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Rethinking the Guidonian Hand for twenty-first century Musicians

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The immediate recognition and description of the thirteen enharmonic intervals within the octave is a quest that students on popular music degree programmes regularly undertake but rarely achieve. The problem often lies in a disconnect between the sound heard and the sound recognized when the task is undertaken without recourse to an instrument. During the eleventh century, Guido d’Arezzo is known to have used the joints on the hand to help music students recognize and sing intervals from hexachords; this article considers a rethinking of this tool with regard to recent investigations into corporeal intentionality and presents a methodology for the twenty-first century musician.

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Author(s): Fleet P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Popular Music Education

Year: 2017

Volume: 1

Issue: 2

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Acceptance date: 10/11/2016

ISSN (print): 2397-6721

ISSN (electronic): 2397-673X

Publisher: Intellect Ltd


DOI: 10.1386/jpme.1.2.199_1


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