Help With Drum Notation

I've recently gotten into trying to compose music (no luck yet) but have had some trouble because I have no idea how to understand drum notation. My problem is a thing because I play trumpet and piano, which is on treble and bass clef, not whatever percussion is on (I'm talking about battery and unpitched percussion, not stuff like vibraphones and glockenspiels). I have asked my band director questions, but since I don't have private lessons like everyone else (thanks mom....) he can't really teach me in depth. Can someone give me some guidance on drum notation and the differences between Percussion 1 and Percussion 2? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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11 months ago
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Music Arrangement: Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the trade.

So, I've been looking at musical arrangements here on Musescore, and have been rating and giving advice for quite awhile now, and I noticed something: Very few of the arrangements I've heard earn higher than an 8/10 using my rating system. So, I decided to start a conversation regarding tips, techniques, terms, tools, and such that can increase the quality of your arrangements. Now, obviously I cant share ALL my advice in one post. That would be massive, and impractical. Plus, who would want to sit and read all that information? You'd end up catatonic, at the very least, with blood oozing from your eyes...Anyway, i decided instead to post one or two pieces of information at a time, and let you awesome Arrangers and Composers absorb it first, before posting the next bit. I think one post from me every week will be sufficient. If you have some knowledge of your own you'd like to share, feel free to share it.

Tip #1: If you are doing an arrangement of a piece with a high-pitched melody, it is okay to lower the pitch of the melody by an octave or two. It will make it easier and less painful to listen to, and you may even find you like the sound of the lowered melody even more.

Tip #2: When doing an arrangement of a piece with a constant percussion line that repeats the same few measures over and over, dont be afraid to mix it up a bit, and improvise a little bit. Your drummers will thank you.

Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and tools of the trade next week! Right here at Musescore Academy!

~* Phoenix DeFalco *~

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4 years ago
10

Instrument Sounding and Notation Help

Does anyone know how to indicate that
1. Vibraphone should be bowed
2. Vibraphone should have motor on
3. Make Tam-tams actually sound like Tam-tams
4. Indicate Con Legno on strings( probably spelled wrong)
5. Indicate that harp should be played at base instead of center( PRÉS DE LA TABLE)
6. Have wood/temple blocks have 4 pitches instead of 2
7. Have bongos/congas mute while playing

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2 years ago
1

Writing Accompaniment

I was wondering if anyone has any tips on writing accompaniment parts. It's something I struggle with quite a bit and I'm sure others could benefit from the information as well.

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a year ago
4

Solace Workshop - Project Avant Guard - Hiring Volunteers!

Greetings everyone!

The nonprofit gaming organization "Solace Workshop" that I am a part of is looking to refill one of our adjunct composer/sound engineer positions for our developing game, codenamed "Project Avant Guard". It is a turn-based strategy war game based off of our old favorite Steam game March of War. Most of us on SW are dedicated players of this game and we're hoping to create one ourselves.
March of War Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxJNgJIHnmA

As the lead composer for the music/sound department of this project, I've been commissioned to compile a soundtrack album along with the team for this game. However, we are still looking for people who would like to co-op on this project. As an adjunct composer and sound engineer, you'll be remastering the tracks made into a more real-life track using any sound libraries you have, and also composing tracks when needed.

Here is our Soundcloud portfolio of the completed tracks we have. We have over 30 tracks finished, but 9 remastered. https://soundcloud.com/user-487285203/sets/project-avant-guard-original-1
Here is our temporary website - https://solaceworkshop.wixsite.com/avantguard

Our only requirements:
1. Must have 2 or more years of experience in composing film/game music.
2. Must have a portfolio with tracks to listen to or read. (Musescore profiles work, but if you have a soundcloud mp3 or wav file to listen to, we would like to see that as well).
3. Must be 15 years or older.
4. Must have a sound library other than that of Musescore's. (The reason why require this is because we need someone who is able to remaster our tracks to sound more real).

**NOTE: THIS IS VOLUNTEER WORK. Any and all work is donated to the organization for the game. I am also subjected to this because I am not getting paid either. We ALL our volunteers at the organization**

This is a 2-3 year plan. If anyone is interested, let me know in the comments or by emailing me at codwawpro0822@gmail.com! We would love to have people from the Musescore community to join us!

