Guitarist and composer Doug Gibson shares his transcription and notation process, gives us his opinions on what the various software platforms get right, and tells us his wishes for improvements when it comes to working with guitar music.
A regular discussion with the interesting individuals who create music with notation software, as well as the talented people who create the tools themselves.
Scanning the music scanning apps
We talk with John Hinchey about his review of four optical music recognition software products, or “music scanning apps”, and how you can incorporate them into your own work. John brings along a checklist of the items to look for once you scan your music and how to get the best results.
Conquering Finale with Jason Loffredo
Jason Loffredo discusses preparing music for the world of musical theatre and his Conquering Finale video tutorial series, which can help you better master that sophisticated software, whether you’re a new or long-time user.
Score preparation and production checklist (encore)
The essential elements of score preparation make a difference in the perception of your music, how it gets rehearsed and, ultimately, performed. Music notation software can help — but you need to know what to look for. (Originally released: May 30, 2020)
Emily Grishman (revival)
Emily Grishman, acclaimed Broadway copyist, talks about the world of music theatre copying, the process of getting the music from the composer’s pen to the player’s stands, and the tools she uses to achieve superior results. (Originally aired: June 12, 2020)
Music fonts and open standards with Daniel Spreadbury
Daniel Spreadbury returns to Scoring Notes to talk about the common set of font specifications known as the Standard Music Font Layout, or SMuFL. We get into the history of music fonts and how we got to where we are today with this essential component of music notation software technology.
Importing into Sibelius 2020.12 and Scoring Express
The final Sibelius update of the year rounds out the importing feature with the ability to bring Sibelius files directly into a template. We talk about what it all means for scoring and arranging workflows, and unveil Scoring Express, a new product suite of templates and more.
John Mlynczak and Noteflight
We talk with John Mlynczak about Noteflight, the web-based music notation software that allows musicians to create, share, teach, sell, and purchase music, and how it’s used by musicians across the professional and education spectrum.
How to write for percussion
Percussionist and author Sam Solomon talks all about writing multi-stave parts, improvisation, unpitched music, and more — and we explore the role music notation software has in achieving the results percussionists want to see.
Make the most of Black Friday
Why this is a good time of year to up your game when it comes to the tools you use in the music notation and tech universe, and how to get the most out of the offers out there without breaking your budget.