We talk all about that fundamental task that is essential to using music notation software: getting the notes into the program in the first place! There are actually lots of ways in, and it’s worth knowing about them all so that you can use the best method depending on the situation.
If you like to point-and-click your way around a staff, try the keyboard — and we mean both the computer and musical varieties. Step-time? Flexi-time? HyperScribe? Simple? Speedy? Pitch-before-duration? Duration-before pitch? What about importing MIDI and MusicXML files into your score? Even if you think you’ve mastered this basic element of working in notation software, we’re sure you’ll learn something from what we discuss, or at least “take note” of the many ways to fill your page with music.
More on Scoring Notes:
- Where in the world is…?
- Pitch before duration note input in Dorico
- Re-input pitches in homophonic music
- Simplifying Simple Entry in Finale
- Speeding up Speedy Entry in Finale
- Getting the hang of HyperScribe in Finale
- Use the semicolon to input grace notes in Sibelius; save time
- Stick to it with sticky tuplets, slurs and lines
- A quick guide to note entry methods in Sibelius
- Tips for quicker and easier note editing
Great episode! I’m also a QWERTY guy! xD
Regarding “cleaning up” the MIDI import file I’m seeing myself working with the native tools Sibelius has, like renotate performance and also with some composition tools like expand if the target is a piano and Sibelius has interpret all in one staff only…
Thanks, Martin! Great tips!
J Adrian Verkouteren
The one option you did not mention was Scanning software. Certainly that would have lengthened your podcast somewhat, since (like MIDI input) scanned input often requires a lot of cleanup. I dare say it is pretty much the last option I use to input music, and many suggest that re-entering the music in step time is faster.
Great summary of input methods.
Great points, Adrian. Thank you! You’re right — scanning is another method, although ultimately it comes through MusicXML, which we covered. And, for further listening, you are welcome to check out our podcast episode devoted to that topic, as well as our review of four optical music recognition apps.
Great episode! Reminds me that I need to spend more time practicing my QWERTY note entry in Simple Entry in Finale! I’m getting too used to having my MIDI keyboard at home and using Speedy Entry.
I noticed that in the “More on Scoring Notes:” section, the last two items have the same link. Is that how it should be?
Well-spotted! It is now fixed.