Questions, answers, shortcuts, and forms


Hello, and Welcome to June! This week will mark the first Wednesday of the month, so be sure not to miss the "ask me anything" session of the MuseScore Café.

In ​Practical Counterpoint​, we are beginning the final section of the course, working on the Baroque fugue. Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking what we've learned so far and putting them into practice in new ways.

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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

I often demonstrate the use of keyboard shortcuts since they are such great timesavers, and I have also demonstrated how to customize them to your liking. Previous MuseScore 4 versions required the use of a mouse to define keyboard shortcuts, which was a very unfortunate irony and a major accessibility limitation for blind users, but MuseScore Studio 4.3.1 finally lifts that restriction. In this video post, I walk through the process of defining a keyboard shortcut using the keyboard only. Sighted users are of course welcome to use the mouse as well (portions of the process are more efficient that way), but even more than usual, I wanted to be sure this demonstration was clear and usable for all.

Musicianship

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we analyze some fugues in conjunction with 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

The fugue is often cited as one of the most significant forms of the Baroque era, much as the sonata is for the Classical era. It epitomizes the idea of using counterpoint to develop a composition from a single main theme. In this video post, I give a brief overview of the typical form of a fugue, using a very short composition of mine as an example.

Until next time, keep making music!
Marc Sabatella

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