Setting Things Up

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Hello! I'm going to try to keep things relatively brief this week, both this newsletter and the live streams. As always, I encourage you to join us in the Community for more discussion!

MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we will look at how to set up your score for different types of music, different types of ensembles, different print formats, and so forth. This includes things like page, margin, and staff sizes, instrument order and bracketing, default fonts, and more. So please join us on Wednesday!

Tip of the Week

On Wednesday in the Café, I'll be showing you a lot of things about setting things up the way you like. If you tend to create a lot of scores of the same basic type, you might be wondering how to reuse that work. Simple - after setting up one score how you want, save a copy of it to your Templates folder instead of your Scores folder. Then the next time you create a score with File / New, you will find it in the Custom Templates section of the dialog. Then you will have the list of instruments, all style and page settings, and a few other details filled in for you, so you can get right to making music.

Music Master Class

In this week's Music Master Class, I'll be focusing primarily on modulation. Contrasting keys between the two main themes is an integral part of sonata form, and most pieces contain other (usually shorter) modulations as well. We'll also talk about how modulation - whether to related or more distant keys - can help give structure to a piece that does not adhere to any predefined form. And we'll look at some of your submissions in this light!

In Theory

In last week's Music Master Class, I talked a bit about modulation, and I'll be focusing on it more on Thursday. For my Harmony and Chord Progressions course, I did an in-depth and quite advanced analysis of the modulations in one of Chopin's final waltzes, which I have now made available as a free preview. So check it out if you'd like to see some of what modulation can be in the hands of a master - and if you currently find it over your head, know that the harmony course will help you learn about all the concepts I discuss in this video!

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