Re: Ragtime sheet music site
- Thanks for the recommendations and the links Ted.
Is there an FAQ for the site (perhaps this is a Perfessor Bill
question). For example, directions on how to upload an MP3 file?
Thanks again Ted.
--- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, "Ted Tjaden"
> Hi Paul:
> There are a number of excellent online sites for sheet music. Under
> the "links" pages (for members of this group), there is a folder with
> various links, including the Sheet Music Consortium at
> http://digital.library.ucla.edu/sheetmusic/ which includes the
> resources/collections of four libraries.
> I also like the U of Colorado site at:
> Ted Tjaden
- --- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, "Paul Johnson"
>Well, I am a tech guy, so I guess I could field this.
> Is there an FAQ for the site (perhaps this is a Perfessor Bill
> question). For example, directions on how to upload an MP3 file?
Virtually all of these sites deal in images only. No sound files. When
my collection goes to a university someday it will with the
stipulation that the music not only be scanned (multiple sizes) and
cleaned for the notes pages, but associated with direct MIDI
transcriptions as well. Or whatever, since this is perhaps 30 or 40
years from now.
In any case, downloading virtually any file on the internet can be
done, most easily and some with finesse. Here is how:
On a Windows or Linux browser, you can right click on the mouse button
to get a context menu, from which you will choose Save Target As or
something similar to that. It brings up a Save As dialog, and you just
save it as a file. This tends to work better in Netscape and Firefox,
as some incarnations of IE seem to save all images as bitmaps rather
than their native jpg or gif format. This is not bad, just
inconvenient. This should also work for MP3 and WMA and similar files,
making certain that you click the right mouse button rather than the
primary button, as you can't always save the audio file when it is
In the case of Macintosh, the procedure is the same except that you
hold down the Ctrl key while you click the (on most Macs) ONLY mouse
button (who thought THAT was a good idea??).
IF the site has a right mouse block ("This function is not available")
or something like that, don't despair. There are ways. Netscape is
better in this regard, but you can usually get around in IE. You need
to go to the View menu and select Source or Page Source. Then noting
the name of the item you are looking for, do a search in the source
code for that text. Somewhere around it will be a URL, either full or
partial. A full URL can simply be pasted into the Address window and
loaded. In the case of a music file you might get a Save As dialog.
You can also paste this into the Windows Explorer window (did any of
you know that Windows Explorer also functions as a browser??) and
sometimes get better results. If it is a partial url, just select that
part and paste it onto the end of the current URL, overwriting only
the current page name. This will usually get you where you are going.
Remember not to violate copyrights as there is often a reason for
right mouse context menu blocks. But if it seems supefluous, as it
sometimes is, you now know something about getting past it, but you
did not hear it from me and I did not post this publicly for anybody
to figure out so I am totally non-culpable for any damage done, in
part because I clearly said so right here that I did not say so. Right?
Hopefully this will help.
I believe there is a much older post here from me on how best to clean
and print these images. If somebody wants to search and give the
number that would be helpful.
RAGnificently, Bill E.