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posted: 12/17/2003 at 12:44:51 PM ET
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I'm looking for advice please. I can't read music and I can't play any instruments, but I can recognise different sounds and have a million tunes of my own in my head. I want to be able to write these tunes down. I've a composer programme on my computer(noteworthy), but its proving to be a very slow process. Has anyone any advice on how to write what I can hear or if you wish yo can bring me back to earth by telling me to stop wasting my time. Thankyou

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posted: 12/17/2003 at 8:42:35 PM ET
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Well, what I used to do when I couldn't read treble clef (I only knew bass clef) I simply went by sound. All you do it here the note in your head, then match it on the program. Sometimes it can be hard to find a note, but it just takes a good ear. Don't forget the sharps and flats too! And you should also be able to know the note values. I don't really know what else to say. If you ever have any questions, email me anytime, taciturneternity@aol.com. Or IM me at taciturneternity. I know a decent amount about music theory.

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posted: 1/9/2004 at 3:23:16 PM ET
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Two things to try.

1st: LEARN TO READ MUSIC!! You can do it. Start now! It may take you longer at first, but will save your massive amounts of work in the future.

2nd: There are programs which will notate your music for you. They use several methods. If you can sing your notes accurately into a mic, the program will notate for you.

Try "Print Music"


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posted: 1/15/2004 at 1:20:21 AM ET
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Buy yourself a small tape recorder and keep it on you always. Record yourself singing every single melody that comes to your head. Listen to the tape over and over and practice singing all the melodies you like the most. Use your ear to find a string of melodies that work well together. Write words to it. Once you have that, you just need to find people to accompany you, which is easy. Check out the local music stores. Oh and by the way, definitely learn to read and write music ASAP. This should help you out until you do

The situation's such a son of a bitch, it's a hand I could not lend...the problem here is that we need to move on - it's the music or the end...

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