Music Notation Intuitive Music Composition
Music Notation
Intuitive Music Composition
Pizzicato Light
Pizzicato Beginner
Pizzicato Notation
Pizzicato Guitar
Pizzicato Choir
Pizzicato Soloist
Pizzicato Drums & Percussion
Pizzicato Keyboard
Pizzicato Composition Light
Pizzicato Composition Pro
A Full Range of Music Software for the Musician
Pizzicato Guitar
Pizzicato Guitar contains all the tools
you need to write sheet music for the
guitar or other fretted instruments like the
banjo, the bass, etc.
full library of chord diagrams is
available, and you can add your own to
complete the library.
A set of specific symbols for the guitar
may be added to the score and they will
affect the performance of the playback.
? You can enter the music with the mouse
on a tablature or TAB staff or on a standard
staff. You can display both staff and TAB
or tablature and Pizzicato can convert
from one to the other.
?You can work with up to four fretted
instruments playing together (4 standard
or tablature staves). Adjust the page layout
freely, add text blocks and print the score.
As you enter the notes, Pizzicato plays
them through the computers soundcard.
Pizzicato can play the score at any tempo,
and you can use this feature to practice on
your own guitar. You can easily follow the
score. The notes are colored as they are
played and an arrow follows the score.
? Enter the notes with the help of a guitar
fret board window, showing the name of
the notes.
Additionally, you can edit all effects
graphically, like pitch bend and volume.
You can also edit the notes graphically.
Add an audio track and synchronize it
with the score. For instance, you can
record your voice or a real guitar
instrument and hear it together with the
? Pizzicato can play the score through the
? You can select the time signature, add a
chord progression, add lyrics and most of
the standard notation features like triplets,
measure and page numbers,...
Windows or Mac soundcard, or it can use
its own series of samples from real guitars,
basses and other instruments. You can
export it to an audio WAV file and use it to
burn a CD.
Pizzicato Choir
With Pizzicato Choir, you can enter
music for the choir, print nice looking
sheet music and hear it through your
computer sound card.
You can start a score easily by using one
of the choir templates. Select the time and
key signatures, adjust the clefs and start
entering the notes.
You can add chord symbols, up to 8
lines of lyrics as well as free text blocks.
? You can enter the lyrics just by typing in
the text syllables and Pizzicato will place
them nicely centered on the notes.
You can even copy the lyrics from the
text of another program (Word, Open
Office,...). You can adjust the position of
lyrics and change the font, size and color
of each line.
With the help of a tool palette, the
mouse and the keyboard, you can easily
enter the notes, rests and most of the
symbols you can find in a score.
measures or the full score.
Adjust the page layout, the number of
measures for each staff and display the
music as you want on the page.
Internet and edit, transpose and print
them, with up to 4 staves.
You can create an audio WAV file of the
score and use it to create a CD.
You can select which staves will be on
the audio file, so that you can create a CD
with separate parts or all parts except
one,... and give them to the choir members
to help them practice their parts.
? You can easily transpose one or more
The music is automatically spaced. You
can zoom in and adjust any aspect of the
music notation at any time.
? You can import MIDI files from the
? Pizzicato will also help you to learn
your part and sing while the computer
plays the other parts, at any tempo.
You can also increase your knowledge
of music theory. The included full music
theory course will help you improve your
performances in the choir, and you will
enjoy singing even more.
Pizzicato Keyboard
Pizzicato Keyboard contains all the
tools you need to write music for
keyboard instruments like the piano, the
organ or the synthesizer, with up to 4
Enter the notes with combinations of
mouse clicks, tool palettes, keystrokes,
the virtual piano keyboard window, or
directly through a MIDI keyboard, step by
step or in real time.
? This version contains all the tools of
Pizzicato Professional related to keyboard
notation. For instance, you can manage
advanced pianistic notation and multiple
grace notes, both for page layout and
? The measure content is automatically
You can add accidentals, tuplets, chords
as well as many other standard symbols
and hear their influence on the playback of
You can enter music by playing it on a
MIDI keyboard and split the left and right
hands on two staves.
adjusted, and you can zoom in and correct
any aspect of music notation at any time.
You can copy/paste/transpose
measures and handle up to 8 rhythmic
voices per measure.
Play the score or any part of it and watch
the notes colored as they are played.
Pizzicato plays the tempo, accents,
nuances, and special effects.
Pizzicato includes a Sound Library,
with 1.2 GB of audio samples for a
realistic sound rendering of your music.
You can export your music to an audio
WAV file and use it to create a CD.
