Direct Transcription of MIDI Guitar Pickup Output to Tablature
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
A system which can automatically score guitar music in tablature form, as it is played, is described.
Direct Transcription of
MIDIGuitar Pickup Output to Tablature
which can automatically score guitar music in
tablature form, as it is played, is described.
musical notation, notes are laid out on what is
known as a staff. Notes are represented based on their duration and
tone. Tone is represented by vertical position on the staff, and
duration is represented by the shape of the note. Additional
information such as style, tempo and volume are written in with
additional symbols and verbiage.
notation, the musical staff consists of six
horizontal lines (each line represents a string on the guitar). A
number representing the fret on which a finger is to be placed is
positioned over the appropriate string. Tablature notation is often
used for guitar instead of standard notation because a given tone can
be played in many different positions on the guitar. An example
being that playing the fifth fret on the sixth string produces the
same tone as playing the fifth string open (a 440 Hertz 'A').
tablature could be automatically scored with combined
use of a PC with a MIDI adapter (running some specialized software)
and a guitar synthesizer unit. There are currently several guitar
synthesizer systems on the market which attach to an electric guitar
and are able to detect which string and fret of the guitar is being
played. These systems use a specially designed pickup that receives