Compare and Contrast St James

by Neal

Here are the first six notes of St James Infirmary

6 notes st james


Note rhythm comparison


Each note numbered. Neal on top, Rosemary bottom

Sometimes it can be difficult to hear differences in the way music is played. Usually there is space in time between hearing one and the other.

Thought it would be good to have each of the recordings (Rosemary and myself) played right after each other a few times along with the visual comparison.

The waveform for how I played it is on top and how Rosemary played it is on bottom.

Compare and contrast them.

What is the biggest difference?

  1. How is the first note similar/different (longer/shorter/same)?
  2. How is the second note similar/different (longer/shorter/same)?
  3. How is the third note similar/different (longer/shorter/same)?
  4. How is the fourth note similar/different (longer/shorter/same)?
  5. How is the fifth note similar/different (longer/shorter/same)?
  6. How is the sixth note similar/different (longer/shorter/same)?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemary October 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

#1 #2 #3 and #4 compared to you
I feel that I am not longing out the notes enough.
#4 needs to be a note to its self.
#5 Was to be a note to its self for I played it with the #6 note.
# 6 I believe is the only one corrected.


Neal October 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Your first statement is not very precise.

Do you play note #1 longer or shorter (relatively) compared to me?

What do you mean when you say, “#4 needs to be a note to its self.” I do not understand that statement.

Do not use the words correct or incorrect. Use ‘same length’, ‘shorter’, ‘longer’ to describe the comparison.

Try again, I think this will be good for you to look at carefully.


Rosemary October 5, 2015 at 9:24 am


I reviewing my recording to yours broken down for me here are my correction

1 Note: Longer
2 Note: Shorter
3 Note: Same
4 Note: Shorter
5 Note: Shorter
6 Note: Shorter


Neal October 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

The first question I listed is this

What is the biggest difference?

By that, I mean is my first not e compared to your note the most different or is your fourth note compared to my fourth note the most different, etc? (in length)

You did not answer that.


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