Pizzicato Soloist
Pizzicato Soloist contains all the tools
you need to write music for a solo
instrument. You can print nice solo sheet
music, whether for brass, woodwind,
string instruments or any solo instrument
written on one staff.
? Use the various tools to enter notes,
You can manage the measures and
staves on the page as you want, in any
size. Add free text blocks, measure and
page numbers. You can edit the music in
linear mode (all measures side by side) or
in page view (where you see the score as it
will be printed).
You can transpose the score from one
tone to another, just by changing the key
signature or by selecting an interval.
Follow the score playing and scrolling
on the screen and see the notes colored as
they are played.
rests, accidentals, chords, lyrics, triplets,
nuances, tempo markings. Select the
instrument sound you want. Add repeats,
multi-rests and many more symbols that
you can find in a score.
? As with any other Pizzicato version, the
clef, time and key signatures may be
specified or changed anywhere in the
? Pizzicato can play the score with real
instrument sound samples, to give a more
realistic rendering. Nuances, tempo and
other symbols will also be played. You
can export the music as an audio WAV file.
? If you are learning an instrument, you
can use soloist your benefit. You can enter
your exercises and play them with the
computer as a reference for rhythm and
pitch. You will improve quickly and enjoy
even more playing your instrument.
Pizzicato Drums & Percussion
Here is a unique software, specifically
designed for music notation of drums
and percussion instruments.
? In addition to the standard notation
tools (notes, rests, symbols, time
signature, triplets,...), you can define
custom drums and percussion maps so
that each line of a staff will play the
instrument of your choice.
You can use standard note heads for the
drums, individually or globally.
Staves can have from 1 up to 16 lines so
that you can create custom presentations
of drum sheet music. You can have up to 8
staves of drums or percussion.
? Without being an expert, you can easily
create and edit a drum pattern. You can
use the standard notation or the visual
piano roll editor. Pizzicato can play the
pattern in a loop while you edit it, so you
can intuitively modify it until you like it.
? Pizzicato Drums will import MIDI files
with up to 8 tracks and can split the
individual drum instruments so that you
can easily edit the parts and print nice
drum sheet music.
? This version also includes templates for
percussion instruments like timpani,
xylophone, tubular bells, and other
instruments found in the orchestra.
Pizzicato Light
Pizzicato Light is an introductory
version to learn music, make exercises,
write small scores (1 or 2 pages) and use
basic MIDI and audio recording
features. You can also start practicing the
music keyboard and make your first steps
into music composition.
You can enter the music with
combination's of mouse clicks, tool
palettes, keystrokes, the virtual piano
keyboard, the guitar fret board window, or
directly through a MIDI keyboard, step by
step or in real time.
notes are part of a chord, with colors.
with many examples that combine with
the discovery of the tools to enter music.
You can then directly apply what you
learn in practice. With it, you will be able
to understand music notation.
You can copy/paste/transpose
measures and you can use and manipulate
up to 8 voices per measure.
? Display the note names and see which
? It contains a full music theory course,
Exactly as you can create a letter with a
word processor, Pizzicato gives you the
tools to write, print and hear your
You can add accidentals, triplets,
chords as well as many other symbols and
hear their influence on the playback of
Play or sing while listening to the
score at any tempo to improve your skills
and rhythm.
Pizzicato Beginner
Pizzicato Beginner is a general
purpose music notation program.
? In comparison to Pizzicato Light, you
You can export one or more measures as
a graphic file, that you can use in other
can enter music for up to 16 instruments
(staves) and add as many measures and
pages as necessary. The page layout is free,
and you can display the measures and
systems on the page as you want.
Insert images and graphics in the page
layout of the score. You can write music
tutorials and exercises books directly in
Pizzicato. You can print in any paper
format, including booklet printing.
? Pizzicato Beginner has the global view,
You can import standard MIDI files
from the Internet, display the score,
modify it, play it and print it.
MIDI Files
? With it, you can edit the music notation
directly, edit the notes graphically as on a
piano roll, you can draw effect curves to
create a customized crescendo,
synchronize one audio track and edit a
chord progression very easily.
designed to provide you with the most
advanced editing tools of Pizzicato, all
in one window, for your convenience.
With the progressive courses in the
manual and/or by watching the video
tutorials on the site, you will create and
print beautiful looking sheet music.
Pizzicato Notation
Notation contains all the
notation tools of Pizzicato Professional,
including unlimited staves and pages, full
custom page layout, guitar tablature or
TAB, multiple grace notes handling,
drums and percussion notation and, in
fact, all the notation features found in all
the other Pizzicato versions.
