Music Prep

Do you miss the days of grabbing a pencil jotting down notes quickly on paper but you realize we live and work in a world of computer generated notation? Do you wish there was a way do both, draw notes on a staff by hand and have the notes magically appear in  Sibelius or Finale? Then this […]

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In my last blog post in this series Sibelius 7 Playback tips: Tweaking Gliss lines we looked at using the Inspector to tweak gliss lines. In this post we’ll use a very similar technique to fine tune the way ritard, accelerando and all other tempo based lines affect playback. For the rest of the post I will […]

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In the last post I showed you how to use plug-ins to quickly voice 4 horns and setup staves for the score (Horns 1&2 and Horns 3&4) and also separate staves for each of the 4 horn parts.   As one of my blog readers quickly pointed out this is all well and good but […]

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In my first post in this series I introduced you to the Focus Family and Focus Set plug-ins, which I find indispensable when working with large scores.  Let’s look at a few more plug-ins that make things move a bit faster in large scores when working in Sibelius. On bite at a time…but how big? There […]

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In this series of blog posts I’m going to share some tips on working with large scores in Sibelius. Some scores are just plain BIG! When working on a large score, no matter what the ensemble, the score page and your monitor are only so big.  The more staves you have, the smaller they must […]

One of the the great things about writing a blog like this is, I learn new things all the time.  Master plug-in programmer Bob Zawalich left a comment on my last blog post about a plug-in of his that fits in with my “Key of the Day” scheme.  This is a plug-in I was not aware […]

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In part 1 of this series we looked at Sibelius‘s built in keyboard shortcuts, in part 2 we explored organizing, memorizing and creating your own keyboard shortcuts.  I’ve got just a few more thoughts on this subject so here we go with part 3! Key of the day There are so many features in Sibelius, […]

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In my last blog post, I talked about learning the keyboard shortcuts built into Sibelius and how this can boost your productivity.  In this post I’ll walk you through setting up your own user defined keyboard shortcuts in Sibelius.  But before you charge into setting up all those shortcuts it helps to have a plan.  Let’s look […]

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Well here’s a first, a blog post with a ProTools tip!  To be honest I don’t use ProTools a lot, Digital Performer is my DAW of choice.  But a lot people do use ProTools and I’m often sent Protools files by my clients.  Sometimes I am transcribing from audio or adding orchestration to existing tracks. […]

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Here’s a quick tip that you might not use every day but could come in very handy. The situation is this:  You need to display a staff as a small staff in a particular part but in the score and perhaps another part the staff needs to still be the normal size. Sometimes what happens […]

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