Notion Tutorial

Notion Explained®

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36 Videos | Length: 2hr 24min 3sec
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  • Introduction 2:30


    George gives an introduction to Notion and overview of the series.

  • The Interface 2:23

    The Interface

    Take a tour of the Notion interface.

  • Preferences 4:53


    George sets the preferences for best performance.

  • Score Setup 2:56

    Score Setup

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

  • Key Signatures, Meters & Tempo 1:40

    Key Signatures, Meters & Tempo

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

  • Note Entry 3:43

    Note Entry

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

  • Copy, Paste, & Duplicating Measures 1:20

    Copy, Paste, & Duplicating Measures

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

  • Steptime Entry & Repitching 2:20

    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.

  • Entering Tablature 2:12

    Entering Tablature

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

  • Drum Notation 2:51

    Drum Notation

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

  • Transpose & Edit Tab 2:25

    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.

  • Repeats & Barlines 3:12

    Repeats & Barlines

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

  • Playback: The Mixer & Swing Control 3:20

    Playback: The Mixer & Swing Control

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

  • Turnarounds 3:30


    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.

  • Score Text: Chord Symbols & Lyrics 4:13

    Score Text: Chord Symbols & Lyrics

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

  • Guitar Techniques 7:36

    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.

  • Playback: Time-Based Performance Functions 2:49

    Playback: Time-Based Performance Functions

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

  • Fine Tuning the Score 2:38

    Fine Tuning the Score

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

  • Layout 4:11


    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.

  • Playback: Mixing & Effects 5:06

    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.

  • Importing Standard MIDI Files 2:17

    Importing Standard MIDI Files

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

  • Creating the Form 3:55

    Creating the Form

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

  • Editing Notes 7:57

    Editing Notes

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

  • Changing Instruments 2:07

    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.

  • Critical Editing 5:25

    Critical Editing

    George demonstrates adding dynamics, articulations and phrasing.

  • Advanced Layout & Parts 6:48

    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.

  • Four Part Writing & Analysis 6:15

    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.

  • Jazz Rhythm Section: Drums 2:00

    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.

  • Jazz Rhythm Section: Piano, Guitar & Bass 4:30

    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.

  • Importing Music XML 4:30

    Importing Music XML

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

  • Performance Editing 5:31

    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.

  • Advanced Mixing: Auxiliary Busses 5:32

    Advanced Mixing: Auxiliary Busses

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

  • NTempo: Live Performance & Recording Tempos 6:36

    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.

  • Scoring to Video 8:35

    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.

  • VST Instruments 3:13

    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.

  • Custom Rules 3:04

    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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