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Old Dec 22, 2006, 09:49 PM   #1
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Garageband onscreen keyboard question

Does anyone know if the Garageband piano keyboard can display the name of the note on the keyboard, like this:
http://numbera.com/musictheory/piano.aspx
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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go to Window, and show Musical Typing. Or is that not what you want?
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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Not exactly. I want the names of the notes (C D E F etc.) to appear on the keyboard. Like this:

Not sure if GB can do that or not.
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 03:32 PM   #4
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ah...I dunno if it can do that, though at a guess I would doubt it. Is this for educational purposes i.e. you're teaching someone? Personally, I just always figured out where C was and counted from there. Since the white keys are never sharps nor flats it works pretty well for me. Though I'll grant you keeping track of a key with more than a couple of sharps can be little tricky...
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ah...I dunno if it can do that, though at a guess I would doubt it. Is this for educational purposes i.e. you're teaching someone? Personally, I just always figured out where C was and counted from there. Since the white keys are never sharps nor flats it works pretty well for me. Though I'll grant you keeping track of a key with more than a couple of sharps can be little tricky...
EDIT: I don't use the keyboard, per se. I typically use the Track Editor (see attached image), since C is marked at every octave on the display. I can't really record anything in real time anyway, since the latency is so bad, so I just plunk out a few notes and then build the chord (or whatever) in the Track Editor.

I doubt if that's useful to you at all...
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Since the white keys are never sharps nor flats
technically, they are. e.g. B = Cb, F = E#, etc.

depending on the key, you can get more examples. in the first movement of beethoven's moonlight sonata, which is in C# minor, there's an F## (which means you hit the G key).
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 06:17 PM   #7
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This helps a bit. It's not for education purposes, it's for me. I play guitar and was surprised at how easy I found it to plunk out tunes on the musical typing keyboard. To then play them on my actual guitar, it helps to know what the names of the notes are. The tip below helps a bit, thanks.
FWIW, I'm a brand-new Mac owner and I liiiiike it.
Thanks for the help.
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Old Dec 28, 2007, 01:34 AM   #8
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I know this is a year later, but I was wondering if there was a way to do this yet?
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