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All keyed up: Keyless instruments in a keyed score

by Philip Rothman on July 23, 2015 · 1 comment

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Along with a bit of history behind the convention, the how and why to use and create instruments that don’t display a key signature in Sibelius, Finale, and MuseScore.

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All keyed up: Going keyless in your score

by Philip Rothman on July 20, 2015 · 4 comments

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A brief set of tips on when, why and how to use open key signatures as opposed to C major, in Sibelius, Finale, and MuseScore.

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Bob Zawalich takes us inside the process of creating a way to color individual noteheads within a chord, eventually resulting in the development of the Colored Notehead Styles plug-in suite.

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With three new Sibelius plug-ins and an updated fourth, developer Kenneth Gaw has once again found solutions to save you time, keystrokes and mouse-clicks so that you can produce better results more quickly.

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An important part of printed music is the text that doesn’t appear within the staff lines at all, but rather three types of text you’re likely to encounter on the margins of the page.

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Writing more music with StaffPad

by Philip Rothman on April 17, 2015 · 16 comments

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A longer real-time video showing StaffPad in use, including writing two-voice music, triplets, slurs, grace notes, duplicating music, using the eraser, and the expression layer.

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What’s with those strange-looking accidentals?

by Philip Rothman on April 15, 2015 · 11 comments

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Here’s how to correct the occasional strange accidental symbol making mischief in your score.

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Use the Bravura font in Logic Pro X

by Philip Rothman on April 7, 2015 · 1 comment

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A little-noticed update to Logic Pro X 10.1 allows for the use of Bravura in the sequencer’s notation view.

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If you work with music that uses two voices and have been stymied by Sibelius’s stubborn positioning defaults, you need this longtime plug-in staple in your toolbox.

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New plug-in: Scale Notehead Sizes

by Philip Rothman on March 5, 2015 · 3 comments

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A new plug-in easily resizes noteheads in Sibelius — making quick work of what was previously a time-consuming task.

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