Frequently Asked Questions
Go to a song. Under the Downloads section, click the "mp3" link to download the mp3 file and the "MIDI" link to download the MIDI file. Not all songs have the music available for download.
Use the Search feature at the top right corner to find the song. If you cannot find it, it means the song is not available at hymnal.net.
You need to download and install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Download the MIDI file of the song. Open it with a music notation software. You can download a free music notation software from www.musescore.org. Print the sheet music using the software.
Hymn codes pertain to an indexed list of tunes in numerical format. The index provides an alternative way of searching for hymns; one that is based on the tune rather than the lyrics, category, author(s), etc.
Convert the tune into C Major if its original key is in major or into A Minor if its original key is in minor. Convert the notes into a standard numerical format with C equalling 1, C# equalling 1#, Db equalling 2b, D equalling 2, and so forth. Remove all the sharps and flats (# and b) in the numerical tune. Truncate the numerical tune so that it only covers the first line of the lyrics. Some numerical tunes cover up to the second line of the respective lyrics to preserve the uniqueness of the tune for the indexed list.
This is the result of a bug in QuickTime and can be fixed by changing the MIDI settings in QuickTime.
- Open the QuickTime player.
- Go to Edit > Preferences > QuickTime Preferences.
- Click on the Audio tab and choose "General MIDI" as the Default Music Synthesizer.
- Click OK and close the player.
- Restart your browser.
The music is stored in both the MP3 and the MIDI format. For more information about MIDI, visit www.midi.org.
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