[Menvi-discuss] SATB Writing?
themusicsuite at verizon.net
Thu Mar 8 14:26:35 PST 2012
As for "pretty pictures", I'm afraid we all miss out on those ...
Technology is indeed awesome, but in this case, you may want to go a bit old-school: If you have a Perkins Braillewriter and some 11.5-by-11-inch paper, you can do the following:
1. Write the parts out in a four-line parallel--i.e., a separate line for each voice part, with soprano at the top and the other voices arranged underneath. It'll look like a double-stacked piano score. This way, you can feel each measure and see what each voice is doing simply by moving up or down vertically within the measure.
2. Once you've gotten a bit more comfortable with this method, you can condense your work to a two-line system. The top line will show soprano and alto parts, with soprano first, the Braille in-accord sign (a two-cell sign that's dots 126, 345), then the alto part. Do the same thing on the next line for tenor and bass. In this arrangement, you still get to see all the parts--they're just not so spread out.
For an even more condensed version, you can write it as a two-line parallel, and, if the rhythm is exactly the same in each pair of voices (soprano-alto, tenor-bass), use interval signs. So, your top line would have the soprano part written out as pitches, with the alto part shown as intervals reading downward from each of those pitches; and the second line of the parallel would show the bass part as pitches, with the tenor indicated as intervals reading upward from those pitches. This last method is great for not only seeing how your outer voices--soprano and bass--move (and often, those two, when done well, will make it possible to fill in the inner voices with a minimum amount of effort)--but you can easily play from this at the piano to check your work by hearing it. This last method is used a lot for four-part writing in hymnbooks, but the rhythm has to be the same--otherwise, you need either part-measure or full-measure in-accords.
Once you've done it this way, you can always go back into LIME and produce a "pretty picture" for the sighted people who need that!
Hope that helps.
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From: Brandon Keith Biggs
To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:46 PM
Subject: [Menvi-discuss] SATB Writing?
I’m wondering if anyone has any good ideas on how to keep track of SATB writing? I’m reading the rules, but I can’t see the pretty pictures it’s supposed to be making. I'’m now just following the rules of only doubling the tonic and dominant, resolving down to the tonic from the 7th, only removing the 5th, and not crossing voices. I am having trouble looking out for parallel octaves or 5ths, the 4 types of motion, extended leaps and just checking my work in general.
I’m using Lime atm, but I don’t have a Braille display yet... I’m trying to get one though.
Any suggestion's on how to easily follow these rules would be greatly appreciated!
Brandon Keith Biggs
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