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A little history of written music

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassChuck, Nov 30, 2017.


  1. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
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  2. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Ah, good ol' first semester Music History class. Good times. :)
     
  3. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Dallas
    Fascinating, but what I want to know is the name of the person who invented notating rests.
     
  4. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Catholic monks in Europe developed the modern music notation we know today, which included notating rests. Gregorian chant, which preceded this, did not have a notation for a rest.
     
  5. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    Rests are only necessary when you have more than one part. Waiting your turn is an essential part of polyphony.
     
  6. mambo4

    mambo4

    Jun 9, 2006
    Dallas
    I find myself using rests quite a bit playing solo :)

    My point was that the critical role of rhythmic figures , for example beams, flags, ties, dots, rests
    Is of great value to us bassists. The article linked does not address their development explicitly.
    If that development can be traced to single person (which is unlikely,) They deserve a shout -out!
     

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