First of all, if your name is Crikkit, this is all just one big jest and/or experiment, so, nothing to see here. Go on. Shoo, girl!
Ok, for the rest of you...
First, I'll apologize up front for the liberal misuse of musical terms. A gentle nudge to correction for anything is most welcome. I am a musical amateur. There, I've said it. I hope this doesn't jeopardize my future full membership, friendships, or loot rolls.
What I'm trying to accomplish: I'm writing a piece with lyrics and music (multiple instruments if I'm lucky). I think this qualifies as a ballad. I know it qualifies as a potential disaster, but hopefully it won't affect the overall outcome too awful much. If you REALLY wish to know that outcome, and can keep a secret (I WILL force a pinky-swear), then send me an in-game PM.
What I can do:
I can hold a melody in my head like an oversized ear-worm. I have a general idea of how it sounds.
I can also, with much stress and pain to fingers, make the desired sounds (or close to it) with the in-game /music system.
I can write [likely horrible] lyrics and set them to meter.
Chew bubblegum, hop on one foot, pat my head, rub my belly simultaneously. Seriously.
What I can't do, and need help with:
Translate the sounds I can reproduce in /music to .abc
Use any kind of plugin best suited to the purpose of managing a band in music while reciting lyrics.
Gather a large group of friends together at a predetermined time and place (just fine within an existing event, but I'd like it to be huge... and still somehow not drown the lyrics in emotes)
Thing a thing that I need to have thinged. Yeah, this one can't be spoken aloud, sorry.
Get my older daughter to enjoy Star Trek and Lord of the Rings
This is easily the biggest and most important RP undertaking I've ever had the drive to do. I'm sure others have done FAR more involved endeavors, but for me, having little RP experience, and being horribly shy and introverted, this is ... challenging to take on.
I am travelling a bit for work, so not sure on the timing the next few days, but after, I'd REALLY like to get hopping. I'd prefer this be entirely executed prior to July 1, when I go on a vacation where I will be away from LOTRO for 8 days. If that doesn't happen... well, it can't be helped, but I need to try.
I have a program, that makes Band arrangements of music. If you sent me the Chords and the progression, I could build it for you. Just need to know what you want. Style, Instruments, etc. I can then save it as Midi, and then to .abc midi. (have no idea how that works yet, but I should have no problem learning it as I have worked with midi quite a bit}
Well, first of all, there ain't no such thing as ".abc.midi". Abc files is music wrote with typography, (reg'lar letters an punctuation) an don't have anything t' do with MIDI files, EXCEPT that there's software that can take a MIDI file an convert it t' .abc. Several such programs exist, but th' one we in Middle-earth all use is called "Maestro". I ain't certain, however, just what Draleric means by, "I can also, with much stress and pain to fingers, make the desired sounds (or close to it) with the in-game /music system." If this means only that he can play th' notes on his computer keyboard, th' only way t' get that transcribed would be fer someone t' lissen t' him play it, an then try t' write down what they heard. Which ain't impossible, o' course. I'd like t' know more about what perzackly he's able t' provide fer someone else t' work with...
You've the right of it with I can play the notes on my computer... and that's about it. I'm thinking I may compile some various formats to put it together and provide anyone interested in helping. It would take a couple days (see: business travel), but maybe that would be helpful. We'll see.
Isk and Daffin, I appreciate the feedback, and will be more in touch soon.
MAYBE you could take a pre-existing MIDI, convert it to .abc format, and then write your own lyrics for it. We do that for our band and for solos all the time. Perhaps the words for your super-secret project could play a more important role than the music itself.