Conventions of notation

As software has developed, new trends appear in the culture, some of which are intentional and others which comes an unexpected byproduct.

Music notation is something that fascinates me. There is a beauty to reading a score and I love that in this day and age, you can follow scores to a wide range of works on YouTube.

When it comes to scoring your own work, there are few options, some paid and others free that allow you to get your music down. It’s more efficient and easy than writing by hand.

However, it’s easy to overlook many aspects of score writing and fall into traps. Stages sizes, margins, font, where certain symbols go, there whole books dedicated to getting it right. ‘Behind Bars’ by Elaine Gould is a go to for Sibelius users. There are endless discussions to be had about presenting your work to a standard that is publishable.

As skill is developed in music theory and composition, you want to get to a point where you’re directing the software to do what you want it to do.

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