When to signal keys

You might have noticed your notation program others the possibility to have some instruments with ‘No Key Sig’ meaning not showing key signatures. In general there are three instruments that don’t use key signatures. These are: Horns Trumpets Timpani Regardless of whether you show key signatures for the rest of the instruments or you go […]

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Timps don’t trill

In older scores you invariably see different customs of notation that have been outdated through the centuries. One misconception I often encounter is the timpani trill line. Seemingly quite innocent and actually not that ambiguous the trill line for timpani is however obsolete. The trill is quite normal and seen quite often in particular in […]

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Dealing with dynamics

Amazingly none of the available notation software on the market does this automatically so the placement and font of dynamics is something you as a user should always keep in mind. First thing first the given dynamic should always be placed at the first note it affects. That’s why the tambourine has the ff placed […]

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