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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.
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.
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.
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.
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