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There are some great educational games and programs around for singers and musicians of all ages and standards.   We have included a few here for you to download or direct links to the authors info & downloads pages.    To our knowledge, all of these programs are freeware or shareware for Windows 95/98 - please note that many DO NOT WORK WITH ME or XP unless stated otherwise. For those who are unaware of the distinction between them:-

  • Freeware is free for anyone to download and distribute for personal use.
  • Shareware is available in a demo format and requires either registration with the author or a small fee for full use.
  • To use the Online Programs or go to programmers sites, left or right click and "open" or "open in new window"
  • To Download these programs right click on the link and "Save As" to the destination of your choice.

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Piano Chords - Virtual Piano
Learn piano chords on the Virtual Piano.   Click on any variation and the chords are displayed on the piano keys and the notes used are listed under the keyboard!!  A great tool for beginners who want to learn chords and more advanced players who would like to brush up on their inversions!!
This neat application can be used online and added to your webpage!!  You can Learn Piano Chords online or Download here.  Its a small download at only 9.3kb .zip plus its FREE !!

Thanks to Colm MacCárthaigh for providing this free script.  Visit his Website http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~colmmacc/

Pitch Perfection 1.0
Simple program written in Qbasic4.5 that allows musicians to work on developing their ears for tuning and pitch selection. It uses simple numbered menus for selections. It contains two levels - level one for basic notes, and level 2 implements sharps and flats. Click Here to download pitch.zip 192K Freeware - Windows (all) or visit the authors site Clear Sight Designs.

Play the Blues, Now 1.2
Learn to play blues piano with this freeware interactive instruction program that guides the beginning student through the basics of playing the blues on the piano or keyboard. You'll learn with the benefit of diagrams and charts. And unlike print-based instruction, you will be able to hear the examples as well. Everything needed to grasp the basics of blues is presented in the course of five lessons that explain the material in a comprehendible way. The program covers the blues scale, blues chords, 12-bar blues progressions, theory, turnarounds, and more. Click Here to download playblue.zip 210.42K. Freeware Windows 95 or visit the authors site Play Blues.

delaydots.com releases PitchWorks DX for free
PitchWorks is an alternative Pitch | Tempo | Speed processor available as DirectX media format only.
The plugin allow you alternate sample Pitch (preserve sample length), Tempo (change sample length but preserve pitch) or change both Pitch and Tempo using post process high quality resampler alogrithm (Speed) without preserving pitch and sample length.

Input parameters are: Pitch in semitones (cents) in range +/- 4 ocatves, Tempo in percents (in range 15..999 %), BPM or sample time, Speed is changes in percents or semitones. For precise Tempo change and avoid artifacts an accuracy parameter is available.

All parameters have two tweak modes: draft, where user able tweak parameters fast, using GUI wheels, and precise (calculator) mode, where user inputs precise values into edit boxes.

System requirements: the plugins requires minimum 300 Mhz machine, Windows 9x/NT/XP/2000, Direct X media v6.0 or later. Compatibility: primary targets are Sonic Foundry Sound Forge, Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro, Steinberg Wavelab.

Click Here for screenshot.  The plugin avalable for download free of charge at www.delaydots.com
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Player Piano
Player Piano is an applet which automatically plays a song like an old player piano, the keys move and the music scrolls!  Try out the Player Piano online or Download this Freeware applet or visit the authors site Mark Leather.

Random Music Composition Project - Freeware
Experimental program for generating random music on the fly - 97KB Control ranges of pitch, amplitude, timbre and duration, select multiple layers which can be turned on and off, then let the computer write the music. Can be a pain with some soundcards - if it doesn't work well on your computer, don't use it. It's "safe" however - the worst thing you'd ever have to do with this would be to shut it down using the "close program" dialogue. System Requirements: Windows 95,98,ME,NT,2000 compatible - 294KB. Download this free software written by Greg Fox Here or from his site Pork to Bacon Software.

