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Re: [Denemo-devel] Rhythm Entry

From: Richard Shann
Subject: Re: [Denemo-devel] Rhythm Entry
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:56:08 +0000

I've checked this in now and put a windows build at
as usual

On Tue, 2008-02-19 at 08:46 +0000, Richard Shann wrote:
> I've been doing a bit more transcribing (& transposing) music using
> Denemo. I've put the resulting movements of a suite by Philidor at
> What I noticed doing this is that when putting in the rhythm I find that
> I put it in rhythmically - that is when typing 2 . 3 on the numeric
> keypad for (quarter-note dot eighth-note) I type these in rhythmically.
> This may seem a trifle, but I think it is significant - in effect you
> are "playing" the music, albeit just the rhythm and on a rather strange
> instrument that requires you switch keys for the different lengths of
> notes.
> The thing is, this turns the entering of the rhythms into a musical
> activity - I can keep my place in the score because the I am reading and
> playing the rhythms in time.
> This, of course, was the big advantage that I noticed playing in the
> pitches using a musical instrument - it is much easier to play in the
> pitches rather than type note names because I can leverage my prior
> knowledge of playing a musical instrument (besides being able to hear
> the piece as I play, being able to specify the note, octave and
> accidentals in one keypress etc etc).
> One improvement comes out of this: when playing in the rhythm it is easy
> to play the right rhythm with the wrong duration key. I did set about
> getting the computer to watch the input and check for this - I've put a
> tarball of this at
> however, I think something simpler is better: I've made a formal Rhythm
> mode which simply clicks when you reach the last note of a measure. This
> matches the pitch entry mode which can also do this. So should you type
> the wrong duration you get an end-of-measure click in the wrong place
> and can correct. This matches what happens if you get an extra pitch
> detected or a missed note while playing in, the click warns you that you
> are starting a new measure.
> I'm testing this code now.
> Richard
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