? You can use all clefs, composite time
signatures, advanced key signatures. You
can create free measures (with no time
signature), multi-measure rests, and
customize the measure appearance and
? You can print in any size.
? You can open multiple documents and
have many scores in each document.
? You can extract individual parts from a
conductor score and print them.
? You can add new graphic and MIDI
symbols to the palettes.
? Import and export scores to musicXML
? Pizzicato Notation contains everything
you need to write your own music, from
a soloist to a full orchestra.
files. With such files, you can exchange
music score with users of other music
notation software.
Optimize a score so that only the
playing instruments are printed on the
conductor score.
A special copy/paste function helps you
to merge staves together or to split apart an
existing staff.
Pizzicato Composition Light
? Pizzicato Composition introduces the
concept of intuitive music composition.
This is where you can start exploring
music composition like never before.
You will find innovative tools to
explore harmony, melody and rhythm.
You will also find many tools to help
you arrange music.
You can export your composition as a
MIDI file, an audio WAV file or to
musicXML files that you can use to create
a CD or to work further in any other music
software. However, Pizzicato
Composition does not handle page layout
and printing.
One of the intuitive composition
principles is to drag and drop scores made
of one or several measures to construct a
full composition.
Music Composition
? Composing music consists of finding
an idea and structuring this idea into a
full music composition.
Pizzicato gives you a series of tools to
find an idea and to develop this idea. It
DOES NOT compose for you! You are the
These tools help you explore musical
possibilities with an unmatched easiness.
At every step of a music composition,
you must make choices that will finally
produce a unique composition.
You can make these choices with
intuitive tools that help you to sort out the
possibilities by listening, and decide by
yourself if they transmit the atmosphere
or the feelings you want your music to
? Pizzicato offers you a musical desktop
on which you can easily and efficiently
organize a music composition.
The Score Arranger
Each score may contain melodies,
chords, accompaniments, instruments or
effects that can be combined.
How can you find a melody?
The Pizzicato libraries provide you
with numerous note sequences and
rhythm sequences that you can combine.
The possible combinations are
countless and will give you raw melodic
material which you can adapt.
The arranger works directly on the
score. You can switch between the
original and arranged versions.
When you find a melody, you can do a
chord analysis and add prepared
structures like a string quartet or add
secondary voices with rhythmic
preferences. Pizzicato will arrange the
score to match the chords.
Notes + Rhythms
The Musical Desktop
If you have a melody, Pizzicato offers
you a chord analysis to find the possible
chords that can match that melody.
As there are often many possibilities, a
multiple choice is suggested for each
chord, and you can select the one you
prefer by listening.
= Melody
How Do You Find Chords?
You can use thousands of prepared
chord progressions. You can also navigate
inside several hundred harmonic spaces
available and create chord progressions
intuitively, by listening to your music
through these chords.
? You can use built-in styles to easily
arrange a melody or you can use the
individual instrument patterns to create
your own style.
You will discover many other music
composition tools, all of them to help you
compose more intuitively.
Pizzicato Composition Pro
This version contains all the intuitive
composition tools found in Pizzicato
You can use up to 16 MIDI ports.
You can customize the harmony rules
of the arranger.
Virtual keyboards transform your
single keyboard into a multi-sound
Design custom harmonic spaces based
on tonalities, degrees and chord types.
Create custom chords and scales and
use them with the arranger to influence the
Extract and create new music libraries
from existing MIDI files and use the
individual patterns to build your own
? You can intuitively draw the shape of
a melody on the staff and Pizzicato will
transform it into a melody that matches
that shape and the existing chords and
Create Your Own Sounds
With Pizzicato Composition Pro, you
can also express your creativity and
imagination by creating new sounds to
play your music.
You can construct new sounds with a
modular synthesizer, by assembling
building blocks.
Drag and drop the sounds directly into
the score and hear them play your music.
? Import Yamaha styles into Pizzicato
and use them in your compositions.
? Create a harmonic space from existing
chord progressions, for instance, from a
MIDI file. Then compose a new chord
progression in the same harmony style.
