In this installment of DJA’s Notes by Darcy James Argue, we learn the basics of well-prepared lead sheets, scores, and parts from a jazz/big band perspective — so that you can communicate musical intent in the most clear, familiar, and unambiguous manner.
It is not unusual to encounter grace notes at the end of a bar — that is, before the barline. Entering this variety of grace note in Sibelius is a chore, but there is an approach which involves using tuplets to achieve good results.
The downloadable Sibelius plug-in Fill With Tied Notes fills the bars between the first selected note or chord in a staff and either a second selected note, or the end of the selection, with tied copies of the first selected note, using the pitches, voice, and notehead styles of the first notes.
Notation Express is updated for Dorico 3. Comments, harp pedaling, the Edit Lyrics window, increase/decrease dynamics, extend to note and selection, harmonics, and condensing are supported (some features are XL only).
A summary of desktop notation software compatibility with macOS Catalina (10.15) at this time: How Sibelius, Finale, Dorico, MuseScore, and Notion are faring on Apple’s latest operating system.
Avid has released Sibelius 2019.9. It introduces an impressive new way of importing MIDI data that can make working with such files in Sibelius much easier and faster.
When a player has finished playing for the remainder of a piece, this is indicated “tacet al fine”. Learn how to consolidate remaining multirests in a part and display this instruction in Sibelius.
The Edit Instrument Names plug-in for Sibelius can now handle various formatting conventions and apply preset formatting patterns to names, and you can multiselect instruments and apply formatting to all selected instruments at once.
Quickly apply a sudden dynamic change such as “ff sub.” in Sibelius, Dorico, and Finale — and do it correctly.
Notation Express XL for Sibelius and Dorico is available: a fully customized profile for the Elgato Stream Deck XL console that puts powerful features at your fingertips by pushing a button on the expansive 8×4 grid, with lots of new features.