How to Read and Print pdf Files
pdf is an excellent format for distributing print quality information over the Internet. All the files listed on this page have been created with standard Windows programs. The finished output has then been printed to the PDF Creator virtual printer set to a minimum of 600 dpi. Because the resolution of computer monitors is much lower than 600 dpi, the ‘on-screen’ quality emerge poorer and more variable than that on a modern printer. We recommend that you always print these files rather than using them ‘on-screen’. All these documents may be copied and used loosely.
The files you are downloading are in pdf format – commence at 1.
1. You can download any pdf file to your hard drive by doing the following:
Windows – right click over the relevant link and save.
Mac – click on the relevant link, hold and save.
Two. Read pdf format files using a pdf reader
for example: Acrobat Reader or gsview .
Trio. With a pdf reader you will also be able to print the file(s) to your local printer.
Four. If you are having problems getting music to print from pdf files (for example, you get only garbled output) please refer to this article which offers numerous ways to solve this.
If you have any problems with these instructions please contact us and we will attempt to help you.
Five. If you notice spaces where there should be letters c or K then you can fix this by upgrading your Acrobat Reader to the latest version for your operating system. This problem arises from the Microsoft Postscript generator and is not the fault of our pdf format file generator.
If you require the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the pdf files, and this is not already installed on your computer, use the link through the Acrobat logo below.
How to Make pdf Format Files
Those interested in producing pdf format files may like to read Christian Mondrup’s comprehensive How to produce a pdf score .
Alternatively, refer to Free PDF which provides similar information.
We have set our printable material to fit the standard A4 paper size. If printed out on paper of another size the picture may not be centred on the page, or may flow over to a 2nd sheet. This problem is most commonly found when users print material intended for A4 paper size onto American Letter size paper. The two sizes are as goes after:
Plucked string format
Jeff Consi’s Drum Manuscript.
Jeff Consi writes: “In the PDF file I included enough space for the song title, a text box to write the tempo(bpm), space for the time signature, and a ?rail key? that I use to quickly figure out the rail pattern of the song. It?s just four crotchets (1/Four notes) that you can turn into quavers (1/8 notes) or semiquavers (1/16 notes) by tying them together with a pen or pencil. I found this to be an effortless way to quickly get a summary of the tune. I usually grab the iPod and go through each song, writing down intros, grooves, major drum fills, and the endings of the songs. I inject the bpm in the tempo text box, and tie the notes together in the ?rail key? to form the basic rail pattern of each tune.”
Blank Manuscript/Staff Paper from The University of Virginia – Music Paper Resource.
All are for 8½ x 11 paper (portrait orientation) unless otherwise noted
- 6-stave (large for elementary school use) PS PDF
- 8-stave paper for parts or lead sheets PS PDF
- 10-stave paper for parts or lead sheets PS PDF
- 9-stave paper for sketches (landscape) PS PDF
- instrumental solo with reduced-size solo staff PS PDF
- instrumental duet PS PDF
- instrumental trio PS PDF
- instrumental quartet PS PDF
- instrumental quintet PS PDF
Blank Manuscript/Staff Paper from MusicSheaf.com – Music Paper in Postscript, PDF and GIF formats.
Bilinear manuscript paper
Bilinear Music Notation is regarded as the only truly viable alternative notation system for music. Very first published in 1997 (by Jos? A. Sotorrio ), it is the only reform proposal to solve all the problems of traditional notation whilst retaining the same essential functionality required for practical music-making. No accidentals, key signatures, or clefs are required; all notes have just one absolute position on the staff in all octaves; less vertical space is required resulting in fewer ledger lines; it accommodates ranges more efficiently and simplifies the notation of transposing instruments; it reduces microtonal symbology; rhythmic notation is traditional or ?chronographical? (proportionate).
“All art permanently aspires towards the condition of music. For while in all other works of art it is possible to distinguish the matter from the form,
and the understanding can always make this distinction, yet it is the constant effort of art to obliterate it.”
Walter Pater (1839-1894) English essayist and art and literary critic