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Re: relative pitch with song sections

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: relative pitch with song sections
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 23:14:33 +0200
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Thomas Morley <address@hidden> writes:

> 2014-05-14 22:30 GMT+02:00 Nick Payne <address@hidden>:
>> I would say, based on my fairly extensive collection of guitar scores,
>> collected over about 40 years, that there are probably more commercially
>> engraved editions that omit the "8" than those that show it.
> True.
> And all those are wrong. ;)

A guitar player does not need the 8.  It does not hurt anybody to add it
though, and it means that other people can make sense from that input,
can play it on a keyboard (a keyboard can sound like any number of
instruments including a guitar these days) or can get an impression of
its sound in other ways.

The whole point of not writing tablature but notes is to write in a
non-instrument-specific notation.  Secretly using a different octave
muddies the advantages.

Scordatura notation for violin is similarly confusing to musicians not
in on the joke, but the tuning is usually given explicitly.  To some
degree, so is Rosenzopf-Griffschrift for Styrian Harmonica, but it has a
wholly different clef as indication.

David Kastrup

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