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The PrintMusic! primer : mastering the art of music notation with Finale PrintMusic!
Purse, Bill.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Backbeat Books; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"For both Windows & Macintosh computer platforms."
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MT39 .P895 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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(Book). The PrintMusic! Primer is a tried and true first step guide to using the world's number one music notation program. Road tested for more than eight years, the information found here will help readers transcribe or create any style of music as a desktop masterpiece. This practical and easy-to-use book guides readers through the intricacies of this powerful program one step at a time. With exercises, drills and projects, including hundreds of illustrations, it teaches how to get the most from PrintMusic!'s capabilities in music editing, reformatting and reorganizing. Includes extensive coverage of PrintMusic! 2002 and above for both Windows and Macintosh, with special sections on MIDI files, HyperScribe and guitar notation and tablature. Also available by Bill Purse: The Finale Primer Second Edition Mastering the Art of Music Notation with Finale 00330537/$24.95 The Finale NotePad Primer Learning the Art of Music Notation with NotePad 00331015 Book/CD-ROM/$19.95

Author Notes

Bill Purse is Chair of the Music Technology and Guitar Departments at Daquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
About the Authorp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Computer Notation and the National Standards for the Artsp. xi
Chapter 1 Getting Started: PrintMusic! Basicsp. 1
Launching PrintMusic!p. 1
Working with the Document Setup Wizardp. 2
Shortcuts and the Power Userp. 18
Viewing the Scorep. 20
Working with the Main Menup. 22
Saving Your Workp. 27
Closing, Opening, and Quittingp. 29
Chapter One Summaryp. 30
Chapter One Projectsp. 30
Chapter 2 Building PrintMusic! Navigation Skillsp. 35
The Message Bar/Status Barp. 36
Help/Balloon Helpp. 37
A Look at the Main Tool Palettep. 38
The Staff Toolp. 42
Multiple Undo and Redop. 44
The Clef Toolp. 53
The Measure Toolp. 54
Simple Note Entry Toolp. 59
The Zoom Toolp. 63
Display in Concert Pitchp. 66
Viewing Multiple Windowsp. 68
The Hand Grabber Toolp. 71
Chapter Two Summaryp. 71
Chapter Two Projectsp. 72
Chapter 3 Simple Entry in Detailp. 77
Automatic Music Spacingp. 77
About Simple Entry Tool and the Simple Pull-Down Menup. 78
The Tuplet Toolp. 92
Contextual Menus for PrintMusic! Objects with Handlesp. 94
The Grace Notep. 97
The Key Signature Toolp. 99
The Time Signature Toolp. 102
Smart Shapesp. 104
Creating a Pickup Measurep. 109
Chapter Three Summaryp. 111
Chapter Three Projectsp. 112
Chapter 4 Speedy Entryp. 115
Working with Speedy Entryp. 115
Working with Layersp. 128
The Articulation Toolp. 131
Using the Expression Tool to Add Dynamicsp. 133
Repeats and Endingsp. 138
Pedal Markingsp. 147
Metronome Markingsp. 147
Page Numbersp. 152
8va/8vbp. 154
Tremolosp. 155
Measure Numbersp. 156
Alternate Notation and Measure Repeat Signsp. 157
Chapter Four Summaryp. 160
Chapter Four Projectp. 160
Chapter 5 Creating a Lead Sheetp. 163
The Importance of Analysisp. 163
Creating a Lead Sheetp. 165
The Edit Menup. 172
The Mass Mover Tool [Mass Edit in versions after 2002]p. 174
The Lyric Toolp. 178
Text Toolp. 187
Adding More Lyricsp. 191
Chord Symbols and the Chord Toolp. 192
Transposing Musicp. 204
Chapter Five Summaryp. 207
Chapter Five Projectp. 207
Chapter 6 The Final PrintMusic! Scorep. 209
Using the Layout Toolp. 212
Printing the Scorep. 222
File Utilities Palettep. 226
Conclusionp. 226
Chapter Six Summaryp. 227
Chapter Six Projectsp. 227
Appendix A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Music Scoresp. 229
Appendix B HyperScribe and PrintMusic!p. 230
Appendix C Internet Publishing and PrintMusicp. 235
Appendix D Saving Scores As Standard MIDI Filesp. 245
Appendix E Swing Playbackp. 247
Appendix F Using the Free MIDISCAN Program with PrintMusic!p. 249
Bibliography for Further Studyp. 253
Indexp. 255