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  • Learning Music: A Discussion on Bass Tab, Notation and Ears

    Learning Music: A Discussion on Bass Tab, Notation and Ears

    Q: I have been interested in music all my life, but never played an instrument. Now that I’m retired, I have taken up playing the bass for the last six months from an instructor. I started out learning the notes on the bass itself and one song using notes. But since then, all of my... »

  • Getting Started with the Nashville Number System

    Getting Started with the Nashville Number System

    Q: I am classically trained, so I’m used to Roman numerals to designate chords (I, IV, V7, etc.). I have become aware of lead sheets using numbers 1, 4, 5’ 1/5). Are you aware of any music I could download that uses this system? A: What you’re referring to is the Nashville Number system. The... »

  • Notion: A Look at the Music Notation Software for iPad

    Notion: A Look at the Music Notation Software for iPad

    As you may recall, I reviewed Symphony Pro late last year and hailed it as a good start and the best we have available to us for notating music on the iPad. I believe that Notion may have just raised the bar. I found that the actual act of notation on Notion was far more... »

  • Symphony Pro: A Look at the Music Notation App for iPad

    Symphony Pro: A Look at the Music Notation App for iPad

    If you’ve been wishing for a music notation app for your iPad to make quick sketches or exercises, or any other simple notation and charts, Symphony Pro by Xenon Labs might just be what you’ve been waiting for in an app. While Symphony Pro can’t match up feature-for-feature with desktop apps like Sibelius or Finale,... »

  • MakeMusic Releases Finale 2012

    MakeMusic Releases Finale 2012

    Finale 2012, the latest edition of MakeMusic’s music notation software, is now available. The updated program now includes ScoreManager – a tool designed to improve workflow by centralizing key functions like changing staff names, orders, transposition, clef and playback sounds. Finale 2012 now supports Unicode text, allowing for use of all characters in your fonts,... »

  • Avid Releases “Scorch” Music Notation Software for iOS

    Avid Releases “Scorch” Music Notation Software for iOS

    Avid has released their first foray into the iPad app world with Scorch, a sheet music application powered by their Sibelius music notation software engine. Scorch allows users to playback, adjust, and buy sheet music from publishers as well as community members via iTunes. The app allows you to play whole scores or individual parts... »