Sibelius USA, Inc. Newsletter - August, 2005

Welcome to the August issue of Gracenotes—our e-mail newsletter to Sibelius enthusiasts in North, Central and South America. As we gear up for another school year, this edition of Gracenotes features some newsworthy and valuable tools for Sibelius users. In our second installment of “What’s New in Sibelius 4,” product manager Daniel Spreadbury takes us through our exclusive and very exciting Digital Video feature, which is invaluable for composers of film and television as well as educators and students. We would also like to invite you to view a recorded Sibelius 4 webcast seminar that our founder Ben Finn gave last week. Please read below for details.

Multi-decade guitar virtuoso and jazz-rock fusion pioneer Larry Coryell sits down for an exclusive interview on his use of Sibelius and a career that has produced more than 70 albums. Larry discusses his use of Sibelius for an instructional book, Larry Coryell’s Power Jazz Guitar: Extending Your Creative Reach, the second such work to his credit.

There have been a lot of emails circulating about the medical condition of Michael Brecker, who has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), and is in desperate need to find a stem cell donor with a matching tissue type. Unfortunately his siblings and children do not match. This is a true life and death situation, and we urge you to either read below for details, or go directly to Michael’s website to see if and how you might be able to save his (or another’s) life.

World-class drummer/composer Carl Allen is not only a respected player, but an in-demand music educator. Read what he has to say in the “Sibelius Swings” story.

Also in this issue, GuitarOne magazine founder Wolf Marshall, an internationally acclaimed guitarist and educator, talks about why he relies on Sibelius G7 software for his guitar lessons.

As usual, we have also included an updated Hints & Tips column.

Again, thanks for your input, and we encourage you to e-mail us at to share your thoughts about past, present or future editions of Gracenotes. Happy reading!

Mark Ruch, Editor


Sibelius in the Classroom

Wolf Marshall Charts Success With Sibelius G7 Software

Wolf Marshall

The founder and original editor-in-chief of GuitarOne magazine, Wolf Marshall is a well-respected and prolific performer, author, instructor and columnist who has been influential in music education since the early 1980s.

As the leading impressionist in the industry, emulating the styles of the greats with spot on accuracy, he’s also known as “the Rich Little of guitar” – not only does he perform the most challenging licks of players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and countless others on his best-selling book/CD packages, but he explains and demonstrates their special techniques and approaches to guitar students and fans globally.

One of the tools Marshall relies upon to generate the tablature for such popular lessons is G7 from Sibelius. “I can play notes right off the on-screen fretboard into tablature,” Marshall says, “ and in one step, generate both the standard notation and idiomatic fingerings. I don’t have to do any manipulation later; I’m literally playing the software like an instrument. That’s a milestone.”

To read the entire article Click here.


What's New at Sibelius

What’s New in Sibelius 4: Digital Video

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Sibelius is already used to produce music for dozens, if not hundreds, of major motion pictures and TV shows every year, from Shrek 2 to The Simpsons. But up until the arrival this summer of Sibelius 4, composing to picture has always been a time-consuming process involving multiple programs on very tight deadlines – it is not as glamorous a profession as it might sound! Yet this doesn’t stop many student composers wanting to move into the world of composing for film and TV; after all, for many young composers this is the first direct and powerful contact with “classical” music that they experience.

Sibelius 4’s Digital Video support is designed to help composers at both ends of the spectrum: it engages student composers, reinforcing the kinds of working methods that are needed to work professionally in the field, and adds another powerful tool to the arsenal of the professional film and TV composer. Plus, of course, it’s fun!

To read the entire article Click here.

What’s New in Sibelius 4: Webcast Seminar with Ben Finn

Sibelius co-founder Ben Finn gave a webcast seminar last week in order to introduce the new features of Sibelius 4 to selected members of the press.  The response for Ben’s presentation was overwhelmingly positive, and we’d like to invite all of our users to view the recorded version.  We used WebEx technology to present the event live, and as there is a time delay inherent in any webcast (latency between graphics and sounds), the presentation is not always as smooth as we all know the application to be.  There is of course no one more qualified to speak about the new features in Sibelius 4 however, and so we trust you’ll enjoy the event.

Sibelius Co-Founder Ben Finn

To login, download the WebEx player and view the seminar, please Click here.  


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Featured Sibelius Users

Guitar Master Larry Coryell Loves Neatness and Speed of Sibelius

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell knows a little something about musical innovation: as a multi-decade “guitar god” who pioneered jazz-rock fusion, he’s recorded more than 70 albums and left his mark on a generation of artists. So it’s no surprise to find him embracing another innovation, Sibelius, to harness his creative output.

