Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Expression and articulation example, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] So we've discussed…a large variety of symbols and text markings…that communicate expression to the performer.…Without a doubt, adding and formatting these markings…is the most time-consuming aspect of music notation.…But I can't stress the difference…that slurs, expressions, and articulations…make in a musical performance.…Let's review what we've learned…and take a look at a representative score…that includes a ton of markings.…So just a few things.…Remember that anything to do with tempo,…any tempo markings, goes above the top staff in a score.…
Now this marking here, endente piu tosto Adagio,…that will end up on all the parts,…but in the score it only shows up on the top line.…Things like dynamics go below the staff.…Hairpins go below the staff.…Text that has to do with kind of…the emotion of how you play the music,…that goes below the staff.…Anything to do with technique like string bowings,…that would go above the staff.…In general you want all of this stuff…to be as close to the notes as you can get it…
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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