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Free fundamentals of music theory course
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Ferret
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Corsera.org has an upcoming Free fundamentals of music theory course from the University of Edinburgh.

https://www.coursera.org/course/musictheory

Its worth a look :)

I think that I'll be doing it.

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Awesome Ferret. I am in a Coursera class now on violin teaching! It is great!

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 @Ferret From the description, it looks like a very good course.  And it's for people who want to learn, not for those who mainly want grades or course credit.  Probably no one could go wrong with it. 

I'm sure I've learned most of what's in the course, but I can always use a refresher, and might pick up some stuff that has previously fallen through the cracks, or get some new insight.  I take it that there isn't a definite date for the next time it's offered, but I've registered there and put it on my watchlist.

I've noticed you seem to be cracking the code of standard music notation on your own lately.  Congratulations on that progress, Ferret.

Edit: 11:15 9/25/14  Taking another look at the course schedule, I think there's more than a little that I can learn from it, especially in the last couple weeks.  They say there is no prerequisite and that 1-3 hours/week is enough.  IDK, that sounds optimistic to me.  In order to get the most out of it, I would advise to "prepare the ground" before the course starts.

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Thanks @Ferret - looks like a good course - added my name to the watchlist. Have a feeling I'm going to have to convert my half notes to minims, my quarter notes to crotchets, etc.note semiquaver-1214

"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
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@Ferret 

I'm on the watch list > Thanks Ferret, I can always use theory> can never get enough and the more I learn the better I understand where I want and need to go on my instrument. Just makes playing easier. I have dabbled with online theory gigs > It will be good to dabble some more.

 
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VickieD said
Have a feeling I'm going to have to convert my half notes to minims, my quarter notes to crotchets, etc.note semiquaver-1214

Maybe we can get @BillyG or @Worldfiddler to translate for us.  I think they can both speak Edinboroughese.

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Aloha everyone,

You can go here to get all the strange names for the notes.  It's gets confusing, and it starts to repeat.  For example there is a hemidemisemiquaver (64th note), but the next one is semihemidemisemiquaver (128th note).  We're not likely to see too many of those, but still it's much easier to say it "our" way than "theirs."

I had to find that page, as I've seen a few British videos on music theory and always got confused on their names for the notes.  Nothing against the Brits, but I keep forgetting their names.  It's almost as if they went out of their way to confuse the non-musicians :D

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That looks interesting, thanks for sharing Ferret.

Theory has always been a problem for me ... I tried to study it, but found myself going quickly into 'unfocused' mode ...

Hopefully I can get something from the course that doesn't put me to sleep!

If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.

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coolpinkone said
Awesome Ferret. I am in a Coursera class now on violin teaching! It is great!

@coolpinkone 

Toni

I was going to do that one but, after some though, decided against it.

But I will be doing this one (Music Theory). And before doing this one I'll be doing another on learning.

https://www.coursera.org/course/learning.

Its something that could make other courses easier to do :)

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@@Ferret cool to take classes.. I think at our age it it good for our brains to stretch and learn.  And if we need string cleaner... Well hey.. ;).  I like the class I am taking now. :)

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coolpinkone said
@@Ferret cool to take classes.. I think at our age it it good for our brains to stretch and learn.  And if we need string cleaner... Well hey.. ;).  I like the class I am taking now. :)

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At our age, it is good.

I did my Bachelor of Arts as a full time student at the age of 45 (3 years study of Japanese language)

Then did my Honors Year (Asian history)

Then did a two years of study to become a Horticulturist.

And then started the violin at 62 yrs.

After all that, I need some 'string cleaner'  rofl

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@Ferret  Thank you for posting that! i'm debating that course. but that website overall is absolutely amazing!! :D I found a few classes that i am looking forward to taking!!! 

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