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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:25 pm 
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please could somone advise me of a program that can be used to transcribe piping tunes - something that would allow you to notate things like triplets and to indicate rolls and crans - anything that would allow tunes to be notated along the lines of what e spring did with the camden breeze would be perferct


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Recommended:

http://abcnotation.com/
http://abcnotation.com/learn

john wrote:
what e spring did with the camden breeze

Sorry, what is e spring?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:19 pm 
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Edwin Spring of The Camden Breeze fame - a program that allows you to type in notes straight into manuscript would be perfect (i don't get on very well with abc)


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I hate ABC as well and prefer a proper music score. Was recommended the following http://musescore.org/ which I am told is based on the high end Sibelius scorewriting program and is just as powerful

It is available for all platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac) and best of all it is free of charge

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I hate ABC as well and prefer a proper music score
... might I suggest having a look at "ABC Explorer", http://abc.stalikez.info/abcex.php it's freeware for the PC and, once you've got the headers entered (title, tempo and key), just type your notes (A b c/2 etc) and the musical score appears at the same time. Yes, you do need to spend a few minutes familiarising yourself with the basics of ABC notation initially, but once you've mastered those (or made up a crib sheet) you can look up the more advanced features as you need them.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:49 pm 
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I hate ABC as well and prefer a proper music score.
:o wow finally I hold something in common with Elmek??
imho, there is no substitute for notation. Transcribing a tune from a recording to paper by hand, gives one an intimate connection with the piece that is seldom broken :thumbsup:
[abc my ars, btw] :love:

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Elmek wrote:
Was recommended the following http://musescore.org/ which I am told is based on the high end Sibelius scorewriting program

In the sense that they're both scorewriting programs, perhaps...

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and is just as powerful

It's not!

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It is available for all platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac) and best of all it is free of charge

But it is free.

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Transcribing a tune from a recording to paper by hand, gives one an intimate connection with the piece that is seldom broken :thumbsup:

Best way to start any transcription, no matter what you intend to do with it afterwards! :)

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Peter Duggan wrote:
CHasR wrote:
Transcribing a tune from a recording to paper by hand, gives one an intimate connection with the piece that is seldom broken :thumbsup:

Best way to start any transcription, no matter what you intend to do with it afterwards! :)

I saw the title "tool for transcribing tunes", and immediately thought: pencil. :wink:

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oh, the intervals...

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I tend to agree with the pencil idea. Lots to be learned in the process.

But at the same time, I don't understand at all the "I hate ABC" crowd. I'd hate it too if I intended to play from it, but I don't view it as that sort of thing. It is a useful tool for quickly getting a tune onto paper, for exchanging tunes with others, and for collecting tunes without using tons of storage space.

What makes it useful for me, though, is the simplicity of seeing the music notation result. Easy ABC does this beautifully on any platform. I'm told ABC Explorer does it too, though I don't use that. If what you want is nice clean notation ABC is an excellent tool. If what you want is bagpipe notation ABC handles it. Playing from it would be a drag, particularly I think for pipers, but some folks love it for that.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:52 am 
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Just decided to see how fast I can enter ABC.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:18 am 
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Here we go, three tunes I know but have never seen transcribed.
Code:
X:1
T:Boyd's Cove Joey Clement's
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:Single
K:D
EF AF|EF D2|EF AF|EF A2|Bc/B/ AF|EF D2|EF AF|E2 E2:|
|:Be ed|BA d2|Be2f|e2 de|fe ed|B2 AF|EF AF|E4:|

X:2
T:Boyd's Cove Single #2
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:Single
K:G
GA Bd|de/f/ g2|GA Bd|GB A2|GA Bd|de/f/ g2|ae ed|GB A2:|
|:ae ed|de/f/ g2|ae ed|GB A2|ae ed|de/f/ g2|ge ed|GB A2:|

X:3
T:Boyd's Cove Single #3
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:Single
K:D
dc B2|AF AB/c/|df e2|fe e2|dc B2|AF AB/c/|df e2|[1 fd d2:|[2 fd de|
|:fd fg|a2 ag|fd fg|a2 ag|fd B2|AF AB/c/|df e2|[1 fd de:|[2 fd d2|]


Notation.

Look at the time stamps to see how long it took me, and hey, I had to go check out the Lima Locomotive works in the family room.

[Edited to fix errors in my conception of how the tunes should be notated.]

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:50 pm 
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Ah! Got you IDed. How goes it? See y ou next Midland, maybe. We can play Frieze Britches...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:40 pm 
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Oh! I certainly never put together your ID and your face. That was Steph who knew Frieze Britches, though, I only know "Buried My Wife..." (two-part version). Suppose I should get off my behind and learn F.B., though, it's a classic.

BTW, everyone, I'm pretty sure those ABCs above have rhythmic glitches. Not a limitation of ABC at all, just the hazard of quickly notating music which might be crooked -- I think I stuck the downbeats in the wrong spot on #2 and definitely accidentally added a beat in the second part of #3. So I was able to use ABC to quickly get all the notes and rhythms I wanted (actually made no ABC coding mistakes at all entering those three) but I wasn't able to quickly figure out the details of the tunes. I'll update them in a minute (and update them again if Gerry Strong comes back with further suggestions).

Anyway, here's the Dardanelles playing the set.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:41 pm 
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I never knew my ID and my face had anything in common! :boggle:

Yeah I know you didn't play FB, my comment was a gentle push! :)

Seriously, it was fun to play with you folks. A nice sense of style. Perhaps better than some of the others there. It was unfortunate we had so few tunes in common beyond the very common though. PM me some tune lists and I'll look into picking up some of your stuff. I liked some of it quite well.


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