Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Percussion and the neutral clef, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Music for pitched percussion instruments,…like the marimba or xylophone, use the treble or bass clefs,…the same as piano or any other pitched instrument.…But many of the percussion instruments that are used…in contemporary music styles are unpitched.…For example, the instruments in the drum set,…kick drums, snare drum, tom-toms, and cymbals,…or hand percussion instruments,…like the shaker, tambourine, or congas.…Unpitched instruments use a special clef,…called the neutral clef.…So here we see the neutral clef,…which is simply two parallel lines…that go from the second line from the bottom of the staff…to the second line from the top of the staff.…
Now, how the staff is used is not as established…as we see with the other clefs,…so there really aren't the strong standards…that we see elsewhere.…But there are some recent developments that…we can talk about in how we use the staff for drum set.…Now, let me preface that by saying that the drums,…like the kick drum and the snare drum, and the tom-toms,…
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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