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Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

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Chapter 12. Percussion

Thinking about percussion notation in Finale evokes the sense of being thrust into battle to the thundering of giant war drums. That probably comes from the hours of tech support calls devoted to fixing users’ documents whose percussion staves had been mangled beyond recognition. Now my battle cadence is pounded to advance the cause of keeping you out of trouble in the first place, which is a whole lot easier (for both me and you).

Like tablature, non-pitched percussion notation is an entirely different animal than standard notation. In a percussion staff, the lines and spaces represent different instruments. Rather than a range of several octaves, each instrument can be performed with a few different methods, which are represented ...

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