Why Don’t You have MIDI Files on the Website?

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Several Piano-ology students have requested that I include Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) files with each lesson…

… for two valuable reasons.

  1. This allows the visually-impaired to “see” the score.
  2. This allows you to import a MIDI file into your music software to use as a play-along study aid that you can edit and play at any tempo you choose.

While I fully support both of the above in principle, I have two reservations:

  1. The MIDI rendition of any score is typically rhythmically rigid, dynamically flat, monotonously inarticulate, and totally devoid of feeling. In a word, a typical MIDI file is painfully unmusical.
  2. Some music is impossible to capture accurately using conventional music notation. The timing and rhythm for swinging Jazz or a rubato ballad, for example, can never be reduced to dots on a page or a MIDI note table.

And so, I have decided not to routinely post MIDI files with each lesson.

For one, I do not for a moment want anybody to hear a Piano-ology MIDI file and think that’s Frank Peter playing. : )

But, more important, playing along with an inaccurate MIDI file can lead you to learn a piece incorrectly and playing along with unmusical MIDI file may instill some very unmusical listening and playing habits.

All that said, I still want to help.

If you would like to have a particular MIDI file for your own educational use, please contact me (frank@piano-ology.com).

I would be happy to send it to you with the full understanding that such files are for your ears only.

Thanks and Peace.