Notion Tutorial

Notion Explained®

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36 Videos | Length: 2hr 24min 3sec
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    George gives an introduction to Notion and overview of the series.

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    The Interface

    Take a tour of the Notion interface.

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    George sets the preferences for best performance.

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    Score Setup

    George explores creating a new score from scratch. Adding staves, editing staff names, and choosing staff types.

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    Key Signatures, Meters & Tempo

    George demonstrates entering key signatures, meters and change tempo marks, as well as creating pickup measures.

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    Note Entry

    Basic Note Entry using the mouse with and without shortcuts, including triplets.

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    Copy, Paste, & Duplicating Measures

    George discusses selecting, copying and pasting measures. The Duplicate command combines both functions into single operation.

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    Steptime Entry & Repitching

    George uses the virtual keyboard and Steptime Entry to enter notes and to change the pitches of a phrase without changing the rhythm.

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    Entering Tablature

    George explores using the virtual fretboard to enter notes into the TAB staff in chord mode.

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    Drum Notation

    Learn how to use the virtual drumpad to enter a basic drum part in two voices.

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    Transpose & Edit Tab

    See how to duplicate the guitar and bass parts and use the Transpose tool to create a chord progression. George also covers Edit Tab fingering.

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    Repeats & Barlines

    George demonstrates entering the various types of repeats and endings and creating double barlines.

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    Playback: The Mixer & Swing Control

    An overview of the mixer. George also discusses setting outputs, adjusting volume and inserting effects.

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    Take a look at using various tools we’ve looked at in a pencil-like manner to create the turnaround and then copy and paste where needed.

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    Score Text: Chord Symbols & Lyrics

    George demonstrates typing chord symbols and lyrics directly into the score using the Chord Tool and the Lyric Tool.

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    Guitar Techniques

    George explores adding grace notes, slurs, bends, slides and other guitar techniques to a transcribed solo to create a realistic performance. George also shows how to copy between files.

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    Playback: Time-Based Performance Functions

    George demonstrates changing the feel from Swing to Straight, adding a ritard and fermatas.

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    Fine Tuning the Score

    George discusses filling in rests throughout and hiding and editing attachments, as well as adding titles and credits.

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    George adjust the layout, changes the view and zoom level, changes to handwritten style, adjust the notation size, margins and spacing, and aligns chord symbols.

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    Playback: Mixing & Effects

    George explores using the Mixer and built-in effects to enhance the playback. Panning, EQ, Compression and other effects are added too.

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    Importing Standard MIDI Files

    George imports a MIDI file, converts to notation and strip velocity and tempo data.

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    Creating the Form

    George demonstrates deleting measures and adding repeats and endings to create the form.

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    Editing Notes

    George discusses enharmonics, swapping voices, changing note values and pitches, renotating trills.

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    Changing Instruments

    Changing instruments from string quartet to saxophones, and Transposes the score and keys. George also discusses a Concert vs transposed score, and checks the range.

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    Critical Editing

    George demonstrates adding dynamics, articulations and phrasing.

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    Advanced Layout & Parts

    George explores entering rehearsal letters and edits score text. George also adjust the notation size and margins, adds page and system breaks, adjust staff and system spacing, and opens and edits dynamic parts.

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    Four Part Writing & Analysis

    George demonstrates entering a chorale in four voices on a grand staff and creates a mid measure repeat. George also discusses changing fonts and entering analysis.

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    Jazz Rhythm Section: Drums

    George uses slashes and cue notes to create a professional jazz drum part. George also adds text designations, setts a part to Tacet, and Hides a part for use in playback.

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    Jazz Rhythm Section: Piano, Guitar & Bass

    Slash notation with or without stems with chord symbols for playback. Improving voice leading by notating chords under slashes. Using the Chord Library. Creating custom chord diagrams for guitar. Using the Recent Chord Library and transpose to quickly create guitar parts with better voice leading.

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    Importing Music XML

    George shows how to import a musicXML and clears velocities and tempo data.

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    Performance Editing

    George explores marking up a score for performance, edits articulations, dynamics and crescendo/descrescendos, and adjust the length of notes with the Sequencer Overlay. Randomizing attacks and tweaking dynamics are also covered.

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    Advanced Mixing: Auxiliary Busses

    George discusses mixing the orchestra by using submixes and aux busses.

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    NTempo: Live Performance & Recording Tempos

    George explores adding an NTempo staff and entering notes for tapping tempo. George then sets up a MIDI keyboard for NTempo, George also discusses performing using Live Performance Mode as well as recording and editing tempos.

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    Scoring to Video

    George imports a video and syncs it to Notion, determines basic tempo, marks hit points. George then adjust meter and tempo and uses Fit to Music command to sync to the hit points.

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    VST Instruments

    George explores creating a score using supported VST library, creates a multi-instrument track for unsupported VST instruments, and assigns VST instruments to basic staves.

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    Custom Rules

    George demonstrates creating custom rules for unsupported techniques with external VST instruments.

