Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Part setup, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] A well formatted score saves time…when it comes to creating parts.…But there's a number of issues to consider…and always some additional formatting to do.…So let's take a look and discuss…some of the common aspects of part setup and layout.…So there's a big difference if you're doing parts by hand…rather than computer.…So if you are doing them by hand…make sure you review the score first…and then begin the layout and then notate it.…I'll just say that I don't know if I've…seen a handwritten part in the last decade…in my experience.…
Most everyone I know is using…computer notation programs to do that.…Depending upon the version of the software you are using…you may have to extract parts…and create separate documents once you get to the…process of creating the actual parts.…But for the most part today…the score and parts are linked in one document…and you can flip back and forth between the two.…You can actually make updates in one…which will update in the other.…And so things are really very easy…compared to the way that they used to be.…
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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