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Meanwhile, in the Harmony and Chord Progressions course, we are in week 10, focusing on the interrelated subjects of augmented sixth chords, the Neapolitan, and tritone substitutions.

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MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we'll look at meter and time signatures - how to work with them, and also how to work without them when you want.

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

By default, MuseScore plays a simple voicing for each chord symbol you enter. But sometimes, you don’t want to hear this - like if your music is already fully notated and you’re adding chord symbols for analysis purposes. In this video post, I show you how to disable chord symbol playback program-wide, score-wide, or for selected chord symbols.

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we will be exploring the use of augmented sixth 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

When counting sheep or other items, we all know 4 comes before 5. The pattern of 4 followed by 5 is also a common choice when we’re talking about chord progressions - normally notated with Roman numerals (IV — V). But there are actually quite a few other chords that can lead naturally to the V chord. We’ve been covering some of these possibilities in my Harmony and Chord Progressions course, and I thought it would be interesting to summarize all the different ways we’ve encountered. In this video post, I show eight different chords that are often found harmonizing leading to the V chord, harmonizing a melody of “do — ti” (scale degrees 1 — 7).

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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