Talk:Beginners Music Theory
- The whole note is so named because in the most common time signature, one whole note lasts the entire measure. All other note values are named for the fraction of a whole note that they represent.
I tried to add the above information (not in so many words) to the parallel Wikipedia article. I was denounced in no uncertain times as promoting "Original Research" WP:OR and sent packing.
This is the kind of thing that makes experienced and knowledgeable people like me not want to contribute to Wikipedia. I teach music to young children. I'm always looking for simpler, easier ways to explain ideas to them. Young children often have no concept of fractions, but likening the whole and half notes to a "whole measure" or "half measure" seems to work well. Why would Wikipedia censor this idea?
More specifically, how can I convince the Wikipedian who censored this idea to accept it? Not as "true" of course - I have always honored the neutrality principle - but as "an idea" expressed by some authors writing about music theory. Is there a source for this, like The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory By Michael Miller, that would be acceptable at Wikipedia, or am I just wasting everyone's time with something 'petty' like this? --Ed Poor 13:05, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
- Hello Ed, I am unfamiliar with the topic, but about "More specifically, how can I convince the Wikipedian who censored this idea to accept it?" Did you ask the Wikipedia participant on his/her talk page already that he should point you to the relevant guidelines/policies so you can also read it ? Convincing - I guess by discussing things out (e.g. on talk page or also usage of email). If you see there is no reasoning so far you can ask some other Wikipedians who contribute to that music page (see the version history) for their opinion. ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) 14:50, 6 September 2008 (UTC)