Following on from my last blog post in which I laid out a method for 'condensing' scores in Sibelius (combining numbered instrumental parts onto one stave while retaining separate dynamic parts), I went ahead and made a video outlining another method for achieving this which doesn't involve needing to make a separate copy of the… Continue reading More on condensing in Sibelius
Orchestrating in Sibelius – condensing workaround
I've recently been doing some orchestrations in Sibelius as part of a fun project to introduce some of Debussy's piano music to youth orchestras. As it had been a little while since I wrote anything for large ensembles using the software, coming back to it for this project reminded me of a few problems for… Continue reading Orchestrating in Sibelius – condensing workaround
Freelancer: Protect and Promote Your Unique-factor
One practice I’ve started to integrate into my life as a freelancer is to review my assets about every 6 months or so. ‘Assets’ is a strange word to use perhaps – you might be thinking I’m talking about financial products. Most musicians probably aren’t high-flying investors or property developers, though all power to you… Continue reading Freelancer: Protect and Promote Your Unique-factor
In the event of a global pandemic…have a portfolio career
With the end of coronavirus restrictions well within sight, it might be a little late to say this . . . but it turns out, having a portfolio career – of any kind really – is a very useful thing. And that goes for musicians too. Read more: What is a portfolio career? Coronavirus and… Continue reading In the event of a global pandemic…have a portfolio career
What is a ‘portfolio career’?
What is a portfolio career? And what does it look like for a musician?