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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Take a Short (Free) Course with the Open University - Learning Space

The Open University (OU) was started in 1969 as a distance learning university with an open-access policy. Something around 180,000 students are enrolled.

Over the years it has developed in many ways and makes use of all the modern electrickery, string and technology in order to deliver education courses and content to anyone anywhere in the world.

A lot of the courses are paid-for but recently some free to learn options have been developed, including OpenLearn.

What is OpenLearn-ing?

OpenLearn is online learning that is open to anyone, anywhere in the world using materials taken from Open University courses. And it is completely free to use! Instead of attending classes, you study online in the LearningSpace, using materials that have been specially designed for distance learning.

OpenLearn does not:

  • require you to be or become an Open University student grant degrees or award credits
  • provide access to the services available to students registered on Open University courses, such as tutorial support

If you are interested in becoming an Open University student you might want to visit New to the OU.

OpenLearn is an opportunity for informal study ‚?? in your own time access materials in areas familiar or new to you, without the pressure of keeping to a timetable or sitting exams. Instead, assess your own progress by keeping an online learning journal, discussing the topics with other online learners in forums and completing self assessment exercises where you control when the answer is revealed. While OpenLearn isn‚??t exactly the same as studying at University, it gives real learning experiences taken from degree courses ‚?? and for free!

The sorts of courses relating to music include:-

  • Creating Musical Sounds How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something ‚?? a piano, a vacuum cleaner ‚?? is actually a musical instrument?
  • Sound for Music Technology - An Introduction Whether you’re a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your life. In this unit, you will learn some of the basics of music technology, starting with what sound ...
  • Voice-Leading Analysis of Music 1: the foreground This unit introduces 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis, perhaps the most widely-used and discussed method of analysing tonal music. In this unit, this method is explained through the analysis of piano sonatas by Mozart. The unit ...


If anyone has any experience of these courses we’d be interested to know what they’re like - interesting? Useful? Any particular ones to be recommended?

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Friday, October 10, 2008

MuseScore | Free Open Source Music Composition & Notation Software

MuseScore | Free music composition & notation software: “Download Free - Now Version 0.9.3 MuseScore Free music composition & notation software MuseScore is a free cross platform WYSIWYG music notation program, licenced under GNU GPL. Some highlights:

  • WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), notes are entered on a ‘virtual note sheet’
  • Unlimited number of staves
  • Up to four voices per staff
  • Easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI
  • Integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer
  • Import and export of MusicXml and Standard MIDI Files (SMF) - standards-based ways of exchanging music notation between applications
  • Platform independent code, binaries available for Linux and Windows
  • GNU GPL licenced

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MuseScore 0.9.3 released
By werner - Posted on September 21st, 2008
The new MuseScore release 0.9.3 is out and ready for download!

MuseScore 0.9.3 implements a new compressed file format (*.mscz), adds a lot of other new features, fixes some bugs and tries to speedup/optimize layout. The script plugin interface has now bindings to the whole qt library. New score elements are glissando and tremolo symbols between notes. Tuplet ty”

Musescore Site

If anyone knows of any more good free notation or other good software for music students please let us know.


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Friday, October 03, 2008

Choosing between long and short nails for playing Classical Guitar | Classical Guitar Home

Choosing between long and short nails for playing Classical Guitar | Classical Guitar Home: Classical Guitar Home • The Blog • Sheet MusicVideosContact The debate over long or short nails has raged since the dawn of the classical guitar and the right answer to this question is ‘It doesn’t matter’. But there are differences between the two styles and some things you should know before you decide which is right for you. Some classical guitarists prefer to pluck the strings with the nails of their right hand while other guitarists prefer to keep their nails trimmed and to pluck the strings with the tips of their fingers. If you are a beginner classical guitarist you might be wondering which way you should play. You can start with no nails at all playing like that for one year or so.In that way you will find the right attack of the fingers. Only after that you could let them to grow. Here are some insights about each way so you can make a decision as to which style is right for you…

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Extract taken from article on CreativeGuitar.org blog


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