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Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials (Avid Learning) Paperback – 8 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (8 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133788823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133788829
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
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1. Amazing Grace. 2. Beethoven String Quartet. 3. A Rock Song. 4. Worksheet. 5. Scoring a Video.

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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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Brilliant.
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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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I have not read the complete book yet but it looks very clear, but it is a shame the attached CD does not work with Mac, and that the book is not yet available to cope with version 7.5.1 of Sibelius. However the videos quoted in the book are on line and the web address spells Sibelius incorrectly in the web address stated in the book due to a mis-print, only a minor matter but never-the-less troublesome, in finding the web page if you don't notice it! There are some superbly clear lessons by Mr Humberstone on Sibelius 6 which I hope to rely on more than the book! --this chap can teach!
It is not clear from the Avid web site whether Sibelius itself is on 7.5.1 (which is where I am up to ), - or 7.5.3 which at one place on the site is quoted!
--but this does not detract from the fact that a lot of things are as yet unclear to a Sibelius beginner like me. The book needs to be revised to include PhotoScore Ultimate as well as PhotoScore Lite, - and possibly concentrate on trying to explain these rather than try to get beginners to fit the music to films, which would not be normally the sort of thing a beginner would be aiming for immediately. Perhaps this could be put in yet another and more advanced book? -I look forward to his updated version of this book, -if this is to be done?
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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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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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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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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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Good book but based ov version 7.0 although will work with version 7.5: Different examples to the 7.5 online software. Fast delivery and before date expected
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