Author Archives: DrTechDaddy

About DrTechDaddy

"Dr. Tech Daddy" is Joe Austin, a retired computer science professor. My interests include: software development (web and mobile), STEM and music education; learning to play the piano; mathematical foundations of computing; popular theoretical physics; model railroading (G, N, Thomas); Lego robots; history and theology of the Judaeo-Christian Church.

Using Excel Formulas to Convert a PianoRoll Spreadsheet to StaffKlavar1

In previous entries I described techniques for creating simple alternative-notation scores using just word processing and spreadsheet software and a home-made font. I used the spreadsheet only to create and format a table.  I did not use formulas or calculations, … Continue reading
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Using Custom Fonts to Print Simple Sheet Music with Common Software

I’ve produced playable simplified sheet music using a just a Word Processor and a custom font that I developed using a free on-line font system FontStruct. The sheet music notation is similar to KlavarSkribo, described in a previous post. Continue reading
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Create Piano Roll Notation with a Spreadsheet

A printable, readable, playable score for simple beginner songs can be created in “piano roll” notation with a common spreadsheet program. A one-to-one match between notation and piano keyboard, plus the option of finger numbers for every note, can be a significant aid to the beginner, especially for music with many accidentals or a multi-octave range. Continue reading
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Print Easier-to-Play Sheet Music with common software.

Traditional sheet music notation is not a good match to the modern piano keyboard. But one can use common Word Processor and Spreadsheet software to create alternative “sheet music” formats that do match the keyboard. Continue reading
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Learning Music with help from Computers — Blog Intro

Welcome to my Learning Music with Computers blog, a chronicle of computer applications to help learn to play piano. DrTechDaddy.com Continue reading
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Hello world!

Welcome to my website.  I’m transitioning to WordPress at the moment, but I promised my new and improved site  back up by 8/15/2010, maybe sooner, so here it is.  More to come. The new Music Blog will (eventually) feature details … Continue reading
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