Scordatura

Version 01.53.00
Added 03 Mar 2008 (last updated 21 Jul 2018)

For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x and Sibelius 18.x

This plug-in creates a scordatura staff for a stringed instrument in an altered tuning. Effectively it maps pitches so that they appear as if the notes were in standard tuning.

More specifically, it maps a (string, position) value from an altered tuning to the note that represents the same (string, position) value in standard tuning. (Example: D2 on the low D string on a DADGAD tuned guitar is string 6 fret 0). In standard tuning, string 6 fret 0 is E2. So the plugin will rewrite the note D2 (in a notation staff) to be E2.

A scordatura staff will not play back the way you might like it to.

Check Google for \\\"scordatura\\\" if you are not clear what that means. If you are not clear on whether you want to use this you should probably not!

WARNING: this plugin will completely rewrite the selected staves. Save and maybe make a copy of your score before running. Make a copy of the original notation staff, and run the plugin on that copy.

You must specify the standard tuning and altered tuning used, in the form Sibelius uses for editing staff types. So guitar standard tuning is E2, A2, D3, G3, B3, E4 (low to high).

There are lists of common instruments in the dialog, and if what you want is not in the list, find something close and modify it. Be careful to get the octaves correct. One other way to get the pitches for strings is to enter the notes for the open strings in a notation staff, then select each note and look for the name in the Notes pane of the Properties Window.

See Help for more information, including a discussion of the ambiguity of scordatura.

Updated 27 Feb 2009 to replace .plg file with .zip file

Updated 28 May 2018. Fixed message typo.

Updated 20 July 2018 Version -1.52.00. Improved error handling for dialog input. Added Cajun Fiddle tuning.

Updated 21 July 2018 Version 01.53.00. Removed unintended debug tracing.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.