2016 holiday shopping guide

Have you been bad or good? We know you’ve been good, and that’s why we’ve assembled this unique holiday shopping guide for 2016 of books, apps, gear and more that you won’t find anywhere else — tailor-made especially for readers of our blog about music notation and technology.

Finale 2014 released; MakeMusic: “Others take music notation software development for granted”

Today MakeMusic released Finale 2014, the latest version of its flagship music notation program. Sporting the tagline “Own the Future,” MakeMusic is taking clear aim at Avid’s handling of Sibelius with their statement: “While others take music notation software development for granted, Finale is doubling down to provide you and your music a clear path […]

Creating single parts from multiple staves

I get asked surprisingly often how to create an instrumental part containing multiple staves. It’s not surprising that I get asked this — after all, it’s a common enough requirement, particularly so for percussionists — but rather that people haven’t figured it out for themselves, or been able to find the information in Sibelius’s documentation. […]

Producing effective drum parts in Sibelius

Practical advice from an expert arranger is worth its weight in gold, and my pal John Hinchey, both a talented trombonist and a successful arranger based in Nashville, is sharing his wisdom on his blog, Notes on Notes, which I commend to you. He’s currently posting an invaluable multi-part tutorial about producing effective drum charts in […]

How to create drum notation in one minute

I’ve already linked to Katie Wardrobe’s excellent new blog, Music Tech Tips, but I couldn’t resist linking to Katie’s latest video, which is tantalisingly called The 1 minute drum part. Writing drum parts in notation software is normally pretty involved, and Katie shows you how to create a simple drum part in a matter of […]