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Re: Very Beginner's Guide

From: Cameron Horsburgh
Subject: Re: Very Beginner's Guide
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 23:09:47 +1100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Mon, Dec 25, 2006 at 03:14:43AM +0100, Manuel wrote:

> So you are really two countries separated by a common language... How  
> do Canadians, New Zealanders and other natives manage in between? I  
> think that for us non-natives, "fourth" is logically easier than  
> "crochet", though crochet and quaver sound nice. Like the French  
> "soupir" for a rest.
I learnt music in New Zealand and have lived in Australia for
nearly years, and I have always used the minim/crotchet/quaver
terminology. I don't think I'd ever seen the American system outside
of theory class. However, anyone learning LilyPond will learn the
American system for free, since the denominators of the name are the
same as the note length value. 

I wonder if it would be worth spending a sentence or two pointing out
what is meant by half, quarter and eighth notes? If this document
(which is *very* impressive didactically, I might add) is intended for
LilyPond novices it may be good to smooth over this possible point of

> >Happy Holidays, everybody!
Thanks! Of course, here in .au we only have 50 minutes or so of
Christmas Day left!


Cameron Horsburgh


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