The detailed and progressive
tutorials help you to use the software.
Display the on-screen contextual help with a single key.
The detailed music tutorial helps you to understand music notation or
review music theory.
Exercises wil help you to play simple music scores on a music
Display the note names automatically.
Pizzicato will help you to read a score. Sing or play your instrument
while Pizzicato is playing the score as a reference for rhythm and
pitch. Change the tempo according to your progress.
Just like you create a letter with a word processor, Pizzicato gives you
the tools to write, print and hear your music, whether for the soloist,
the band, the choir or the full symphonic orchestra.
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.
The music notation is automatically spaced correctly. You can then
zoom in and adjust any aspect of the music notation at any time.
You can add accidentals, tuplets, chords as
well as many other standard or custom symbols and hear their influence
on the playback of the notes.
Select measures and use the copy/paste function, for instance to
duplicate measures or to transpose a melody without the need to rewrite
You can use and manipulate up to 8 voices per measure.
You can enter music by playing the notes in
real time at your tempo, on a music keyboard connected through a MIDI
interface (for instance MIDI/USB interface).
Pizzicato displays the score and you can make any correction you want
and split the left and right hands on two staves.
You can edit the notes graphically as on a piano roll editor. Music
notation is adapted accordingly on the staff.
Enter the notes with the help of a guitar fret board window, showing
the name of the notes.
Fast entry of notes and chords
Using this entry mode, you can select the rhythmic value of a note
just by moving the mouse to the right for longer duration or to the left
for shorter duration.
You can encode simple music with only the mouse. There is no need to
select tools on a palette or to use the keyboard.
A similar mode is used to enter the notes of an existing chord
progression, on one or more staves. A simple but powerful note entry
mode to translate chord symbols into real notes.
Clef, key and time signatures
You can use all clefs (G, F, C, percussion), standard or transposed
(8). Change the clef anywhere in the score.
Select the key signature (number of flats or sharps at the beginning
of the staff) and change it anywhere in the score.
You can transpose the score from one tone to another, just by changing
the key signature or by selecting an interval.
Specify the number of beats of the measure with the time signature
(4/4, 3/4, 6/8,...) and change the time signature anywhere in the score.
Create composite time signatures (3+4/8), advanced key signatures
(mixing flats and sharps), free measures (with no time signature),
multi-measure rests, and customize the measure appearance and content.
Chords, text and lyrics
Add chord symbols and convert them automatically to notes on the
Add a title, the composer name or any free text associated to a page
or a measure.
You can enter the lyrics just by typing in the text syllables and
Pizzicato will place them nicely centered on the notes, up to 8 lines of
lyrics per staff.
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.
Use the chord progression window to enter or edit the chords easily.
Page layout of the score
Adjust the page layout, customize the number
of measures for each staff or more generally, layout the music as you
want it to look on the page.
Add page and measure numbers, brackets, instrument names, bars and
Specify the global printing size as well as the size of each
You can optimize orchestral scores by automatically hiding empty
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.
You can extract individual parts from a
conductor score and print them.
Other notation features
Pizzicato contains all the tools you need to write sheet music for the
guitar or other fretted instruments like the banjo, the bass, etc.
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.
A customized library of 240 fretted instruments is available and you
can ask Pizzicato to design a chord diagram library with specific
features like the position on the fret board or the number of strings
A 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.
Pizzicato provides all the tools needed for drum notation. Note heads,
staves with 1 to 16 lines, the percussion clef and MIDI mapping of
instruments are combined to create nice looking drum parts.
Pizzicato will import MIDI files and can split the individual drum
instruments so that you can easily edit the parts and print nice drum
With Pizzicato, you can manage advanced pianistic notation and
multiple grace notes, both for page layout and playback.
You can add custom symbols to the palettes and define their graphic
aspect as well as their sound effects on the playback.
A special copy/paste function helps you to merge staves together or to
split apart an existing staff.
