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Okay, so the bad links in the op have been removed/updated. Unfortunately, all of Shadoninja's tutorials were deleted, so those links don't work.

E. Gadd Industries:
Thank you for that! I nearly had a heart attack when that d-box appeared on my screen that said something about Malware...

Posting this before it gets lost in the submissions archive:

--- Quote from: Olimar12345 on November 14, 2015, 01:50:35 AM ---Articulations are named accordingly. To articulate something is to add clarity or to make something clear. They specify how to play a specific note or passage. Articulations tell us three things: 1) How to start the note. 2) The weight of the note. 3) (sometimes) The end of the note.

With this said, articulations have NOTHING to do with note lengths or dynamics. For example, a quarter note will last twice as long as an eighth note. A quarter note with the staccato marking does not equal an eighth note. Those are two different things that are written two different ways that mean two different things. If you want a shorter note, use a shorter note value. If you want a louder/softer note, use a dynamic mark.

Below are the specific jobs for articulations.

Staccatissimo - a very light weight note with a lifted release (also described as detached).
Staccato - a light weight note with a slightly lifted release (also described as detached).
Tenuto - a defined start, weighted note with no lift, touches the following note or rest.
Accent - a firm start, heavy weighted note with no lift, touches the following note or rest.
Marcato - a very hard start, heavier weight than an accent, sometimes played with a slightly lifted release.

Remember that the release of the note does not directly correlate to the note's length. Like I said:

--- Quote from: Olimar12345 on November 14, 2015, 01:50:35 AM ---A quarter note with the staccato marking does not equal an eighth note.

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--- Quote from: Tobbeh99 on November 13, 2015, 09:49:00 PM ---Also be aware of the differences between slur and tenuto. A slur is a phrase, often legato, while tenuto is an articulation.

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While slurs, ties, and phrase markings might all use the same symbol, they are all different. A slur is not the same as a phrase marking. A slur is an indication to play the included notes smoothly or legato, while a phrase mark is used to display or highlight a phrase. phrase marks are usually over a considerably longer amount of material than slurs.

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Dug this old thing I said up and thought it would fit well in this thread:

The order goes as follows. 

To determine the correct spelling of an accidental, first ask:

1) Is it part of the chord? Does it function harmonically? If, for example, you've transcribed the notes E Ab B, you might want to reconsider that Ab, as E G# B spells out an E major triad. This also applies to what key you're in. If you are in Db Major, chances are you will be using more Gb's over F#'s. This will be the way to go the majority of the time.

If the harmony is irrelevant:

2) Apply the accidental according to the direction it travels towards the next note. This is usually more prevalent in chromatic passages.
Sub-rule: if you are planing or writing in harmony with a consistent interval, keep that interval preserved. If two or more voices are traveling in parallel motion, the interval in which they begin at should remain consistent throughout the passage.

If all else fails:

3) Make it as easy as possible to read. However, you will MOST LIKELY never get to this point. If you think you have, ask someone for a second opinion. This is only for the extreme cases and I doubt something like this would occur in a video game tune.


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