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I agree that recordings are the definite source, especially for modern music. I can only use any Rock n Roll sheet music or tabs as a guide and always must learn the songs from recordings. This is even true for my own songs that I had to relearn for a 20 year reunion concert last year, my own tab(cheat) sheets and notes were just useable as a guide only. We ended up changing many keys and tempos anyways for the show. I will admit that my ear is better than my music reading skills. Also, that since every performance varies, each recording has to be taken as a unique version of a given song. It's interesting listening to some cover bands and being able to figure out which recording they learned it from!!!

Robert Wasserman
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Sound Archives Proj. Asst.
Wisconsin Historical Society
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>>> [log in to unmask] 3/30/2006 12:39 PM >>>
I couldn't think of a better way to prove my point that without completely 
annotated music, for thosw wishing to perform the music as its creators 
intended, a properly qualified recording is a defining document.

A qualified recording is one made by the creator(s) of the music or those 
known to be aware of and to deliberately implement that tradition.

Steve Smolian

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> James Brown is noted for pushing the ONE beat, creating the amazing 
> rhythmic drive of his music.
>
> Russ Hamm
>
> My assumption has always been that the rock'n'roll drummers of
>>that period simply weren't competent enough to master that, and
>>instead went to the "one-two-THREE-four" that backed up rock
>>from that point until much later. Contemporary pop music uses
>>a "funk" dance rhythm that is lifted from Black artists, most
>>notably James Brown...which, if carefully analyzed, turns out
>>to be based on the old tango rhythm.
>>
>>Anybody out there in Radio-Land make any sense of this?
>>
>>Steven C. Barr
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