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Custom Colored Notes - Tutorial

Every (by now) should know about the color notes plugin that makes everything rainbow color. But what if I don't want a Skittles themed sheet music?

Well, I'm here to save the day!

The first step is to find the default plugins, which are (on the mac) inside of the application itself (you click show package contents from the right click menu, and then Contents>Resources>Plugins). We're looking for color_notes (or something like that)

Copy it and paste it into another folder, and open it either with a text editor or Musescore's plugin creator.

This part requires a bit of knowledge about Hex Color Codes (or this site: http://www.color-hex.com/ )

You're going to change the values in the very beginning of the code (don't touch the last one that's on its own, that is used to reset the colors to black if it's used again). I haven't tested it, but I'm fairly certain you have to keep all the values in order for it to work. Be sure to use the 6 figure value for the code, not the RBG or CYMK or whatever else.

Then save it, run it, and BAM! Ya got them pretty colo(u)rs.

Playback's affect on colored notes

So I found the great instructions on how to change the colors of the notes in the colored not plug in, but now I have a new issue. I plan to use the continuous play back function to help the children know when to play their note so I’m not so busy pointing at the music and can pay more attention to them. However, in the play back function it highlights the colored notes and changes them to blue. This will be highly confusing. Has anyone found a way to stop the playback function from changing the notes to blue?

Polytonality in Musescore

So recently, I heard about this concept called polytonality, where different parts in a piece of music would play in different keys. For example, in a string quartet the first violin will play in Ab major, the second violin will play in C major, the viola will play in Eb major, and the cello would play in F major. I thought this was pretty cool, so I decided to try this in Musescore. However, I ran into a problem when I found out that inserting one key signature would revert all of the key signatures in all of the parts into the same one. I don't want to use accidentals, since that would take a long time and be very hard to read, so does anyone have a suggestion on what I can do to get around this problem?

ROMANZA. Próximo Proyecto. Necesito asesoría.

En mis próximos proyectos me gustaría incluir una Romanza para Violín, sin embargo, no tengo mucha información al respecto acerca de la estructura y tal vez la orquestación debida. He comparado desde Beethoven hasta Bruch, tratando de canalizar las formas en que están plasmadas. Pero necesito ayuda, y no he conseguido encontrar a un profesor que me pueda atender. Podrían ayudarme? También me gustaría que recomendaran SoundFounts para este tipo de obras, pues los de Musescore me parecen un tanto carentes de sutileza para estas piezas(Entiendo que sean artificiales).

Please critique--piano solo. (two movements of a suite)

Would much appreciate all thoughts!!! Especially by you lovely more modern-minded folks.
 
https://musescore.com/user/17683761/scores/5154359
https://musescore.com/user/17683761/scores/5154366
These will be the second and third movements of a suite containing five or six movements. The first, fourth, and fifth have all been started but not completed.

I'm aware that the MIDI file could be improved. Didn't worry about the interpretation much as whoever performs it will take care of that... only notated the really essential and non-obvious things.  

What do you think about these two pieces I composed?

The first one is made to be played by synthesizers/MIDI Programs, which are connected to three speakers or surround sound and is impossible to be "sung" by humans, due to it's rhythms and speed.
https://musescore.com/pannenberg/threnody

The second one, is a piece which is about a constant, sometimes slightly changing continuity and the breaking of this continuity (and it's written for 24 Violins)
https://musescore.com/pannenberg/continuum

Thx for any nice comments,
Robin Pannenberg

The Shephard's Tone

has anyone been able to emulate the Shephard's tone within musescore? I see a lot of film composers utilizing this effect and I feel it really fits within the kind of style I want to create. I'm trying to just start off with scales that seem to ascend forever but it seems there's a gap in the sound when octaves flip (especially in the higher register). Any input about the Shephard's tone is appreciated :)