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To create files containing the songs played by Piano4Songs, you can use the PasParPas program. This is a step by step encoding program as it is unusual to find flutists who are also piano virtuosos.
It seems somewhat rustic when graphical software exists and also recognition programs. However, you loose the gain of time of the recognition because these programs need much corrections. With graphical software, you must continually look at two screen alternatively and soon it becomes tiring and tiresome. With PasParPas, you hear the name of the notes and only one screen has to be seen. It is much more restful. PasParPas allows to capture miles long , that is capturing very fast on the keyboard of the PC, with executing only one operation at the same time. It is much more restful and faster than to capture a score with the mouse on the screen which gives a painful wrist.
If the law of your land permit it, you can scan the score as *.bmp or *.jpg files and display it at the bottom of the screen of your PC while you are capturing data at the top of the screen. While capturing, you go from one measure to another and the picture of the score on the screen will follow you in the same matter. It is very comfortable when you are not at home or to work in the train..
Encoding is done in several steps. First, pitch is encoded. There are three possible methods: the first with an electronic piano linked to a sound card, you play what is written on the score but without the rhythm. This will be played eventually after having hesitated for some time before playing a difficult chord. You will not recognise the song from what you are playing. It is only the pitch of notes that interests us at this moment.
It is the most fast method.
In the second method, a view of the score is displayed on the screen and you have to click on the notes. As you would have clicked on the four corners of the staff, PasParPas recognises the pitch of the clicked notes. This view is a *.bmp or a *.jpg file obtained with a scanner.
This method is slower than the two others.
The third method to capture the pitch of notes is made for musicians who have no electronic piano nor a scanner. The keyboard of the computer is sufficient. You need only to type the keys A to G without worrying about the octave. When the pitch of all the notes is captured, we set the octave of those notes, The octave remains the same until you hear in the speaker it is one octave too high or too low. The only thing you have to do then is to push the good key en the capture continues in the new octave. A song of two pages can be captured with this method in less than half an hour. When you are no regular user of that part of the program, you have to go slowly, but with some practise, you will acquire automatisms, and it will work smoothly.
We recommand this method to musicians who has no piano. It is faster than the second method.
The next step is to capture the lengths. It is only necessary to indicate a length if it changes. Schubert wrote Lieder where the right hand on the piano only played sixteenth notes. It is therefore enough to indicate this value at the start of the second track and this track will have finished. At the same time in a chord, one length is sufficient for the four or five notes that make it up.
Then, the velocities, the start of phrases and the order of these phrases are indicated. Lastly, a *.m@m file is obtained which can be used by Piano4Songs.
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