Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Score, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Scores vary in the number…and order of instruments, musical style,…and the presence or absence of markings.…Let's discuss the process for creating,…adding notes and markings, and formatting a score.…So in a previous chapter on score setup,…we talked a lot about scores themselves,…and I thought it would be helpful…to talk about the actual process…that one goes through in setting up a score.…So I'll take you through kind of how I do this.…So first of all, I really think about the format…and style of the work.…
If this is a classical piece,…I'm gonna do this all in portrait orientation for the page,…and I'm gonna use an engraving style of font.…If this is maybe more of a contemporary piece of music,…that is for jazz, pop, or for Broadway musical…or something like that,…then a lot of times a hand-drawn font…is much more common historically…for those kinds of work,…and so fonts have been developed that look quite good,…and these fonts are available on computer.…
So throughout this course,…you've seen a mixture of both of those,…
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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