General presentation
Ÿ Music notation program to write each element of a score
Ÿ Print the score in high quality
Ÿ Play the score on any sound card or MIDI synthesizer
Ÿ For Windows 2000, XP, Vista, W7 and Mac OS X (10.4 or later)
Ÿ Manual and software in English
Ÿ Progressive lessons to help using the software
Ÿ Full user manual on screen
Ÿ Paper manual with the most important lessons
Ÿ Hints to help find the tools and their keyboard shortcuts
Ÿ Music course suited to users with no musical background
Ÿ Practical training exercises to learn playing the music keyboard
Note entry
Ÿ Note entry with the mouse, the music keyboard and/or the piano window
Ÿ Play on the music keyboard and Pizzicato transcribes the notes on the screen
Ÿ Automatic spacing and layout of notes
Ÿ The added or edited notes are played as an immediate feedback
Ÿ Automatic scrolling of the score while playing
Ÿ Visualization of playing notes by coloring or with a scrolling vertical bar
Ÿ Up to 8 voices per staff
Ÿ Edit and view the score using a graphic zoom
Ÿ Linear view that displays the measures side by side, outside of any page layout
Ÿ Grace notes and various note heads
Ÿ Custom layout of notes inside a measure, advanced options for the layout of measures
Ÿ Copy/Paste measures
Ÿ Triplets and tuplets
Ÿ Automatic transposition function
Ÿ Cross-staff beaming for piano scores
Ÿ Specific tools to display and play single and multiple grace notes
Ÿ Special copy/paste function to split or merge voices
Ÿ Note color can be customized for each note
Ÿ Function to assign note colors according to the note name or pitch
Ÿ Graphic note editor window to view and edit the notes as small lines on a piano roll
Ÿ Function to display the note names (C, D, E,...)
Ÿ Graphic entry mode for notes on the staff
Structure of the score
Ÿ Maximum number of instruments (staves) per system
Ÿ Add and remove measures to the score
Ÿ Custom page layout
Ÿ Insert images and graphics
Ÿ Printing at 100 %
Ÿ Printing at 85 %
Ÿ Printing in all sizes (zoom for printing)
Ÿ Orchestral score optimization
Ÿ Reduced staff size
Ÿ Guitar tablature staves and tablature library
Ÿ Multi-document, multi-score
Ÿ Measure numbers
Ÿ Page numbers
Ÿ Template library to start a standard score
Ÿ Score creation wizard
Ÿ Drag and drop instruments from the library to build an orchestral score easily. Customize
Clefs, key signatures and time signatures
Ÿ Treble clef (G) and Bass clef (F)
Ÿ Drum clef
Ÿ All other clefs (C)
Ÿ Keys signatures from 7b to 7#
Ÿ Arbitrary key signatures (b and # mixed)
Ÿ Different key signatures for each staff (transposing instruments)
Ÿ Time signature selection
Ÿ Composite time signatures (3+4 /4, 6+2 /8...)
Ÿ Flexibility to display/hide the time and key signatures, create free measures, cut
Ÿ Easy handling of upbeats and incomplete measures
Chords, text, lyrics, chord symbols
Ÿ Chords diagrams for the guitar
Ÿ Transcription of chords into notes
Ÿ Chord analysis and chord finding on a melody
Ÿ Customized chord library
Ÿ Chord progression fast encoding window
Ÿ Text blocks for titles, author, numbers...
Ÿ Up to 8 lines of lyrics; each syllable is automatically aligned under the note
Ÿ Lyrics fast encoding window
Ÿ Notes colored according to the current chord structure
Compo. Light
Compo. Pro
Pizzicato Features
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Compo. Pro
Pizzicato Features
MIDI effects and handling - Performance of the score
Ÿ Realistic performance of symbols (nuances, tempo, accents, special effects...)
Ÿ MIDI Sequencer
Ÿ Possibility to add advanced MIDI effects
Ÿ Graphic editor window for the MIDI effects (Volume, tempo, reverb,...)
Ÿ Possibility to create your own graphic and MIDI symbols
Ÿ MIDI input(s)/output(s)
Ÿ GM/GS/XG synthesizer handling
Ÿ Drivers to access to sounds of many synthesizers on the market, customization of drivers
Ÿ Import MIDI files - Number of tracks
Ÿ Advanced MIDI file import (split drums and percussion,…)
Ÿ Export MIDI files
Ÿ Graphic export of measures to your text processor
Ÿ Global view, with all the best tools of Pizzicato in one single efficient window
Ÿ Levels of UNDO
Ÿ Document manager to handle and access your music documents easily
Ÿ Tool palettes with a large selection of graphic symbols
Ÿ Customized tool palettes
Ÿ Sequencer, piano roll, score and instruments windows
Ÿ Customized instrument window (mixing table)
Ÿ Special window designed to read a score with no page turn
Ÿ Drums and percussion notation and playing
Ÿ Parts extraction from a conductor score
Ÿ Import NIFF files (from third party scanning programs)
Ÿ MusicXML export function to exchange scores with other music software
Ÿ MusicXML import function from other music software
Ÿ Automatic saving and backup of files
Music composition tools - Intuitive composition
Ÿ 35 Accompaniment styles
Ÿ Import Yamaha style files (*STY) and use them in the real time and score arrangers
Ÿ Music library tools, to help you compose and build music scores on the basis of rhythmic,
melodic and chord blocks
Ÿ Multi-version measures
Ÿ Smart link copy function, to help you structure music composition based on rhythmic,
melodic and harmonic aspects and transformations
Ÿ Conductor window to assemble a music composition from several little scores, rhythmic
patterns, smart copies,...
