The music box I use has 15 notes, so it can play 2 octaves. You can of course use a bigger one, but remember that you bracelet will become a lot wider. Your box might come with instructions, mine didn't so I figured I give you a quick explanation on how to use it.
Since the music box does not play any sharps or flats (it plays only the white notes on the piano) you will most likely have to transpose (change the key of) the musical piece you would like to use it with. To modulate a song to a different key the circle of fifths (wikipedia
) is a great help. If you take a look at the first picture, you can see that in our case we will have to use either C major, or A Minor, since those are the two keys without any half tone.
If you know how to do it, than you can transpose the song yourself. Luckily for everybody else, there are a number of programs out there that can do this for you.
I've used forte 4 free, which you can download here
. If the "Element Pallet" is not shown click on the small icon I have marked in the second picture, to make it visible. Simply add the notes of the piece you would like to play.
So let's assume, that you have one ♭
, taking a look at the circle of fifth tells you, that you are dealing with F mayor or D minor. It is a perfect fourth (wikipedia
) from F to C. Meaning, that it is encompassing a musical interval of four staff positions or five half tones. So in order to transpose it, you will either have to go four staff positions down or a perfect fifth up. In forte 4 free this can be done by clicking on "Actions" and then either on "Transpose by Interval" or "Transpose by Key".
If you are interested in using your own sheet music from computer games, check out this