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A shapenote notation for a Jankó keyboard
This is to introduce the ChromaTonnetz2 notation for a Jankó Keyboard. I’m attaching a couple examples. One is an old hymn and the chromatic scale. The other is a representation of jazz chords. Note that I changed color schemes and … Continue reading
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Axis49 Modified to Janko Layout
I have converted two cthru music Axis 49 MIDI keyboards to a TriColor Janko key arrangement. As you can see from the figure, the Axis is a 7 x 14 hexagonal grid of buttons. (The original Axis layout is the … Continue reading
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Music Notation as Text on a Webpage
A Printable Text Notation As discussed previously in this blog, I have been experimenting with modifications of traditional music notation to allow a playable score to be created with a standard text editor, and displayed on and printed from a … Continue reading
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Absolute Timing Notation — Note On Only
Another attempt to improve music timing notation– To make the actual beginning of each note stand out, I tried putting a note of minimal duration only at the starting time, and replacing the remainder of the duration with rests in … Continue reading
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Absolute Timing Notation — Tie for Duration
Herewith are my latest efforts on rhythm notation reform. Earlier I had suggested that TN timing/rhythm notation is in as much need of reform as the pitch notation,although the time dimension has received relatively little attention. I had suggested that … Continue reading
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Tonnetz Torus Picture
This is a sketch of the Tonnetz Torus drawn with straight lines (triangles and squares). I’ve also added arrows to indicate the direction around the cycles. See my previous post for additional details.
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Tonnetz Torus — Circles of Thirds
ABSTRACT: This post describes a diagram or structure that can be used to identify the notes of major and minor triads (and other thirdsbased chords) and the notes of the diatonic major and minor scales. This structure is based on … Continue reading
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My Janko Glockenspiel
My Janko Glockenspiel The development of the 4×3 Tonnetz notation discussed in my earlier post is motivated in part by Roy Pertchik’s tricolor vibraphone with it’s 66 “Janko” keyboard arrangement. http://users.rcn.com/roypertchik/2ndPage/Music/theory1.htm. This suggested to me that the simplest and most economical … Continue reading
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TonnetzBased 4×3 Notation
(Revised 2/25/2011 to correct errors in the Bach example.) (Revised 12/13/2010 to add Chromatic Scale example and correct an error in the Bach example, and other editorial revisions.) I’ve created a font to print music in a Tonnetzbased 4×3 notation. … Continue reading
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Using Excel Formulas to Convert a PianoRoll Spreadsheet to StaffKlavar1
In previous entries I described techniques for creating simple alternativenotation scores using just word processing and spreadsheet software and a homemade 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 online 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 onetoone 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 multioctave range. Continue reading
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Print EasiertoPlay 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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