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AppGameKit/AppGameKit Studio Showcase / ReadMusic: Tier-1 App for Android

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MarcoBruti
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Posted: 17th Jan 2012 14:52
This app, compiled for Android, is an educational game, very useful to learn how to read music on the pentagram. You have to select the right note on a little piano-like keyboard, that shall be played using samples taken from my Yamaha digital piano.
There are a lot of options: tutor mode (the notes are displayed), sharp/flat alterations, C/F clef, length of sequence, number of rounds.
I'd like to publish to the Android Market and sell it at a small price, as soon as I understand how to choose and manage payments.

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JimHawkins
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Posted: 17th Jan 2012 15:56
There's no clef! It's impossible to know what the correct note is...

-- Jim
MarcoBruti
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Posted: 17th Jan 2012 18:30
Hi Jim,
don't worry, the clef is chosen before starting the game, and it displayed at the beginning. It is a side scrolling game, for each round the clef is drawn, but as the notes show up, it scrolls outside the screen. See the attached screen.

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JimHawkins
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Posted: 19th Jan 2012 14:19
OK Marco! Why not lock the clef on the left of the screen and scroll the staff through? Also - all those ledger lines!! Mostly notes are in the range of the treble and bass clefs (SABT) and a double-stave view might be kinder!

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Posted: 19th Jan 2012 16:40 Edited at: 19th Jan 2012 16:44
Does it actually play a tune? Or are you just required to hit a randomly displayed note?

If its side scrolling why not have a hit zone (like Guitar Hero)? You could also increase the speed as you progress through the 'tune'...

EDIT: Also, as an advanced mode, why not remove the key names? Teaches you where the keys are on the piano then also...
MarcoBruti
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Posted: 19th Jan 2012 18:01
Answers to all.
- It plays a tune by pressing the coloured and black key as it were a piano keyboard (with only 7+5 keys)
- the tunes are sample taken by my Yamaha GrandPiano keyboard
- The idea to fix the clef is good, although I rendered a a stave that scrolls, so the clef should scroll too. Anyway I'l consider this idea in a next release.
- it is not Guitar hero game, it should be a serious way to learn reading music, so the hit zone is the keyboard, not the moving notes.
- I do not think it is a good idea to put double stave. This is a tool to learn separately keys in G and F clef. When you do real exercises at the piano, there it is important to have both.
- the edge lines are ugly, I agree. I'll remove them in a next release.
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Posted: 19th Jan 2012 19:41
Quote: "- it is not Guitar hero game, it should be a serious way to learn reading music, so the hit zone is the keyboard, not the moving notes."


Fair enough, its your game... Its funny though, I have literately just started teaching myself piano a couple weeks ago. I found an app very similar to this. One enhancement I would have suggested was to have it scrolling, which is what you are doing... Just to be clear though, by hit zone, I wasn't suggesting you click the moving notes, I meant you click the keyboard when the note is in the 'hit zone'...
MarcoBruti
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Posted: 12th Feb 2012 14:44
The gallery for ReadMusic.



MarcoBruti
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Posted: 23rd Feb 2012 10:06
Now ReadMusic is available on Android Market for 0.99€.
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There is no video at the moment, but I think to create it as soon as I have time.
I modified the aspect in order to remove the boring red stripes. Now on my cheap smartphone Galaxy Gio the rendering is perfect. I do not know on tablets, because I have no other (expensive) gadgets, but Android Market tells me that it is compatible with more than 700 models, and I think that, as far as the screen aspect is 3/2, the rendering should be good too.
Since I am trying to learn piano, I found it very useful for practicing, and it is an amusing passtime too.
As usual, I'll give for free the Windows version to people that shall buy the Android version.
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