WHY ANOTHER MUSIC KEYBOARD?

AS A TROMBONIST/GUITARIST PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN I HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO PASS PIANO PROFICIENCY TESTS SEVERAL TIMES DURING MY ACADEMIC CAREER.  I WOULD SCRAPE BY BUT IT NEVER STUCK.  THE PIANO IS THE “PRINCE” OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; BUT, TO MANY OF US, IS OUT OF REACH.  EVIDENTLY MY BRAIN COULDN’T HANDLE IT.  WHY?

THE PIANO KEYBOARD IS ONE-DIMENSIONAL.  THE KEYS ARE LAID OUT IN A STRAIGHT LINE IN ORDER TO MATCH THE ORDER OF THE INNER STRINGS ON THE SOUND BOARD.  THIS REQUIRES ” LINEAR” THINKING–THE ABILITY TO THINK IN A STRAIGHT LINE.    MY BRAIN DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT.  MAYBE YOURS DOESN’T EITHER?

THE QUARTAL BOARD (QB) IS TWO-DIMENSIONAL.  EVERY NOTE CAN BE SHOWN ON AN X/Y GRID.  THIS  CROSS-REFERENCING ALLOWS A MORE “EXPERIENTIAL”  BASED LEARNING CAPABILITY.  THIS MAKES BOTH TRADITIONAL NOTATION AND/OR TABLATURE (GRAPHIC NOTATION) POSSIBLE.  THE POPULARITY OF THE GUITAR IS BASED ON TABLATURE, PARTIALLY OR COMPLETELY, DEPENDING ON THE PLAYING LEVEL OF THE PERFORMER.

 

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