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Sight Reading Music- A little fun (?)
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djroger
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I've always hated sight reading music, especially if I have not heard it first so I would have some idea of what it is supposed to sound like.  This goes way back to when I played trumpet in school and the quarterly "tryouts" were always based on sight reading.  I would always end up way down the line, playing third part until I could challenge my way back to first chair.

Anyway, I was having this conversation with another musician today (mandolin) and he told me he would email me something to try sight reading, written for fiddle and in the key of A.  He also said it was pretty easy, since he knows I'm battling back trying to play again.  He did indeed send it to me and I've attached it here as a .pdf.  I think the music could have been laid out better too fit on one page, but I still had fun with it.

By the fourth measure, I knew EXACTLY what it was an it had me chuckling.  If you are from the USA, you will recognize it pretty quick!  After about ten times through the first page and a half, I was throwing in a few slides and the occasional double stop, just having fun.  I don't have the gift of being able to play by ear, so I'm going to have to memorize this!  we have one friend that likes to tell very long stories around the campfire in summer and this will make some excellent impromptu background music!

Have some fun with this!  You might even want to leave the light on tongue

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Fiddlerman
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March 28, 2016 - 3:01 pm
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I'm sorry Roger but I couldn't let this slide. The notation was obviously done automatically by a computer and a performer that was not accurate enough and doesn't know about quantization settings. The person who did the transcription didn't know much about notation either. I have no idea what this piece is but I quickly fixed the notation. It's very possible that I guessed the rhythms incorrectly but at least one can look at it now and make sense of it. I would make a perfect transcription for you if I could hear the piece.

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Ok, now I don't feel so bad about being a little confused by the original sheet music. I'll try taking a look at it again, I'm curious what it is. 

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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Fiddlerman said
I'm sorry Roger but I couldn't let this slide. The notation was obviously done automatically by a computer and a performer that was not accurate enough and doesn't know about quantization settings. The person who did the transcription didn't know much about notation either. I have no idea what this piece is but I quickly fixed the notation. It's very possible that I guessed the rhythms incorrectly but at least one can look at it now and make sense of it. I would make a perfect transcription for you if I could hear the piece.

Looks much better!  I thought it was pretty goofy looking when he sent it to me and I pretty much ignored the notation and composition once I recognized the jingle since I have heard this literally hundreds of times on the radio and TV!

My method of writing or transcribing music is still a sheet of paper and a pencil.......I am sure there is a plethora of software out there that will do this and may have to look into getting something if I start transcribing.  I used to do it quite a bit when I played trumpet to get music suited for a Bb instrument.

I do have a pretty good selection of DJ and mixing software from my days as a DJ.  Even though I retired from it in 2010, I've kept it up to date and am now using it to play backing tracks when I practice to get back in the habit of keeping even tempo and not just taking off when it gets easy, and slowing down when I'm missing notes.  That's a bad habit I've always had, and I guess it is one of thse things that DID not go away!
 

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March 28, 2016 - 8:55 pm
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Got it! banana

I almost had it from humming while sight reading Pierre's version (didn't have an instrument handy), and it was driving me nuts...knew it was something from TV but couldn't put my finger on it.

Then your hint finally clicked. sleep

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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I am pretty good at sight reading. I played it a few  times. I know I have the notes and dynamics and most everything correct and it sounds extremely familiar. But the name of the tune or  what it's from  completely escapes me. For  the life of me I just can't  place it yet I  know it. A theme to a well known TV show or a  TV commercial ?  Weird. I know it well but I don't know  it.

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Crazymotive said
I am pretty good at sight reading. I played it a few  times. I know I have the notes and dynamics and most everything correct and it sounds extremely familiar. But the name of the tune or  what it's from  completely escapes me. For  the life of me I just can't  place it yet I  know it. A theme to a well known TV show or a  TV commercial ?  Weird. I know it well but I don't know  it.

The emoji at the end of my post above is a hint, too. If that doesn't help, PM me and I'll give you the answer. Don't want to give it away here for other who might want to take a stab at it (and that's not a hint). 🙂

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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KindaScratchy said

Crazymotive said
I am pretty good at sight reading. I played it a few  times. I know I have the notes and dynamics and most everything correct and it sounds extremely familiar. But the name of the tune or  what it's from  completely escapes me. For  the life of me I just can't  place it yet I  know it. A theme to a well known TV show or a  TV commercial ?  Weird. I know it well but I don't know  it.

The emoji at the end of my post above is a hint, too. If that doesn't help, PM me and I'll give you the answer. Don't want to give it away here for other who might want to take a stab at it (and that's not a hint). 🙂

I was  thinking of bringing  a copy of it  to our next orchestra rehearsal in a couple of weeks and see if any  of  the  members of our violin section can  figure  out  what it  is from.   Meanwhile I'd ike  to  continue  to try and  figure  out. If I just can't  get it  Ill  send you a PM . Thanks. 🙂

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