The Archive is the library and the administration
center for the notations.
Here we find more than 120 authentic notations of the most famous
pieces from the Kora repertoire of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinιe
and Mali, based on interpretations of more than 30 artists, among them
traditional Griots as well as internationally known master musicians like:
Jali Nyama Suso, Alhaji Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, Amadou Bansang
Jobarteh, Lalo Keba Drame, Foday Musa Suso, Sidiki Diabate, Batrou Sekou
Kouyate, Toumani Diabate, Ballake Sissoko, Mamadou Diabate
The notations for Kora are available in the Jaliya Complete
Edition (Full Version) together with all notations for all
instruments for 100 Euros.
List the notations by artist:
Or list the notations by song title:
We select a title from the list.
The properties of the notation are
shown and may be adjusted.
Now we can Load the notation for playback and
Here we see the Editor interface, the controls for the
Notation Player and the Instrument
The wellknown song Kelefaba is loaded. The Kora
bridge shows the strings being played. The music is played with
sampled sounds of original instruments.
The control bar allows several playback related and
the notation, save your modifications and return to the
show and hide the Editing Area
show and hide the Instrument
show and hide the Tuner
play the notation from the first position at the left in the editing
adjust playing tempo in Beats per Minute
adjust Swing feeling
show and hide the Archive from where further notations may be
show the documentation (web)
The Notation Window has two parts.
The upper part is the Overview for the notation, the
scrollbar lets you navigate quickly forth and back.
The measures are
numbered on the lower border.
The little squares represent the notes
on the instrument, from high to low. The solid ones are sounding
normally, the outlined ones are dampened sounds. The colors indicate which finger plays the note: light red = left index, dark red = left thumb, light blue = right index, dark blue = right thumb.
The time is
subdivided by the vertical metrum lines: a measure contains a number of
beats and every beat contains a number of pulses, one pulse being the
finest resolution in time.
The black rectangle defines the
Editing Area within the notation, to be displayed in
the lower part.
The green vertical line indicates the cursor position
in the editing area. When the notation is played the cursor moves over
the scrolling notes. The notes at the cursor position are displayed
accordingly as flashing strings on the Kora bridge in the
The lower part is the Editing Area for the
The measures are numbered on the lower border and the beats
on the upper one.
Here the notes are represented by note symbols.
They may be set or reset by clicking on the note lines. There are two
styles for sounds, long (normal) and short (stopped, dotted), the
clicked note will sound accordingly.
Note-by-Note playing: Moving the
cursor from left to right will also sound the notes, where notes on the
same vertical metrum line will sound together at the same
The Instrument Window is synchronized with the
A Kora bridge is shown schematically from the player's
view. When the notation is played or the cursor is moved over the
editing area the strings related to the notes are displayed with
flashing colors. Thus it is shown which finger (thumb, index finger), of
which hand (left, right) plucks which string in which way (sounding,
In connection with the Beats per Minute
tempo slowdown and with looping parts of the notation
the Instrument Window is most useful as an infinitely
patient teacher for the notations being played.
Clicking on the strings will sound them to control
Clicking on the note symbols
activates the Tuner Window.
Clicking on a finger symbol will mute/unmute all strings
to be played with this finger. Muted strings don't sound when played.
This is also helpful when learning a notation step by
How to loop and edit parts of the
Clicking on a measure number at the lower border selects the measure
for looped playback. This works also for the beat numbers at the upper
border. Cut/copy/paste editing is available also as well as changing the
number of pulses in a beat or a whole measure.
How to tune the instrument:
Clicking on the Tuner button
brings up the Tuner Window.
The sounds of the
instrument can be tuned up and down microtonally in Cents (100 per
halfnote) or chromatically in halfnote intervals (12 per
Volume and Panorama can be adjusted.
tunings can be chosen, custom tunings can be created.
How to tune single sounds and octaves:
Clicking on a note symbol in the Instrument brings up
The tuning will affect only the selected
note and optionally all its octaves.
instrument before you load a notation in the editor, i.e. play Kora tunes
with Percussion or with pentatonic Balafon - strange music!
Change the tuning,
use equidistant or modal tunings, the music gets a different mood!
Play around with the
Swing slider, the rhythm gets a different feeling!
Play around with the
Transpose slider, shifting the played notes up or down on the instrument
changes the modal scale!
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