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18. Handwriting Music

Grade 2 Music Theory - Lesson 18: Handwriting Music

Suitable for:  ABRSM Grade 2   GCSE   AP Music Theory Beginners 

 

Writing Music Neatly

It is very important that you write music in a way that is easy for others to read. Practise regularly, and look back at music you have written previously, to see if you can read it yourself!

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Common Mistakes

Here are some very common mistakes that students make when writing out music - make sure you don't make them!

  • Don't forget to put the bar line at the end of the extract.
  • The first note of each bar is always the same distance (about 1/2 a centimetre) from the barline on its left.
  • Accidentals are written on the left hand side of the note head, in the line/space of the note they affect.
  • Try to keep the same distance between the notes as you see in the original.
  • Make sure the note stems are pointing in the right direction.
  • Black note-heads must be a good solid colour - make sure you can see no white space at all inside the notehead.
  • Don't make the note heads too big.
  • Don't forget ties!
  • Ledger lines are an extension of the stave and should be the same height apart, and slightly wider than the note heads. In this example, the B ledger line is too high, and the A ledger line is not wide enough!
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