Robin McClellan archive

Behind the Notation: Instrument Transposition

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While using Noteflight, perhaps you have wondered: “why can’t I make the key signature different in my clarinet part?” Or perhaps you clicked “Add Part” or “Change Instrument” in the Staff menu, and you wondered about the popup window that appears, with its three options: Instrument key, Instrument octave, and Score octave. This article explores […]

Playing Techniques and How to Write Them, Part 2: Percussion

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The world of percussion is vast and varied: any sound-producing object, hit with any other object, can be called percussion. Percussion lends itself to alternate playing techniques: there are usually several ways to hit a percussion instrument to make it sound good in different ways. We provide some of the most common instruments and their […]

“I want to compose a piece. What should I do?” A Composing Starter Kit

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One story we hear from our users goes something like this: “I’ve always wanted to compose, but I just didn’t have the right tools… with Noteflight I can jump right in and start writing music!” We love hearing this, of course, but is it always that simple? Once you know how to enter notes and […]

Behind the Notation: Lyrics

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Are you the kind of person who mainly remembers the lyrics of a song, or do you remember the tune more readily? Or both equally? This article will be of special interest to the “lyrics-oriented” among you, but it’s important for anyone writing down music with words, whether it’s bluegrass, opera, choral music, or Indonesian pop. […]

Behind the Notation: Chord Symbols

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This Behind the Notation series focuses on a topic close to the hearts of anyone who likes chords (and that’s everyone, right?). Usually placed above the staff or a set of lyrics, chord symbols are an entire musical language unto themselves. Independent from staff notation but also an important extension of it, chord symbols are […]