Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Score setup: Page basics, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] While there's a great deal…of latitude in the formatting of musical scores,…there are general conventions that help…conductors and musicians easily find…the information necessary to organize rehearsals…and create successful performances.…Let's begin this discussion with the score setup basics.…Scores will typically have title pages.…And on that title page you'll see…the name of the work and the ensemble…that the work was created for.…So, for example, here we have Symphony for Orchestra.…The page will always contain the composer's name,…and all these three things are usually in large font,…that's followed by a numbering system…that tells the order which this work…was created in the composer's lifetime.…
That's usually referred to as the opus number.…And then at the bottom of the title page…you'll see publication information.…Now, a lot of scores include a preface.…And in that preface there might be a blurb…on the work itself, its historical context,…things that are different about it,…information that would be appropriate…
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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