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#1926633 - 07/14/12 10:12 AM Tool for generating sight-reading exercises
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Registered: 02/27/10
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Loc: Spain. Cadiz.
In my quest to get material to sight-read, I have been collecting a lot of books.
There is much to read, but sometimes is hard to find exercises which address specific difficulties; for example, when I want to practice certain rhythmic blocks, but not be distracted by other complications; or when I want to practice reading interval jumps of a specific size, and want to isolate that problem.

To solve this problem, I made ​​a small and simple tool to generate exercises to sight-read.

IMPORTANT: the idea is not to make an automatic composition tool to create works that are performed in public. The idea is a small tool to generate training exercises that allow address specific difficulties in sight-reading.

The easiest thing would have been to generate a string of random notes, but that would lamentable results, musically speaking.

To avoid this problem, the generator I developed follows a number of rules:

- It is guided by a chord progression according to this graph:



- Each measure corresponds to a chord
- The last measure corresponds to the chord on the grade I
  - The notes that are generated in the key of G and F belong to the chord of its measure
  - The notes do not extend to other measures
  
I could only spend about 13 hours to develop the tool (8 for the engine + 5 for the interface), so do not be too hard on me.
I know there are much room for improvement (and very little time available) but I hope that you find some use to the tool.

The tool.


Edited by supertorpe (07/14/12 10:15 AM)
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#1926659 - 07/14/12 10:54 AM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: supertorpe]
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Registered: 05/01/11
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I just took a quick look and it had a nice interface and fast output once you select the options you want. I'm impressed. I think many people would find this very helpful. I'll have to take a closer look when I have more time. I like how you can make the treble or bass different rhythms (complexity). This allows you to focus on one hand specifically.

Just one thought I had in looking at the output is I wondered if you follow rules of writing notes of different values. I'm not an expert at this so may have difficulty explaining it. For example I mean how you group 2 eighth notes or 4 eighth notes together with a beam. (it may have just been I chose too many patterns and the result looked odd for some reason?)

Again though a really cool idea I think. Better than most others I've seen.
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#1926673 - 07/14/12 11:47 AM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: ZoeCalgary]
supertorpe Offline
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Loc: Spain. Cadiz.
Originally Posted By: ZoeCalgary
(it may have just been I chose too many patterns and the result looked odd for some reason?)


To start, I recommend to mark a few rhythmic blocks for each cleff (2 or 3) and don't check the lonely quaver: mark a larger block that contains it.
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#1926783 - 07/14/12 05:59 PM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: supertorpe]
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Loc: Spain. Cadiz.
Ah! you can download the source code of the engine from here.
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#1926790 - 07/14/12 06:19 PM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: supertorpe]
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What a great idea. Thanks.

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#1927199 - 07/15/12 05:55 PM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: supertorpe]
WildHorseMan Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 19
Loc: uk
hi, this program is very interesting! is there a way to have it as an installed program on my computer? thanks

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#1927210 - 07/15/12 06:25 PM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: supertorpe]
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Registered: 03/01/07
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this is really excellent work. I'm very tempted to fork it wink

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#1927254 - 07/15/12 08:27 PM Re: Tool for generating sight-reading exercises [Re: knotty]
supertorpe Offline
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Registered: 02/27/10
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Loc: Spain. Cadiz.
Originally Posted By: WildHorseMan
hi, this program is very interesting! is there a way to have it as an installed program on my computer? thanks


Originally Posted By: knotty
this is really excellent work. I'm very tempted to fork it wink


I started developing the engine in Java. You can download the source code and the executable without user interface (search the file "/dist/MusicScoreGen_v0.1.zip").

After that, I translated the engine to C# and developed de web user interface in ASP.NET. I will upload it shortly to the repository if you want to fork it.
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