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a year ago
0

Suggestions of websites/books for learning music theory

Hey, so I'm taking a really basic music theory class right now (for high school credits) and the book we're using is not that great. Our teacher is having trouble understanding a lot of the stuff in there and it was even incorrect on some counts (for example, it said C to C# is a unison interval, and A to G-flat is a major sixth). So I was wondering if you guys know of any music theory books/websites that explain basic stuff like intervals, scale degrees, keys and key signatures, etc., and are easily understandable (and accurate). Thanks!

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2 years ago
8

Score Study

Quick survey.
How many people would be interested in each week breakin down a piece of music and analyzing the composers techniques.

If so comment below if you would like to see them as a discussion in this group or in its own group. Also what type of scores: Musecsore scores, film scores, game scores, classical, solo. Etc.

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2 years ago
1

Music Competition!

How many people would like to be in a short, friendly Competition?
Nothing elaborate!
It is just an outlet for your ideas!

** The piece has to be at least 16-18 measures but no longer than 5 minutes. It can have any instruments you would like. Also it has to be 100% an original melody. **

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENTER A PIECE:

Title it "" EMC ~ *name of piece* "" (Epic Music Competition) and post it to The MuseScore Academy.
There is no prize for this. Just to get your name out there and to share your work with others!


Have fun!

~K.R

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2 years ago
3

Closing in on 100th follower

Okay, here's the deal. I've got 96 followers right now. That's getting close to a milestone.

Click on my name and then click the Follow button, and if there are 100 of you by the time I get up tomorrow morning, I'll post a special thank-you song for you all.

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2 years ago
0

Counting 32nd Notes

This is unrelated to Musescore directly, but does anyone know how to count a dotted 16th 32nd rhythm, or at least how to subdivide 32nd notes? I can get the music put into Musescore and shared tomorrow, but I wanted to see if anyone knew today. Much help would be appreciated, or else I will die trying to make it to All-State

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3 years ago
1

Music College

Hello, I am thinking about going to college and was wondering if anyone would have any good advice as to where I should go, and how I should prepare, etc.
P.S. I don't know if I am supposed to start discussions like this or not so if an admin could respond that would be great.
Thanks,
Podimuser

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3 years ago
4

Hi!

I am currently writing a Medley of Skrillex songs, and I am about half way through it. Can you just take a small amount of your time to tell me what you think of it so far and ways that I can improve it. The Medley is for my small town concert band, and I am containing only the parts that we have. This is also my first score, so I may be still getting used to the controls :P
Thankyou so much!
_RedDaisy_
Link to the score: https://musescore.com/user/3079651/scores/1029451

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3 years ago
1

J.A.I. Music Website Launched!

Hey guys! I was hoping to ask you all a favor, I just launched a website with the help of Wix, to promote more of my music to the public. I was hoping you would help me and share it with your friends or maybe leave a comment on it. I would really appreciate it as it would help further my career not only in Music Education, but also in Composing. Thanks a bunch!

~ Joshua A. I.

J.A.I. Music Website - http://codwawpro0822.wix.com/jaimusic

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3 years ago
0

I Really Need Help...

Hey, all...I'm not sure if I've gained enough popularity (or notoriety, I've been subject to both before...) for anyone to know me or recognize me, but I'm Phoenix DeFalco...I'm the guy going around rating and reviewing people's work...I've not really done a lot in the forums yet, but I'm working on it...basically, my aim is to spread my passion and love for music, and share the knowledge and techniques I've learned over the years. Anyway, enough babbling. The purpose for this post is really rather simple...I'm working on my first major composition, and I'm stuck...I've realized that I need to ask for help, something I haven't had to do in a long time...I have a basic rhythmic outline for my piece. (For those of you unfamiliar with technical music theory (MT) terms, a rhythmic outline is, as I understand it, a basic pattern for the rhythm of a piece - keep in mind, however, that I'm just learning the technical wording and such of MT myself.) However, I can't seem to find the right melodic pattern to fit that rhythm...What I really need is someone with at least some knowledge of MT who is willing to lend a helping hand to a fellow musician who's struggling to find the right notes to convey the feeling inside of him. Please, will anyone help me?

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this. If you're willing to help, please contact me via phone or email, as I have very limited access to the internet, and am more likely to answer a text or email than a pm here on Musescore. Please, no calls to my phone. I will open text messages from unknown numbers, but if I get a call from a number I don't recognize, I won't pick up. Thanks!
~* Phoenix DeFalco *~

Phone: 1 (315) 329-1504
E-mail: phoenix.defalco@gmail.com

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4 years ago
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