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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Wed 10 Jul, 2013 12:25 am    Post subject: Learning medieval music         Reply with quote

Does anybody here have any idea of where somebody with no prior musical experience could start learning how to play medieval music? I'm not too picky, but I tend to prefer dance-like tunes with a lively beat, and for a while now I've been thinking of picking up an instrument (maybe a lute, a bagpipe, or a recorder) but couldn't quite decide on which one -- preferably something I can learn to play by myself since I'm half a world away from most other enthusiasts I know.
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Ian Hutchison




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PostPosted: Wed 10 Jul, 2013 1:38 am    Post subject: Re: Learning medieval music         Reply with quote

Lafayette C Curtis wrote:
Does anybody here have any idea of where somebody with no prior musical experience could start learning how to play medieval music? I'm not too picky, but I tend to prefer dance-like tunes with a lively beat, and for a while now I've been thinking of picking up an instrument (maybe a lute, a bagpipe, or a recorder) but couldn't quite decide on which one -- preferably something I can learn to play by myself since I'm half a world away from most other enthusiasts I know.


Hi Lafayette,

Of the three you mentioned, the recorder is definitely the easiest to teach yourself.

A lot of traditional/folk music is transcribed online using the ABC method of notation (which is very simple and easy to learn). Using an ABC program, you can open a '.abc' file (or transcribe directly into the program) to produce fingering charts, sheet music, and midi sound files. On some programs you can also reverse translate a midi to notation. Finding '.abc's is as easy as googling "medieval music .abc".

Here are some useful websites regarding ABC notation:
http://abcnotation.com/

http://abcplus.sourceforge.net/

Here is some medieval music transcribed into ABC:

https://sites.google.com/site/alicorbin/Home/music/

http://www.andyhornby.net/Music/early%20tunes.abc

http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mi...tunes/0000

ABCedit, Easy ABC, were the programs I always used to edit/print/produce notation:

http://members.quicknet.nl/j.coolegem/abcedit/abcedit1.htm

http://www.nilsliberg.se/ksp/easyabc/

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Mart Shearer




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PostPosted: Wed 10 Jul, 2013 4:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A "Music Maker" or "Melody" Lap Harp is effectively the medieval psaltery. Relatively inexpensive (25-40 USD) and easy to learn to use.




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