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A Study Guide to the Lime Music Editor and the Lime Aloud Scripts for JAWS

By David Simpson

In his LIME AID, David Simpson provides a simple, step-by-step introduction to how to use the Lime music notation editor with the Lime Aloud JAWS scripts to produce scores in both standard print music notation and in braille music notation. This publication grew out of Simpson's teaching experience at the National Resource Center for Blind Musicians' Summer braille Music Institute, a special program for students preparing to study music at the college level. The book guides students through the basics of creating and reviewing scores using the accessible Lime notation software and producing braille editions of their work with the GOODFEEL Braille Music Translator. There is even a chapter devoted to creating print scores showing properly formatted print symbols for harmonic analysis.

It is important to note that this book was originally written for use by students at the Summer Braille Music Institute, for the express purpose of preparing them to be able to submit most of the types of assignments expected for beginning music theory classes. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to using Lime and GOODFEEL but it has certainly helped numerous students to get a strong start with using our notation software. Lime Aid is presently only available in hardcopy braille. Dancing Dots hopes to offer it in other formats in the future.

The Introduction to LIME AID says that you will learn how to:

  1. Create and edit music notation.
  2. Add dynamics, time and key signatures, performance instructions, rehearsal numbers, titles and other annotations to your scores.
  3. Prepare music theory assignments.
  4. Format and print your work.
  5. Prepare music for embossing with the GOODFEEL braille music translation software.
  6. Import and export your work to other file formats used by popular music software, such as Finale and Sibelius.

LIME AID also includes handy appendices on scanning music, how to import and export a variety of digital score formats, extracting parts for printing using Lime, and a list of useful resources. See copy of the Table of Contents below for details.


Introduction	iii
What Is Lime?	iii
What Is Lime Aloud?	iii
How Does Lime Work?	iii
Lesson One	1
New Keystrokes You Will Need in This Lesson	1
How to Start Lime and Lime Aloud	1
Creating a New File	2
Note Entry and Note Edit Modes	3
Entering a Melody	3
The GoTo Command	4
Hearing the Music	4
Correcting Your Score	5
Printing Your Score	5
Saving Your Work	5
Lesson One Assignment	5
Lesson Two	9
New Keystrokes You Will Need in This Lesson	9
Entering Dotted Notes	9
Entering Rests	11
Inserting a Key Signature	12
Adding Sharps, Flats, and Naturals	12
Parts and Voices	14
Adding a Second Part	14
Moving Between Parts	15
Changing Clefs	15
Renaming a Part	15
A Little Bass Music	16
Adding a Title	16
The Insert Measures Dialog	17
Inserting An Anacrusis or “Pick-up” Measure	17
Renumbering Measures	18
The Delete Measures Dialog	18
Trimming Unformatted Measures from Lime Documents Before Brailling Them with GOODFEEL	19
Adding a Double Bar at the End of the Score	19
Brailling with GOODFEEL	20
Lesson Two Assignment	21
Lesson Three	23
New Keystrokes You Will Need in This Lesson	23
Subdividing a Part into Two Voices	24
Playing Several Notes within a Part or Voice	24
Listening to the Harmonic (Vertical) Structure of a Score	25
Hearing the Vertical Structure across Voices at the Cursor Position	25
Moving by Measure within a Part	26
The Status Keys	27
Selecting a Group of Notes	27
Adding Accent, Staccato, Tenuto, and Fermata Indications	28
Entering Triplets and Other Kinds of Tuplets	29
Slurring and Tying Groups of Notes	29
Slurring Notes in Note Edit Mode	30
Slurring Notes in Note Entry Mode	30
Annotations, Some General Remarks	30
Dynamics	31
Inserting Tempo Indications	32
Lesson Three Assignment	33
Lesson Four	35
New Keystrokes You Will Need in This Lesson	35
Formatting a Page for Several Music Theory Exercises	36
Adding a Time Signature	38
Adding Rehearsal Numbers	41
Using Rehearsal Numbers to Label Music Theory Exercises	41
Entering Harmonic Analysis	43
Entering Figured Bass	44
Adding Lyrics	45
Grace Notes and Appoggiaturas	46
Changing the Hear Playback Options	47
Turning the Metronome Off and On	47
Assigning MIDI Instruments to Parts	48
Using and Creating Templates	49
Lesson Four Assignment	51
Appendix A:  Scanning Music into Lime with SharpEye	52
Appendix B:  Exchanging Files with Other Music Software	54
Appendix C:  Part Extraction Using Lime 9 and Lime Aloud	56
Appendix D:  Resources	58

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