Mudcat Café message #1842840 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94923   Message #1842840
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
25-Sep-06 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
"Having an instrument and not being able to read music is like driving a car and not being able to read road signs. You can't go as far afield and you often don't know where you are. The belief that a person who reads music is locked into a straightjacket is silly; it's-more a matter of class conflict and testosterone poisoning than anything else."

Ouch!!

Class confilct? I went to a public school and began playing the violin aged three on an instrument that had been given to my great-great-aunt by Clara Schumann, then went on to take a music scholarship and become a red riband chorister - (in spite of finding it very very very hard to read music)! It has NOTHING to do with class conflict. Goodness me :-)

There are far too many people who can ONLY play from music, purely because they were taught that a dot on a line meant put your fingers there, rather than that this sound in your head means put your fingers there.

In any case I'm not saying that you shouldn't learn to read music - quite the contrary, it's grand for those that can but you need to remember that birds on telegraph wires not as logical for some people as for others - in fact conventional notation is a pretty strange way to represent sounds to some minds (I see notes as colours, for example).

I'm saying you need to teach people to listen FIRST. Because if you don't, some never will - and that's a shame, (and, some say, an abuse).