Assign colors to notes, based on the note names, the pitches, or
With an existing chord progression, you can intuitively design a
Pizzicato can display the score so that the notes being part of the
current chord are displayed in green, the notes of the associated scale
are displayed in orange, and the other notes are displayed in red.
With this system, green notes are the strongest notes for building the
melody, orange notes may often be used as passage notes and red notes
should be avoided, except for rapid chromatic passages.
It becomes easy to design a melody on a chord accompaniment, because
the note colors help you to select the best notes.
You can test and try many possibilities by moving the notes or
changing the chords and seeing the note colors being adapted.
Audio to Midi to Score conversion
Pizzicato can now convert an audio file (WAV) into a
score. Play a melody on a flute, guitar, piano,... through a
microphone and Pizzicato can help you to transcribe it into music
The Audio/Midi/Score window helps you to adjust the conversion at each
step and offers you several features, like for instance:
Adjusting the start of audio notes
Delete, edit and add notes manually
Adjust the measure and beat positions
Work on several voices and staves, based on different
Import a MIDI file or record freely in MIDI, without
the metronome, and convert it to a nice sheet music by setting the
measures and beats intuitively
Record in real time the starts of measures and
intermediate beats, by clicking with the mouse
Listen at any time to the audio and/or score version
of the music
Record an audio file in real time with a microphone
This new function also helps you to transcribe audio
polyphonic files (several notes together), even if it is more delicate
to work such files.
Playback of the score
Playing the score
While entering or editing the notes, you can
You can play the full score or any part of it, starting at any
measure. You can even play a section in a loop and still continue to
edit the score while Pizzicato is playing it.
You can watch the notes colored as they are played.
The playback takes into account the tempo, accents, nuances, and
Select the sound you want for each staff of the score.
Add sound effects by drawing a curve in the
effects view, for instance to add the precise shape of a glissando or a
If you have a MIDI synthesizer, you can connect it to the computer
through a USB/MIDI interface and Pizzicato can play the score by using
the sounds of your synthesizer.
Select the sounds assigned to instruments on the staves by using the
standard GM/GS/XG lists of sounds.
You can add one audio track and synchronize it with the score.
You can record an audio track to add an acoustic instrument, voices or
With the audio editor window, you can directly edit audio tracks.
Operations like copy, paste, mix, echo, fade in & out, insert,
remove, time inversion, and many others are available to edit the sound
Quality sound library
Pizzicato includes a licensed version of the PapelmediaTM Sound
Library, with 1.2 GB of audio samples for a realistic sound rendering of
your music. This library is not included with the demo version.
You can assign these sounds to any staff of your composition.
You can create a standard MIDI file from any Pizzicato score and
import MIDI files from the Internet or from any other music software and
edit or print the score.
You can also import and export MusicXML files to exchange music scores
with other music software.
You can export a page or a few measures to a graphic file (BMP) and
use this image in a word processor or graphic software.
You can create an audio WAV file from any Pizzicato score, using the
full quality of the integrated sound library. You can create an audio
file for the full composition and also a separate audio file for each
You can use these audio files to create a CD with your music
Your Advantages - Why Choosing
Whether you are a beginner or professional musician, Pizzicato offers
you an easy and user-friendly approach to creating music with a
The music course and software tutorials do not require any music or
computer knowledge. They are surprisingly simple to read and apply. It
contains a full music theory course, 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.
The step by step tutorials show you how to write a score, with many
examples. You learn how to use each tool so as to be efficient and save
Pizzicato offers free and unlimited technical support through the
Internet or email for any question you may have while installing or
You can always email technical support from the editor of the
software. This guarantees clear, efficient and customized answers within
24 hours during business days.
A user forum, a database of frequently asked questions (FAQ) as well
as many tutorial videos are also available through the Internet site
When you buy Pizzicato, you are entitled to receive two free major
upgrades of the software, by download.
Pizzicato Notation today
and enjoy its features
for your musical activities!