Notating music by hand

October 8, 2009

croqlThis week I have been lecturing about the technique and rules regarding music notation. The angles, shading, background, lengths, proportions and stem direction. I explained the ever fascinating and source of the way music notation looks, the crow quill pen.
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Sadly, I had to emulate the flowing nature of that great pen with a magic marker for a white board, which was frustrating at best. I promised them that we would move to computer notation soon enough, but I wanted them to know how to notate by hand.

There I was on the stage, lecturing 90 students with my round glasses, drawing notes and clefs and other musical symbols on the board–hmm, some day that will be quite a quaint image.

This is what the crow quill pen looks like in the hands of J.S. Bach.
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