Finale

Surprisingly, I run into many Sibelius users who are under the impression that once you upgrade to Sibelius 7 you can’t exchange scores with someone using Sibelius 6. You can in fact, exchange scores seamlessly. And thanks to a new addition to Sibelius 7 you can easily exchange scores with Finale users too. As well, there […]

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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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This post is part 2 in my series of posts translating Sibelius 6 for Finale users. Remember I’m using Finale 2010 as Finale version of reference for these posts. Since Finale bases many of the elements of notation on the Tool menu, that seems like a good place to start.   Let’s go through some […]

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Many composers, arrangers, orchestrators and music prep professionals who are long time Finale users are finding that if pays to be fluent in Sibelius as well.  Both programs give you excellent professional output and both are being widely used. In my consulting work with clients and colleagues, I’ve developed a few tips and techniques that […]

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trombone mute

Signal modifiers In my last blog post “Signal Flow & Music Notation part 1” I gave you the examples of signal flow of water in my backyard: spigot>hose>Laurie’s face. And signal flow in an audio environment: synthesizer>cable>mixer channel 1>main output of mixer>cable>amp>cable>speaker. I promised this is going to apply to music notation software but first […]

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A blog about notes on paper to be read by musicians and how to get them there. (The notes, not the musicians) Welcome to my blog “Notes On Notes.” My high school band director, Tony Hyde, would often tell us, “The first 30 years are the hardest!” What he never really defined was whether he […]

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