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Items by Marion Wood

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Announcement: Play-my-note: a note-learning resource
This mobile phone app is designed to empower choir singers to learn their own voice parts from written notation - even if they have never learned an instrument. It helps to solve the ever-present problems of mixed ability groups, and narrows the gap between those who have had prior music training an...
Comment: Re: Best Music Notation software for SATB that's not over the top?
From the varied replies above, I would make the general suggestions that Sibelius and Finale have held the two horse race for a long time, but have priced themselves out of bounds for most reasonable pockets. As a result there is a genuine explosion of development for the mid-low price band, and I t...
Comment: Re: First run at "Hallelujah" from "Messiah"
With the greatest respect...   I would disagree with adopting a uniform word-stress answer. One of the things that makes this piece so exciting to sing (imho) is the way in which the word-stresses shift about. Playing with word stress is not unique to our century; as rap artists know very well, t...
Comment: Re: need some advice when recording parts with Finale
Hi Mark,   I have always put the parts in one at a time with a keybaord unless its a very clean modern edition, though the scanning software may have improved a bit since I last tried it (about 2 years ago). I can't tell from your post if you are planning to work with standard repertoire or not, ...
Comment: Re: Major thirds
Hi Carlos,   Simply that the scale distances between notes all look the same. I tried the experiment of marking up an imslp score a choir were planning to photocopy, and one of the things I put in (apart from useful arrows like 'find your note from the basses', 'listen to the trumpets here') was ...
Comment: Re: Major thirds
Hi William, Carlos,   I would be delighted to hope that the Altos are singing "pure" thirds, but have more often found that because a semitone is not visible on the page, any downward step tends towards about 2/3rds of a tone and lands a good deal lower than it should.  A 4-3 suspension might ac...
Comment: Re: minor thirds, perfect fifths, and intro to major-minor (dominant) sevenths
Apologies, William, you are of course right about the Minor third. I got into this area originally through trying to teach Pythagorean tuning, whose minor third is technically a small distance below the equal temperament one, but of course the 5/6 consonance is more useful for "just" intonation, and...
Comment: Re: Major thirds
You might need the "lawnmower" excercise! You're actually neuroscientifically correct, they literally cannot hear it because of a "category boundary" in their hearing - everything within two boundaries falls into the category "F#", never mind what exact flavour. We need these categories, actually...
Comment: Re: minor thirds, perfect fifths, and intro to major-minor (dominant) sevenths
This is very interesting. Importantly, I'm delighted to find anyone out there who understands one of the most substantial issues affecting poor intonation, and who is discussing it in serious terms as an issue for standard choral singing.  The post linked to above and those around it are a well-st...
Comment: Re: Sight Singing
Hi Ethan,   You got some great replies above. I actually just took 3 months out after directing and teaching at a University to try to write an iPad app that would help with this, because it was such an important issue for my students. Sight-singing books are great, but mostly you still need to b...
Announcement: Sight-Sing iPad App
Announcing a new iPad app to teach sight-singing using Solfa syllables. https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id785084554?mt=8   The breakthrough in using an iPad is that learners can finally be self-starting, without needing to be able to check their notes on a piano. The app will sound the key chord...