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Online checker for 4-Part /Chorale Writing

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Hey Everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any online program/webapp that you can input 4 part writing into and it will check for mistakes like parallel 5ths, doubling errors, et al? I've been looking but I haven't found anything and I'm thinking that there must be something out there.

Thanks!!
 

stevel

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No offense, but if you learn how to do it correctly, you won't have this problem.

Peace,
Steve
 

guitarjazz

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The checker is called 'a piano'. I wish I had used it more rather than just following rules like a math problem. Have you ever seen the Herman Keller book?
 

heavypick

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No offense, but if you learn how to do it correctly, you won't have this problem.

Peace,
Steve
Cool. I've never really had too hard of a time with four-part writing but I learned a lot from doing it back in the day, and it's given me a hyper-awareness of voice leading in everything that I do that carries over to this day.

A lot of elementary theory classes spend plenty of time on four-part writing so if it were that easy for everyone to magically just learn to do it correctly, I don't think there would be a need for the classes.
 
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I agree that the goal is learning how to compose flawless part-writing technique. Surely you can imagine how a program that points out your mistakes could be a very valuable learning tool. I studied counterpoint in high school and learned it once upon a time by doing assignments, having them checked by a teacher, and learning from and correcting my mistakes. I am now 32 years old, and my technique is pretty dang rusty. Since I can't go back to my high school music theory teacher, I was hoping I could use modern technology to learn!!

I'm not sure if the poster who responded with "the piano" was merely trying to be snarky or if it was a serious answer (I'll give you the benefit of the doubt), but to respond; I don't exclusively listen to music from the common practice era, so I can't say that I am always going to hear a hidden fifth or a double 3rd in a voicing. These types of things wouldn't be out of place in any other era/genre/geography of music, many of which I listen to.
 

harmonicator

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I thought Sibelius had a function that highlighted parallel 5th/octaves, crossed voices, etc. If you compose using that program, you can scan it when you're done and they show up.
 

magpie74

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Finale has a plug-in that finds parallel motion. I don't think it came with my copy of Finale 2002, but I just tried it on Finale 2009, which is what I use now, and it seems to work great. I imagine it comes with the current version, as well.
 




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