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Music Notation

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Author: Mark McGrain

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Equipment:
Sound Envelopes and the Notational Grid
Sound Description
The Staff
Leger Lines
Clefs
The Treble Clef
The Bass Clef
The Percussion Clef
The Alto And Tenor Clefs
Placement Of Clefs
The Great Staff
New Notation For New Sounds
Specific Percussion Clefs
Other Moveable C Clefs
Hybrid Clefs
Fundamental Rhythmic Description
Note-Heads
Stems
Stem Length
Stem Direction
Stem Length In Leger Lines
Rests
The Quarter Rest
The Half Rest
The Whole Rest
Percussion And Rhythm Note-Heads
Other Percussive Note-Heads
Fundamental Pitch Description
Placement Of Notes On The Staff
Accidentals
Flats
Sharps
Naturals
Double Flats
Double Sharps
Spacing Of Note-Heads In Regard To Accidentals
Key Signatures
Application Of Accidentals
The Logic Of Accidentals
Courtesy Accidentals
Key Changes
Logic Of Accidentals
Null Key Signatures
the Notational Grid: Conclusion
The Three Regions Of The Staff
Measures
Barlines
Single Barlines
Double Barlines
The Fine Barline
Braces And Brackets
Changes Of Clef
Time Signatures, Meter, and Tempo
Time Signatures
Placement Of Time Signatures
Changes Of Meter
Metric Placement Of Note-Heads And Rests
Alignment
Tempo Markings
Changes Of Tempo
Types Of Rhythm
Metrical Rhythm
Changing Between Simple Time And Compound Time
Change Of Pulse Note-Value
Rhythmic Subdivision of the Pulse
Flags
Beams
Application Of Beams
Stem Direction Of Beamed Note Groups
Beam Slant
Rhythmic Subdivision of the Pulse: Continued
Horizontal Beams
Primary Beams (Specific)
Secondary Beams (Specific)
Broken Secondary Beams
Syncopation
Borrowed Metric Groupings
"midway" Beaming Of Note Groups
Beams As Indicators Of Phrasing
Rhythmic Subdivision of the Pulse: Concluded
The Eighth Rest
The Sixteenth Rest
The Whole Measure Rest
Ties
Augmentation Dots
Dotted Rests
Rests In Compound Meters
Smaller Value Rests
Ties Attending Voicings
Triple Augmentation Dots
Holds, Pauses, and Repeats
Fermatas
Pauses
Caesuras
Fermatas Attending Caesuras
Multiple Measure Rests
Repeat Brackets
Repeat Endings
Single Measure Repeats
Double Measure Repeats
Da Capo And Dal Segno
Al Fine And Al Coda
Fermatas Attending Barlines
The "grand Pause"
Tacet
Third Repeat Endings
Single Pulse Repeats
Col
Chords, Voicings, and Divisi Parts
Chord Symbols
Parenthetical Tensions
Inversions And Pedals
Voicings
Alignment Of Accidentals
Divisi Parts
Octave Signs
Hybrid Chords And Polychords
Divisi Parts: Continued
Dynamics
Location Of Dynamic Information
Dynamic Level Markings
Dynamic Terminology
Wedges
Location Of Dynamics (Specific)
Combined Dynamic Level Markings
Change Of Dynamic Level On Repeated Sections
Articulation
The "unarticulated Note"
Accent Marks
Staccato Marks
Legato/tenuto Marks
Placement Of Accent, Staccato, And Legato Markings
Slurs
Breath Marks
Accent Terminology
Idiomatic Considerations
Combining Accents With Staccato And Legato Markings
Combining Accent, Staccato, And Legato Markings With Slurs
Combining Accent Terms With Dynamics
Ornaments
The Portamento
The Glissando
Trills
Tremolos
The Unmeasured Tremolo
The Measured Tremolo
Grace Notes
Arpeggios
Turns
Bends
Cues

Learn the essentials of music notation, from fundamental pitch and rhythm placement to intricate meter and voicing alignments. This book also covers the correct way to subdivide rhythms and notate complex articulations and dynamics. An excellent resource for both written and computer notation software!

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