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In suspense

Published about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hello! This week marks the first day of spring, and after the snowstorm we just experienced here in Colorado a few days ago, I'm ready!

In the Practical Counterpoint course, we are continuing our exploration of so-called "species counterpoint". This is a subject that is often taught with little or no reference to any actual context, making it seem like an abstract concept with no relevance to real music. My aim is always to focus on the practical value of the theory, and species counterpoint is no exception. Even if you're not enrolled in the course, I think you'll find this week's article on suspensions (see below) useful!

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MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we continue our third-Wednesday "score of the month" series. I take a piece of music - in this case, a two-voice Renaissance motet - and enter it into MuseScore, explaining everything I do along the way.

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 can create notes with durations from 1/1024th to double and even quadruple whole notes. The double whole note in particular is used often in Renaissance music, but by default, MuseScore does not show very long or very short note values on the toolbar, so it isn't obvious how to create them. In this video post, I show you how to create a double whole note and how to add buttons for this and other note values to your toolbar.

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we'll be looking at more species counterpoint exercises and discussing the material from Practical Counterpoint.

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 suspension is one of the keys to creating interesting counterpoint - a device that practically guarantees some amount of rhythmic independence, syncopation, and tension/release, all rolled into one. It can be a bit complicated to explain what a suspension is and how it works, but it can also be surprisingly easy to actually construct one. In this video post, I demonstrate a simple technique for creating suspensions that you can apply in your music right away.

Until next time, keep making music!
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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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