Frequently Asked Questions
Q01 Why do I need this program? What is its
A01 To provide you with musical examples that you can both see and
hear by clicking on a hyperlink. Either Noteworthy Composer or Noteworthy Reader will
serve this purpose. Noteworthy Player is freeware
and costs nothing to download and use.
Q02 Why did you choose this particular
A02 I chose Noteworthy Composer for several important reasons:
- The examples can be read and played using a freeware program, Noteworthy Player. This means that you can use these
instructional pages at no cost.
- Noteworthy Composer is an powerful, user-friendly, shareware program that you can use
for you own musical experimentation
- The program's developer provides extensive technical support online
- During playback, the music score highlights notes in red as they are being played
- Low Cost - You can download NWC as shareware, and fully register it for $39.95
- Each file has an 'information' section, which allows me generous space for text comments
- NWC can condense its files for web publication, but the files are still immediately
- NWC can import and export MIDI files, and NWP can also read and MIDI files
Q03 Does Noteworthy Composer have any
advantages over Noteworthy Player as a file reader?
A03 Yes. Files imported into Noteworthy Composer can be edited by the
user. Tempos can be changed, keys can be transposed, staves can be muted on playback,
parts can be altered, added or subtracted, etc. You can also view and play files which
were created by in unregistered copy of the program--although you won't find any on this
website. (Noteworthy Player won't work with files from unregistered users) This is why the
program is so terrific for student musicians, and why I'm so enthusiastic about it.
Q04 What are the limitations of Noteworthy
Composer's shareware version?
A04 The shareware version of Noteworthy Composer appears to be almost
completely functional except for the following:
- A file can only be saved 9 times--i.e. whatever you're writing has to be done in nine
sittings or less
- The shareware program is supposed to expire after 30 days
- Files produced by an unregistered copy of NWC cannot be played or displayed by
Q05 What are the limitations of Noteworthy
A05 Noteworthy Player displays and plays files exactly as they were
saved in Noteworthy Composer, and reads the attached text comments. It also reads and
plays MIDI files. This makes it adequate for use on these pages. The following might be
considered its limitations:
- Playback will be strictly as-is. The user is not able to:
- Change tempo
- Transpose pitch
- Mute individual staves/tracks
- It refuses to display or play the contents of NWC files which were saved by an
unregistered copy of Noteworthy Composer
Q06 How do I configure my browser to launch
these programs when I click on a hyperlink to an NWC or MIDI file?
A06 You have to configure your browser to recognize the file
extention, and take the appropriate action. Click on the following links to get the
instructions for Netscape and Internet Explorer.
Note that the instructions for Internet Explorer come from Noteworthy's FAQ. My copy of
Internet Explorer 4.0 appears to activate Noteworthy Player without any modifications on
NWC's MIME type/subtype on Tripod and Earthlink's servers is application/nwc. On
Noteworthy's server, it is application/octet-stream.
Q07 Why am I seeing the notes play on the
example, but hear no sound?
A07 There are several common causes for this. Check them in this
- NWC or NWP is already runnning from a previous hyperlink. Each time you click on a
hyperlink, it activates the program as it downloads the file. When you are finished
playing a file, you have to close NWC or NWP out completely--not just close the file. If
you have left NWC or NWP working and then click another hyperlink, your existing program
has control of your MIDI player and the new program won't be able use it. Bottom line: Make
sure there are no copies of NWC or NWP running on your computer before you click on the
- Your volume control is turned, down, you have headphones or a patch cord plugged into
your phone jack, etc.
- Your MIDI device may be incorrect. Were you working earlier with a MIDI keyboard that's
now disconnected or turned off? Go into My Computer>Control Panel>Multimedia and
click the MIDI tab. See whether the type of device you're trying to use is selected. (For
your PC to play the file back, your selection should probably be "ESFM
- Your computer lacks a MIDI-capable soundcard or has no soundcard at all. I know you're
laughing at this, but if you're using the computer at a public library or an office, this
is a very real possibility.
- If you have checked all these things and still come up empty, go to Noteworthy Composer's Homepage and search
their support areas.
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