Brian A. Oliva (BOliva@AOL.COM)
Tue, 2 May 1995 19:07:04 -0400
The system used to enter notes into the Advanced Music System program for the
old Atari 8-bit computers is pretty simple and could be used to convey the
tune in text.
The individual tones are indicated by letter (C D E F G A B) and rests by the
If its a sharp, add a #, A flat, an F. Use N for a Natural that would normally
be sharp or flat because of the key.
BF = B Flat BN = B Natural C# = C Sharp
Then comes the octave (based, I think, on the piano keyboard.)
C4 = middle C, C5 an octave higher, C3 = C below middle C, etc.
Then comes the duration: T = Thirty second note
S = Sixteenth
E = Eighth
Q = Quarter
H = Half
W = Whole
Add a dot if its a dotted note, a 3 if its part of a triplet, and a ) if its
tied to the next note.
For the longest example, for a dotted quarter C Sharp above middle C that's
tied to the next note, the notation would be "C#4Q.)"
Most notes are shorter, and you can drop the parts that don't change from
note to note (such as duration.)
In practice, it would work something like this. Here's the first 7 measures
of BINGO (Cub Scout Songbook page 30). (Use a uniform font such as Courier to
get this to line up right.)
KEY=1# (All F's are # unless specifically made natural (N) or flat (F).
METER = 2/4
D4E G4 G4 D4 D4 E4 E4 D4 D4
There was a farm - er had a dog And
G4 G4 A4E A4 B4Q G4 B4 B4 C5E C5 C5Q
Bing - o was his name - o B I N G O
Row, Row, Row your Boat (Page 46) would look like this...
KEY=2# (C's and F's are sharp)
METER = 4/4
D4Q D4 D4E. E4S F4Q F4E. D4S F4E. G4S A4H
Row, row, row your boat Gent - ly down the stream;
D5E3 D5 D5 A4 A4 A4 F4 F4 F4 D4 D4 D4
Mer - ri - ly, Mer - ri - ly, Mer - ri - ly, Mer - ri - ly,
A4E. G4S F4E. E4S D4H
Life is but a dream.
Hope this helps.
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