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SC OR IN G F OR GUI TAR With Sibelius, Guitar Pro & Neck Diagrams Pro This session will look at specific methods of notating scores for guitar. From neck diagrams, fingering and complex notation in the style of Tommy Emmanuel you will walk away with something for the guitarists in your class as well as yourself.

1. THE PROBLEMS Have you ever come across the following problems in your classroom, band or composition tasks? a) Guitarists don’t know the chords in the given band chart? b) You want to notate easier chords (voicing’s) for guitar, but don’t know the instrument well enough? c) When it comes to improvising the guitarists normally turn to the pentatonic scale and nothing else? d) Guitarists cannot read the music in band, so you want to give them a chart to find the notes? e) Notating melodies might work, with TAB, but what about other techniques like bends and hammers? f)

Want to notate a classical guitar piece but don’t know how to layout the parts?

g) See guitar symbols in printed music but don’t know how to make them in Sibelius? h) Don’t know how to print parts with TAB plus the correct symbols? i)

A student creates a composition with harmonics or tapping that needs to be notated?

Examples of contemporary acoustic performers: • Sungha Jung • Tommy Emmanuel • Andy McKee (Drifting was performed at this year’s Encore performance) • Eric Mongrain • Andrew York Whether it is from the Internet such as Ultimate-Guitar.com or from the latest rock band’s songbook, music for the guitar consists of tablature or heavily annotated charts that require you to learn an entirely new language to play them (e.g. Pop Guitar Notation Philip Tagg, 1997). How as an educator, do you help guitarists read and notate these charts? Start early: • Debbie Cracknell Enjoy Playing Guitar ISBN: 9780193559394 • Berklee Modern Method for Guitar CAT# L50449404

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2. NOTATION OVERVIEW • Mauro Giuliani Guitar Studies Vol. II Op50 n1 (1781-1829)

Notice thethe useuse ofof Notice parts? parts? Melody has stems up,up, Melody has stems bass oror harmony stems bass harmony stems down >> ‘x’‘x’ inin Sibelius down Sibelius Using voicing’s 1, 1, 22 Using voicing’s

• Acoustic Solos – Shaun Murray arrangement of “Life on Mars”

Notice thethe TAB, Notice TAB, Chords, Roman numeral Chords, Roman numeral analysis and parts? analysis and parts? Type >> Command KK forfor Type Command chords and use >Create chords and use >Create >Text forfor adding roman >Text adding roman numerals plus >> Copy numerals plus Copy and Paste toto add TAB and Paste add TAB

• Andy McKee “Drifting” Gabel, D (ed) 2011, Andy McKee, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, January, pp. 51-61

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Complex notation Complex notation with changed note with changed note heads, harmonics heads, harmonics and symbols. and symbols. Some symbols and Some symbols and text need toto bebe text need created in in >House created >House Styles >Edit Styles >Edit

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• Andy McKee’s Notation Legend > Each symbol seen here can be created using: a) The properties panel and adjusting note heads b) The symbols menu ‘z’ c) Editing your symbols in >House Style >Edit Symbols

• Foo Fighters Pretender in Guitar Pro 6 Complete ensemble – exportable to MIDI or xml files & tablature can be removed

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3. SOFTWARE LINEUP > Neck Diagrams Pro (http://www.neckdiagrams.com/) • This software allows you to draw chord shapes, scales and note reading sheets Available for Mac & PC _______________________________________________ > Guitar Pro 6 (http://www.guitar-pro.com/) • A powerful tablature and notation editor for guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele which also features a great audio engine called RSE. “A complete workshop for guitarists at an affordable price” – Guitar World Magazine Available for Mac, PC, iPad & iPhone * Freeware version TuXGuitar (http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/)

_______________________________________________ > Sibelius 6 (http://www.sibelius.com/products/sibelius/6/index.html) • The complete notation solution being demonstrated today + > Finale 2011 (http://www.finalemusic.com/) tutorials on the way. Visit these links for current information: TAB & Fretboards, Chords, and Guitar Notation Hints. Both available for Mac & PC

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4. MAKING A GUITAR SCORE > Time to have a go If you have your laptops with Sibelius, open the program and use the template files provided to re-create the following demonstrated scores using the ‘blanked out’ sections as scaffolding: a) Go Your Own Way Rhythm and Improvisation Chart b) Clocks Parts Ensemble Game Chart c) Tommy Emmanuel Style Scoring using Harmonic Techniques Hedman, P (ed) 2000, Tommy Emmanuel Solo Guitar Style, Sony Music, Australia © Permission provided for education purposes

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The template files included are for Sibelius 4, 5, & 6.

Sticky Notes will only be visible in Sibelius 6

My demonstration is for Sibelius 6 scoring

I have a special plug-in installed called AddFingeringToNotes

___________________________________________________________________ > Hints & Tips > Guitar Fingering

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> Chord Symbols & Revoicing

> Guitar Bend

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> Guitar Scale Diagrams

> Guitar Harmonics etc.

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> House Style > Editing

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> House Style > Engraving Rules

> Symbols Menu ‘z’

> Symbols Menu Edited via >House Style >Edit Symbols…

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5. MIDI GUITAR DEMO • Students who are guitarists, and who may have limited notation skills can benefit from this device that can be purchased for a fraction of what it used to cost. • A MIDI Guitar interface allows you to notate your compositions, in real time, at the correct pitch and position on the guitar. A great tool for Music 1 students and a department as it can be fitted to almost any electric guitar.

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MTEC2011 Session 4 - Guitar Scoring in Sibelius (& other software)  

As part of my MTEC2011 sessions (4 of 5) these are the session notes. All sources are listed and please purchase original charts from Amazo...