Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Notating lyrics, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] Lyrics add an additional level…of complexity to notating musical scores and parts.…Their placement, alignment, and spacing all have…an impact on music spacing,…and require close attention to detail.…So while it's easy to add lyrics to a score,…it's not so easy to make it look professional.…Let's start with the basics.…So lyrics go below the staff,…you wanna make them large enough,…and you wanna use a font that they're easily read,…and you want them as close as you can get them to the notes,…without really colliding with anything.…
Now, one book that I use on this source…suggests that you want them to be…about 1/3-1/2 between the bottom of the notes…and the next stave below that,…and then very important,…the lyrics should absolutely be parallel…to the bottom line of the staff.…And what I mean by that is that we can adjust…the placement on a word by word basis,…so that we put the lyric as close to the note as possible,…but you'll notice that then you're having to read here,…and then jump down here, and then back up here.…
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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