Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Score setup: Spacing, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] In the last video we began discussing…how small ensemble scores are typically set up.…Let's continue that discussion and start with the…elements that appear on the first page of music.…So as we look at this Brahms symphony score…we can see that in the upper left hand corner…of the music it says score.…We see the title, and the opus number,…and the name of the composer.…The name of the music here is actually the tempo…marking at the beginning and that's common in…classical music of that period.…
Down on the left side of the page here…we see the instrument names.…And then I'll just point out how this is organized.…So, we're in families.…So we see the woodwinds up top,…then we see the brass, percussion, and strings…down at the bottom.…There is one common bar line that…goes all the way through the score,…then the families are…set off by this brace that encompasses the family.…And then if there are multiple staves for the same…instrument within a family,…we see that there is a double brace.…
So for example, as we look at the brass,…
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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