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  • I know what Sacred Harp is. I'm a participant in the Aiken-seven-shape system tradition, Sacred Harp's black sheep cousin.

    Been slowly hacking on GNU Lilypond [] to make it print shaped notes; I think when I'm done it will do the 7 shape system and Sacred Harp.

    Shaped notes are the best way in the world to learn to sing, especially if you're goal is singing for personal reasons, not to become a professional musician. There's something incredible about being able to produce the notes on a page properly with

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • by pdcawley (485) on 2002.04.29 3:43 (#7672) Homepage Journal
      I'm not entirely sure I agree about shaped notes being the best way in the world to learn to sing, but then, I could sing before, but then I'm still a little unsure of the virtue of singing from dots/shapes in the first place, coming as I do from a folk tradition (well, sort of, I didn't learn my stuff at my father's knee, I learned most of it at my own CD player).

      However, the sheer number of songs that I'd never sung before that we got through on Sunday was staggering (boy, are those songs short!). Admittedly, I was singing the tenor (melody) line so life was relatively easy. My wife, who is even less sure of the virtue of singing from dots than I am had a rather harder time among the altos. The altos have got some great sounding lines though.