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GUEST,Anne Croucher Tunes played upside down (32) RE: Tunes played upside down 03 Apr 04

For a long time I could write backwards as easily as forwards, and read it either the rightway up or upside down - I am left handed mostly and it was only the rabid reaction of my junior school teacher which terrified me out of continuing to practise this.

I have never been able to read music so it would make as much sense to me any way up or even sideways.

I can't make the notes - which I understand, both in length and pitch - and all the other information on the page, become a tune. Once I hear a tune I can play it, but I can start on different notes - that is 'transposing' I am told - but I get strife for making the tune fit the words so in some songs I play each verse with small differences, because playing a tune that doesn't fit seems a bit stupid really - I'm not a recording.

I don't think that being able to read in reverse/upside down or whatever is all that unusual - it was commonplace as either a learned or natural ability amongst printers and newspaper producers when movable type was the technology - except for some reason those employed at the Gurdania.


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