Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Notating vocal music, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] In previous chapters and videos…our discussions about notating music…has largely focused on instrumental music.…Vocal music has the additional challenge…of adding lyrics into a space already compromised…by staff, notes, expression, dynamics and articulations.…Vocal music features different practices…in stem direction and beaming,…as well as expression, dynamic and articulation placement.…So before we discuss notating lyrics,…let's take a look at how to notate the actual music.…So the first thing that we run into with vocal music,…and especially kind of historical scores and manuscripts,…is that primarily the stems all went up,…so if we look at this first staff here,…we've got a tenor vocal part here,…and we know that because of the lyrics being present.…
We can see that all of the stems are going up,…and when we get to the top of the staff,…it starts to look a little bit ridiculous.…So contemporary practices allow the stems…to go both directions, and down here we can see…the difference when the stems are flipped…
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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