Here's an article, food-for-thought,Â by Michael Cooper inÂ the New York Times on the originality of manuscript papers and the business side of selling manuscript papers from acclaimed composers. You can read the article by clicking here:Â http://nyti.ms/2i4xDOw
I found recently a very useful blog calledÂ technology in the Music education.
It is an easy to read, colorfulÂ blog, about products to assist both teachers and students in the music education sector. This blog expresses a particularÂ interest in the IOS apps and gives insights and tips from first-hand experience using the highly succesfull IOS ecosystem of applications.Â
I think this blog is a little hidden gem in the vast array of music related sites. Certainly a must read.
Do visit the site here:Â https://techinmusiced.wordpress.com/
I've recently discovered a very nice website that sells stickers for Dorico.
The website generally sells keyboard shortcut stickers for music programs, such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, but also stickers for Video, Graphic and office applications.
The address of this website isÂ https://www.shortcutstickers.com.
Do have a look if you have the time. I am certain it will improve your workflow and learning curve of yourÂ newly acquired program.Â
Well my experience with Dorico is going really well so far.
I will just be adding Dorico shortcuts as I discover them in this page:Â https://notating.com/dorico-shortcuts/
Should you want me to add more shortcuts, pleas do contact me.
Interest in music notation has increased dramatically overÂ the past few years. The need of composers and engravers to improve their end-products has led to many websites and groups to form.Â
This heralds a very important era in music notation.Â
Today, I would like to present you with a very useful group on Facebook. It's called "Music Engraving Tips" and you can discuss anything related to music notation, music engraving and music theory.Â
Please, do check it out here:Â https://www.facebook.com/groups/1398324947133060/
Do you consider writing music with Noteflight? Are you planning using this slick and impressive new notating system? If the answer is yes, then you might be interested in having a look atÂ Noteflight's videos on YouTube. Here's a video below. For more videos, click here:Â https://www.youtube.com/user/NoteflightVideo.
If you have used this software, I would like to hearÂ about your experience using it.Â
The University of Indiana has provided composersÂ with some wonderful suggestions onÂ standardising music notation styles. Here's their page for all of us to relish:Â http://www.music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/composition/style-guide/
Here's a very useful website offering many notation resources. such as Finale plugins and a very useful page comparing music fonts.
You can find the website byÂ arranger, orchestrator and music engraverÂ Jan AngermÃ¼ller, here:Â http://elbsound.studio/index.php
Notating tip of the day:
When you try to become a composer try to have a daily composing routine. You don't have to compose a "symphony" per day, but just a few bars of music might be enough to keep your inspiration going.Â
Notating tip of the day
When using ornamentations in you music, try to reassure the performer by explain to them in as much detail as possible your intended performance of the ornaments. You can do that by placing perhaps a footnote at the bottom of the page, or a small illustration above the bar.
When writing down your score, try to finish a phrase at the end of a system or a page. Avoid, as much as possible, to finishÂ phrases on the next page of your score, since musicians might find it harder to perform your phrase with continuity if they haveÂ to turn pages.Â
Notating tip of the day: When you start learning notation, try to write by hand first. This way you get to understand better the placement of the various musical symbols, such as, dynamics, articulation marks, etc.
Well, I know Christmas is still a long way away, but I have prepared an easy, one-page arrangement of Â "Silent Night" for the piano. NoÂ complicated notations, so more for you teachers to explore and choose your preferredÂ interpretationsÂ for your students.
Also, I have uploaded three music theory worksheets. Feel free to download and give to your students.Â
All of the above are in the downloads page!