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Published 4 months ago • 2 min read

Hello! Here in the US, daylight savings ended over the weekend, meaning that if you live outside the US, my live events may be at a different time this week. So be sure to check what time 12:30 PM Eastern is for you. An easy way to do that is to type into a Google search, "what time is 12:30 PM Eastern". It will tell you the local time. Also keep in mind there may be a second change when your own clocks change. For those of you in the US, nothing changes.

Meanwhile, in the Harmony and Chord Progressions course, we are in week 10, focusing on the interrelated subjects of augmented sixth chords, the Neapolitan, and tritone substitutions.

Mastering MuseScore

For the ultimate guide to the world's most popular music notation software, see my online course Mastering MuseScore 4.

MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we'll look at meter and time signatures - how to work with them, and also how to work without them when you want.

The free MuseScore Café is live on Wednesday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT, or 17:30 during the winter months), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

Tip of the Week

By default, MuseScore plays a simple voicing for each chord symbol you enter. But sometimes, you don’t want to hear this - like if your music is already fully notated and you’re adding chord symbols for analysis purposes. In this video post, I show you how to disable chord symbol playback program-wide, score-wide, or for selected chord symbols.

Musicianship Skills

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Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we will be exploring the use of augmented sixth chords in the literature and in some of your projects completed for the Harmony and Chord Progressions course.

The free Music Master Class is live on Thursday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT, or 17:30 during the winter months), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

In Theory

When counting sheep or other items, we all know 4 comes before 5. The pattern of 4 followed by 5 is also a common choice when we’re talking about chord progressions - normally notated with Roman numerals (IV — V). But there are actually quite a few other chords that can lead naturally to the V chord. We’ve been covering some of these possibilities in my Harmony and Chord Progressions course, and I thought it would be interesting to summarize all the different ways we’ve encountered. In this video post, I show eight different chords that are often found harmonizing leading to the V chord, harmonizing a melody of “do — ti” (scale degrees 1 — 7).

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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