On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 03:26:26PM -0700, Stephen Doonan wrote:
> In my case, music reading was hard because my eyes have different focal
That can probably be corrected using the right glasses... If you can
communicate using this medium, i.e. read a computer screen, you should
be able to read music as well. The technicalities are not difficult,
it broadens your horizon, and it's never too late to learn it...
OTOH, there is a lot of truth in what you write:
> When I learned my piano recital piece at 12 years old, an Impromptu by
knowing Horowitz, probably a very nice rendering of it...
> so I used the recording to learn the piece by
Quite strange that your teacher(s) never noticed you played it in
the wrong key ! I learned the 'Promenade' of 'Pictures at an
Exhibition' that way - luckily in the right key :-)
> I think that there was at least one benefit in not learning to read
Same here. When my voice changed I was expelled from the boys
choir and promoted to organist (the choir's conductor was also
my piano teacher). I learned practical harmony well before I had
any formal teaching of it, and that's a skill you never forget.
> I learned that a key signature for example is
Well, Bach's 'well tempered' tuning is not the same as equal temperament,
each key still has its typical character - but you can use all of them.
Nor is equal temperament the ultimate - I've been rediscovering the
charms of unequal temperaments, and of modal music, as the years passed.
Quite much of the minimalist 'electronica' is quite modal - and for good
> I'm sorry to be babbling. :-)
You're welcome !
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