Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Alternate noteheads, part of Learning Music Notation.
Alternate note heads are often used in conjunction with…slash and rhythmic notation…when creating rhythm section parts.…They can be used to indicate that the player…should muffle strings, or ghost notes.…Alternate note heads are also used in conventional notation…with other instruments as well.…So, let's take a look at a few examples…and discuss their use.…So, the most common alternate note head is the X note head,…and its use varies by instrument.…As I mentioned, it can be used to indicate that a player…should ghost notes or muffle notes.…
For example, in guitar parts, X note heads are used…to indicate to the player that they should hold…their left hand over the strings, and muffle them,…as they strike the strings with their right hand.…So you get that muffled sound.…Now, I've notated a rhythm pattern using X note heads…and conventional note heads, in a number of different ways.…So, in the first example here,…we see the exact chord voicing…that is desired by the composer, and the chord symbol.…And then, in-between the places…
It starts with notating pitch (clefs) and duration, including note lengths and rests. He moves into discussing flats, sharps, naturals, and key signatures, and the unique symbols for musical expression, including dynamics and articulations. He goes over notating chords and chord progressions, and the addition of vocals and lyrics. The course wraps with some score formatting tips and notation examples for piano, guitar, and drums, which pull together all the information into complete, publication-worthy pieces of sheet music.
- Notating pitch with clefs
- Notating duration
- Adding time signature and bars
- Using dots and ties
- Modifying pitch
- Notating scales
- Communicating expressions such as tempo and performance
- Notating chord progressions
- Notating vocals and lyrics
- Formatting a score
Skill Level Beginner
1. Notating Pitch
2. Notating Duration and Rhythm
3. Modifying Pitch and Scales
4. Communicating Expression
5. Notating Form
6. Notating Chords and Chord Progressions
7. Slash and Rhythmic Notation
8. Vocal Music and Lyrics
9. Score and Part Formatting
10. Notation Examples
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