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Crazymotive
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Has anyone out here used any computer software to help with your learning. For example, sometimes when I encounter piece of music I'd never played before I have a program into which I can enter the sheet music. I include everything, time signatures, key, the notes, double stops, rests, etc.  Then the program will generate a midi file simulating a violin and play the sheet music back to me.  I can vary the tempo, etc. That way I can get a reasonably good idea of how it should sound, how is my intonation, etc.  Of course it;s no substitute for listening to other violinists playing the same thing, as there is no substitute for the spirit and hands of an artist.  But either way it helps.

 

Anyone else use computer tools in the process of learning new stuff ?

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I like the song books that come with CD's.   They are, in general, more true in pitch.

(most of the time)

There is a series called "Music Minus One" that is great but more advanced unless they have expanded the catalog.

I also think there are a lot of places on the internet to find "backing tracks" but I don't know much about them.

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Notepad Finale but only when I'm super stuck with something and cannot find a video of someone playing it.

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That sounds like a great piece of software.
I'm stuck with t'interweb and YouTube to help me out

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For us cheapskates I can suggest a few that I use for monkeying around (midi):

Band in A Box

Cakewalk Light

MIDI Notate

NOTEWORTHY Composer

Power Track ( or TRAK ?)

I usually find something that suits me at the moment.

Crazy, what is your program name?

Not sure these are all still available?

Looked at the fancier programs but they did not offer much more for SMALL arrangements.  (I rarely compose for 40 piece orchestrassmile

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The program I use is called "Denemo'. It's a Linux/Unix based score editor based on the "Lilypond" music formatting system which was designed by a couple of violin player musician / computer geeks who wanted a more robust music formatting system. "Denemo" is a Lilypond graphical front end enabling you to input and output music in a variety of ways including Midi output.

 

More info can be found here..

 

http://lilypond.org/web/about/

 

and

 

http://www.denemo.org/HomePage 

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Crazymotive: ever try MuseScore?  Built with Qt and runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  I use it on opensuse.

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I use MuseScore for such things on my usual machine, since it runs Linux Ubuntu.  I do have an older windows machine with Cakewalk and etc as well, but I more use that machine when I am sitting down to do actual midi or sampler/synth music.   

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NOIR'S,,,, welcome back,,, I was just thinking about you last night, wondering if you were coming back after your son returned to school.

I hope and i'm sure you've been practicing in your absence.  It's good to see you back.

 

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Hey Noir! Welcome back, I wondered what had happened to you. thumbs-up

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Sadly NV hasn't been back.  That post was from May 17.

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Didn't even notice the date, Kevin, thanks.

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I do lurk from time to time, just not very active on the forums :) I still practice yes but stopped doing my videos I dunno why.

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov

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We miss those videos smile

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NV,

I'm glad to hear you are still around and practicing.  You were doing so good on the violin I was worried you stopped, and that would have been a trajedy.  Keep playing, you are meant to play.

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