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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MuseScore Café

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Until next time, keep making music!
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Mastering MuseScore

My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the founder and director of Mastering MuseScore. I am one of the developers and chief ambassadors for MuseScore, the world's most popular music notation software. I have been teaching music online since the dawn of the World Wide Web, and I have been teaching in person for even longer. From the publication of my groundbreaking Jazz Improvisation Primer back in the 1990’s, to my years on the faculty at major music schools, and culminating in the Mastering MuseScore School and Community, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can.

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