Reading Sheet Music and Writing Sheet Music for Perfect Choir Music
|Pizzicato ChoirWith Pizzicato Choir, you can learn about reading sheet music as well as write sheet music for the choir or any singing group, print beautiful looking sheet music and hear the music playback to enjoy your harmonies.
- Pizzicato will also help you to learn your part and sing while the computer plays the other parts, at any tempo.
- Create an audio file of the score, with one or more voices playing. Create an audio CD and give it to the choir members to help them practice their parts while reading sheet music which you have notated.
2 – Music Notation
- Entering music
- Fast entry of notes and chords
- Clef, key and time signatures
- Chords, text and lyrics
- Page layout of the score
- Other notation features
User Manual and Tutorials
- Exercises will help you to play simple music scores on a music keyboard.
- Display the note names automatically.
- Pizzicato will help you with reading sheet music or a score. Sing while Pizzicato is playing the score as a reference for rhythm and pitch. Change the tempo according to your progress.
Just like you create a letter with a word processor, Pizzicato gives you the tools to write, print and hear your music for the choir.
- Select measures and use the copy/paste function, for instance to duplicate measures or to transpose a melody without the need to rewrite it manually.
- You can use and manipulate up to 8 voices per measure.
Fast entry of notes and chords
- Using this entry mode, you can select the rhythmic value of a note just by moving the mouse to the right for longer duration or to the left for shorter duration.
- You can encode simple music with only the mouse. There is no need to select tools on a palette or to use the keyboard.
- A similar mode is used to enter the notes of an existing chord progression, on one or more staves. A simple but powerful note entry mode to translate chord symbols into real notes.
Clef, key and time signatures
- You can use all clefs (G, F, C), standard or transposed (8). Change the clef anywhere in the score.
- Select the key signature (number of flats or sharps at the beginning of the staff) and change it anywhere in the score.
- You can transpose the score from one tone to another, just by changing the key signature or by selecting an interval.
- Specify the number of beats of the measure with the time signature (4/4, 3/4, 6/8,…) and change the time signature anywhere in the score.
- Create composite time signatures (3+4/8), advanced key signatures (mixing flats and sharps), free measures (with no time signature), multi-measure rests, and customize the measure appearance and content.
Chords, text and lyrics for reading sheet music better
- Add chord symbols and convert them automatically to notes on the staff.
- Add a title, the composer name or any free text associated to a page or a measure.
- You can enter the lyrics just by typing in the text syllables and Pizzicato will place them nicely centered on the notes, up to 8 lines of lyrics per staff.
- You can even copy the lyrics from the text of another program (Word, Open Office,…). You can adjust the position of lyrics and change the font, size and color of each line.
Page layout of the score for an easier time reading sheet music
Other notation features
- Assign colors to notes, based on the note names, the pitches, or individually.
- With an existing chord progression, you can intuitively design a melody.
- Pizzicato can display the score so that the notes being part of the current chord are displayed in green, the notes of the associated scale are displayed in orange, and the other notes are displayed in red.
- With this system, green notes are the strongest notes for building the melody, orange
notes may often be used as passage notes and red notes should be avoided, except for rapid chromatic passages.
- It becomes easy to design a melody on a chord accompaniment, because the note colors help you to select the best notes.
- You can test and try many possibilities by moving the notes or changing the chords and seeing the note colors being adapted.
Playback of the score
Playing the score
- While entering or editing the notes, you can hear them.
- You can play the full score or any part of it, starting at any measure. You can even play a section in a loop and still continue to edit the score while Pizzicato is playing it.
- Add sound effects by drawing a curve in the effects view, for instance to add the precise shape of a glissando or a crescendo.
- If you have a MIDI synthesizer, you can connect it to the computer through a USB/MIDI interface and Pizzicato can play the score by using the sounds of your synthesizer.
An audio track
- You can add one audio track and synchronize it with the score.
- You can record an audio track to add an acoustic instrument, voices or sound effects.
- With the audio editor window, you can directly edit audio tracks. Operations like copy, paste, mix, echo, fade in & out, insert, remove, time inversion, and many others are available to edit the sound itself.
Quality sound library
- Pizzicato includes a licensed version of the PapelmediaTM Sound Library, with 1.2 GB of audio samples for a realistic sound rendering of your music. This library is not included with the demo version, but you can listen to mp3 samples made from that library at www.papelmedia.de/english/mp3.htm
- You can assign sounds to any staff of your score, using the voices, pianos, strings and synthesizers.
- You can create a standard MIDI file from any Pizzicato score and import MIDI files from the Internet or from any other music software and edit or print the score, up to 4 staves.
- You can also export MusicXML files to exchange music scores with other music software.
- You can export a page or a few measures to a graphic file (BMP) and use this image in a word processor or graphic software.
- You can create an audio WAV file from any Pizzicato score, using the full quality of the integrated sound library. You can create an audio file for the full composition and also a separate audio file for each instrument.
- You can use these audio files to create a CD with your music compositions.
Your Advantages – Why Choose Pizzicato for writing and reading sheet music?
- Whether you are a beginner or professional musician, Pizzicato offers you an easy and user-friendly approach to creating music with a computer, reading sheet music and writing sheet music.
- The music course and software tutorials do not require any music or computer knowledge. They are surprisingly simple to read and apply. It contains a full music theory course, with
many examples that combine with the discovery of the tools to enter music. You can then directly apply what you learn in practice. With it, you will be able to understand music notation.
- The step by step tutorials show you how to write a score, with many examples. You learn how to use each tool so as to be efficient and save time.
- Pizzicato offers free and unlimited technical support through the Internet or email for any question you may have while installing or using Pizzicato.
- You can always email technical support from the editor of the software. This guarantees clear, efficient and customized answers within 24 hours during business days.
- A user forum, a database of frequently asked questions (FAQ) as well as many tutorial videos are also available through the Internet site 24/7.
- When you buy Pizzicato, you are entitled to receive two free major upgrades of the software, by download.
The package price includes mailing anywhere in the USA.
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