Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Lead sheet, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Conventions for lead sheets…are different than other music,…mostly because the style is less formal.…Let's take a look at those differences…and discuss how to create effective lead sheets.…So we're looking at Danny Boy here,…and one of the first things I'll mention is…is that in a lot of lead sheets,…we use the hand-drawn font…that I was discussing in a previous video.…So we see that both in the way the notes…are drawn, the way the flat sign…and the clef and time signatures are,…and you also see that, obviously,…in the font that we see here in the title and in the lyrics.…
Now one of the big things about lead sheets…that we should always remember…is that it's a simplified version of the music.…It's intended, if possible, to fit on one page,…and kind of be a summary of the song…and allow the players to look at…kind of the basic bone structure of the song,…and then just make up what they're going to do…in performance or in rehearsal.…So this particular song is only about 16 bars long.…
So we only need about five staves to get this on the page.…
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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