How I produce the notation
I've got several letter from people that would like to know
how I've produced the notation for my compositions.
This is how I do now (pdf format)
This how I produced the old notation (non pdf format):
When I've got some ideas for a new tune I try to find a piece of paper
to write down the notation. I usually don't do a recording since then I
have to find a tape, check what's on the tape, rewind etc.
I'm usually out of proper notation paper so I take whatever I have and
draw the five lines on them. I write down the notes, key signatures, chords
I play the tune a couple of times, add/change notes, add repeat signs etc
until the tune is finished.
I take the notation that is "just readable" and put it into Music
Time for Windows. When doing this I usually find a lot of errors in
the original notation - wrong note values and lengths etc. The notation
program is able to play the notes and I could check that it sounds right.
It can't play the chords though. Music Time for Windows is like a word
processor for music:
I print out the notation from "Music Time for Windows" and play the tune
on my accordion. Some chords may be wrong and I may want to change some
notes slightly. I put the result into the notation program again.
The GIF images, the Postscript files
I use the "Prt Sc" key to do a screen dump from the notation program.
I start the Lview Pro
graphics editing program and paste the screen dump.
I cut out the notation, reduce the colour depth to two bitplanes (B&W)
and save it as a GIF:
I use my Logitech Pagescan Color scanner to scan a paper print-out from
the notation program. I use the 300 DPI resolution.
I edit the scanned image in Lview Pro. I enhance the contrast, reduce the
colour depth to 4 bitplanes (16 colours), delete any "dust spots", reduce
the size (cut out the interesting part of the image) and then save it as
a (300 DPI) GIF. I've done a lot of experimenting to find a way to use
less bitplanes in order to reduce the files but I've never found a method
for doing this. This is the result:
I change the printer to a Postscript printer (I don't have a Postscript
printer). I then print to a (EPS) file from the notation program, using
the Postscript printer driver.
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