Recorder Digits 2.6
Recorder Digits is a Windows 9x/NT/ME/2000 program designed to display and document recorder fingerings. In default mode, it displays standard and alternate fingerings for alto, soprano/tenor, and bass recorders. The program also has the ability to load external fingering files. This gives the user the ability to change the fingerings that the program displays. For example, a person could create a file with the fingerings specific to a particular model of recorder. Recorder Digits comes supplied with 2 external files, one showing trills for all notes and another, intended for beginners, which shows standard fingerings for all notes, with brief instructions for each (this file can also serve as a good starting point for teachers, who can easily modify the remarks with their own). "This update features a Preferences dialog to set program StartUp options, plus an external file showing Turned Trills." Click Here to download rcdigits.zip 521K Freeware or visit the authors site Richard Hureau.

Reel Ear
Random melody generator used for musical ear training. You define a multitude of variables like number of notes and rests, speed, note and rest lengths, phrase lengths, octave range, etc... and Reel Ear plays an unlimited amount of random melodies based on your variables. Just by selecting a few notes and defining three or four different variables, the amount of possible melodies that Reel Ear can generate skyrockets into the millions, and the best part is that the musical phrases actually sound musical! Other ear training programs frequently use prerecorded exercises, which means that you can easily memorize them - if you are playing from memory, you are no longer training your ear. Because Reel Ear generates random melodies based on your variables, it's impossible to memorize the melodies. In other words, you can never outgrow Reel Ear - use it from the start until you reach the top. Shareware program. Windows XP, Vista and Window 7 only, 24 MB. Discounts available for accredited music schools. For more detailed information about Reel Ear, screen casts, and FAQ's, visit the website at Reelear.

Rhyme - Songwriters Tool
Rhymei.exe V.1.23 for windows 95/98/NT is an application for songwriters. Type any word and click Rhyme - it will find rhyming words for you!
click here to download this FREEWARE - Rhyme, size 946kb or visit their site AnalogX

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Scorch Music
has FREE software for you to download that allows you to view, transpose or print music that users have provided online including Music Theory and Writing Lessons.

Once you have created your masterpiece you may upload it to the internet using the amazing free software for viewing, playing, transposing and printing scores online or browse other users creations from a huge choice of original sheet music on the Internet, with thousands of scores for you to play and print - including Piano, Guitar, Voice & piano, Choir, String quartet/quintet, Wind/brass band, Big band, Orchestra and other instruments in a wide variety of genres like 20th Century, Impressionist, Minimalist, Band, Baroque, Church & Religious, Anthems, motets & introits, Canticles & Mass settings, Classical Period, Contemporary, Early & Renaissance music, Educational, Elementary/primary, Music theory, University/college, Film & TV, Folk & Ethnic, Folk songs, General, Latin Jazz Big band, General, Traditional, Musicals, Opera & Theater, Occasional, Wedding, Christmas, Pop & Rock, Alternative, Country, Romantic and if you use Sibelius or Finale you may Publish your own music on scorchmusic.com - it's free to join!

Sibelius Music Notation
Sibelius is a pay for sheet music notation software program which provides a free demo for you to try before you buy or you can see a demonstration at one of their events throughout the country.  The site provides several resources including international mirror sites in a variety of languages and their latest product PhotoScore MIDI the New scanning program for use with Cakewalk, Cubase, Logic and other MIDI software.  Turn printed music straight into MIDI files to play and edit in your sequencer! with its own Free demo download.  Teaching Tools is a new pack of ready-to-use exercises, worksheets, resources and music files to help teach music in the classroom with Sibelius and the latest version has conversion capabilities for users of Finale 2001.

Once you have created your masterpiece you may upload it to the internet using the amazing free software for viewing, playing, transposing and printing scores online or browse other users creations from a huge choice of original sheet music on the Internet, with thousands of scores for you to play and print - from classical to pop, from piano to band/orchestra. and if you use Sibelius or Finale you may Publish your own music on scorchmusic.com - it's free to join!

