Author Topic: How Many Notes?  (Read 610 times)

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How Many Notes?
« on: December 27, 2018, 09:30:51 pm »
David is playing his electric organ next door.
An assortment of random music is selected.

I am pondering as to how many notes are normally needed to name a tune with certainty.

I suppose it's mostly 4-6...

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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2018, 09:55:41 pm »

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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 09:45:55 am »
They could make a gameshow out of this!
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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2018, 10:28:17 am »
They have a feature on the 6Music early show (“the plink test”) where they play a brief snippet, at a guess I’d say one tenth of a second, of a tune and the audience is invited to guess it. A little different as it’s recognition of the performance rather than the tune though.

To recognise a tune I’d agree with Helly.

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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 02:37:12 pm »
David is playing his electric organ next door.
An assortment of random music is selected.

I am pondering as to how many notes are normally needed to name a tune with certainty.

I suppose it's mostly 4-6...

We don't need to hear any notes, because from earlier posts it can only be this:demon:
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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2018, 11:26:19 pm »
They have a feature on the 6Music early show (“the plink test”) where they play a brief snippet, at a guess I’d say one tenth of a second, of a tune and the audience is invited to guess it. A little different as it’s recognition of the performance rather than the tune though.

To recognise a tune I’d agree with Helly.

We have that in the pub quiz.  Torslanda or she of the heavy metal breastplate get it every time.  I usually blink and miss it.

Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2018, 11:47:07 pm »
David is playing his electric organ next door.
An assortment of random music is selected.

I am pondering as to how many notes are normally needed to name a tune with certainty.

I suppose it's mostly 4-6...

We don't need to hear any notes, because from earlier posts it can only be this:demon:

Careful Andrij, you'll be adding another quote to your signature. But I appreciated your sentiment.

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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 09:46:25 am »
They have a feature on the 6Music early show (“the plink test”) where they play a brief snippet, at a guess I’d say one tenth of a second, of a tune and the audience is invited to guess it. A little different as it’s recognition of the performance rather than the tune though.

To recognise a tune I’d agree with Helly.

We have that in the pub quiz.  Torslanda or she of the heavy metal breastplate get it every time.  I usually blink and miss it.

...and it's mostly her. Don't even think about the 'backwards tune', I have absolutely no idea!
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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 10:43:02 am »
There's one ditty on The Soft Boys' classic album "Live At The Portland Arms" in which Robyn Hitchcock proclaims "There's no notes in this one!"
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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2018, 01:31:47 pm »
Are they Oasis covers?

Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2018, 08:30:40 pm »
I believe that in cases of alleged plagiarism of tunes the legal test has been surprisingly short - IIRC a phrase of no more than 5 or 6 notes has been considered infringement, though I suppose note length as well as pitch is taken into account.

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Re: How Many Notes?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 09:21:27 pm »
I reckon you only need two or three notes to recognise this:

https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipP0xhCsySrVumQ7HCdikkTWdodNcXSFoJpOUQa4

https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMvCioCL670zoK1ZG8RCx0MqxKcm2cWpfkH88QH

I started learning that piece (Bach's Gigue from Partita no 1 in B♭) just before Christmas. I have been told that it has been set for this year's Associated Board grade 7 exam. I have committed it to memory and now just need to practise it a lot to get rid of the stumbles and add a bit more speed.

Interestingly, at no point in the whole piece are two notes depressed simultaneously - Bach at his most minimalist.
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