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Re: Docs - unfretted strings

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: Docs - unfretted strings
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 08:51:56 +0100

Andrew, you wrote Tuesday, September 30, 2008 3:43 AM

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 1:28 AM, Trevor Daniels <address@hidden> wrote:

Andrew Hawryluk wrote Monday, September 29, 2008 1:44 AM

I thought of this while writing the keyboards part but didn't say
anything because I didn't want to upset the established dichotomy of
fretted vs. unfretted strings. Since it is now upset, we should
consider simply moving all the harp material to keyboards. As far as
the typesetting is concerned, harp music is piano music with unique
tuning issues and a higher number of glissandi. Conversely, Hindemith
called the piano "a harp with hammers".

This would leave us with the guitar/banjo/frets section and the
orchestral strings section.

I came to the same conclusion.  It is also far easier
to do this - no new files are needed, as the common
notation for keyboards is pretty well right for the
harp, and Harp slots in after Piano and Accordion.

Perhaps we should change the heading slightly from
"Keyboard instruments" to "Keyboards and other many-stringed instruments".
 It's a bit long, but
I'll go with this unless there are better suggestions.

Andrew - I'll make the heading changes right away.
Do you want to flesh out the Harp section?  Valentin
has done most of the pedal bits towards the bottom of App B.8.5, so not a
lot is required.



I can do that as soon as I am done my review of NR 1.5 and 1.6 (80%

Great!  I noticed a few of the phrases in the
section were written with keyboards in mind,
so I thought you would be the best person to
review them to see if they could be made more

How about "Keyboards and other multi-staff instruments" or
"Keyboards and related instruments"? The existing keyboard material
also applies directly to celestas and vibraphones, to name a few.

These do seem better, and you're right, the key
characteristic is the multi-staff-ed-ness.

"Keyboards and related instruments" doesn't
suggest harps or vibraphones to me, so I prefer
your first suggestion.  I'll change it to that.


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