Direct 12 tone Midi to Keyboard "shape note" score notation.

• Jun 26, 2021 - 04:05

What if there was no need to learn sharps, flats and incidentals or even alphabetical names for notes. What if the "black keys" on the keyboard were represented separately shaped from oval notes so that they are clearly represented graphically on the staff? What is there were no "key signatures" to learn. Would it be more intuitive and easier to learn keyboard? Every note of the 12 tone system of music on every staff would have only one graphic staff representation for each twelve tone note which would resemble the keyboard's physical order of “black keys” and “white keys”. I would like to have some help creating the midi to "shape note" staff compositions to run some tests with elementary aged children.

It should be easier to format to such a system as there would be no key signatures, no incidentals, and every midi note would have only one graphical shape and position on the staves.

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In reply to by underquark

That's the point of going to a 12 Tone Score creation and publishing Software System like Musescore. Any score ever published can be scanned and re-scored in a matter of minutes. Having this capability built within Musescore or other instant score conversion and publishing software is the whole point of the request.

In reply to by josephjonatha

"Any score ever published can be scanned and re-scored in a matter of minutes."

Sorry to contradict, but that's not the case. Don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of optical music recognition (OMR) and I use it a great deal. But unless the score to be scanned is really clear, there will always be a lot of clean-up and correction required after OMR. And for older scores (pre-1900) the success rate for OMR falls quite sharply, because there are obsolete symbols like the alternative bass clef and the confusing quarter-note rest.

I recently ran a Violin Sonata through OMR: it was 31 pages in the full score version. Printed in 1925 by Oxford University Press, the print quality was quite good. But even so, it took me a couple of weeks to do the corrections, working on average 1-2 hours per day at the task.

And let's not even think about manuscript music. I haven't yet seen any OMR software which does a good job of reading a hand-written manuscript - even for a work by the neatest of composers!

In reply to by DanielR

You make a good point; however, my experience has been that some of the most expensive OMR's are really quite bad and some of the free software is quite good and accurate. I have used OMR's since the 1990's and they have had great improvements since then. Like the original manuscript I uploaded here there were a couple of sharps and naturals missing: Ludwig Liked to mix things up and would sound alright with missing sharps, naturals anyway as they would actually be in key, but it wouldn't be Beethoven.

At any rate it is an Accelerated Score is for those unable to negotiate all of the key signatures, (whether by injury or by birth). I think I would play and convert a handwritten score to MIDI and then create the score from there; (which I have done many times). I Converted the Original Manuscript with this post from an old hymnal to MIDI by playing it and then input it into Score Writer to Score it. I have a private hymnal of such scores. smart tablets with software page turners and midi playback is the technology of the future; I am just asking for creating an Accelerated Score from MIDI.

BTW, the online PDF score OMR for MuseScore 3 works pretty darn good! Thanks for the comment, Daniel.

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