Anyone for Coloured notation?
Perhaps this isn't a feature that many people would use, but learning to play guitar through colored notation
has made my learning curve skyrocket! It is just as useful on other instruments as well. Yes, it is a crutch to be weaned off in time, but it has allowed me to quickly play songs by referencing the score, and is ending my frustration with learning to read sheet music. If more instructors used the Candida Tobin Colour Method in their lessons with beginner students, they would likely progress much quicker, have more fun, and be less likely to quit in the early months.
Although I have been playing the guitar for close to 2 years, I've had difficulty in quickly recognizing the note on the score and translating it to the proper fret position on the guitar. For this reason, I had been primarily referencing TAB, as do most other amateur guitarists. When my new instructor provided the sheet music with colored notation, I just had to recognize the color of the note (rather than having to quickly and accurately distinguish the actual name of the note) and play the fret with the corresponding colored sticker on the fretboard. This method essentially eliminates half of the mental process required to play the instrument. The mind quickly learns where the 7 colored positions are on the fretboard, and playing suddenly begins to become automatic.
Anyway, the obvious problem is that sheet music isn't provided with this colored feature, so anyone using the method has to get a set of colored markers to fill in the proper note colors on the paper score. It would sure be nice if there was a feature on MuseScore that would allow for the colorization of the notes (A=blue, B=green, C=yellow, G=red, D=purple, E=orange, F=brown)
I suppose this feature would be low on the priority list, but then again, it may set MuseScore apart from the other products available, and more instructors might start to use the Tobin Colored Method in their teachings. Unfortunately, she passed away before it really gained much widespread use. My instructor Steve Dell, has been using the method for 13 years, and he swears by it! In his words "The genius of the Colour Music Method makes my job as a guitar teacher not only so much easier, but much more enjoyable, as it accelerates the learning process immeasurably. Candida's system for teaching music is the best thing ever contributed to music education."
Anyway, I hope you at least consider it for an added feature.
Thanks for listening!