Ÿ From a single MIDI keyboard, the Pizzicato virtual keyboards let you play several
instruments at once. Transform your MIDI keyboard into a multiple playing keyboard.
Ÿ Hundreds of harmonic spaces help you to navigate through a given set of chords and to
create a chord progression in an intuitive way, just by listening
Ÿ Customized harmonic spaces to create harmony based on scales, chords, degrees and notes
Ÿ Real time arranger to select styles and chords in an intuitive way, by listening
Ÿ Large libraries with tens of thousands of basic musical structures such as chords, chord
progressions, rhythmic and melodic sequences,...
Ÿ Score arranger - Starting with a chord progression, you may add individual instrumental
patterns from the library or from your own creation. A set of harmony rules help you to add
secondary voices and to construct your score.
Ÿ Customized harmonic rules for arranger
Ÿ Music generator - A programmable module used to create musical patterns (rhythms,
melodies, chord progressions) by the thousands, starting from simple criteria you define.
These patterns may then be dragged and dropped inside your own composition.
Ÿ Library of predefined vectorial melodies that you can drag and drop into the score
Ÿ Customized music vectors
Ÿ Graphic music vectors - Draw the shape of a melody directly on the staff and watch
it be transformed into a melody based on chords and scales. You can reshape the rhythmic
dimension in several ways. This is the basis of intuitive composition.
Ÿ Creation and handling of general chords and scales that can be used with the score arranger
and the music vectors
Ÿ Extract and create new music libraries from existing MIDI files, by individual pattern
instruments and use them in your composition by simple drag and drop into the score.
Audio functions
Ÿ You may open, listen to, record and edit standard audio WAVE files (".wav" extension)
Ÿ You may export your music score to a WAVE file so that you can use that file with your
CD burning software to create an audio CD.
Ÿ You may associate one WAVE file with the score playing in MIDI, for instance to add your
voice or an instrument through a microphone.
Ÿ You may associate several WAVE files with the score playing in MIDI, for instance to add
your voice or an instrument through a microphone.
Ÿ A real instrument orchestral sound library (1.2 GB) gives you a realistic sound performance
Ÿ You can import sounds in the SoundFont format and use them directly in your music
Ÿ You can adjust tuning and the exact frequencies of each note of the scale to affect the
playback of the score
Ÿ A modular customized sound synthesizer helps you to create your own sounds and work on
instrument samples that you can use in a music composition
Ÿ A spectral analyzer helps you to work on sound frequencies and resynthesize the signal
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A music software for everyone and for every need
Your Advantages - Why
Choose Pizzicato?
According to your needs, you will find
a Pizzicato version that will fit you. You
do not need to pay more than the price
for the functions you really need to use.
If your needs evolve, you can upgrade
at any time to a superior Pizzicato
version, as described by the diagram
Whether you are a beginner or
professional musician, Pizzicato offers
you an easy and user-friendly approach
to creating music with a computer.
The music course and software tutorials
do not require any music or computer
They are surprisingly
simple to read and apply.
Pizzicato offers a free and unlimited
technical support through the Internet,
for any question you may have while
installing or using Pizzicato.
You can always email technical support
from the editor of the software. This
guarantees clear, efficient and customized
answers within 24 hours during work
A user forum, a database of frequently
asked questions (FAQ) as well as many
tutorial videos are also available through
the Internet site 24/7.
You can buy one or more of these
versions, and they will work
independently on the same computer.
"I've been through many tutorials
before---but from my point of view this
has got to be one of the best-written
ones I've ever seen ! It explains
everything in an easy to understand
step-by-step description -- and I love
the examples. There is enough
repetition that you really master the
concepts, and yet it moves quickly.”
Judy Z. – United States
Drums & Percussion
Composition Pro
Composition Light
Pizzicato - Table of versions - Possible upgrade paths
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