“I had seen a Sibelius demo at the NAMM show, and it had such a quick learning curve,” he says from his home in Orlando, just back from gigging in Japan with Lenny White and Victor Bailey. “Once I had my own copy of the software, I was inputting notes in five minutes, and the first thing I composed on it was a giant concerto.”

That would be “Sentenza Del Cuore” (Sentence of the Heart), written in 1999 to commemorate the anniversary of a 1980 terrorist bombing in Bologna, Italy. But take a step back – why would an artist who’s been pumping out charts since the late 1960s turn to a new way of putting notes together?

To read the entire article Click here.

Sibelius “Swings” For Carl Allen

Carl Allen

The omnipresence of swing is a recurring theme in the music and life of world-class drummer/composer Carl Allen.

While still in his teens, the Milwaukee native performed with legends Sonny Stitt and James Moody. After studying at The University of Wisconsin/Green Bay and William Patterson College in New Jersey, Allen earned a dream position in trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s band, where he remained for eight years, holding concurrent titles of drummer, music director and road manager.

In 1988, Allen co-founded Big Apple Productions with alto saxophonist Vincent Herring. Through their production efforts for a number of record labels in Japan, the collaboration introduced the world to young jazz artists Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton and Cyrus Chestnut.

Allen’s kit includes DW drums, Sabian cymbals—and his favorite composition and arranging tool, Sibelius.

To read the entire article Click here.

A Desperate Situation for Michael Brecker

As mentioned in the intro, Michael Brecker is seriously ill and his wife and management recently put out a call for help. They are trying to find a stem cell donor who matches Michael’s type – but to no avail thus far. There is comprehensive information about Michael’s condition and the stem cell donor process (which apparently has become far less intrusive than it once was – tantamount to giving blood in fact).  We’re including a portion of Susan Brecker’s original letter and a portion of the FAQ’s available on Michael’s website.  Please read below, send positive thoughts Michael’s way - and help if you can.

Our thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Michael and his family.

Michael Brecker

A Letter From Susan Brecker

Dear Family and Friends,
My husband, Michael Brecker, has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) and it’s critical that he has a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant (which has nothing to do with embryonic stem cells). The initial search for a donor, including Michael’s siblings and children, has not resulted in a suitable match. We now hope to have as many people tested as possible that share a similar genetic background as my husband. There are some important points to understand concerning this process. To read the entire letter Click here.

FAQs About Stem Cell Transplants

Susan Brecker’s heartfelt plea elicited an outpouring of support for Michael—and an outpouring of questions. As there is outdated and conflicting information on the web concerning the stem cell transplant process that can assist Michael and so many others, we assembled a list of frequently asked questions—a hybrid of material found throughout the web in addition to new information. Before contacting Michael’s management office with your questions, please review the following. Thank you for your support.
Click to Read.

Hints & Tips for Sibelius Users

Sibelius 4 Updates

We’ve begun updating our Hints & Tips files for Sibelius 4 users. New additions for this month include the following:

·  Adding Text and Markings

·  Entering Notes

·  On-Screen Icons

·  Setting Up Sibelius

·  Starting a Score

·  Basic Shortcuts

To download these indispensable new Hints & Tips tutorials and others from our on-line archive please Click here.

Hints & Tips for G7 Users

Check out our on-line archive for a variety of valuable G7 Hints & Tips created by Bruce Munson, U.S. Western Regional Manager for Sibelius. These references also give quick tips for getting started with G7. To download these free resources, please Click here.

Upcoming Training, Shows and Events

Are you interested in learning more about Sibelius? We are offering Sibelius 3 training sessions and special product introductions in many locations around the U.S. over the next several months. Two types of training sessions are available : Sibelius - Beginning, and Sibelius - Intermediate/Advanced.

A number of FREE Sibelius 4 Introduction sessions are also planned.

Training and Event Schedule

Date Time Location Type
Saturday, August 20 10-4:30 pm

New York, NY

1-day Advanced Intensive course.

The following are free presentations. Reservations may be made by contacting the listed numbers/email addresses
Saturday, August 20
4:30 pm
Nashville TN
Introduction to Sibelius 4
Mac Authority
2018 Lindell Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
Call the store at 615-383-1010 to make reservations
Friday, September 9th 12 - 2pm Morgantown, WV Introduction to Sibelius 4
West Virginia State University
Creative Arts Center,
Evansdale Drive, Room 440a
Please sign up for these events by emailing


For more information, or to reserve your space for training sessions only, please visit:


Sibelius will be exhibiting at the following regional seminars, expos and national trade shows:

Upcoming shows and events

Event Dates Location Booth # Link
Wisconsin MEA 10/26 10/28 Madison WI
Percussive Arts Society 11/3- 11/5 Columbus OH 64-65
Iowa MEA 11/ 19 - 11/20 Ames Iowa


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