Knowledge of the Jankó keyboard has taught me how to do something that has until now been beyond me: transposing a tune. It's really easy:Incy Wincy Spider is most easily played on a piano using eight adjacent white keys: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C. Here's how that would look on the Jankó keyboard: The sequence of keys is F#-G#-A#-B-C#-D#-F-F#.So to transpose a piece on...
The European Broadcasting Union have just released the details of the voting split of the recent Eurovision contest.
On their website, it’s just numbers, so I’ve made a pretty graph to illustrate the difference between the juries’ opinions and how people voted in their living rooms:
It is clear that they were very lucky Azerbaijan won, given that it was the popular winner, too.
If Italy had won, there would have been an uproar today – after all, ten other songs were more popular in the televoting process, so the Italian song really wasn’t the people’s favourite (although I rather liked it).
I wonder whether they’ll continue releasing the voting splits, or whether they’ll stop as soon as the popular winner loses because of the juries.
I am not a musician, although there are plenty of those in my family. I did play the violin for a year or so as a kid, but my piano skills were for years limited to one-finger versions of Incy Wincy Spider and one or two more other tunes.However, a few days ago one of Dougie's golf friends donated his old Yamaha PSR-530 keyboard to us, which made me study a couple of the GarageBand piano lessons that you get...