Sibelius Chord Notation Fonts: Opus Standard, Norfolk ASL Standard and Norfolk ASC Standard

Update: After working in my scores with these different chord fonts, I prefer Norfolk Chord ASL Standard for all layouts (Full Score, Piano/Vocal, and Parts)

Getting the right chord font for notation software is a big deal for the player that has to read the music on the fly. Often I’m orchestrating scores for shows that I am working on and I need the fonts to be intuitive. When a score is laid out well visually then it’s a pleasure to play through scores for rehearsals and performance. I can’t waste a split second trying to differentiate a chord marking. It needs to be crystal clear.

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Why I use Sibelius notation software

The endless debate on which notation software to use seems to now be centered on Finale vs. Sibelius vs. Dorico. I’ve been using Sibelius since 2007 and I love it, while at the same time I feel a little shame that I haven’t mastered Finale. Here are some of the reasons why I’m once again sticking with Sibelius (while also feeling ashamed).

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WordPress sitemap page empty

My WordPress sitemap page was empty and it took me a while to locate the problem. Hopefully this is helpful to another user.


Sitemap.xml page empty. Page only had header information without content. Showed as blank page.

Source of Problem:

I was using the WordPress plugin WPcache which was prevent three different sitemap generation plugins from working.

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My Top Picks for 2015 Technology Customer Service

EASTWEST_Hollywood Strings Ships



As music producers we use a lot of different software formats. With my music libraries alone I counted 18 different companies that I’ve worked with in the last year. Most needing their own installation procedures and authorizations. It’s just part of the business and quickly leads to the no-fun zone.

Overall I think customer service across the board has improved greatly in the technology and music app sectors over the last ten years. There are three companies which have really stood out to me above all the rest in 2015 for outstanding customer service.

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Finale vs. Sibelius


(Overture from Romeo and Juliet the musical by Conrad Askland – Sibelius screen shot)

Here it is late 2015 and there is still the grand debate of whether to use Sibelius or Finale as your main music notation software. You can read hundreds of technical break downs that compare the two. Here, I will give you a real-world breakdown of my experience with both programs.

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“Steve Jobs” Movie 2015 – Objective vs. Subjective


Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for the 2015 movie “Steve Jobs”. I just saw the film and absolutely loved it. It has had disappointing ticket sales so far but has a very respectable 85% review rate from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

One of the complaints from tech heads is that some of the true facts have been adjusted for the screenplay to make it a better film. In the link below, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin explains the difference between “subjective” and “objective”; or in other words that some have said, “this is not a documentary, this is a painting.”

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Sibelius and MainStage for Music Scoring


(Score sample of Keyboard Two part from Conrad Askland’s “Romeo and Juliet – the musical”, July 2014)

As I’m working on orchestrations for my third full length musical, “Romeo and Juliet” (, I realize the need for a particular scoring approach for the Keyboard Two part. Here is the solution I came up with to incorporate Apple’s MainStage with Sibelius for use in orchestrations and creating the final Keyboard Two patch setup.

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Sibelius – Part Name Prints Over Header Title on Subsequent Pages

In Sibelius notation software there’s a great feature where part names automatically print at the top of each page. Unfortunately this is also where your song title and subtitle are placed by default. The end result is that at the top header of each page over the first title page, the part title (full score, keyboard/vocal, trombone, etc.) prints on top of the title text and makes it all unreadable. The part name clashes on top of the title header text.

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SWTOR Massive Beta Testing Begins November 2011


BETA testing just opened for everyone that signed up early and opted in. See you soon in The Old Republic! is Star Wars the Old Republic – an new MMORPG game from Bioware, Electronic Arts and Lucas Arts. Video above are some of the design team stating their opinions of the Sith Inquisitor vs the Trooper. Mmmm……I think I’m sold on the Sith Inquisitor. For those of us playing SWTOR that used to play Warcraft (which is probably most everyone) this seems a little like the Orc Warrior vs. a Rogue with some Mage abilities.

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Steps to Secure VBulletin

Since 2001 I’ve run online discussion forums. PhpBB was my first software but they had a major software exploitation back in December 2004 that brought down my forum network. The release of Phpbb 2 and 3 seemed to alleviate a lot of the problems, but in the meantime I switched many forums over to VBulletin.

I haven’t had my phpBB 2.x sites hacked but have had several hacks on VBulletin. They seem to have increased in 2011 with an almost monthly hack on one of my forums. Normally just kids having fun and reading instructions on how to hack using the latest software vulnerability in VBulletin 4.x. But in July 2011, for the first time, I had a hacker use one of my websites as a phishing site.

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Canon 5D Mark II and iMovie 09

I just love my Canon 5D Mark II camera that I bought a few months ago. But there are issues with the footage being jerky when using IMovie 09. I haven’t quite had the time to jump into using Final Cut yet, so until then you can use a free program called MPEG Streamclip to fix the video stuttering.

There’s a great article here that will explain exactly what do to:

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This website Mobile friendly

This website now has automatic detection and support for the following mobile phones:

Android BlackBerry9500 BlackBerry9530 CUPCAKE dream iPhone iPod incognito webOS and webmate. If any problems or errors please leave a comment here so I can look into it.

VBulletin Create Search Table

This took me quite a while to find. Here is the query to use in MySql to create the search table in VBulletin. To find the code to create other tables in VBulletin database go to your VB upload files to: install/mysql-schema.php

This was in response to an INVALID SQL error in VB 4.0 where “domainname” is the name of your website url:
MySQL Error   : Table ‘’ doesn’t exist
Error Number  : 1146

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VBulletin 4.0 Settings

A collection of my changed VBulletin 4.0 settings. I’m posting this so I can remember the changes as I go along that may be helpful to other people. Maybe other VB owners have better, or additional suggestions, they can let me know about. (hint, hint: leave a comment please!)

Just released on December 21, 2009 – the new VB4 has received mixed reviews. Members of my communities also are mixed on their appreciation. We’ll give it some time to settle and see how it goes with the new CMS. I run forums on both VB and PhpBB.

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Real Estate Agents on Facebook

My new pet peeve is real estate agents on Facebook. They become everyone’s friend by going through your friends list and then spam you. Bah humbug.

I just received another friend request with “any friend of s0-and-so is a friend of mine!” and I think: Mmmm…I bet this person sells real estate. Sure enough they do; with real estate links and comments all over their page. And all their status updates are about the current market. Thanks for ruining Facebook.

So let’s say that YOU are a real estate agent and you haven’t totally alienated every single person in your community yet; here’s tips on marketing on Facebook so you can piss EVERYONE off. Way to go!

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Netgear Router Setup on Mac

Add this to my list of stupid tech problems that wasted my time. This one about SIX hours. 

The Netgear router comes with an installation CD for PC only. If installing on a Mac you need to do it manually. I even tried using my VMFusion side with Microsoft XP to install but would not work.

The secret? Clear the cache on your Safari browser! For me it was that simple. Then I was able to connect directly to the router for setup. I hope this helps someone else save many hours.