06. April 2006 · Comments Off on Sibelius · Categories: imported, Ramble

No, I’m not talking about the composer!

I really need to study the huge cumbersome book I have for the music notation program Sibelius. I’ve had it for far too long, and have yet to do with it what I planned. It’s just that I would have liked it to be more intuitive, and having to read the book to figure it all out bugs me. I’ve tried to just jump on in, but I’m not finding that to work for me. Sigh.

Why learn Sibelius? I want to put together a beginning oboe book. I’m tired of the ones I’ve used for years. They are so old and the “tunes” in them aren’t things that younger kids really relate to. I’d like the students to be more excited about what they play when they are beginners, just to excite them early on about what they can play. I’d also like to teach flats and sharps together. Usually students learn F# first. Why not call it F#/Gb (how do I get the lower case b to look like a flat? Anyone?). Let’s see … we learn Bb, Ab, Eb, and C# first as well, rather than learning the corresponding sharp/flat at the same time. Because of the way books are now, if I finger, for instance, a Gb and ask my students what it is, I can guarantee that every one of them will say it’s an F#. Why can’t they learn both names at once?

I also think that students can move faster learning note fingerings, because most beginning oboe students have played another instrument. I don’t take students who can’t read music; oboe is difficult enough as it is, I don’t want to add note reading to the mix.

So I want to work on a book. For those reasons and others.

I just have to learn the darn program!

But the Giants are playing right now so I guess it’ll have to wait. Priorities and all that.

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