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The Powerful Input Palette (Part 1)
January 13, 2017

The Powerful Input Palette (Part 1)

All set and ready to go? No more endless searching!
Where’s …? How can I enter …? Where do I find …?

Do you really know the input palette? It’s FORTE’s greatest and most practical asset. Each and every possible element for your score is here. It‘s about time for a detailed portrait. And to show you everything there is to know about it. As you already know, the input palette has 10 different tabs.

The first and most important tab is called “Notes”.
When you open FORTE, you‘ll be seeing exactly this picture:

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In the upper half there are the notes, note heads, accidentals, ties and slurs as well as the tool for triplets and tuplets. We don‘t have to tell you anything about the notes. You know quarters, 8th notes and dotted half notes like the back of your hand.
But did you know that the symbol at the utter left – “Quarter over 8th note rest” – allows you to switch between notes and rests? On very rare occasions, you may want to edit a rest manually. Another interesting button is next to the 128th note: You can change the shape of the note heads here. This feature is helpful if you‘re writing notation for drums and percussion or shape notes for your choir.
Next to the accidentals (bb, b, natural, # and x) you find an empty bracket. If you‘d like to remind of a certain accidental , you use this bracket to write reminders or “courtesy accidentals”: Click on the accidental, then click on the brackets. The cursor turns into a reticle and you‘ll place it on the desired note.The symbol on the utter right is the tool for tuplets. You‘ll need it if you want to enter triplets. Or those beautiful 18-tuplets that you find in Chopin‘s oeuvre. We made a video for you to show you how to use this tool.
If you look at the virtual keyboard in the lower half, you‘ll find little black arrows at the left and right side of the keys. You‘ll reach the other octaves here. If you‘d like to enter chords, click on the chord symbol at the lower right edge of the virtual keyboard. Another click on the symbol deactivates the chord input again. Please note: if you‘re writing chords often, because you‘re writing for a choir or for the piano, it‘s important to use the correct voices. Here‘s a tutorial video for you how to work with several voices.

Accents & Techniques
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This tab offers you accents, techniques and (since FORTE 8) fingering. If you linger over an unknown symbol with your cursor, its name or explanation is shown (mouseover). The input of all these elements is the same: select the element and place it on the desired note (the cursor turns into a reticle). All elements can be edited in their respective properties window: right-click on the symbol. If you wish to change the position of the element, press ctrl and keep ctrl pressed while using the arrow keys ← and → for repositioning.
Please note: combined fingerings (such as you may need for guitar music) will be available in an upcoming update.

Dynamics
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This tab contains the elements for dynamic markers (who would have guessed that?). The static symbols (mf to pppp) are written into the score just like the accents we talked about in the paragraph above. Those symbols indicating a development (cresc to >) are written with a starting and an ending point. It’s worthwhile to check out the properties window of these elements as well. Maybe you’d like to make some adjustments or edit the appearance.

Tempo
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If you want to edit the tempo of your music, here‘s your go-to tab. The element “Quarter equals 60” is best edited in the score: right-click and properties, then go to “Performance”. If you select the Italian label “Andante”, a menu opens below:
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By clicking on the arrow head, you‘ll get the whole choice from Larghissimo to Prestissimo. If you like, you can add more text to the single word, say “ma non troppo” for example, before writing it into your score. Using the properties window again, you can adjust the performance or the position, if you like.

So, that’s it for the first part of the portrait. The next part will cover text, LYRICS and chords. How did you like this article?
We’re looking forward to your comments!

Free Sheet Music: <br />Christmas Songs for FORTE 8
December 20, 2016

Free Sheet Music:
Christmas Songs for FORTE 8

For the most beautiful season of all we have prepared our Christmas Carols and arrangements for you (yes, some are German!). We've set them all for FORTE 8.

Download the ZIP file that contains the free sheet music here. Open and edit the music with FORTE 8 Basic, Home or Premium.

If you don't have FORTE 8 yet, download a free trial version here.

