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Notion Explained®

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    Introduction

    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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    Preferences

    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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    Turnarounds

    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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    Layout

    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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Okana
Submitted 5 months ago

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.


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5pinDIN
Submitted 9 months ago

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!


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PO Box 721168
Submitted 10 months ago

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!

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro


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turraf
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good

Very good

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live


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Premanandh
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Helpful

Very Helpful and need more advanced videos to master Notion 6

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Studio One


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Robbo
Submitted 2 years ago

Very informative

I like the way the keyboard shortcuts are constantly reinforced throughout the tutorials

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar


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APAP
Submitted 3 years ago

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!

I am a: Professional


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cliff
Submitted 3 years ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Okana
Submitted 5 months ago

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.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

5pinDIN
Submitted 9 months ago

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!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

PO Box 721168
Submitted 10 months ago

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!

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

turraf
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good

Very good

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Premanandh
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Helpful

Very Helpful and need more advanced videos to master Notion 6

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Robbo
Submitted 2 years ago

Very informative

I like the way the keyboard shortcuts are constantly reinforced throughout the tutorials

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

APAP
Submitted 3 years ago

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!

I am a: Professional

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

cliff
Submitted 3 years ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

Dabbling? I guess I’ve been “dabbling” in it all of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I have a doctorate and masters from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelors degree from Berklee.

3. When did you get into recording?

I’m not really a recording engineer, but I’ve been involved with electronic music and music technology since the mid 70s.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I’m in my 10th year as Associate Professor of Music Technology at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. I was also at Central Michigan University for 10 years. I’ve gigged with lots of people both professionally and as part of my teaching gigs. Some notables include James Morrison, Bob Mintzer, Jim Nabors, the Osmonds, Myron Floren and Ryo Kawasaki.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I’ve had lots of practice. I’ve been teaching at universities for over 25 years and privately for 10 years or so before that.

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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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