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(Message started by: S J Birkill on Today at 21:14)

Title: Sheet Music !
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 21:14
I'm delighted to report that Pete has begun the process, trailered elsewhere I think, of generating 'lead sheet' versions of his songs in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. These are the abbreviated form of the score sheet: just the melody line, lyrics and chord symbols -- not as comprehensive as the 'First Folio' transcriptions, but enough to let the buskers among us play a recognisable interpretation, with the right chords.

Here are the first six. Over the next day or so I'll add the links to the discography, but in case you can't wait, these are the direct links:

    Cottonmouth (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i25.pdf)
    Femme Fatale (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i69.pdf)
    I Wouldn't Hear A Word Against The Spring (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i52.pdf)
    The Party's Moving On (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i10.pdf)
    Perfect Moments (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/d1.pdf)
    What Am I Supposed To Do? (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i2.pdf)

Pete is open (no promises though) to requests for the next batch. And of course any errors, omissions or just comments, please post here.

Steve

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by naomi on Today at 22:58
Yippee !!

;)

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Pete Atkin on 25.01.07 at 10:10
Many a thank yet again, Steve, for making the space and uploading these.   I'm sure it doesn't make us unique, but I'm always a bit surprised that more people don't make lead sheets available.  They're at least as good a way as downloads of spreading songs around in something like an authorised form.  They're a lot less approximate than lyrics and chords or guitar tabs -- of which there are loads online that are incomplete or inaccurate or misleading or all three -- and I hope they'll be more helpful even for those who don't pick up on the nuances of the melody lines.  

I've tried not to over-do the nuancing, i.e. not to attempt to transcribe every last detail of my own phrasing except where I think it matters, usually in terms of how to make the lyric work best.  Nearly always it's best to reduce the melody to its essence, down to the point from which others can take off.

The software I'm using is PrintMusic! from Finale, which is a bit of a cheap-and-cheerful compromise when set against industry standard software like Sibelius, but for my purposes I think it does the job.   Some aspects of it are a bit fiddly and there are some things it just can't do but, as Steve says, I'm open to suggestions, and errors can be corrected pretty easily (I make the changes in my PM! version and send Steve a replacement PDF).   Do send notice of errors to me in an IM, unless of course you'd like to score a point or two (!)

I did talk about this idea ages and ages ago, but I'm blowed if I can find where in the Forum that was, so if anyone has any particular requests (I think some did) do please post them again (this thread would be a good place).

At the moment I'm holding off making available any of the songs from my first three albums and Julie's album as they're all under publishers' agreements and I do need formal permission.  I don't expect the publishers to object - it is doing their job for them, after all - but better safe than sorry.

Hope you'll be able to make something of 'em.

Pete

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Robert Reid on 25.01.07 at 10:41
This is fantastic! I've wanted this for years. Thanks Pete. ;D

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Jan on 25.01.07 at 12:02

on 01/25/07 at 10:10:10, Pete Atkin wrote :
I did talk about this idea ages and ages ago, but I'm blowed if I can find where in the Forum that was, so if anyone has any particular requests (I think some did) do please post them again (this thread would be a good place).


The old requests are here (http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=newsletter;action=display;num=1118165677;start=5#1). (Not sure how you get the focus to the top of the message list!)

Jan

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Pete Atkin on 25.01.07 at 13:39
Thanks, Jan.  I did try!  I'll put those at the top of the list.  (I have already done one or two of them - just waiting for the publishers' wink to be tipped.)  

Just as with a WP program, I find that the more I use it, the more I figure out how to do, so later additions to the catalogue may look a bit better than earlier ones.

Pete

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Secret Drinker on 25.01.07 at 14:02
That's great news - many thanks for doing this, Pete.  :)

No particular requests, I'll take them as they come - bring 'em on! :)

Cheers

Paul

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by S J Birkill on 25.01.07 at 14:12

on 01/25/07 at 12:02:59, Jan wrote :
(Not sure how you get the focus to the top of the message list!)

Thanks for finding that, Jan. To make the link point to the first message, go up a level to the Thread index, right click the desired thread title and select 'copy link address' ('copy shortcut' in MSIE). Paste this into your post.

Or, change the start ID on the end of the link you have (';start=5#1') to point to the first message (';start=0#0').
Or just delete the ';start=n#n' part altogether and the link will take you to the first message in the thread. So:

http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=newsletter;action=display;num=1118165677;start=5#1

becomes

http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=newsletter;action=display;num=1118165677

Steve

PS: There's no space in the actual url -- the apparent one after 'num' above is YaBB's 80-character forced display break at work, see the Forum FAQ (http://www.peteatkin.com/cgi-bin/mv/YaBB.cgi?board=faq;action=display;num=1090753191;start=0#0).

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Ian Chippett on 25.01.07 at 16:13
Secret Drinker wrote:

<<No particular requests, I'll take them as they come - bring 'em on! >>

Top of my list would be A Man Who's Been Around which I've tried to transcribe but there's one chord change (there always is in Pete's songs) which resists transcription.

Ian C

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Jan on 25.01.07 at 16:21

on 01/25/07 at 13:39:46, Pete Atkin wrote :
Thanks, Jan.  I did try!

My pleasure!
and thanks Steve for the technical bit.
Jan

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Gerry Smith on 25.01.07 at 17:55

on 01/25/07 at 16:13:16, Ian Chippett wrote :
Secret Drinker wrote:

<<No particular requests, I'll take them as they come - bring 'em on! >>

Top of my list would be A Man Who's Been Around which I've tried to transcribe but there's one chord change (there always is in Pete's songs) which resists transcription.

