Six seconds make a seventh? Is time expanding? How do they do that? Simple! The same way as two thirds make a fifth! Two fifths make a ninth, but three of them make a thirteenth, which is also twelve seconds. Try this on your music teacher and watch him get his head around it.
Classical musical theory can’t multiply and refuses to add up. The terminology sucks too: “a fifth” is an interval, but “the fifth” is a note.
It doesn’t help that there are 31 notenames for twelve notes. You may want to hear how horrible that would sound if all 31 were allowed equal rights:
In fact the only argument I ever hear in defense of this cock-eyed theoretical tradition is that it has been around longer than you and that’s what we are used to. Well I have to admit, I’m used to it too. But we should always bear in mind the adage that “the map is not the territory“, and here we have an extreme example. So when I wanted to write down the kind of mental operations an improviser performs instantly without thinking, there was no way I could carry on with that stuff. Melodies are interval structures, independently of the key they happen to be in. Tonalities are a distraction from the business of playing what you hear. MOVES aims to notate intervallic movements to help you develop your melodic reflexes. So the simple answer to the question “why use MOVES notation?” is: “Because it adds up.” And it honestly doesn’t take seven years of music school to get used to either.
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