Hello, and happy Halloween! The seasons are definitely changing here in Colorado - we just had our first snow. Which also reminds me - there is no time change for us this week, but heads up that next week will see the end of daylight savings time in the US.
Meanwhile, in the Harmony and Chord Progressions course, we are in week 9, focusing on diminished chords and pedal point.
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This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we continue our first-Wednesday "ask me anything" series. Come with your questions, and I will do my best to answer!
Tip of the Week
If you want to have a staff that is seen but not heard, that’s easy - just mute it in the Mixer. But if you want the opposite - a staff that is heard but not seen - it’s a little trickier. This should become simpler when MuseScore 4.2 releases in a couple of months or so. But meanwhile, it is possible, if you know the trick. In this video post, I show you exactly how to hide a staff while still leaving it audible.
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Music Master Class
This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we will be exploring the use of diminished chords in the literature and in some of your projects completed for the Harmony and Chord Progressions course.
Jazz pianists have hit upon a pretty mind-blowing way of voicing diminished chords using eight different pitches at once. It’s an amazingly rich and “crunchy” sound that might not be what you want all the time, but when it’s right, there is nothing else like it. In this video post, I walk you through the what, how, and why of the combination diminished chord voicing.