Choir Arrangements

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Adeste Fideles
Tochter Zion

Songs with Chords

Jingle Bells
Maria durch den Dornwald ging
We wish you a merry christmas

For the Orchestra (Arranged for Strings)

Pastorale from: Concerto Grosso Nr. 8 - A. Corelli

We wish you very happy holidays with lots of music!

Your FORTE-Team

[FAQ] Frequently asked questions about FORTE 8
December 1, 2016

[FAQ] Frequently asked questions about FORTE 8

What new features does FORTE 8 offer?
Let’s take the tour! We created video in which we show you all the new functions.
Watch the video here.
Every new feature had its own preview as well. For more details, take a look at the following posts:

Can I get FORTE in a box?
Yes, there is a box version of FORTE. The box version is generally $10 more than the download version.

The boxes will be available on amazon soon:
FORTE 8 Premium in a box.
FORTE 8 Home in a box.
FORTE 8 Basic in box.

I already use a previous version of FORTE. How can I upgrade to FORTE 8?
Get your upgrade here. Simply enter your email address and the system will automatically recognize your license.

Is there a guarantee?
Yes! If you are not entirely satisfied within 30 days of purchasing FORTE 8, we’ll refund your entire purchase price, no questions asked. Just send an email to support@fortenotation.com.

Everything about FORTE 8!
November 27, 2016

Everything about FORTE 8!

FORTE 8…
FORTE 8 comes with improved layout options, new screen views, new music fonts, easy input for fingering and an integrated tuner. And of course, the revolutionary FORTE Scan module so you can upload music from anywhere!

Are you as excited as we are?
We’re so looking forward to sharing it with you!

Here comes FORTE Scan!
November 22, 2016

Here comes FORTE Scan!

Now take a picture with your smartphone,
and FORTE Scan will convert it
so you can start editing immediately…

Maybe you’ve wanted to transpose your music, set up playback of your choir part, or finally digitize your sheet music archive? We’ve been hard at work on the new scanning module to get it just right. The recognition is much better now, the user interface is much friendlier, and best of all, now your smartphone can be your scanner!
There are three ways to scan your music with FORTE 8:

  • You can use the conventional way using a printed original and a desktop scanner.
  • You can import image files.
  • Or you can quickly snap a picture with your smartphone or tablet, using FORTE’s Scan App

The FORTE Scan App: Your mobile Scanner
FORTE’s Scan App is available for Android and iOS devices. We’ll be releasing it on Monday, and you can download it for free. When you synchronize your phone or tablet with your computer via a QR-Code, the pictures you take with the app are automatically loaded into FORTE’s Scan Module. This works just as well when you’re on the road! When you get back to your computer later, you’ll find the sheet music you took pictures of ready to select for scanning.

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The app in action.

The new User Interface: Step by Step to a Flawless Result
FORTE Scan guides you through the whole process. First, the general parameters like clef, key and meter are set. Next, FORTE Scan asks you about possible mistakes within the measures. If you find a wrong note, just mark it. Finally, FORTE suggests alternate readings of the same measure. In very rare occurences, none of the suggestions is correct. FORTE Scan will then export an empty measure.

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In this step, you mark the wrong elements.

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Alternate readings look like this.
Since the original was a very bad copy, none of the suggestions is correct.


Once FORTE Scan has read your score, you can open it in FORTE for further editing. Some elements, such as dynamic markers for example, will need to be added manually. You’ll also look it over to eliminate any last tiny misreads. Once you’ve added the title information & edited the layout to your preferences, your score is final. Enjoy your newly digitized music!

So, what do you think? How do you like it?
Which score will you digitize first with your FORTE Scan?
We’re so looking forward to your comments on our blog.

[Video] More News about FORTE 8!
November 18, 2016

[Video] More News about FORTE 8!

New screen views and music fonts for your scores

Today we’ll introduce to more exciting news about FORTE 8:
FORTE 8 comes with additional screen views for easy layout design.
And to make your scores as beautiful as your music, FORTE 8 features four new music fonts. You can add a personal touch to your scores.

