MIDI Pure Data exercise:
objective: discover how MIDI works
1. make sure your MIDI keyboard is plugged in and on
2. open Pd-0.48-0 (search for it in spotlight or in the applications folder ... make sure you do not open Pd-0.47)
3. use the keyboard shortcut command+N to start a new patch
4. use the keyboard shortcut command+1 to "Put" a new "Object" on the patch canvas
5. type "notein" into the dotted bordered box that makes up the new "Object"
6. you should now have this:
7. right click on the [notein] object you created and click on "Help"
8. from the Media menu at the top of the screen, choose "MIDI Settings..."
9. discover all you can about MIDI protocol:
-- wait for instructions on what to do next
Introduction to Notation Software
Free notation software
notation software I suggest you purchase = Dorico
If there is something you are unable to do in Finale:
download Elgar's score
Guided Speedy Entry Lesson
Notation + Sequencing Exercise:
1. input the first six measures of the violin part into Finale using Speedy Entry
2. add a slur over the first four notes of the first bar
3. choose File > Export > MIDI File ...
4. choose File > Export > MusicXML ...
5. open the TextWranger app (use Spotlight or browse the Applications folder)
6. open both the MIDI (File > Open...) and the MusicXML (File > Import > MusicXML ...) files back into Finale
7. internally reflect on what you have learned: what are the differences between the MIDI and MusicXML files?
-- You are now done with Finale for today
Open GarageBand ... (open an "empty project")
8. drag and drop the Elgar MIDI file you exported from Finale into a blank location below the default track
9. add more!
-- If you want to save your MIDI sequence to an audio file, go to the "Share" menu
Google Slides from today