Music Notation

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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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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Weather it’s pulling down a menu in Sibelius 6 or pointing and clicking on the ribbon in Sibelius 7, using your mouse, track ball or trackpad is not the most efficient way to select what you need. If you a Mac user, when was the last time you went to the edit menu in any […]

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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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If you read my blog it’s pretty clear what my notation software of choice is, Sibelius.  The big reason, it just works for me.  The way my mind views music notation and the thought process behind the creation of Sibelius are very much in sync.  The reason that Sibelius is so intuitive for me is […]

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