Guitars and no Harmonicas

• Jul 26, 2012 - 08:57

I have really enjoyed experiencing and experimenting with the different instruments that MuseScore provides. However, I am disappoint with the sounds of the guitars. They do not sound like guitars, especially the 12-string.

With the 12-string I have even tried writing in the octaves for each of the chords, but it just sounds messy.

Is there a way to get the guitars to sound closer to real guitars, especially the 12-string?

By the way, I like Martin and Gibson guitars.

And, while I am at it, I have notice there are no diatonic harmonicas. Is there a way to get great instrument on the program?



The soundfonts that MuseScore offers are not really realistic (simple matter of volume for the download). But you can find on the net for free soundfonts much better quality. However it is difficult, even with a good soundfont to have a satisfactory report instruments as the criteria are numerous ... and vary from one musician to another.

After finding one (or more) soundfonts that suit, you simply place them in the folder "sound" of MuseScore and to declare it in the window of the synthesizer and refine the instrument into the mixer.

What's a diatonic harmonica??

You also may be interested in discuaaions taking place in the SoundFonts forum, where there improved guitar sounds are being discussed.

In reply to by ChurchOrganist

The diatonic harmonica is - in principle - the traditional and original harmonica.

The term diatonic was served by the fact that such an instrument has only the notes of the diatonic scale. Well on a diatonic harmonica in C 10 holes, for example can be found that the seven basic notes C, D, E, F, G, and if spread over three octaves (but not necessarily against specific of these octaves).

This explains that there are at least 12 different tunings (by a degree of a chromatic scale in the Western musical system). This limitation has found solutions in the creation of the chromatic harmonica (including all notes so), but also in the discovery of many manipulative techniques of breath for the missing notes.

I don't know exactly, but I would say that both are used, perhaps + often Diatonic . See :

In reply to by Jall2

What you say is interesting and I will not disagree with it. However, the reason I said diatonic is because to my ears the diatonic has a different sound and tone than a chromatic. I prefer the diatonic.

I have a feeling that I'm not the only harnonica player that feels and thinks this way.

Luckilly, for us harp players Hohner, Seydel, and Suzuki make diatonis in all twelve keys.


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Most blues harpists I know play diatonic harmonicas, but many Use what is called "cross harp" technique - using an F harmonica for a blues in C. That way they get the flatted seventh (Bb) for free, and you only have to use pitch bending techniques to get the flatted third and fifth. I suppose someone somewhere probably would play a Bb harmonica for a blues in C to get that flatted third.

In reply to by ChurchOrganist

I am not sure what your question, "And where does the blues harp fit into this?" mean. Please, correct me if I'm wrong in my assumption. So, I will take a chance with this answer.

The diatonic is known by a variety of names: the blues harp, the harp, the mouth organ, the French Harp, the tin sandwhich, and the Mississippi Sax or Mississippi Saxaphone.

I love the Blues Harp's sound and I wish to incorporate that sound into my compossing with MuseScore.


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