New Screen Views for a Better Layout
In total, there are three new screen views added to FORTE 8 to help you gain a better overview of your score. They will facilitate all layout creation work.
Below, you can see one of the new screen views that displays your score in book format. In this view, you can adapt the left and right margins of the pages much more easily. The video above shows you all screen views.

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This is your score as a book.

New Music Fonts for Your Scores
FORTE 8 brings you four new music fonts to give your score a more personal touch. When you choose a new font, it is applied to the note heads AND your performance directions. Adding a jazzy, handwritten style to your score is as easy as one mouse click.

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This is what J.S. Bach’s Invention No.4 looks like in “ForteJazz” …

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…and this is FORTE’s standard font, “Midisoft Classic”.

So what do you think about these new features?
Do you have a favourite font?
We’re looking forward to your comments and messages!

FORTE 8 comes on November 28th!
November 17, 2016

FORTE 8 comes on November 28th!

Look forward to these new features…

Miriam will introduce you to two of the new features in our video:
FORTE 8 allows you to write fingering.
The intergrated tuner helps you with tuning your stringed instrument.

Writing Fingerings
Many piano teachers wrote to us: They wanted the ability to write fingerings for their students. With FORTE 8, you can prepare your etudes better and you'll master difficult passages faster: Enter your fingering directly into the score. Edit the elements to match your playing and reading habits.

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A tuner? A tuner!
FORTE 8 comes with an integrated tuner. You'll find the right tune easily. Sit comfortably at your desk and tune your stringed instrument. You can also play along to your pc and read the music from the screen.

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So what do you think about these new features?
Do you need to write fingering often? Let us know!
We’re looking forward to your comments or messages.

PlayAlong Orchestra assists your practice routine
August 12, 2016

PlayAlong Orchestra assists your practice routine

PlayAlong Orchestra is a free music software. You can play back scores and parts with the program. The program features a virtual orchestra that accompanies your rehearsals.

In the following video you'll meet Jason from New Zealand. The professional cellist will tell you more about the software. He'll also show you how to improve your rehearsal using PlayAlong Orchestra.

So? What do you think?

Download the software at playalongorchestra.com.
The free software is suitable for your windows operating system as well as for your android device.

Get started immediately: PlayAlong Orchestra's library is already stocked with some free sheet music. Visit our shop for more scores.

Didn't find what you were looking for in the shop?
Write to us! support@playalongorchestra.de

Shape notes with FORTE
July 22, 2016

Shape notes with FORTE

Wait, what? What are shape notes?

We’re always happy to learn something new and this week we learned about shape notes.
Thanks are due to Bill, who asked us whether it’s possible to write shape notes with FORTE. And I can tell you, we were just as curious!

Shape notes are a shorthand for writing choir music. The different styles of the note heads help the singers finding the right pitch. The method is said to make sight-reading as well as four-part singing much easier and more available to everyone. Its tradition is wildly alive in the churches of the American South.

And just before this blog post becomes boring jargon to you, let me share a wonderful video about shape note singing with you. It’s presented by the multitalented Rhodyjane Meadows.



And finally, yes of course you can write shape notes with FORTE 7!
Different note head styles are already a feature of FORTE Basic.
Doesn’t this look like Rhodyjane’s chart?

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How to write shape notes with FORTE

If you would like to write shape notes…
(1) Select the value of the note in the input palette.
(2) Click on Notehead Styles
(3) Select the suitable notehead. Note that the symbols are already assigned to the solfège syllables!

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Find our license offer for choirs here!

Happy Birthday!
July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Let’s celebrate!

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Riddle me this.

Well, which song is hidden in all these repeats?
Right… we’re singing Happy Birthday!

We’re celebrating our team’s birthdays from July 2nd to July 7th! Our software developer Alexandre starts our celebrating week on Saturday only to be followed swiftly by our support & content manager Matthias on Thursday.
Join our celebrations, enter the world of notation software and save up to 30% with your very own FORTE 7 license!

And of course a link to the Birthday Special!

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