{ subscribe_url:'/share/sites/library-of-congress-blogs/nls-music-notes.php' }

It’s All -gci1g (Grieg) to Me: American Braille, Part II

In Part I of this blog, I introduced the subject of American Braille, and pointed out that some NLS music scores use this system. Now, in Part II, I offer this list of American Braille symbols to help you if you ever receive such a score.

Each letter or symbol in the left column is followed by its American Braille equivalent in the right column. Where the American Braille sign is different from English Braillle, I will provide dot numbers for the American Braille sign:

Letter American Braille Dot numbers
a a
b < 1-2-6
c j 2-4-5
d d
e 1 2
f f
g g
h h
i i
j y 1-3-4-5-6
k r 1-2-3-5
l l
m m
n + 3-4-5
o e 1-5
p % 1-4-6
q q
r c 1-4
s k 1-3
t b 1-2
u u
v v
w w
x ( 1-2-3-5-6
y > 3-4-5
z ] 1-2-4-5-6

Punctuation

Comma 3
Semicolon ; 2-3
Colon 0 3-5-6
Capital 3-6
Period – (same as capital) 3-6
Question Mark 4 2-5-6
Exclamation Point ) 2-3-4-5-6
Dash 2-5 2-5
Parenthesis (left and right) 7 2-3-5-6
Apostrophe @ 4
Hyphen 3 2-5
Double quote (open and close) 8 2-3-6
Single Quote (open and close) 88 2-3-6 2-3-6

 

If you had any problems reading this, or if you know of any symbols that were incorrect, please let us know.

For now,

-I hep1 bhab bhik <leg hak <11+ h1l%ful-

(I hope that this blog has been helpful.)

Participate in the Music Braille Code Conference Call!

This blog post is concerned with the 2015 Braille Music Code, and where to obtain a copy. In addition, there is information about an upcoming conference call for those wishing to discuss braille music topics. The announcement comes from BANA, the Braille Authority of North America. BANA is the organization which makes decisions about contractions, formatting, […]

What A Great Service!

I heard these words a lot this past weekend. That’s because the NLS Music Section made its way to the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) conference in Grapevine, TX. While there, I was able to promote our service to music teachers from all over the country—and some future music teachers too! The refrain I kept […]

Don’t Give Up!

While reviewing our file archive, I came upon a letter sent to us in 1989 and experienced a sharp reminder of how our services have advanced in filling requests. At times, I have flashbacks to the pre-internet era and usually shudder.  Speedy communication is one of the positives of the medium, it seems to me.  […]

Music Section Hosts International Visitors

About a month ago, NLS Music Section received 11 international guests who were visiting the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. We happened to be the first destination in their month-long itinerary, and they were eager to hear about the music services we provide for our patrons. The guests […]

It’s All -Gci1g (Grieg) to Me: American Braille, Part I

“I can’t read this braille at all,” a coworker says to me one morning; “What does it say?” Moving my hand over the dots, I am reminded of an incident from childhood. My piano teacher had just handed me Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14. I had never heard of this piece (by Mendelssohn), so I checked the […]

Never Too Late!

Forty-three years ago patron Dianne Phelps earned her Music Education degree at Eastern New Mexico University. She faced difficult challenges with her partial vision at the time and struggled with some of the faculty, reluctant to award her a degree. Thankfully, she prevailed. Afterwards, she had a keyboard and was frustrated as she was not […]

NLS Music Section at the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival

NLS music section was at the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to greet visitors and explain about our services. This event provided a wonderful opportunity for outreach, and we were able to talk to a wide variety of people who were not aware […]