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Outside Shore Music / Mastering MuseScore

Questions, answers, and inventions

Published 26 days ago • 2 min read

Hello! Thanks for all the great discussion in last week's MuseScore Café about ideas for building a high-quality score library. I'm still not exactly sure how we will proceed but stay tuned for more on this topic, as there definitely seems to be interest in the topic!

This week in ​Practical Counterpoint​, we continue our work on imitation. Music Master Class will feature some really interesting short "inventions" created by students in the course!

Mastering MuseScore

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MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we continue our first-Wednesday "ask me anything" series. Come with your questions, and I'll do my best to answer!

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

One question I often get is, how do you set the tempo for a score? Perhaps because expectations are set by audio or MIDI software, people sometimes expect this to be a setting you make somewhere separate from the score itself. But just like you control volume by adding actual dynamic marks to the score, you control tempo by adding actual tempo markings. In this video post, I show you how to add a tempo marking to set the tempo of your score.

Musicianship

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we look at the "inventions" composed for the Practical Counterpoint​ course.

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

Contrapuntal music often makes use of imitation - repeating a single motif or longer theme immediately after the initial statement, usually in another part. The repeated passage can be at the same pitch, or it can be transposed higher or lower. In this video post, I show why imitation at the fifth - transposing the passage a fifth higher or fourth lower - is especially useful.

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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