Friday, April 27, 2018

SCORE Sheet Length Control - by DianaDee Osborne

DATE of posting:       27 April 2018   SUBSCRIBE - 

RECORDING HINTS -- written about using  GarageBand -- BUT
these Hints help increase your skills in ProTools, Logic, etc. 

Have you ever highlighted a GarageBand music track in 
its "Score" mode  clicked on File > Print > Preview
and watched a DOZEN pages 
of music sheets pop up on your screen?

Before you waste all that paper (and confuse anyone who might try to read your score), 
here are TWO SIMPLE METHODS for shortening the length of your score:

(1 - The QUICK easy one).  
While the Score for the music track you want to print is in the window, 
adjust the width of the music measures you see 
with the slider at the   bottom left right below "Auto Align to".

HINT: The SCORE will include the Track's Name under the Project Title; you can change it to be longer, more descriptive, if desired.

__ a. Slide it MORE to the left (not all the way) to make your measures more narrow.
__ b. Return to  File > Print > Preview.
__ c. If there are only a few lines of music notes on one page,  
              repeat steps 1a and 1b   to tighten them.
If you cannot make the score any tighter, make it wider to be easier to read & fill a page more. 

__ d. Return to File > Print > Preview   AND set the print range to
pages 1 through the last page that has music notes on it.

Then when you print, whether to a printer or to a PDF file, 
you'll get a shorter SCORE!

(2 - Still easy but more time consuming). 
If your song has multiple verses, the method above will 
print EVERY verse. Here's how to get just 1 verse,  
for a  much SHORTER SCORE!

Let's assume you want to print the PIANO score.
Ensure SNAP TO GRID is on.
a. Highlight your piano track (not the notes in the Score view) -- 
both the MIDI track and the NAME of the track (for example "Grand Piano on Stage" - my fav).

b. Go to Track > Duplicate Track. A new UN-populated (in GB, not other programs) track 
RE-NAME this track, such as SCORE PIANO. 
 [All files in your computer's file list are grouped under "Score" if you put the instrument name last.] **THIS IS THE NAME THAT APPEARS on GarageBand SCORE printouts. You ARE allowed odd characters like & or +).

c. Hit the HOME key to move the red line (playhead) to Measure 1.1.001.

d. Return to the piano track and copy its MIDI notes onto the new track (Ensure still at 1.1.001).

e. Play your music, and then STOP and 
SPLIT the track at the end of the first Verse+Chorus (etc.) -- in front of music that repeats.
(See other blogs for hints on how to SPLIT TRACKS).
f. If you have a special ending such as a Tag, do a SPLIT in front of that also.

g. Delete the MIDI region (if any) in between the main region and the Tag region.

h.  (SNAP TO GRID is still on - via Control Menu). 
Then slide the Tag region to begin after the main region, with at least 3 empty measures 
so musicians can see the break.

i. IMPORTANT --- now MUTE the new SCORE track!  
Otherwise you'll get an 'interesting' result when you play your project!

THAT'S IT! An easy way to shorten your score!

Much joy to you creating new music!
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©2018, 2011 DianaDee Osborne;  all publication rights reserved
(An earlier version published 23 December 2011)