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How about>>>>

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Thanks, Toni.

There was one way near the bottom that might work out! "Virtual" was the word I wasn't coming up with. Kept thinking "online" and getting offers for lessons.

--Cindi
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Wow, guys!

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I didn't know there was such a thing!

I'm planning to try (some day)the touch typing lessons which, I understand, puts a keyboard on the desk top.

My Yamaha keyboard doesn't work anymore, so I'm making a note of Toni's link.

Angeline
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Virtual Keyboard for typing or piano type?

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I'm not positive but I think there already IS one built into XP if you have it. I think it's in the Accessibilities program, if I remember correctly, and it's used normally for people who don't use a mouse (or can't physically control one).

Trying to figure out what you would need one for, Ang when new keyboards are only about $15 at Wal-Mart. I bought ten online not long ago for six bucks each when I spotted a good sale. Then I was able to throw out a slew of ones I had here that were the older type that needed ps/2 converters attached to them.

If you are looking for a good Mavis Teaches Typing type of program, I can send you one easily. I have a bunch of them. I am a pretty fast typist (older electric typewriters couldn't keep up with me and I'd have to sit back and wait for it to catch up) and when I got the computer for Derek years ago, he was just taking typing classes in school in preparation for computer classes. I installed the typing teacher program to that old W95A dinosaur and we would compete with each other. I quit when he got faster than me...........heheheheh....but I still have a Brothers electric typewriter than I can beat so my ego isn't totally shattered.

TONI

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Interesting that ...

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your Yahama has bitten the dust. I can't really help here (so I don't know why on earth I'm posting this).
I bought my Yamaha because it was computer-compatible. Whilst it still works, some of the keys need a sledge-hammer touch. I'm thinking of putting it in the washing machine as repair costs are greater than new-purchase cost.

There used to be a programme for the (very!) old Commodore C64 that put a piano keyboard on the screen, so I'd be a bit surprised if there isn't a current one out there. I guess it's just a case of finding it.

Regards
Mo

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For typewriting, here is a site ...

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that I use periodically, (with no ill effects, ignoring the ads and having the usual computer safeguards of course).

Basically, you type in a paragraph and it tests your speed, adjusted for any errors you make.

The weird thing is that they seem to test in "words per minute" Sad. I used to work with a lady who took shorthand at 150 wpm. I managed 120 at that time, but 150 is off the Richter scale IMO.

Regards
Mo

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Silly me - forgot the link - Doh!...

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Cindi, there was a little eye-candy program called Virtual Piano that was part of the midi stuff that was bundled with the SoundBlaster Live card I put in a system of mine a couple of years ago. I'll have to pull out the disks for it when I get home, and if it is what you are looking for, we can arrange off-list to get it to you. Also, have you considered any of the midi sequencing software? While they all are based on the notion that you'd normally have some sort of midi device (like a keyboard) for input, some also have manual notation capability. A window on the screen shows a graphic representation of the score in regular staff notation, and you can click your mouse on any spot on the bass or treble clefs to insert a note of whatever duration (or modify a note already there...). It will be converted to the usual midi sequence and the synthesizer on the soundcard in your computer will play it back. I've got a couple of those programs too.

dw

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Hi ****,

Thank you for your generous offer! I hope I'm not giving the wrong impression here, I was just trying to avoid buying a piano keyboard for poking out some notes here and there while learning my alto part for choir. I thought there might be something online for occasional use. There was a link in Toni's search results that gave me something I can use. If all else fails, I can purchase a cheap piano keyboard...it doesn't need to connect to the computer.

Thank you!
--Cindi
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well, Cindi, that's actually the point. The Virtual Piano thingie, IIRC, lets you plunk out tones by clicking on a screen image of a keyboard. The sound comes out through your soundcard. I can't remember if it also had a mapping to the typing keyboard so you could also imagine a particular row of letters as certain notes on the piano, I think it did... It's clunky as a serious musical instrument, but it works for simple tones and tunes. IIRC it is real-time only, i.e., if you didn't like the way it sounded, play it again and get it right this time; if you did like the way it sounded, revel in the memory because unlike everything else on the computer, it doesn't save your work.

The midi notation software would allow you to input more complex work and save it to play again in the future. It also plays out through your soundcard.

Neither require an external piano keyboard, but if you had one that was midi-capable, the midi software would use it as an input device to record your actual playing (as well as play the output through it's own synthesizer rather than the computer speakers if you wanted it to...). (Be aware that midi files are not the same as sound files, but we don't have to get into those technicalities here... yet...)

dw

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Sorry, ****!

I guess I read your first post as something far more grandiose and involved. What you describe sounds perfect.

If you can find it, we can surely work something out. Email me at the mod addy, or else I've got the profile mail enabled.

Thank you!

--Cindi
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