Finale Tip: Retranscribe Command

I’ve prepared this video regarding improper beat groupings encountered by arranging students. Readability must be the one of the priorities of orchestrators/arrangers when preparing scores and parts to facilitate easy sight reading. Finale has a command called “Retranscribe”, which automatically corrects poorly written beat groupings.

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Excerpt From “Concepts for Improvisation” Lecture/Workshop (3rd session)

Thank you again to the faculty and students of DLS-CSB Music Production Department for making this lecture/workshop possible. Thank you also to the great musicians who shared their time and knowledge to the students (Ryan Villamor and Given Bacani).

Lecture and Workshop: Concepts for Beginning Improvisation (2nd Session)

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For students at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Manila, Philippines, I will be conducting the 2nd or 3 sessions of lectures and workshops on concepts for beginning improvisation this Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The 2nd session will deal more on motivic development and the concept of target notes based on a simple guide tone line.

As before, we will begin the session with a short lecture and demonstration. Proceeding right after the lecture is a workshop for students. I strongly encourage those attending to bring their instruments and participate in this workshop.

See you all on Wednesday, March 11.

Finale 2014: Preparing Classroom Exercises

Here’s a quick Finale 2014 tip for educators. When preparing exercises for students, especially for harmony and voicing exercises, I usually want to separate each measure into small adjacent staff systems for students to write on. The way to do this is to go to “Page Layout” and uncheck “Avoid Margin Collisions”. This will let you move individual staff systems to wherever you want.

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If you want to place the whole note in the middle of the measure, you will need to download a JW Plugin called “JW Change. This plugin does a lot of things, including moving the note entry horizontally within a measure.

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Here’s a video of how I did my class exercise in Finale 2014.

 

Anderson Babcock (Australian Short Film)

My first international film scoring experience. All music related discussions, from the director spotting sessions to the final mixing, were done over emails and dropbox file transfers. It was quite an experience.

Cool thing about this film score is that the director wanted a “Mariachi” feel for the whole movie. I did a bit of research on Mexican Mariachi styles before finishing the OBB music (which they also used as music for the trailer).

The short film was premiered in Sydney, Australia on June 2014. Produced by Leah James and directed by Charlie Mortimer.