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The blog, officially named Half Notes, is mainly about our four other websites and their individual concerns: text services, music education, non-violent games and trivia quizzes. Follow the links at left under Our websites to visit the sites themselves.

December 13, 2016

NoteCard 3.4.5.1

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It’s been a little while since our last NoteCard release, if you were keeping track, but today marks the end of the NoteCard 3.3 era. Will any of us ever know again the heady excitement and limitless optimism of that special time?

NoteCard 3.4 brings a new “input instrument” (an on-screen control for entering notes as though on an actual musical instrument) to both the Free and the Paid modes of operation. The instrument we’ve added is a 19-fret variant on our Fretboard instrument, which until now came with either 7 frets, for novices, or 12 frets, which is appropriate for intermediate players, giving them a full octave range on each string. From a fingering point of view, venturing even further up the neck to the 13th fret and beyond simply repeats the pattern of notes from 12 frets lower. This fact makes it much easier to learn how to play high up the neck by ear or by a memorized finger pattern.

It does not help as much with reading, however, so some NoteCard users have requested a further-extended Fretboard. The new 19-fret version covers the entire effective range of an ordinary acoustic guitar (electrics typically go to 24 frets or so). With more notes, of course, comes a longer learning curve. NoteCard can teach you the narrow range of the 7-fret guitar in a mere 14 stages (or “quiz levels”), while the 12-fret guitar takes 23 stages to master. The new 19-fret guitar takes fully 35 stages, so we think it may be of interest mainly to advanced, ambitious, audacious or addle-pated musicians. Those who do take it on, however, will soon find that their ability to read music on all parts of the guitar is improving greatly.

N.B. If you already own NoteCard and have automatic updates turned on, you will receive this update whle using the program, and don’t need to download it here.

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November 9, 2015

We’ve got a flood of questions

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Maybe this will be the quiz that floats your boat. Setting aside whether Noah actually existed, he was without doubt a remarkable man. He was one of the first to recognize that it’s important to save all the animals, not just those that feed and clothe you. But his real contribution, scientifically speaking, was in the field of geology, of which he was a major instigator. Try the quiz, and learn all about it!

September 14, 2015

Our Money Quiz is inexpensive

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In fact it would be cheap at a trillion times the price, which you can’t say of most things. The Money Quiz is also in its humble way heroic. It dares to dive deep beneath the surface — to ask the tough questions that are all too often undeservedly ignored. How would Bill Gates rank as a national economy? Who was the joker that invented income tax? We don’t claim the quiz will make you wealthy, but then in our experience not much does.

August 26, 2015

It’s time to face the Music Theory Quiz

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Nick wrote this quiz a few years ago, releasing the questions in a series of blog posts, but it was always intended that it would eventually land at Trivia Park, and here it is at last.

For those whose musical nerdiness transcends conventional bounds, we trust that this quiz will prove a delightful playground of the mind. Other users are advised to sharpen their intuitions to a needle-point en route to the title page.

Try the Music Theory Quiz

August 22, 2015

Instant log-in using a Facebook account

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A few weeks ago we introduced a site membership system, so that Trivia Park users can now do things like review their past quiz results and resume unfinished quizzes from earlier sessions.

For the convenience of Facebook users, we have now added one-step log-in combined with automatic account creation on Trivia Park. When you use this log-in link or the one at the top of the page on the site, you’ll now see a Log in with Facebook button above the other controls. If you’re currently logged in with Facebook, clicking the button logs you in to Trivia Park immediately, and sets up your permanent site membership automatically. If you have a Facebook membership but aren’t logged in, Facebook will log you into their system first, then your Trivia Park log-in will proceed without interruption.

Go ahead — give it a try!

August 15, 2015

Thanks for joining Trivia Park

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For the first time in our history, Trivia Park is now offering park memberships. If you have already joined, thanks for being one of the first to sign up. We look forward to offering an increasing range of services to our members in the weeks and months ahead.

July 21, 2015

A new quiz about a beloved character…

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Anne quiz frontispiece: Folio edition, cover by Anna C. LeparOur brand-new Anne Shirley, Part One quiz celebrates one of the most memorable literary characters ever created.

The quiz covers Anne’s first year at Green Gables, a year of dreadful scrapes, agonizing despairs, and glorious delights.

 

November 17, 2011

Sensation

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Just when I thought I couldn’t feel anything any more, today I feel numb.

November 16, 2011

The Neapolitan

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All good things must come to an end. So must all long and arduous ordeals, and it’s a good thing. Today’s question is the one that completes our new music theory quiz for TriviaPark.com and AheadWithMusic.com, and frankly it’s kind of a tough one. But if you don’t know the answer, what better way to hone your intuition than by forging blindly into:

Ice-cream is not the answer

To a classical musician, who or what is ‘The Neapolitan’?

  1. A celebrated composer, Domenico Scarlatti, born in Naples
  2. A concert hall in Vienna where Mozart’s greatest works were introduced
  3. A distinctive-sounding chord, the ‘Neapolitan sixth’
  4. An opera of Gioachino Rossini, his last, tragically incomplete

Answer

November 14, 2011

Broken Globe

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There’s already a Shakespeare quiz at TriviaPark.com, so today’s question may have to fit in somewhere else. It concerns an event that to Will Shakespeare would have been both a drama and a tragedy. Find out more, as we play…

Guess the catastrophe

William Shakespeare’s professional home for most of his career was The Globe, a celebrated London theater that unfortunately did not outlast even him. It met its demise in 1613, three years before Shakespeare’s own death. How was The Globe destroyed?

  1. Collapsed: the upper stands gave way when a record crowd rioted during a dull show
  2. Demolished: to build a luxury villa, Rochester Hall, on the same site
  3. Incinerated: when cannon-fire used in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII ignited the straw roof
  4. Torn apart: by a Protestant mob outraged by supposed ‘code-words’ in certain plays

Answer

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