[Menvi-discuss] Sheet Music Problems

Brandon Keith Biggs brandonboy13 at comcast.net
Sat Apr 7 13:44:56 EDT 2012

My friend isn't with me enough. I can ask her every once and a while, but 
usually she's not around. She lives like half an hour away and she's a 
professional singer, so she's beyond overloaded with stuff to do. I am 
asking my teacher if she is able to scan in some of the songs, but I don't 
know if she'll be able to do it either. She's also a professional singer and 
is super busy all the time.
I've found it reflects badly on you if you end up relying on any 
professional singer to do anything beyond the traditional most of the time. 
That is why I want to be able to take my fate  into my own hands.

Brandon Keith Biggs
-----Original Message----- 
From: Bettie Downing
Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2012 10:23 AM
To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Sheet Music Problems

Yes, I see what you mean, but she was finally successful, so why couldn't 
that work all the time?  You definitely need a sighted person, though, who 
can look very carefully at the page that is being copied.

On Apr 7, 2012, at 12:17 PM, Brandon Keith Biggs wrote:

> Hello,
> I don’t think that’s totally the problem. Here are the scans I have of 
> this particularly badly scanned song.
> Page 209 was scanned by my friend and has the white notes. We scanned it 4 
> or 5 times and kept getting the same thing. She finally just pressed the 
> copy button and without her changing the position of the book, it copied 
> just fine.
> I have quite a few anthologies and I would gladly pay to have them all 
> scanned into the computer perfectly and have each song its own file, but I 
> don’t know, A, how I’d be able to keep pages after the binding was taken 
> away, or B, if there is someone with an industrial scanner who reads music 
> and could do this.
> I’m just super nervous scanning in things I’m not going to be able to read 
> and using them for a professional gig.
> Thanks,
> Brandon Keith Biggs
> From: Dale Lieser
> Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2012 9:27 AM
> To: 'This is for discussing music and braille literacy'
> Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Shst super ujeet Music Problems
> Brandon,
> Could it be that your problems with obtaining a good scan are related to 
> the book not being flat on the scanner? Depending on your circumstances, 
> sometimes a blind person needs to give up the integrity of an actual book, 
> and carefully separate the pages. If you have access to a good-quality 
> paper cutter, that usually works well, depending on the thickness of the 
> book you are willing to dismantle.
> Dale
> From: menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org 
> [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] On Behalf Of Brandon Keith Biggs
> Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2012 11:55 AM
> To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Sheet Music Problems
> Hello,
> I’m wondering how I can make a binder full of print sheet music look 
> professional?
> I was just told that my accompanist’s binder looked like **** by one of my 
> singer friends.
> I’ve been using my sighted music illiterate parents to help me scan in 
> each new piece of music I am given out of the sheet music books I have. 
> But when my friend looked at my binder she was exclaiming how I had 
> measures that were blurry, notes that were white instead of black and in 
> one case the measure on the bottom of the page was cut off.
> She then proceeded to take me to the store, we got a whole puncher, plain 
> labeling tabs and a sharpie, along with the 3 ring binder with the round 
> rings on the spine and not those slanted binders.
> We went back to my house and she helped me rescan pages that were messed 
> up in my original TIF files, but even then I was having a problem of the 
> notes being white on some staves instead of black. She just ended up 
> copying the pages from my book instead of using the computer. She then 
> nicely labeled every song and made sure they were all there and that every 
> measure looked perfect.
> I was just asked to email my music to a pianist so they can practice. I 
> sent over my music, but I got a response from the pianist that not all the 
> pages were there. I mailed her the tiffs along with the extra pages we 
> scanned with my friend.
> I’m wondering how I can make my print music look professional? Because as 
> it stands I’ve been looking like a dunce at the auditions I’ve gone to and 
> the pianist questioned my authenticity after receiving music with missing 
> pages.
> I am not sure why scanning in the music doesn’t seem to work, because that 
> is the best way for me to do things with my print music.
> I’m worried when I don’t have friends around who can help me with my 
> music, what can I do?
> I know if I got all my music in a Lime file things would be good, because 
> I’d be able to print the lime file to a PDF and send that out, or print 
> directly from the lime file. But I don’t have any music literate people 
> who I can train to scan into Lime. I guess I can higher a pianist to take 
> my music books and copy the pages that my songs are on, then come back to 
> my house and scan in those copied pages into the computer, but again I am 
> not sure how they will turn out, or even if the music is right side up.
> Does anyone have any siguestions?
> Thanks,
> Brandon Keith Biggs
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