Music Prep

Have you ever had a problem, then you find the solution and the next thing the sound you utter resembles Homer Simpson saying, “D’oh!” ?  Discovering this little tip was exactly one of those moments for me. Sometimes it pays to know the basics of your operating system! For years, I’ve been printing PDFs of […]

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The great majority of charts I deliver to clients are now attached to an email and sent as PDFs.  No more running to FEDEX and scrambling to get the charts there the next morning.  Charts can instantly be sent anywhere in the world.  This is especially handy for some of my clients, as the PDFs […]

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When it comes to rehearsal marks my personal preference is using bar numbers. But many arrangers use rehearsal letters A, B,C etc and there is a really good case to made for letters rather than numbers in many situations. One example is, if you use rehearsal letters and revise a score by deleting for adding […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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