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A break for giving thanks

Published 3 months ago • 1 min read

Happy Thanksgiving week! I will be taking a break from my regular live events, but I'll still be checking and participating in the discussions on the community site as I can. Meanwhile, I want to thank all of you for your support over the years, and I hope you enjoy your holiday if you celebrate!

In the Harmony and Chord Progressions course, we are in week 12, focusing on analysis of existing compositions using the concepts we have learned thus far.

Mastering MuseScore

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Tip of the Week

MuseScore supports both the older style of piano pedal marking (with the script "Ped" and "*" symbols) as well as the more modern style ("___/\___"). The latter can be tricky to add correctly, but it's simple once you know the technique. In this video post, I show how to add these pedal markings so they align and playback as expected, and I demonstrate a cool trick for copying them if you have a passage in which the pedal changes at regular intervals (like once per measure).

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In Theory

Thirds are useful intervals - you can often harmonize a melody effectively a third above or below, and of course, chords are mainly built from thirds. But sometimes increasing the interval by an octave - making it a tenth - can open up new possibilities. In this video post, I demonstrate how you can use tenths between the left and right hand on the piano (or between two different instruments) as a means of harmonizing moving lines and creating an interesting change-of-pace texture.

Until next time, keep making music!
Marc Sabatella

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Outside Shore Music / Mastering MuseScore

by Marc Sabatella

My name is Marc Sabatella, and I am the founder of Outside Shore Music - a pioneer of online music education since the dawn of the web. As the creator of Mastering MuseScore, A Jazz Improvisation Primer, and other resources, I have dedicated most of my life to helping as many musicians as I can. Subscribe to my free newsletter for MuseScore tips, theory insights, and more information on how to create your best music!

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