Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Rehearsal marks, numbers, and barlines, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] The layout of scores and parts is crucial…to the success of rehearsals and performances.…One often overlooked aspect of this process…is the logical placement of rehearsal marks,…measure numbers, and special bar lines.…Let's start by talking about rehearsal marks.…So these are simply numbers or letters placed…above the staff to indicate…a good place to start rehearsing.…So they're typically bolded, and often they're enclosed…in a circle or a square.…Now, it's recommended that you left align the rehearsal mark…with the bar line where the new section starts…so that's there's not a confusion…about whether the rehearsal mark is in the previous bar…or the bar that you intend.…
They go above the staff,…and they go above the top staff in the score.…Now, I'll mention again that notation programs…typically have the ability to indicate…that something like rehearsal marks…or certain kinds of text markings are only gonna go…above the top staff in the score,…but then when you extract parts,…they'll be on every part,…
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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