Document Requirements

This section is about the music’s appearance.

For instructions on how to import document files, see the User Guide.

What’s My Note? reads vocal lines only. It does not recognize piano and instrumental parts.

Music must be professionally engraved and must use conventional notation.

Do not use photocopies, screen grabs or low-resolution images downloaded from the Internet.

Do not attempt to photograph the screen of another device. Screen images do not have sufficient resolution.

Overlapping symbols will not be recognized by What’s My Note?

MOCR music appusic that is faded, or contains gaps, may also confuse the software. This image contains a flat, but it is barely visible, and the software will not recognize it.

music reading appAccidentals are occasionally misplaced in older printed music. This might not be evident on first glance. But pages containing this error will be rejected.

Ledger lines can be particularly troublesome. They can be blurred (A) or positioned too far from the staff (B).

Ties from one staff to another will not be recognized. This is not proper notation, although it does occasionally occur in practice.

Sweet Adelines uses music produced for internal use, some of it decades old. The staff lines may be unevenly spaced, and the lyrics may overlap the note stems. This is moderately confusing, even to human readers.

Music created with modern software, such as FinaleSibelius or Forte will photograph correctly.

If your music will not photograph on the first pass, do not persist in retrying. If you do, the image may eventually get past the software’s safeguards, but is likely to contain errors when played. Instead, try one of these fallbacks: Fallback A. Rotate the camera 90 degrees, and photograph half of the page (full width, half height). This makes the image larger, and easier for the computer to interpret. Fallback B. Print an enlarged copy of your original page. (For example, photograph the full page or half of the page using the Camera App, then print it from your phone or from your computer onto a full sheet of paper). Correct the gaps and blurred ledgers, using a thin pencil. Then use What’s My Note? to snap the corrected copy.