[Perform-Talk] Braille in Performing: What does it mean to you?

Darian Smith dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 21:21:18 UTC 2016

Hi Lizzy and all,
 Great question!
 In my case I labeled all of the buttons on my mixer.  There are quite a bit of them and to remember which is which is not realistic for me.  I label them in a shorthand  that I can then go aback to and understand. 
 I don’t label my playlist because most the time I’m going from some sort of memory and mostly feel when I mix.
> On Feb 21, 2016, at 7:07 PM, Lizzy via Perform-talk <perform-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi All!
> The list has been pretty quiet as of late, so I wanted to ask your opinion on something.  What advantages and disadvantages does braille pose for you when performing? Do you use it to play/sing music, read a script when acting, or glance at notes when giving a speech? What about people who play instruments, how do you use braille music? For the actors out there, do you use it when first running through a script or choose to memorize it pretty much right away? For our members who don't use braille (I didn't forget about you), what alternatives to braille have you found that work well?
> I will share a little story with you about my experience:
> When I was younger and I played the violin, I had no clue that braille music even existed.  My instructor would record the notes for me so that I could listen to him speak as I played.  Eventually I just memorized the song.  I know that many people who play instruments actually don't memorize the music but read it as they play, so I'm wondering what alternatives blind people use.  Just as a side note, I would love to see a great discussion on this topic but if you disagree with someone I ask that you do it respectfully and without shaming anyone.  It's okay to encourage people to do something or tell them your reasons for doing things a certain way but please remember that we are all here to share experiences and help each other.
> Federation Love,
> Lizzy
> -
> Elizabeth Muhammad
> National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division - Board Member
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