Dancing Dots
Where Music Meets Technology for the blind
Dancing Dots serves blind musicians and their educators through technology and training

GOODFEEL's Capabilities

GOODFEEL 2.6 transcribes instrumental parts, vocal solos, keyboard works and full orchestral scores from beginner through the advanced intermediate levels. It allows a non-specialist to function as a braille music transcriber. Using mainstream music scanning and editing software, these non-specialists prepare print notation files for GOODFEEL which automatically translates the print information into the equivalent music braille. GOODFEEL's use certainly does not fully replace the highly specialized skill of the traditional braille music transcriber but shifts the majority of transcription work to non-specialists (mainstream music educators,, vision teachers or parents), leaving the well trained transcriber free to apply their rare skill to the most advanced and unusual projects. The result is a greater amount of high quality music braille being produced more quickly at a lower overall cost. The following quote from Mrs. Bettye Krolick, internationally known for her work as a transcriber and author, emphasizes this point:

"I really am thrilled. I recently lost 3 regular clients & when I called to find out why, I learned that they had taken my advice and purchased GOODFEEL. The sighted people using Lime (mainstream notation software) are all excited, and the blind persons doing the embossing are truly grateful. As you know, I do not use GOODFEEL myself for my own work, but its increasing use frees me up to focus on the more esoteric assignments." Bettye Krolick, Braille Music Consultant

It is technically feasible for future releases of GOODFEEL to support all of the features listed below. We do plan to continue to add new features with each new upgrade. GOODFEEL is good but it can get even better!

GOODFEEL does not yet do (as of version 2.6)

  • Automatically transcribe multiple verses of lyrics (Transcriber must copy and paste source verse 1 to create subsequent verses)
  • Short-form Chord Symbols (e.g. Cm7 (C minor seventh))
  • Figured bass notation
  • Braille indications of different noteheads (e.g. cued notes)
  • Combination of three or more voices in one part
  • Reminder ties
  • Braille repeat sections which end with tied chords are incorrectly marked with single note ties as opposed to chord ties.
  • Some braille music features specific to:
    • Percussion (e.g.: flams, different noteheads),
    • Strings (Left hand pizz.),
    • Organ (foot markings, stops),
    • Plucked instruments (P, I, M, A right-hand fingering),
    • Accordion (buttons)
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