Educational institutes and Publishers are also catered for with the Internet Edition the complete solution for publishing sheet music online. It's used by top publishers and retailers, including Hal Leonard, Music Sales, Boosey & Hawkes and J W Pepper.

Visit their International Homepage and choose a country to see their range, prices or download a free demo at www.sibelius.com or check out www.scorchmusic.com

Sight Reader for Windows
MT Sight Read is a freeware sheet music sight reading education program in a .zip file - size 1.09mb, released October 98  click here to download Sight Reader or browse round their site Hit Squad Shareware Music Downloads

Sight-Singing Trainer 1.2
If you need to improve your sight-singing skills then Sight-Singing Trainer may help. Test your accuracy by singing the notes presented in short exercises displayed on the screen into a microphone. Sight-Singing Trainer will check your accuracy and correct any mistakes. This version will expire after ten uses, at which time a registration key will be required to continue using the program. Click Here to download demo ssinger.exe 117.19K Shareware or visit the authors site Fast and Soft.

Singing Tutor Software
Interactive software for improving your singing skills and tuning musical instruments. If you want to learn singing or check your singing skills, try installing Singing Tutor. You can download a free trial version of this product to test it for 30 days. Visit the authors site Xitona to download.

Songbook Music Notation
SongBox Music Notation Software for quickly creating your own customized sheet music, midi files and songbooks. Shareware for Windows. Click Here to visit site & download software.

SongReader - 2.4
Mp3 & multimedia karaoke program for Windows, fully skinnable. Supports all multimedia formats (audio & video) avaiables in Direct Media. Also, works as a standard multimedia player. Create your own lyrics and narrations, synchronize with your favourite song and Enjoy!
Click Here to download this freeware program. file size 290KB for Wndows 95/98/2000/ME/XP or visit the authors site SongReader.

StageHand 4.5
This freeware tinybyte for Palms is for anyone who does stagehand work and needs to keep track of their hours, jobs, gig dates, mileage, meals, etc. It also includes a termonology and lingo database as well as one for each state's road laws written by Roadie Ron. This tinybyte requires ThinkDB 2.5 or later. Read full spec .

TablEdit Tablature Editor
TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for guitar and other fretted, stringed instruments. Additionally, TablEdit, while designed for guitarists, by guitarists, is not limited to guitar like other Tablature programs. Through ongoing consultation with experts on other instruments, TablEdit has developed support for harmonica, mountain dulcimer, diatonic accordion, drums, violin, tin whistle, recorder, and banjo (even taking into consideration the special aspect of the fifth string). TablEdit can open/import ASCII, MIDI, ABC, Bucket O' Tab, Tabestry and Wayne Cripps files, as well as files created by earlier versions of TablEdit. Files can be saved in TablEdit format or exported to ASCII, ABC or MIDI formats $55.00 Shareware PC
Click Here download 16 bit version
Click Here download 32 bit version
or visit their site TablEdit.

TableEdit

TEFview TablEdit File Viewer
TEFview displays, plays and prints tablature and sheet music available in TablEdit's TEF format.
View songs that are available from the internet in TablEdit file format on your computer screen.
Hear the songs the way the author intended to have them heard, at any speed. Loop sections of songs, or even entire songs so that you can get the most out of your practice time.
Print the songs out so that you can have them handy in your gig bag, instrument case, or even in a binder for easy reference when you are away from your computer.

