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Learn how to create combo and big band arrangements with MuseScore, the leading free & open source notation software. You will create a short big band chart with horn parts (properly transposed) and ...

Learn how to create combo and big band arrangements with MuseScore, the leading free & open source notation software. You will create a short big band chart with horn parts (properly transposed) and rhythm section parts (including drum notation), both as a score and as individual parts.

This presentation was made by Marc Sabatella for the TIME/JEN conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Fee free to download the presentation and adapt.

Download music notation software MuseScore for free from http://musescore.org

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  • grouping of staves within a system slurs dynamics slash / rhythmic / accent notation playback!
  • transposition multimeasure rests formatting

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  • Creating Arrangements using 2012 TI:ME / JEN National Conference @MarcSabatella
  • What Is MuseScore?
    • 90% of the power of Finale or Sibelius for 0% of the price!
      • Create, playback, and print sheet music for free
      • Open source
      • Cross-platform: Windows, MacOS, Linux
      • Multilingual: over 30 languages
      • WYSIWYG
      • Unlimited staves, four voices per staff
      • Part creation
      • Dynamics, articulations, lyrics, chords, lead sheet notation
      • Import/export of MusicXML and MIDI
      • Export of PDF and WAV
      • Online score sharing
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  • Installation
    • Program
      • Download:  http://musescore.org
      • Install:  http://musescore.org/en/handbook/installation
    • Plugins
      • Download: http://musescore.org/en/plugins
      • Install:  http://musescore.org/en/handbook/plugins
      • Recommendation: Slash, Add Staff, Explode/Implode
    • SoundFonts
      • Download:  http://musescore.org/en/handbook/soundfont
      • Install: same
      • Recommendation: FluidR3
  • Create New Score From Template
      • File->New
      • Title, Composer, Lyricist ("Score"), Copyright
      • Create new score from template
      • Jazz Big Band
      • Key signature
      • Time Signature, Pickup Measure, Measures
  • Create New Score From Scratch
      • File->New
      • Title, Composer, Lyricist ("Score"), Copyright
      • Create new score from scratch
      • Add and order instruments
      • Hint: use two instruments of one staff each for piano
      • Key signature
      • Time Signature, Pickup Measure, Measures
  • Score Setup I
    • Style->Load Style->MuseJazz
    • Style->Edit General Style->Chordnames
      • cchords_muse: ma7, mi7, mi7b5, o7
      • cchords_nrb: ma7, mi7, mi7(b5), o7
      • cchords_rb: maj7, -7, -7b5, o7
      • cchords_sym: Δ, -7, ø, o7
      • stdchords: Maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7
      • jazzchords: ma7, mi7, mi7b5, dim7
    • Style->Edit Text Style
      • Font, Offset
  • Score Setup II
    • Instrument names
      • Right click, Staff Properties
    • Size and spacing
      • Layout->Page Settings
        • Space, Landscape
      • Style->Edit General Style->Page
        • Staff distance, System distance, Page fill threshold
    • Concert pitch
  • Note Entry & Editing
    • Note entry: numbers for duration, letters for pitch
    • All editing is "replace mode"
    • Copy / cut / paste
    • Explode plugin
    • Grace Notes
    • Adding and hiding staves
  • Text
    • Tempo Text
    • Staff Text
    • System Text
    • Rehearsal Marks
    • Lyrics
  • Markings
    • Articulations
    • Dynamics
    • Crescendo/Diminuendo
    • Slurs
  • Clefs, Key and Time Signatures
    • Clefs
      • Use treble8 clef for tenor sax, bass clef for bari
    • Key Signatures
    • Time Signatures
  • Alternate Notation
    • Slash Notation
    • Rhythmic Notation
    • Accent Notation
    • Cue Notes
    • Drum Notation
  • Playback
    • Recommended SoundFont: FluidR3
    • Jazz: Swing, Chord Symbols
    • Mixer
    • "Crescendo or Diminuendo Note Velocities" plugin
    • Use note properties to suppress playback of passages
    • Add playback-only staves for rhythm section instruments
    • Add staves for doubles
  • Proofing
    • Turn off concert pitch
    • Set treble clef for tenor and bari sax
    • Check enharmonic spelling
    • Add courtesy accidentals
  • Creating Parts
    • File->Save As: "parts score"
    • Layout->Page Settings: Page Size, Scaling
    • Delete "Score" from upper  left
    • File->Parts
      • New
      • Name, Title, Instrument (include doubles)
      • Create Part
      • Include "print score" with all but playback-only staves
  • Processing Parts
    • Save
    • Style->Edit General Style->Hide empty staves if using doubles
    • Right click to left of first staff, delete instrument name
    • Insert horizontal frame if indent desired
    • Check line layout
    • Check shape of slurs, position of elements
  • Follow MuseScore
    • Website
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    http://musescore.org http://twitter.com/musescore http://facebook.com/musescore