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(painting by David Pope – Canberra Times)

At Rhythms of the World you can explore:

Musical Instrument Modules – Learn all about Musical Instruments   – and their country of origin

Visit our Tunes page for the best Traditional Folk Tunes of the World – in various audio formats, as well as manuscript versions

Check out our Tuition page – for Top Ten Tips on playing your instrument – Ideas for Improvising on your instrument – Inspirational approaches for Creating your Own Tunes

Explore the Musical Map of the World – pinpointing geographical areas, with their instrumental music traditions and accompanying social customs

Immerse yourself in our Articles page – for insightful interviews, stories and opinions

Visit ‘For Teachers For Students’ (FTFS) network and website for various tools that connect the fiddle with other areas of the curriculum.

Visit the 3D Fiddle Module (created by Kids Media)

The expandable 3D violin can literally be entered and exploded, rotated and explored – with explanations of the structure and function of its component parts clearly labelled.

Check out the other Musical Instrument Modules - folk instruments are ordered according to the Hornbostel and Sachs classifications for ethnic musical instruments:

o   Idiophones:  struck percussion instruments

o   Membranophones: drums and skinned percussion instruments

o   Aerophones: blown or wind instruments

o   Chordophones: stringed instruments including pianos

o   Electrophones: electronic instruments – guitars, keyboards

This clear and symbolic classification has been much overlooked in musical education and provides cultural insight.  Music and music making, especially via a simple oral process, is something that young students can engage with very easily. These form a virtual counterpart to any future educational workshops that the National Folk Festival presents – whether as part of workshops at its main annual festival event or as part of additional forums for music making and education.

The modules are aimed to assist with school assignments or information for anyone with an interest in folk music especially in connection with workshops or further study of an instrument. The modules also contain cultural information to give students an introduction to the musical and social customs of different races – to inform them on the history, geography and anthropology of the countries and their musical traditions.

Music examples can be accessed in a range of formats – MP3, Wav, and Pdf manuscript – as well as the music notation format ABC – which is very useful and adaptable. Developed by computer scriptwriter Chris Walshaw in the 80’s, ABC notation was a way he developed to notate traditional tunes before he could read music. This format can be useful as an alternative to learning to read a musical stave and is used by many folk musicians.

Musescore is a good freeware music notation program that can be used in conjunction with ABC – it converts files into a range of formats – pdf visual manuscript and xml and wav. Wav can then be converted to MP3 and xml can be converted to ABC.



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