Product Overview

PreSonus Notion expert George Hess shows you how to get up and running in this 36-video comprehensive course, as well as go deep into more advanced features, and how to write your very own score sheets in no-time!

George begins with an introduction to the series, the Interface, and Creating a Score from Scratch. He then immediately dives into the practical, explaining Score Setup and Key Signatures, as well as Note Entry, Copying, and Entering Functions. George then covers Drum Notation and Guitar Tablature.

Once the basics are explained, George devotes the rest of the videos to more specific topics, giving you instruction on Playback, Fine Tuning, Adjusting Layouts, Importing and Exporting Form, Advanced Editing and Mixing Tutorials, as well as using Third-Party Instruments and Creating Custom Rules.

If you're just beginning to dabble in music notation and want to get started with Notion, or you've been using Notion for a while and want to improve your workflow, "Notion Explained" is the series you've been waiting for!

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Notion Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from The "doctor" does the job. Leaving the key strokes off in the screencast, however, is ludicrous. Offering practicing files is also desirable. Plus there seems to be a mistake in the last chapter, no sound comes out of the trumpet (reviewing the work before publishing would also be nice, since this is a paid service). The course is also outdated, newer versions of the program have been out for a while. It would be nice if Groove 3 would offer a more advanced course on the latest edition of Notion. The "doctor" does the job. Leaving the key strokes off in the screencast, however, is ludicrous. Offering practicing files would also be desirable. Furthermore, there seems to be a mistake in the last chapter, no sound comes out of the trumpet (reviewing the work before publishing would also be advisable, since this is a paid service). A chapter on the integration with Studio One is also missing. Finally, the course is outdated, newer versions of the program have been out for a while. It would be nice if Groove 3 would offer a more advanced course on Notion's latest edition.
Date published: 2021-06-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wonderful Service! Exactly what I've been looking for!
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very interesting and helpful I am so glad to have made that purchase. I have found answers to a lot of questionning I had, and I am saving a lot of time learning, instead of doing things the wrong way. I am very satisfied.
Date published: 2021-05-05
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Say What? No midi lesson?
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very imformative! This series is a great illustration of most of what is in the manual. Everything is clear and concise. Most importantly, I've left feeling I have a grasp of the fundamental concepts enough to learn by using. Well done! I just wish that key strokes were always shown throughout the entire series.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 6 Stars! If 5 stars is the highest rating, I give this program 6 stars. I've purchased many instruction videos on various subjects, and this is by far the best one I have ever come across. The instructor, Mr. Hess is not only knowledgeable, he is a great teacher. I wasted many frustrating hours surfing the web and trying to lean Notion for free. I was almost ready to give up on Notion altogether. However after these lessons from Mr. Hess, I now love Notion and I'm happy to leave Sebilius for good. Believe me, this video course is worth every penny. You should also know that his book is just as good as the video and I recommend to all that you buy both.
Date published: 2020-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super helpful Clear teaching method
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Has been really helpful, but I really had to do it over and over! Like Hess mentions in his book, the best way to learn is hands on, but all of the basics are there.
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Awesome I'm a total beginner in music notation software and this series of tutorial was exactly what I was looking for. Notion is an affordable program compared to Finale or Sibelius, but I was a bit scared to handle it. Dr. Hess is just using the proper terminology and very well chosen exemples. I like his methodology, very straightforward and informative.
Date published: 2020-01-19
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Misleading skill level description I'm sorry, but I am not happy with this video series. Before I purchased the series, I noted the following description from your website: "If you're just beginning to dabble in music notation and want to get started with Notion," Based on the above description, I made the purchase. I am definitely one who is "just beginning to dabble in music notation". The first few videos are fine, but they soon confused me. The author began speaking and using terminology without explanation. I'm sure this content is great for one who has some grounding in music and music notation - and the quality is ok - though I noticed some 'stuttering' in some of the videos. However, instead of describing the series as appropriate for those: "just beginning to dabble in music notation", the series should have been described as being appropriate for those with prior knowledge of music notation.
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just What I Needed I've been slowly working my way through Notion 5 in my spare time, in between projects and use of other notation software (that doesn't amount to very much time at all). This tutorial is as straightforward as Notion itself and I highly recommend it. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful so far. I have decided to learn this software in an attempt to find a more reliable music notation program. I'm not done with the course. However, so far so good!
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good Very good
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Very Helpful and need more advanced videos to master Notion 6
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative I like the way the keyboard shortcuts are constantly reinforced throughout the tutorials
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Really useful tutorial. One thing....the video scoring tutorial towards the end...I'm not sure having a constantly changing tempo like this would be very pleasant!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Terrific videos! Amazing job, George!! Notion has a gentle learning curve and these videos by George Hess are thorough, to the point, and easy to follow. They will enable you to start composing with Notion from day one. One suggestion: let us hear the output a bit more often during the videos. Correction: Notion supports Japanese, not Chinese.
Date published: 2016-03-07
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