Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 23:22:46 +0800
I have had a number of comments regarding my songbook (
http://student.curtin.edu.au/~poneilgdo/songbook.html ) regarding the
problem people have when they do not know the tune to a song. After some
thought, it seems to me there are three options to assist those who do not
know the tune for a song:
1) Record the song as a .wav file and have it available for download.
Probably not practical due to the large size of wav files that would be
produced, to say nothing of the torture I would be inflicting on those
having to listen to me singing all those songs <VBG>
2) Record the song as a midi file. The only problem I have with this idea is
lack of access to any facilities where i could do this, not to mention that
I would have to probably transcribe each song as sheet music first; a task I
am capable of doing but extremely rusty at and therefore it would take a
_very_ long time to do for all songs.
3) One suggestion I received was to write Basic programs to play the tunes
using the Basic "Play" command. This is a task that I could manage; however,
I am not sure if it would work for everyone. I know that all versions of DOS
have either GWBASIC, BASICA or QBASIC included and therefore could run such
a program. However, I do not if the Macintosh includes a way of running
Basic programs, and as far as I can find on my system it seems Win95 does
not install a version of QBASIC/GWBASIC etc.
I guess there is also the 4th option of simply writing out the sheet music
and perhaps having it scanned and available for download as a JPEG or
something like that.
I would appreciate any comments/suggestions etc. on the above options.
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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