Installation
To install TEFview, you'll need to unzip the TEFView distribution file and place its component files on your hard drive. This distribution file is a self-extracting archive and when you run it TEFview will be installed in a directory (or folder) called /tabledit32.
To run the program, double click on tefview.exe in your file manager, or create a shortcut to /tabledit32/tefview.exe using Windows.
If you want to print the musical stave or if you see boxes instead of musical symbol when you run TEFview, you'll need to manually install the TablEdit True Type font (tabledit.ttf) that was included in the distribution archive on your system. Otherwise, you'll get some strange symbols instead of the notes. TablEdit - TEFview website FILE NAME - tefv.exe - 426K Click Here for this Freeware DOWNLOAD

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Virtual Trumpet - Shareware
Play trumpet on your PC using only the Virtual Trumpet software - sound like a pro from the first note! Combine General MIDI sounds with Audio (sound library required). Add harmony, chords and shapes to MIDI and Audio output. Learn the main valve combinations through the entire range of the instrument. Even "false" fingerings are supported! Learn scales, improvise, compose, improve your interval recognition and ear training. Click Here to download or visit their site Birdwell Music.

Virtual Hymnal
A hymn customizer that lets you create customized hymns/hymnals from a collection of over 300 traditional, public-domain Christian hymns. Include only the hymns you want in the order you want. Options include: play, transpose, print professional quality scores, create customized MIDI files for playback outside of the program, scale the hymns to any size, reformat and justify, use any scalable Windows' fonts/sizes for titles, chord names, & lyrics, verses only, display some verses under associated notes and others at end of hymn in 1 or 2 column format, traditional 4-part harmony (in 2 staff systems) or melody only, guitar fret diagrams, tablature for any stringed instruments, any page/margin sizes, select some, all or no verses, display music as "shape-note" music. When playing, select any general MIDI instrument, alter tempos, repeat songs any number of times $49.95 Shareware PC Click Here to download or visit their site Music Ease

VisiTrax CDs-records-tapes organizer w/ CDDB
VisiTrax efficiently organizes your CDs, records, tapes, and more -- name your own categories and media formats. Quickly locate material with wild-card matching, multi-column sorts. DJ playlists. Intuitive tabsheet views; integral CD player with CDDB title retrieval via Internet. Example library. Non-expiring FREE edition for small libraries; license for professional-sized libraries priced similar to a CD. ZDNet Editors Pick (5 stars). Freeware Click Here to download or visit their site VisiTrax.

Vocal Remover by Analogx - Freeware
AnalogX Vocal Remover works on the same principles that the hardware removers do - that in most instances vocals are equally mixed in both channels, and can be identified and therefore removed by simply changing the phase on one channel by 180 degrees. While this won't remove vocals in all instances, it does work in many cases, and can sometimes be used to remove bass or breakbeat sections as well. Depending on the effects used on the vocals, sometimes the reverb or ambience of the vocals is left. Vocal Remover works on all versions of Windows, from Window 95 to Windows 7 and everything inbetween (including XP, Vista, Win2k, etc). Visit Analogx to read more and download.

Xylophone
A great, open-source xylophone applet! Fun to play the xylo; educational too. See the music being written as you play. Playback features included. Source included! - courtesy of Java Boutique who have a host of great musical java applet programs - FREE! Click HereTo try it out ONLINE and/or DOWNLOAD!

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Music Freeware & Shareware Links

Audio & Music applications for SGI
in the public domain, complete with descriptions, screenshots and links.

Cnet Downloads
freeware & shareware downloads searchable database & reviews of software.

Hitsquad
Music Shareware Downloads - extensive site with tons of free demos & cheap shareware music applications for Windows & Mac.

Dasound
Net music software resource providing information and links and downloads for freeware and shareware music software.

Educational Software Programs
Music section contains several programs for learning music.

GUIDO Noteserver
Developers of a music representation language called GUIDO musicnotation as well as a online noteserv and a stand-alone noteviewer for rendering scores from GUIDO files. The GUIDO NoteServer converts GUIDO Music Notation (ASCII) into conventional music notation (GIF or Postscript), that can be displayed with any WEB-Browser and embedded in WEB pages. Both, Noteviewer and server are freeware/free-services plus samples, examples, notation features and open source are provided online.

Reality SGI
Freeware music and audio application listings and links to download sites for SGI.

Simtel
Has a huge range of freeware and shareware software in various catagories with worldwide download link options.