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Learning to play a tricky rhythm

Learning to play a tricky rhythm by sight is not easy.  Finding the notes is one thing, you can just look those up if you don’t know them.  But getting the rhythm right can be tough, and that can’t simply be looked up.  This is a real problem but it does not need to be a problem anymore.  If you [...]

Music to XML

Why Music to XML?  If you want to scan sheet music into a notation program, scan printed music into the iPad or get music from a book into your phone, and do so in a way that lets notation apps import it, then you are going to need to turn a photo of the music into MusicXML.  MusicXML is the [...]

Preparing for Music Exams

Preparing for Music Exams such as Associated Board Grade I – VIII, GCSE Music, A-Level music – these are all exams that test your ability to work with music notation.  Many people can play an instrument or sing well, but aren’t all necessarily good sight readers.  If this is you, and you find it is limiting your skills there is [...]

Publishing automation – Finding symbols in music notation

Finding symbols in music notation like barlines, Clefs, key signatures, accidentals in a music notation image is not easy.  Even finding the systems reliably is harder than you might think, and from the point of view of a computer an awful lot of features in a picture could be barlines. Yet even though this functionality – the ability to find every [...]

Music recognition in an app

How do you add music recognition for an app?  Suppose you already develop a music notation app.  And suppose you want to add music scanning or music OCR (OMR) to your application.  Why?  Well in most cases, probably because it is a great additional way for users to get their music into your app.  Without it your notation app is limited to [...]

How can I listen to the music on IMSLP?

I am sure we all agree that IMSLP have an amazing collection of music. It has become a standard resource when a score isn’t to hand or some part is missing, and for many other purposes. I don’t know about you but sometimes I just like to browse. I get scores up on my PC screen I didn’t even know [...]

How to convert sheet music to XML

If you have an Android of an iOS smartphone or a tablet that takes a good image there is now a way to scan sheet music straight into your PC or Mac far more cheaply than by buying one of the heavyweight music scanning apps. The answer Playscore. Even though Playscore is an app it actually contains an incredibly powerful [...]

Developers: How to write an app that recognises music

Music OCR or OMR (Optical Music Recognition) has a long reputation for being a difficult computing problem. Sure there are apps that can do it. But to get that kind of capability into your own app – well forget it! Or att least until now… We all know that there a million smartphone/tablet music readers out there. They can all [...]

Why do music scanning programs balk at tremolo notation?

If you are a session player, an orchestral musician or a conductor, you know that most orchestral parts, symphonic scores, opera reductions etc. have yards of tremolo style notation. Whenever you get repeated notes, alternating two-tone patterns and the like they are seldom written out longhand. But try and put this kind of music through an OMR (Optical Music Recognition) [...]

Music scanning doesn’t have to be expensive

Have you ever thought of buying a music scanning package? I mean a program that turns printed music into sound and real notation? These programs often go by the name of good OMR (Optical Music Recognition). You feed in the music and they do the magic of turning it into notation. If you have then you might have been put [...]