Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Talk to the Hand

A recent visitor to this humble site was looking for Music hand staff (do re me). I assume the reader was looking for Guido's hand, pictured above. This diagram shows how Guido d'Arezzo used his hand to guide singers in hearing and singing the correct pitches. It was the birth of solf├Ęge syllables, which were used properly as a movable system. (The picture isn't good quality here for some reason. Go here for a good picture.)


Anonymous said...

Except Guido wasn't teaching people to play the cello. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Terminaldegree said...

Hey, I use "talk to the hand" when teaching about Guido, too.