Musical Notation

For archive (Updated on February 19, 2019)

Some musicians play by the ear. They may know musical notation, but they often want to improvise. Examples include the Saing Waing and the Jazz troupes.

Bands and orchestras use Music Sheets. Some Conductors add comments and instructions as guide lines for the musicians in the team.

I have learned basics, but I am not proficient.

  • F-A-C-E
  • E-G-B-D-F : Every Good Boy Does Fine
  • Terms and symbols : quaver, semi-quaver, semi-demi-quaver),
  • Clefs : Treble and Bass)
  • Timing : 4/4, 3/4 (waltz)

It was not trivial to transpose music from a sheet into a different key until music software came along.

My uncle bought a new piano. He allowed me to play. He also bought a booklet for me. It had the Relative Notation (1 for DO, 2 for RE, …, and dots to denote the octave). I learned to play using that notation some of Mar Mar Aye’s song (e.g. “Thet Tant Baw Hmar Kasar Mei”).

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and versatile Keyboards come along.

The innovation & information/knowledge explosion are difficult to keep up. One simply has to selectively learn new things without getting burned out.

I am happy to remain a Jack of All Trades and Master of Some.

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