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From the Forward by Warrick L. Carter, Ph.D. Coordinator of Invention and Creativity, College of Cultural Studies, Governors State University Park Forest South, Illinois:

Anyone who pursues an artistic life often comes in contact with two types of enthusiastic persons: those whose enthusiasm throws their general knowledgeable judgment somewhat out of gear, and those who can keep their sense of purpose in proportion to their enthusiasm. Gerald Myrow is emphatically of the latter group. Not only is he an extremely knowledgeable and thorough writer, as evidenced by this book, he is also a successful composer, copyist, arranger, and teacher as well as an outstanding trombonist. As a total musician, Gerald has continuously sought more effective, efficient and time-saving methods for composers, copyists, etc.

Hence, it is out of this history of concern for music and musicians that the notographic process was developed. Holography is a method of music copying which maintains the positive aspects of previous music manuscripting techniques while adding new, improved and innovative music writing processes. These new techniques have been developed so as to make the music writing process one:

1. which has relevance and applicable skills for all musical persons.

2. whose techniques and skills are easily acquired without loss of quality.

3. which is most practical and versatile.

4. which can be reproduced via a number of printed, copied, xeroxed, etc. means without the exorbitant expenses normally associated with printed music.

As Jerry points out, "The aesthetics of notographic writing are certainly not meant to be competitive with the work done by artist engravers or copyists. However, the "trade off" is more than justifiable in terms of convenience, cost and time. Properly notographed music is as easily read as engraved music; performers at all grade levels are able to comprehend it. Therefore, publishers of educational music, in particular, can profit from accepting the notographic concept."

Hence, Notography is more than a method of copying music, rather it is a total system of music manuscript preparation whose ease of mastery make it more desirable than any of the other music manuscript techniques. Additionally, the money it saves in the music printing process alone is of such significance that its adoption and use should be demanded by all publishers interested in quality work for substantial savings.

Easily understandable, well written and diagrammed, and conveniently organized, Notography is a must for all musical persons (students, teachers, professionals, and publishers).

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In today's busy world, it is often heard that people are too busy to help other people. Certainly, this has not been the case in the writing of this book. Many people have contributed their time and expertise with understanding and encouragement. Without their cooperation, the writer's task would have been formidable. Therefore, thanks are due to: Dr. Warrick L. Carter, teacher, advisor and friend, who assisted me in every phase of the book's preparation. Professors Daniel E. Youngdahl and Richard L. McCreary, Governors State University music faculty; Mimi Kaplan, Adlean Harris, Joseph Meredith and other librarians of the GSU Learning Resources Center; my daughter, Deborah Jo Perlman; Dr. Alfred J. Pike, St. Johns University (Brooklyn), long-time friend and confidante; Leland K. Baska and Perry L. Friedman, educators and professional musicians, who served as "devil's advocates"; Dr Fred T. Hofstetter, University of Delaware, who supplied valuable research materials, and many other people in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada who offered information and advice. Gerald Sager, Saco Industries, Inc.; William A. Adair, Teledyne Post; B. J. Anderson, Atlas Plastic Specialties, Inc.; Eugene L. Engel. Faber-Castell Corp.; Joseph Wesley, Xerox Reproduction Center (Chicago) and Paul F. Borth all deserve thanks for assistance in helping to develop special tools and processes used in the system. Most importantly, I am grateful to my wife, Beverly, whose constant encouragement, patience and love provided the necessary ingredients to accomplish the task.