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The Christmas Project
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Gitel
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I am brand new here and I feel self-conscious posting a topic.  But my music-reading skills are evidently rusty.  Regarding The Christmas Project Violin 4 part-- To what do the numbers "1" "2" "3" and "17" refer?  These numbers are preceded and followed by dashes above four measures of the music.  I am stumped!

 

By the way, I am really looking forward to participating in this.  I appreciate that preparing it and completing it is a labor of love so I am grateful for the effort.

 

And I think it would be so amazing if, sometime, we could do it with video then have a mosaic video of each of us playing together.  That could be award-winning!

 Tthank you for answering my question.  I am sure it is something very basic and I will be glad to have the mystery solved.

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Hi! I'm not too good in note reading, but i'd say that looks like № of a group that consists of 4 measures - i guess that called a "phrase" ? It's easier to remember this piece that way..birthday_balloon

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November 25, 2011 - 2:43 pm
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The numbers are for measures that repeat themselves. It gets tedious to stare at the same exact notes over and over, so if you count the numbers in your head you know where to change patterns in case you get lost. Common that we do that instead of staring at the same music for 17 bars.smile

If you prefer, you can just ignore them.

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Fiddlerman said:

The numbers are for measures that repeat themselves. It gets tedious to stare at the same exact notes over and over, so if you count the numbers in your head you know where to change patterns in case you get lost. Common that we do that instead of staring at the same music for 17 bars.smile

If you prefer, you can just ignore them.

Oh, thank you.  You know, that is what I thought.  But I got myself super-confused about it by paying too much attention to measure numbers.  But I see that the measure numbers refer to what is actually written measure-by-measure in the score and the repeat numbers mean that I will repeat a particular span of measures (say, 45-48) 17 times.

 

Yes, indeed, I would get rather lost if I tried to actually follow that in a score plus it would be a waste of paper! 

 

But I can't really ignore them, can I?  Then my recording would not synch with everyone else's, right?  Or am I still missing something?  Maybe you mean I can ignore them while practicing?

 

Thank you for the clarification.  I want to do a proper job when I record my contribution.

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Oh, now I get it.  Thank you!  Sorry for being so dense today.  Now I see what the numbers signify and understand why I can ignore them.  Thank you for your patience. 

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Gitel said:

Oh, now I get it.  Thank you!  Sorry for being so dense today.  Now I see what the numbers signify and understand why I can ignore them.  Thank you for your patience. 

Glad that you understand.  Sometimes people hesitate to ask questions for fear of embarrassing themselves but the same questions could help others that don't understand.

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You know, what messed me up was the "17".  I am such a beginner in many ways so, as befits a beginner, I am more literal than is truly useful. 

When in foreign lands, even the everyday becomes puzzling.  I remember my first real experience of vacation travel that involved more than a low-slung roadside motel.  On the breakfast buffet, there was a bowl of smallish yellowish balls of something really exotic and unusual...   butter!

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