Sibelius has many powerful filters in the Edit menu that are useful for all sorts of duties. The reason to filter a note, rest or other notational element falls into one of three categories 1-to modify, 2-to copy or 3-to delete.  Your first reaction may be to reach for a filter in the Edit menu […]


Here’s a question from an email I recently received related to my last series of blog posts. “Hi John, Thanks very much for your posts on Sibelius 6!  I’m trying to figure out how to write drum kicks in a flute part (above the staff).  I found the Make Pitches Constant plugin, but I’m actually trying to […]


With this post I’ve cover the remaining drum set notation types sited in my first post in this series. 5. Combination notated and slashes As you can see from this example above, sometimes you have bars that are fully notated for part of the bar and then go to slashes for some reason, in this […]


Next on the list of drum set notation 2. Repeat bars Let’s face it, most drum set parts consist of a lot of repetition. The drums create that steady undercurrent that moves the piece along.  If you want the drummer to play exactly the same pattern over and over, the best way is to use […]


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Make Pitches Constant-Drums is one of my favorite plugins related to creating drum set parts. It is a variation on Stefan Behrisch’s very versatile Make Pitches Constant plugin which I mentioned in my previous blog post. Thanks to Roman Molino Dunn for tweaking this version of the plugin and Daniel Spreadbury for posting it to […]


Continuing on with fully notated drum parts, here are some plugins I’ve found really helpful in streamlining the process. Duplicate Rests A really helpful plugin for dealing with duplicate rests is Hide Duplicate Rests. You will need to download the Hide Duplicate Rests plugin and install it. (How to install plugins) When notating in two […]


Fully notated drum parts are fairly straight forward if you’ve mastered the concept of inputting notes in 2 voices. If you need a tutorial on this process I recommend this excellent video by Katie Wardrobe “Drum parts from scratch.” Katie also created two other great videos that cover additional ways of quickly creating drum parts. […]


Before I continue, a quick comment on the different styles of fully notated drum parts. There are 3 basic styles of notation for fully notated drum set parts that I’ve run across. They are shown at the top of this post. They are all perfectly valid and can be used to get the information to […]

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Many if not most of the projects I arrange for require drum set parts. A drum set part can be as simple as measures filled with slashes that layout the form, to detailed notation showing every drum or cymbal struck by every limb. My experience is the best drum set parts fall somewhere in between, […]


Thanks to Doug Roberts and Dave McKay of Roberts Creative Systems for inviting me to speak at the Nashville Sibelius User Group meeting. And thank you to all who attended for making me feel so welcome. We covered a lot of ground in Sibelius as well as related software and music notation topics. And if I’m […]