilling one! With enough hard work and practice, anyone is able to sit down and read a page of music as fluently as reading a page from a novel. Just think about the world of music that you are now able to participate in! Q: When you're composing music, how do you write down what to play? Sheet music, chords, something else? A: — Aivi Tran (@waltzforluma) July 22, 2015 There is sheetmusic like this reaching as far back as 500 years ago! Any current song on the radio will almost certainly have its own sheet music. And if you write your own music, you can capture it on paper, and share it with other people to play! This method works. I am all for innovation, but this is a proven worldwide system that really works. Most of the world communicates in this medium, but it is always interesting when someone else takes a crack at coming up with something better. This method is.... different. I can't give the author too much flack- I have never tried to do anything like this. I am sure it is difficult, and complicated to come up with something like this. It is probably because I have so much experience with reading music, this method seems a bit tricky and hard to understand at first. I am sure there is a learning curve to this. But why not spend that time chipping away at the learning curve of traditional sheet music? None the less, this is a very interesting take on sheet music, and I do agree that boundaries should always be pushed, and music should continue to evolve. I just don't think that THIS is the right solution!   Here’s a new method for writing sheet music for piano that makes it easier to learn to play everyday songs. Traditional sheet music relies on symbols, scales and memorization, and can be difficult to learn and read, so this new notation uses visual cues by showing “fingers and hands” on keys. It’s read from top to bottom, with each circle being a finger placement (blue is the left hand, green is right), with the trailing colors showing how long you hold the notes. The gray lines are the black keys and the spaces between are the white keys, plus, the C keys are shaded for easier navigation.   The Challenge     4 measures of “Let it Be” in traditional sheet music. [...]

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