Sibelius 6 is the latest installment of the best music engraver around. There are a bunch of new features in this one that my older version didn’t have.
One of them is “Panoramic View”, which allows the sheet music to be read without page breaks, and the other is “Guitar and Piano input” which allows me to use my mouse to input the notes on the sheet music by clicking on the corresponding notes on the guitar or piano within the progrsam. These features alone save me hours every single week. Check it out below:
You throw down the chords, and I’ll play them. Cool idea. Here’s Week #1 attempt.
We’ll do more stuff like this. Everyone said it was alot of fun. Music is supposed to be fun, so I’m happy how this turned out. Collaboration and creating is all about sharing ideas, and this was the result of that.
The original is in the staff below. Above is where I circled where the two lines are that a piano player would play. There are two voices, as a result, one if for the left hand (red) and the other is for the right hand (blue).But it could also mean that your thumb on the left hand holds out the whole note while you’re other fingers play the remaining notes. This can go on for both hands – so you can actually play four lines at once! (Assuming, it physically possible and there are no cross voicings, etc)
Using tension in your chords is very effective. Music (and life) is all a series of tension and release. So to play a chord that is outside of a key signature, it creates tension, which makes your ear NEED to move to the resolution chord – which is usually the tonic, root, or ‘one’ chord.
Using basic chords might be all that is called for – but what if you wanted to add color? What about piano? Well, look no further! Here is a quick overview (pun intended) of the basic idea of adding flavor to your chords via sus, fourths, sevenths, and extensions.
Inversions in music are the idea of ‘flipping’ two notes around. So in stead of the intervals from C to G (which is 5 notes away – C D E F G) you simply invert that creating an interval from G to C (which is 4 notes away G A B C)