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SEE THE MUSIC NOTATION, IT'S EASY!

Do you want to see the musical notation for the MIDI's?  It's easy if you have music notation software like Music Time or Lime.

Once you play a MIDI file it will reside in your browser's cache on your hard disk.  It won't have a name, but it will have a ".mid" extension and the date and time that it was loaded on your hard drive.  If you know the date and time when you played the file it will be easy to find, otherwise you will have to play all the ".mid" files on a trial and error basis.  Once you find the proper file, rename it and place it in a new folder for safekeeping.

An easier method of saving a MIDI file, if you are using Netscape, is to right click on the MIDI and use the "save as" function on the pop up menu.  Then you can rename the file and save it in a directory of your choice.

To view the notation it's best if you have notation software.  I have found Music Time, by Passport Designs (recently bought by G-VOX), and Lime to be the best at importing MIDI files.  Music Time is the easier to use of the two, but Lime has some advanced features found only in more expensive packages.

Open your notation software and import the MIDI file you want.  You'll probably get a dozen or more sheets of music, but don't let this overwhelm you.  MIDI files have no repeats, so the printed score will be quite long and it will have to be edited.  Play the file and listen for repeated sections.  You can shorten sections by putting in repeats and first and second endings.  Typically, a section will be sixteen measures long.  Also, a lot of the music is of the form AABBACCAB or AABBACCDD.  If you persevere you can get a solo piece down to one or two pages, and a two part arrangement down to two or three pages.

Another thing to remember, banjo music is written an octave higher than it sounds.  When you import a MIDI file, the notation will display as the note actually sounds.  Therefore, to see a banjo MIDI displayed properly, you will have to transpose it up one octave after importing it into your music notation program.



 
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Created July 27, 1998. Last updated February 6, 2001.