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The pulse

Published 26 days ago • 1 min read

Hello! This week in the Practical Counterpoint course, we are wrapping up our focus on two-part counterpoint. We have a fun project to cap it off with, so even if you're not taking the course, you'll probably enjoy this week's Music Master Class!

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MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we look at various aspects of tempo - setting an initial tempo, changing tempo, gradual tempo changes, fermatas, pauses, and more.

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

Sometimes you want to place text between staves (such as for analysis) even though some of the text is logically connected to the upper staff and some is connected to the lower. If you try doing this by attaching individual text elements to the upper and lower staff as appropriate, it's very difficult to then get it to appear between the staves and nicely aligned. This is especially true if the score layout changes later. In this video post, I show you how to use the Roman numeral analysis feature to add text - whether it is actually RNA or not - in a way that guarantees good alignment.

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we'll wrap up our study of two-part counterpoint by looking at more exercises as well as the contrapuntal accompaniment project.

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

In music that has clearly distinct melody and accompaniment roles, the accompaniment often supplies a steady pulse. In contrapuntal music where each part is equally melodic, no single part is any more responsible for the pulse than any other. In this video post, I show how Bach uses a concept I call "distributed motion" to ensure a steady pulse via complementary rhythms.

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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