Q: A student of mine has created a .MID file and imported it into Finale 2011. However, all the note values are twice the length she desires. How can she make the notation appear correctly?
A: The musical terms for lengthening and shortening the durations of notes in a musical passage so that the length of the phrase is increased or decreased are “augmentation” and diminution”.
dim·i·nu·tion Noun /ˌdiməˈn(y)o͞oSHən/
The shortening of the time values of notes in a melodic part.
aug·men·ta·tion Noun /ˌôgmenˈtāSHən/
The lengthening of the time values of notes in a melodic part.
With that bit of technical jargon out of the way, let’s take a look at how to do this in Finale and Sibelius:
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Q: “In Sibelius, I have notated the starting and ending notes of a gliss which is in C minor. I tried the Add Harp Pedal Diagrams plugin, but since I’m not displaying enough pitches at this point in the score to outline the C minor tonality, I can’t get it to work. I would just like to manually type in a harp pedal marking for C minor as text into Sibelius. How can I do this?”
A: To indicate the pedal changes at the start of a piece or new section, there are two standard conventions:
more >> “Sibelius – How to type in Harp Pedal Markings As Text”
What is MusicXML? MusicXML is an interchange file format for music notation applications. It provides a better way to transfer notation between different programs than other formats such as MIDI files.
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