Banjo Resources

Added 20 Nov 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This is not a plugin, but rather a document describing how to use Sibelius to produce 5-string banjo tablature.

The zip file also contains a set of Manuscript Papers, each of which has a matched notation and TAB instrument, where the TAB instrument shows its tuning, and the notation instrument is transposed (by an octave) correctly for use in Sibelius 6. (Banjo notation staves in Sibelius 7 are correctly transposed, but these Manuscript Papers will work correctly in Sibelius 7 as well.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Fix TAB 5 String Banjo

Version 01.15.00
Added 20 Nov 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plugin is intended for use after music is copied from a notation staff to a 5-string banjo tablature staff.

Sibelius treats the 5th string as if it were a normal string, and any fretted notes copied to the 5th string will not be correct.

This plugin has 2 options. One is to move any fretted notes from the 5th string to the next highest string, and then try to remove collisions, when there is more than one note on the same string.

The second option ignores the 5th string, and just fixes collisions on the 4 lower strings.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Banjo Play Fretted 5th String

Version 01.11.00
Added 20 Nov 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plugin makes fretted notes playable, above the 5th fret, on a banjo 5th string. It does this by adding a note on the same string 5 frets lower, and silencing the original note.

This should really only be used if you will not be copying the music to a notation staff, and there are other limitations and peculiarities. Clicking on Help will provide more details.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.