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Chord Song Transposer: For Piano Chords or Guitar and Tablature

Published on December 5th, 2005
Category: Audio and Video
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With the holiday season and all the Christmas music, I’ve decided to write this article. When I was young, I used to sing solos in church. But for some reason, probably the awkwardness of adolescence, I stopped singing. This past year, I’ve gotten back into solos. But, I provide my own accompaniment by playing the piano at the same time. However, I do not read actual printed music to learn how to play songs. Usually, I download the chords, which are usually intended for guitar, and try to make some sense out of them. I always have a problem when I get these chords from the Internet. This is because tenors and sopranos with wide voice ranges normally sing popular music. I am the total opposite of the norm. I am a baritone (bass) and my voice range is very narrow. Because of this, every chord sheet that I download has to be transposed.
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hymn: unlock iTunes

Published on November 20th, 2005
Category: Audio and Video

I’m not a fan of pirated music. I think it is morally wrong and dishonest stealing. Many people do not realize that pirated music is not just illegally downloaded MP3s from P2P networks and torrents. It is also music on unauthorized CD copies that friends burn for other friends. But I digress from my main topic.

When I download music I buy it on iTunes. Though the selection is much smaller then P2P networks like BearShare and Gnuttella, it is legal, the download speed is fast, and the quality is consistent. But there is one thing that I really despise about iTunes (and most other pay-per-download site), DRM protection. DRM stands for “Digital Rights Management.” It substantially limits rights on music. For example, the music cannot be played on more then a set number of computers (For iTunes, it is five.) and the music cannot be copied onto a CD more then three times. This DRM inhibits me from playing my songs on other media players. So, I am stuck with iTunes.
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