Welcome to LabanLab!
This is a site designed to help you learn the basics of Labanotation. The site is split into several main areas:
If you are new to notation, begin with the Steps basics. This area will introduce you to the basics of reading on the Labanotation staff.
Each area is divided into several sections:
Although we have tried to keep the notation in the example sections confined to the symbols you learn in that section, we can not always do so. If we use a symbol we have not introduced yet, you will see a question mark next to it. You can click on that question mark to get an explanation of the symbol.
For technical tips on how to perform a measure, click the measure number to the left of the staff. If there is no measure number, click on the bottom most measure in the staff.
For suggestions on performance style, click on the "tips on style" section above the staff.
Sometimes, movies and audio are available for the example. These can be accessed by clicking on the grey words above the notation.
The site is designed to be used in any way that the user likes. You may follow this order, or you may acess the information in any order you like.
We do encourage you to get out of your seat and try as much of the notation as you can. Try printing the examples for easy portability.
If you are having trouble printing notation, it may be because your cursor is in the wrong part of the page. You will notice that many of the pages in our site have three parts: a side bar, a top navigation bar, and a main portion where the main content is located. These are actually three different web pages held together by something called frames (imagine a picture frame that holds several pictures). You must use your mouse to click in the part of the page that you want to print before you select the print option from your browser's toolbar.
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