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Stewart Tune Req: The Silver Hand (26) RE: Tune Req: The Silver Hand 01 Mar 16

the midi that Joe posted has only the B part, it doesn't include the A part. Nor does it include the "rolls" (ornamentation). Also each time Liz plays a repeat she varies the tune slightly - I just transcribed the tune as the first time she played each part.

Here's how I went about transcribing the tune

I played an audio recording of the tune from here - Liz Knowles' Page"

I used the "Video Download Helper" app from Firefox browser to download the mp3 file

I played the mp3 file in Windows Media Player, pull down the "play" menu, select "play speed" and "slow". This will slow the speed down and makes it easier to transcribe.

I listened to each phrase several times to get it in my head. Then I used "Noteworthy Composer" program to write down the score. I did this several times until I could confirm each note.

Noteworthy Composer will convert the nwc file to a midi. To get the abc file is a little complicated - I just recently figured this out.

Easy ABC will import a nwc file - but only an earlier version - so if you have the latest version of Noteworthy Composer, you will have to save - "Export..." - the file as a nwc 1.75 file and then Easy ABC will produce the abc file from that.

Most of the time I don't need to slow down tunes in order to transcribe, but this tune was a little too fast for me to get accurately. The conversion of the nwc file to an abc file is something I've struggled with for some time - there used to be a program that worked with Windows XP to do this, but it no longer works with later versions of Windows, and it's no longer available.

This is just my little tutorial on how to transcribe tunes by listening to them. At least it's what I do. Back in the pre-computer dark ages, people who were really good at this would listen and jot down numbers for the notes (do re me... or 1 2 3...) on the fly. Sometimes I can do this with a simple tune, but it takes a lot of practice. Then you assign the note values and bar marks, etc.

Cheers, S. in Seattle

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