Outside Shore Music / Mastering MuseScore


Published 24 days ago • 2 min read

Hello - this is a week for change! I've been hinting at this for some time, but over the next few days I will be doing some internal reorganization, and by Friday I plan to relaunch my Mastering MuseScore website with a new (but also not so new) name: Outside Shore Music.

Many of you may not be aware of this, but I started publishing music and educational materials under that banner almost 30 years ago. I chose the name originally to reflect a breadth of musical experience that encompasses but also extends beyond the mainstream. Now more than ever, this branding feels right to me as I continue to expand the focus of our community to embrace the varied interests we collectively share.

I'll have more to say about the changes soon enough, but for now, the important thing to know is that the basic content of the site will remain the same - my weekly live streams and office hours, my flagship Mastering MuseScore resources, my various theory courses and workshop projects, places to share and ask questions, my commitment to accessibility, etc. Also, there will be a new site URL but the old links will still work.

None of this will go live until after my regular weekly events, to avoid risk of disruption. But be forewarned that there may be temporary site outages Friday and/or over the weekend as I put things in place. I'll keep you posted.

By the way, also complicating this is the fact that Google and Yahoo are both enforcing some new rules regarding email starting Thursday, so I will also be taking steps to ensure I am complying.

Looking forward to seeing you on the "outside shore" soon!

Mastering MuseScore

For the ultimate guide to the world's most popular music notation software, see my online course Mastering MuseScore 4.

MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we look at the different ways of making changes to your score - editing notes and rests, transposition, add/removing/replacing instruments, adjusting formatting, and more. We'll also take a sneak peek at some changes in store for this community!

The free MuseScore Café is live on Wednesday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT, or 17:30 during the winter months), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

Tip of the Week

MuseScore 4 recently added a convenient feature to quickly change one or more dynamic markings, such as from "f" to "ff", in a single click. In this video post, I show you how to select and change dynamics.

Musicianship Skills

If you want to learn more about music - theory, composition, improvisation, and more - become a Gold level member and receive access to all of our music courses as well as exclusive benefits like my weekly Office Hours.

Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we'll focus on ear training and recent music submitted by Gold-level members.

The free Music Master Class is live on Thursday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT, or 17:30 during the winter months), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

In Theory

The Neapolitan sixth chord is a very colorful chromatically altered chord that is normally used sparingly. In this video post, I show what it is, how it works, and demonstrate a striking example at the beginning of the second Kyrie of Bach's B Minor mass.

Until next time, keep making music!
Marc Sabatella

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Outside Shore Music / Mastering MuseScore

by Marc Sabatella

My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the founder of Outside Shore Music - a pioneer of online music education since the dawn of the web. As the creator of Mastering MuseScore, A Jazz Improvisation Primer, and other resources, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can. Subscribe to my free newsletter for MuseScore tips, theory insights, and more information on how to create your best music!

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