Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Score setup: Transposing instruments, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Speaker] Once score standard that you should…be aware of is the instrument order.…This can differ a bit by genre,…so we'll take a look at some representative examples.…This is also a good time to take a look at instruments…like trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone.…They're transposing instruments,…and if you're not familiar with this concept,…it can be very confusing at first.…So let's take a moment to explain what this means…and why it's still a convenient way to read…and notate music for these instruments.…So the instrument order is an important…aspect of how you set up a score.…
In general, instruments are grouped…in families and then within the family,…they're arranged from highest instrument…to the lowest instrument.…So in an orchestral score,…and I'm gonna zoom in just a little bit,…we can see that at the top we start with woodwinds.…And within this family of instruments,…we can see that we're going from high to low with flutes,…oboes, clarinets down to bassoon and contrabassoon.…The word contra typically means that it's a different…
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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