Ian C


Ian, which change is that?  Come on, I like a challenge!  

This is all excellent news, btw.  

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Pete Atkin on 25.01.07 at 18:07
I bet I can guess:  from the start of the song --

| F / Am / | BflatM7 / B7 / |...

am I right?

Pete

PS Travel In A Tear and An Empty Table are imminent...

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by S J Birkill on 25.01.07 at 20:21

on 01/25/07 at 18:07:24, Pete Atkin wrote :
Travel In A Tear and An Empty Table are imminent...

    Travel In A Tear (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i6.pdf)
    An Empty Table (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/k5.pdf)

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Ian Chippett on 25.01.07 at 22:42
Pete wrote:

<<I bet I can guess:  from the start of the song --

| F / Am / | BflatM7 / B7 / |...

am I right?>>

Yes! Fantastic! For me this is the key moment of the song from a musical point of view but I'd never been able to figure it out while scratching away on my guitar. Thanks for the info, Pete. Next time, try to be more conventional... ;)

Ian C


Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Gerry Smith on 26.01.07 at 02:00

on 01/25/07 at 22:42:45, Ian Chippett wrote :
. Thanks for the [chord] info, Pete. Next time, try to be more conventional... ;)

Ian C


Shome mishtake, shurely...

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Seán Kelly on 26.01.07 at 08:40
Blimey - Thanks Pete and Steve!
Seán
(pre Busker level - but still ready to enjoy these !)

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by naomi on 26.01.07 at 16:15
As I said earlier: yippee !!!

Here's a request, sirs: I've Got Me to Thank

Naomi
:)

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Sylfest on 26.01.07 at 23:11
I havent been here for a few weeks - what an excellent surprise!
Thanks very much Pete. I have perhaps unwisely succombed to the temptation of buying an electric guitar recently. So: something to practice.

Title: Re: Sheet Music -- 6 more
Post by S J Birkill on 28.01.07 at 18:42
     Master Of The Revels (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/a1.pdf)
    The Faded Mansion On The Hill (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/b9.pdf)
    Between Us There Is Nothing (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/c1.pdf)
    Early Days (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i54.pdf)
    I Feel Like Midnight (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i68.pdf)
    Me To Thank (http://www.peteatkin.com/download/i77.pdf)

These, and the others posted so far, are all now indexed in and linked from the long-form Discography (http://www.peteatkin.com/disworks.htm) -- the third column of buttons, the clef icon, downloads the file, or opens it in your browser if you have the Acrobat plug-in installed.

Steve

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by naomi on 28.01.07 at 23:58
I can't thank you enough for all this, sirs.

It's immensely generous of Pete.

Naomi
:)

PS: If it wasn't so late I would be jumping round the room with glee - the thing is, I don't want to wake the downstairs neighbours, who already have to put up with my loud singing-practice during the day !!


Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Keith Busby on 14.02.07 at 16:14
For anyone interested, "Empty Table" works well on guitar a semi-tone down in D on an open tuning (DADF#AD).

Keith

Title: Re: Sheet Music - more songs
Post by S J Birkill on 01.03.07 at 00:17
I've just uploaded another clutch of lead sheet PDFs, hot off Pete's PrintMusic program. The new ones are:

             Be Careful When They Offer You The Moon
             Canoe
             Dancing Master
             The Flowers And The Wine
             The Standards Of Today

- but I should also mention Trophies, which was a straggler to the last batch and didn't get announced separately.

These, and all the previous, and in due course the subsequent ones, are (or will be) available from the all-in-one Discography (http://www.peteatkin.com/disworks.htm) page by clicking the treble clef icon in the button cluster to the right of each song name. Depending on how your Web browser is configured, this will either open the sheet in your browser's main window, or in a separate Adobe Acrobat window, or it will prompt you to save it to disk. You do need to have a copy of Acrobat Reader installed to view these, but I can't believe you've come so far without it.

I've just (almost) completed a revamp of the Discography page, to improve appearance and usability. If it looks a bit clunky in parts, that's because I haven't completed tweaking those layout peculiarities which always come to light when testing the page across a range of browsers (a step which too many Web designers omit!) But I'm just a dilettante, so I do it. I shall be removing the old stack of individual 'per-album' pages in due course.

Steve

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Carole on 01.03.07 at 09:36
Thanks Pete for The Standards Of Today!

Carole

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Seán Kelly on 03.03.07 at 09:40
Many Thanks Again Pete and Steve - very much appreciated!
Seán

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Master of the Revels on 21.10.07 at 11:07
Y'know what?  Somewhere in the vast cavern of assorted junk that I laughingly call my loft, I have all my original transcriptions (made when PA was living just off the Lea Bridge Road in the late 70s) from the vinyl albums (upto and including LL).    

I think I also made some full scores of some stuff a few years ago ..... if anyone is interested let me know and I'll see what I can find.

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by hannibalmcnee on 16.11.07 at 00:24
I'm interested Mr Bondy. VERY interested... ((strokes white cat))

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by JT on 28.04.09 at 18:18
First request is for Tenderfoot, after that, I'll happily take them as they come.

Title: Re: Sheet Music !
Post by Ian Ashleigh on 29.04.09 at 22:04
Having seen Pete at the Hove gig, my daughter intends to sing Canoe for her next GCSE Music solo performance.  Do I owe anyone any money for printing the sheet music and the lyric from the website?



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