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Some "hacks"

Published 29 days ago • 2 min read

Hello! This week I am on the road, but my live events will still be their regular schedule - just using my "mobile" setup.

In ​Practical Counterpoint​, we are continuing our work on Renaissance forms and language by beginning the process of creating our own motets.

Mastering MuseScore

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MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, I showcase my favorite customizations. From keyboard shortcuts to templates to toolbars to palettes to special-purpose workspaces, I've set up a few things to help me work efficiently. You might find some of the same customizations useful, or you might get ideas for things that will work better for you, but either way, I hope you are inspired to optimize your own workflow!

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

When new versions of MuseScore are released, they can always read files created in older versions. But the reverse is not always true. When a new "major" update comes out - going from MuseScore 1 to 2, or 2 to 3, or 3 to 4 - it's to be expected that older versions cannot read files created in newer versions part of why the major version number changes in the first place. We don't usually expect "minor" updates - from 4.1 to 4.2 to 4.2 to 4.3 - to create these sorts of incompatibilities, but sometimes they do. The recent 4.3 update is such an example: files saved in this version can't be opened in 4.2. Normally that isn't an issue since there is no reason not to simply update, but occasionally you might need to save a 4.3 score in a format that someone who is using 4.2 can open. In this video post, I show you how to hack the score in a way that will allow this when necessary. Not something most people will ever need, but if/when you do, you'll be glad to know how!

Musicianship

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we discuss the motet as a form and look at some example openings and the process of creating them.

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

Many Renaissance forms such as motets, masses, and madrigals make extensive use of imitation and polyphony in ways that can make it difficult to see what is going when first looking at a score. In this video post, I show how to quickly get a sense of the overall structure of a motet or similar form.

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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