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Score of the month - a short piano prelude

Published 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hello! Last week we featured George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" a lot, including a special session of the Music Master Class in which we listened to a complete performance and I discussed its form at length. I think you'll find this session especially insightful. You can check out the recording in the archive.

Meanwhile, I have tentatively decided to launch the first cohort of my counterpoint course on March 4 - less than two weeks from today. I'll be sharing more details about this next week, including full details on how to enroll and participate. Like the harmony course before it, the counterpoint course will be an eye-opening - and ear-opening - journey that has the potential to really transform your music. I look forward to telling you more in the next issue of this newsletter!

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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 with a relatively obscure Bach prelude, BWV 924.

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

A new feature recently arrived in MuseScore that provides improved integration between the notation software itself and the score-sharing website musescore.com. There is now a button on the website that opens a score for editing directly in the notation software. In this video post, I show you how this works.

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we'll look at music submitted by 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

A sequence is a musical passage that repeats itself a step or more higher or lower. Sequences that repeat a step lower are especially useful and common. In this video post, I show how this arises naturally from the circle of fifths and how to take advantage of this in your music.

Until next time, keep making music!
Marc Sabatella

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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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