Category Archives: Music

A shape-note notation for a Jankó keyboard

This is to introduce the ChromaTonnetz-2 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 c-thru music Axis 49 MIDI keyboards to a Tri-Color 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 thirds-based 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 tri-color vibraphone with it’s 6-6 “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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Tonnetz-Based 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 Tonnetz-based 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 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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