I’m trying a new format for emails that I hope will be more valuable for all of you. Instead of writing article-type emails, I’m going to send a more newsletter-y type email at some yet-to-be-determined frequency with just exciting stuff that’s happening in my music circles.
I’ll still include some mindset thoughts and freebies, but I want to make sure you’re getting value out of being in my email circle. Thus, let me introduce Nifty Music Stuff (NMS).
Musescore 3.6 Is Out!
If you’re an active composer, you probably know about the free, open-source music notation software, Musescore already. I’ve been an active user of it since the beginning, and wow has it come a long way.
A year ago, Tantacrul, a composer/theory Youtuber, did a critique video on the software. He went into grave detail about design-element issues with it, and instead of ignoring the criticism or defending the software, the Musescore team hired Tantacrul to be head of design.
The Musescore team displayed a healthy way of responding to criticism: dig deep into it. It will make you better.
The past year, Tantacrul spent designing a new music font for the software, and he made a really cool video about what he learned.
I love the new update; it looks way more professional. I’m excited to use it in my graduate theory work, and I even convinced one of my colleagues to use it in his dissertation!
Do any of you like to just look at beautiful notation?
Some of the most stunning works are from the Middle Ages in Europe. Most of the recorded music came from the Church, so the scores received the same gorgeous treatment as sacred texts. They included intricate illustrations alongside the score, but there’s just something about the scores themselves.
I also enjoy viewing some more graphic musical scores, like these by George Crumb.
Thank you all for being part of my circle! This is a big year for me (I’ll tell you why later), and it’s so great to be able to share resources with people who really benefit from them.
If you have any questions about music theory, piano, general music, or have suggestions for things you’d like to see in future newsletters, you can respond directly to this email or compose a new one to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, happy musicking!
Girl in Blue Music
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