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  • Paperback: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (20 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133788823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133788829
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Humberstone is a composer and educator who focuses on the use of music technology in education. Today, James is busy with residencies all over the world and maintains an active teaching schedule in Sydney, Australia. He was previously Director of Applications and Education at Sibelius Australia. James has trained thousands of Sibelius users, and he developed this new course working closely with the Sibelius team.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Walker on 6 Mar 2012
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I've been using Sibelius for years - since the days when you had to buy an Archimdedes computer to run it - and I don't think I've ever bothered to sit down and read the manual properly. This is partly because I am naturally impatient and prefer to learn how to work software on the click-around-and-see-what-happens basis, and partly because I have found Sibelius reasonably intuitive, as no doubt it was intended to be. But I've always been aware that I only really used a limited subset of the available features and often had to scrabble through the help file to find something I didn't know.

But, with the Advent of Sibelius 7, the first major release since Avid took over, I thought now was the time to buckle down to some serious book-learning. The included Sibelius 7 guide is certainly comprehensive, but it is essentially, at 900 odd pages, an encyclopedia and, unless you want to pay £45 (which I didn't) for the printed copy, you are reduced to reading the PDF on the screen.

So, I decided to invest in the new Avid book, and I'm glad I did.

The methodology of the book combines a teach-yourself-Sibelius approach with lessons based on a multitude of included examples, including video. The author takes you painstakingly through a myriad of Sibelius techniques by example, giving you hands-on experience in using the software in ways you might not have before. If you are a seasoned Sibelius user, you will probably find the pace a little slow - the book is also intended for beginners - but it certainly covers the ground in detail and helps to give a sold basis to your grasp of the programme as well as pointing up details which (like me) you might have missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Day on 8 Dec 2012
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This manual is the business! It takes you through the simple things to the the more advanced stuff in a clear and concise manner.
Although I am relativly new to Sibelius I am learning new things every day with the help of this manual.
I can reccomend this to every Sibelius 7 user and can't rate it highly enough.
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Date: 25th July 2014.
This book is probably very good for those familiar with later versions of Sibelius 7. However, for anyone new to this software (like myself, having been used to the old Acorn Risc OS Floppy-disc set), unless he / she is a very fast learner, with plenty of much-needed time, then I feel this book would serve little purpose.
I found basic instructions - for example, entering notes on staves - needlessly complicated and poorly organised. Clear, concise, "by the numbers" task-lists were conspicuous by their absence apart from some keyboard "short-cuts" at the ends of each section.
My criticisms could go on but it does seem that the opportunity to produce a really useful, concise AND COGENT manual was missed. Does such a book or pamphlet exist? If so, please advise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hassy on 24 Dec 2012
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This book should come with every copy of Sibelius 7. Easy to follow and comes complete with video tutorials an essential read for all Sibelius 7 and First users.
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By Robert Baikie on 23 Feb 2014
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I feel somewhat overwhelmed by all the data in this book. Not being able to read music is a problem for me - but I do feel this is helping me to get to grips with understanding the complexities of music. I am beginning to find I can now put down on 'text' what I am hearing in my head. A steep learning curve but a challenge for an ageing brain (nearing 75 years). I can recommend this for anyone wishing to push themselves into new musical challenges.
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Like one of the other reviewers, I have been using Sibelius for about 15 years now, but I never learned it in a systematic way. I could do almost everything that I wanted, but not in the most efficient way. The very thorough explanations in this book were often more than I needed, but I picked up some very useful tips for working more effectively.

It is an introduction to the basics, and for many people it might be all that they ever need, but the reviewer who said that it "covers everything" is wrong; there are huge numbers of exotic features in Sibelius which most users will never need, but which are very important for some kinds of music, so some people will need the full reference manual as well. This is huge and expensive in printed form, but everything in it seems to appear as well in the online help provided with the package.
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An excellant product as an aid for the use of sibelius software recommended for all from beginner to professional muscians
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