• j.mee

You will get better...


The deadline for the reading of Project Cat's Away: The Musical is beginning to loom in the middle distance. There's lots to do.

This week, I decided to try to tackle music writing. If I want anyone else to sing my stuff, I better be able to give them the sheet music. That means I need to learn how to write readable sheet music. I've been kind of putting off this step because I don't know what the heck I'm doing, but I googled free music writing software, and discovered Musescore.

As promised, it's a free, music score writing program. I downloaded it and attempted to transcribe some of my music.

Although I am a somewhat musical person, who's sung in many choirs and took piano lessons as a kid, this kind of musical theory is beyond me. (To give you a range of my knowledge - I know scales exist, I know they're called major and minor, I know they are made up of an octave and are differentiated by the number of flat and sharp notes in their octave. I know the letters of the alphabet that correspond with said notes in said octaves, I have no idea which sharps and flats correspond to which majors or minors. I feel I must have learned as a child, but this knowledge has long since abandoned me.)

So, I had paper copies of a general outline of the songs and had acapella recordings of the tunes. Should be a piece of cake.

It wasn't.

There, courtesy of Musescore, on the computer screen was a pristine white sheet of document, just waiting for my commands to enter the notes on the bars... and I couldn't figure out how to use the darn program.

But, I'm not reinventing the wheel. Low and behold, some kind soul had already created a 'how to use muse score' video that explained the ins and outs of the basics.

And, following their advice... I learned the program's pretty great, it'll play back what you've written in real time, and you can change the pitch or length of a note by toggling the cursor, and you can... well... you get the idea. If you're looking for free music writing software, I suggest you check it out (and no, I did not receive any sort of compensation for that recommendation, and no, I don't really know what I'm doing, so take that recommendation with a grain of salt or two).

The point is, when I started trying to compose music, I sucked. I was terrible. I couldn't even get a note down on the page, and now I can. The first song took me about three hours to compose completely, with music, lyrics etc. The second song, a little over an hour. Songs three - six have been about the same.

With a little stick-to-it-ness, you-tube-it-ness, and practice-this-ness, I got better, and so will you, and that's not just for score writing. Wanna get better at a sport? Practice. Wanna get better at math? Try more problems. Wanna get better at writing? You know the drill.

(Now I've got the sheet music... fingers crossed I find someone great to perform it!)

#try #practice #google #musicalscore #ProjectCatsAway

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