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hpr3792 :: Learning to read music, part one

In which we learn to read music by going for a walk

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Hosted by enistello on 2023-02-14 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Although many people can create music easily enough on their computers, not as many can read the traditional stave-and-dots notation that have been in use for hundreds of years.

In less than half an hour, you can grasp the basics of reading music in a way that's as natural as putting one foot in front of the other.

I'd advise either printing out the handout from or having it on a screen you can see easily while outdoors. But it's not essential!

Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for part two of this series on Hacker Public Radio, when I'll cover more complex rhythms and you'll learn a lot more about pitch in written music.

Handout and more information at:

The book I mention in this episode is The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin, published in 1987, and available from all good bookshops. Don't buy it from Amazon, it only encourages them.


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Comment #1 posted on 2023-02-14 13:18:13 by Trey

What fun!

This took me back to my days in elementary & middle school learning several instruments and to high school and collage choir. This was much fun, as I happened to listen to it while walking around the grocery store. I am sure I was quite a site. I finally figured out why I was getting out of breath, though. I listen to podcasts at 1.5x speed. Thank you for recording this. I look forward to the next parts.
Comment #2 posted on 2023-02-15 21:27:14 by jezra

quite possibly the most toe-tapping episode of HPR

Thank you! Although I didn't clap my hands, I certain tapped my feet in time to the beat; all while typing away at work.

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