Bird or Bach?

published23 days ago
1 min read

Hello! I don't know about you, but to me it feels like even more crazy and stressful times than usual in the world lately. Music can help us stay sane and at peace!

BTW, for you all-access members - don't forget today is Tuesday and that's when I have my office hours, 12:30 - 1:30 PM Eastern. So feel to pop in any time during that window if you have a question or want to talk!

MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, it's time for our first-Wednesday "Ask Me Anything" session. These are typically pretty fast-paced and cover lots of different topics. Just ask your question in the chat and I'll do my best to answer. If you think I'll need to see your score in order to help, you can attach it to a comment on the post I created in the Community.

Tip of the Week

MuseScore allows you to place a fermata on a barline, but it won't affect playback, even if you turn up the time stretch in the Inspector. That's because a barline takes zero time, so no matter how much you stretch, it's still zero. But you can get the effect of a pause between measures by adding a caesura from the Breaths and Pauses palette, and you can press "V" to make it invisible. I use this technique a lot in creating educational matertials.

Music Master Class

This week I started a reharmonization challenge and will look at pieces submitted for that.

To lerarn more about harmony and chord progressions, see my online course of the same name!

In Theory

Sunday was the birthday of jazz great Charlie Parker (a.k.a. "Bird"). As I've been working on my counterpoint course and looking at lots of Bach, I'm often struck by similar their melodic sense is many ways. So, with that in mind, a fun little quiz, feel free to drop your answer in the community - which of these is Bird, and which is Bach?

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