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Offline Lunaray

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« on: December 12, 2011, 06:12:00 AM »
I'm looking for a program that will take the notes that I play on my guitar and identify them, score them, assign midi instruments to them, or whatever the term is, so that I can manipulate and compose!  I don't read music and I can't play a keyboard, I'm just looking for a shortcut to take what I play and get it into my computer so that I can do something with it.  It would also be nice if it had the ability to put it into actual sheet music.  I don't have much money to spend so I'm hoping to find something for free, or at least cheap!  What about Band In A Box?

Thanks all!
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 03:03:58 PM »
The free stuff that I've tried doesn't work very well unless you use single notes - polyphony (multiple notes at the same time) is a no go.  The transcription sounds like Schoenberg and his 12 tone compositions. ;)  Of course this makes it pretty useless for guitar transcription.  If you're interested in composition, my advise would be to bite the bullet and learn at least the basics of piano and music notation.  It's really not that hard to get started and the skills you will gain will greatly help your ability to compose.  To do any manipulation in a score/midi/print capacity you'll have to at least have some of this knowledge anyway.

Maybe someone else has tried something more advanced?

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011, 03:07:08 PM »
BTW, I use Noteworthy Composer 2.0 for most of my midi compositions.  I also use Cakewalk Studio 2 (an older version, yes) for some stuff.  Works for me, but I grew up in marching band so music notation is second nature to me.  Piano roll sequencing on the other hand...not so much.

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
Behringer ACX450
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011, 05:04:30 PM »
Also, one of the programs I tried was Solo Explorer 1.0.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2011, 11:06:02 PM »
I think that maybe this is what I need, what do you think?

http://www.sonuus.com/products_g2m.html
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 11:30:26 AM »
Yeah...if it works.  It's your cash. :)
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2011, 06:41:49 PM »
Ray, if you don't mind my saying you're better off learning music notation. A good book that teaches the basics is Nick Manoloff's Spanish Guitar Method Book No. 1 which you can get from Amazon second hand. It's very easy to learn from, and most of today's sheet music includes TAB to assist with the fingerings, so that's the course i'd take. For composing i use a thing called MagicScore Maestro. You can try it free for 30 days.
 

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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2011, 06:53:50 PM »
Hi again Ray, here's a useful link:

http://www.musicaleditor.com/

I'd learn 'standard music notation'. It's pretty easy, though at first you'll scratch your head a bit. A good pair of reading glasses will come in handy too, if your eyesight's anywhere as good as mine. ;)

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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2011, 07:00:34 PM »
Great, so you can post urls on here, here's one more:

http://www.musicaleditor.com/make-music.html

Believe you can trial it for 30 days.

(I'm using MagicScore Maestro 6.0 from a few years ago, and it's a great piece of software.)