Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Piano parts, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Notating music for piano is a challenge.…For example in solo piano pieces…you have the additional challenges of pedal markings,…fingerings, indicating independent voicings,…in addition to articulations and dynamics.…And piano pieces tend to have a lot of markings.…Jazz and pop music have a whole different set…of challenges.…So let's take a look at notating music for the keyboard.…Music for piano in general is notated on paper…that's nine by 12 and about five to six systems per page.…
Now one of the things that you immediately have…to deal with, with piano,…that's different than other instruments,…is indicating which hand is going to play which notes.…And largely you do that by indicating,…music in the treble clef for the right hand…and music in the bass clef for the left hand.…So for example right here where we see this red arrow,…that's pointing at this little group of notes here,…the B flat, A flat, and G with the up-stem notes,…that are to be played with the G, F, and E Flat,…by the right hand.…
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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