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Chapter 13. Making Sheet Music > Printing Your Music

Printing Your Music

After all is notated and done, you can print your music to paper if you have a printer connected to your computer. SONAR automatically sets up your music on separate pages, including the song title, composer, and other information, along with the notation. You can print your musical score by following these steps:

  1. Choose File > Info to open the File Info window, and then fill out all the information you want to include on your sheet music. You can use the Title, Subtitle, Instructions, Author, and Copyright parameters. For more information about the File Info window, refer to Chapter 4.

  2. With the Staff view open, choose File > Print Preview. SONAR will go into Print Preview mode (see Figure 13.18) and display your music on virtual pages, letting you see how it will look before you print it.

    Figure 13.18. You can use Print Preview mode to see how your music will look on paper before you print it.

  3. To zoom the display in or out, click on the Zoom In or Zoom Out button.

  4. Depending on the length of your song, SONAR usually shows two pages at once on the screen. If you would rather view only one page at a time, click on the One Page button.

  5. If your song takes up more than two pages, you can navigate through them by using the Next Page and Prev Page buttons.

  6. Before you print your music, you need to select a size for your score. To do so, click on the Configure button to open the Staff View Print Configure dialog box.

  7. From the single drop-down list, choose the size you want to use. SONAR provides nine different standard music-engraving sizes used by professional music publishers. Each size is used for a different purpose. Size 0 (Commercial or Public) usually is used for wire-bound manuscripts. Size 1 (Giant or English) usually is used for school band music books or instructional books. Sizes 2 and 3 (Regular, Common, or Ordinary) usually are used for printing classical music. Size 4 (Peter) usually is used for folios or organ music. Size 5 (Large Middle) usually is used for ensemble music. Size 6 (Small Middle) usually is used for condensed sheet music. Size 7 (Cadenza) usually is used for pocket music editions. And Size 8 (Pearl) usually is used for thematic advertisement.

  8. Click on OK. The music will be redrawn using the new size.

  9. Click on the Print button.



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