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Creating Arrangements using 2012 TI:ME / JEN National Conference @MarcSabatella
What Is MuseScore? <ul><li>90% of the power of Finale or Sibelius for 0% of the price! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create, playb...
 
 
Installation <ul><li>Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download:  http://musescore.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Install:  ht...
Create New Score From Template <ul><ul><li>File->New </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title, Composer, Lyricist (&quot;Score&quo...
Create New Score From Scratch <ul><ul><li>File->New </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title, Composer, Lyricist (&quot;Score&quot...
Score Setup I <ul><li>Style->Load Style->MuseJazz </li></ul><ul><li>Style->Edit General Style->Chordnames </li></ul><ul><u...
Score Setup II <ul><li>Instrument names </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right click, Staff Properties </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Size an...
Note Entry & Editing <ul><li>Note entry: numbers for duration, letters for pitch </li></ul><ul><li>All editing is &quot;re...
Text <ul><li>Tempo Text </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Text </li></ul><ul><li>System Text </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearsal Marks </li>...
Markings <ul><li>Articulations </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Crescendo/Diminuendo </li></ul><ul><li>Slurs <...
Clefs, Key and Time Signatures <ul><li>Clefs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use treble8 clef for tenor sax, bass clef for bari </li...
Alternate Notation <ul><li>Slash Notation </li></ul><ul><li>Rhythmic Notation </li></ul><ul><li>Accent Notation </li></ul>...
Playback <ul><li>Recommended SoundFont: FluidR3 </li></ul><ul><li>Jazz: Swing, Chord Symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Mixer </li>...
Proofing <ul><li>Turn off concert pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Set treble clef for tenor and bari sax </li></ul><ul><li>Check e...
Creating Parts <ul><li>File->Save As: &quot;parts score&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Layout->Page Settings: Page Size, Scaling ...
Processing Parts <ul><li>Save </li></ul><ul><li>Style->Edit General Style->Hide empty staves if using doubles </li></ul><u...
Follow MuseScore <ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul>http://musescore.org http:...
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Creating arrangements using MuseScore

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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 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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Creating arrangements using MuseScore

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

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