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Thursday, March 19
RIP YOUR SHEET MUSIC RIGHT NOW
I've got a beef with the asshole who created terms for western music notation. This is how I make $25 an hour.
HUGO: Okay. One more time. A QUARTER NOTE is how long?She's 10-years-old.
STUDENT: One beat.
HUGO: Okay. Now. The EIGHTH NOTE is how long?
STUDENT: A half note.
HUGO: No, it's HALF of a BEAT.
STUDENT: No, it's an EIGHTH of a BEAT.
HUGO: No, that'd be a THIRTY-SECOND NOTE.
STUDENT: Then why's it called a half note?
HUGO: I just said it's an EIGHTH NOTE.
STUDENT: Then what's half? Beat note?
HUGO: THE EIGHTH NOTE IS HALF. A. BEAT.
STUDENT: Then it's a half note.
HUGO: NO. THE EIGHTH NOTE IS HALF A BEAT, AND A HALF NOTE IS TWO FULL BEATS.
STUDENT: But if a half note is two beats, why is it called a half note if a note that's half is actually an eighth note?
HUGO: [speechless at the profundity of such true brilliance]
Don't even get me started on the WHOLE NOTE, not to be confused with a DOTTED-HALF NOTE, which is a TECHNICALLY a WHOLE NOTE in relation to 3/4 meter.