Music Notation

Music Notation

Book - 1990
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(Berklee Methods). 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!

Publisher: Milwaukee : Hal Leonard, exclusive distributor for Berklee Press, [1990], c1966
ISBN: 9780793508471
Branch Call Number: MT35 .M545 1990
780.148 M1781m 1990
Characteristics: 207 p. : music ; 28 cm


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Jul 18, 2017

McGrain has provided a detailed and authoritative reference text -- with exercises -- for the entry-level notation scholar. However, it is sufficiently detailed that it would be a useful reference text for those engaged in music notation even on a regular basis. Clear examples are provided for just about every aspect of notation he discusses; those examples show both the correct usage and the most common incorrect usages. Careful attention to the examples shown would allow even a beginner to produce a clear and accurately notated score.

As noted, it is a basic text. While there are occasional references to notation for multiple instruments, they are few and deal only with the essentials of that practice. Someone needing a reference text dealing with multiple instruments and the variations in notation that calls for might be better off with Gardner Read's "Music Notation -- A Manual of Modern Practice".


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