Tonic, subdominant and Dominant markers

• Nov 22, 2012 - 05:14

I need help in placing a Tonic, subdominant and dominant markers in my score...can anyone show me how this is done Please?

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First of all.

Do you understand what Tonic, SubDominant and Dominant mean?

If not - come back here and I'll try to sort you out.

Adding markers is easy in MuseScore - just select the note you want to mark, hit CTRL(CMD)+ T and type in your text.

This handbook page may help a bit.


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

You are right to say, "Adding markers is easy in MS" as I don't have a problem with that, however, my attachment sample shows you what is actually written in a music book that I have in which I am using to help me use MusicScore. To answer your question; “do I know or understand what Tonic, SubDominant and Dominant mean? No, I do not understand it at all...therefore; I copy the sheet notes into MusicScore to hear the sound of the score that it may help me to understand. Being new to learning and reading music - teaching myself to read notes is a slow process, and reading something that is quite advanced for me is very much a challenge indeed... so if you are offering a little help for me to understand I will certainly take it with both hands...

In reply to by Rita Lions

The thing to realize is that there is no such thing as a tonic, subdominant, or dominant marker. That is, those aren't special musical symbols with specific meanings. They are just something the author of that particular book cooked up to illustrate a particular musical concept. Those are just ordinary text markings that also involve brackets. And yes, the Lines palette is your best bet for doing that in MuseScore. But you normally wouldn't be creating something like that in real music - it was for textbook illustration purposes only. Which is to say, those are markings textbook writers might use, not composers. But again, nothing special about the word tonic, subdominant, or dominant in this context - they are just words placed in brackets. I mean, those words mean what they mean, but there is nothing special about using a the word with a bracket around it to mean something. He might just as well use the same type of notation to label the "treble clef" or a "measure", but those words don't normally appear in actual music either - justt textbooks.

In reply to by Rita Lions

Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant are just a set of names for the 1st, 4th and 5th degrees of the scale, which are often used in teaching the theory of chords as you can use the triads founded on those 3 notes to harmonise any piece of music.

So in the key of C the Tonic will be C, Subdominant F and Dominant G

In the key of Eb Tonic=E♭ Subdominant=A♭ Dominant=B♭

So in this theory book, the writer is trying to get you to add these for different keys to help you to understand the concept.

You will find other names used for degrees of the scale too as you progress in your music knowledge.


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Hello Marc Sabatella and ChurchOrganist
My apologies for taking long to respond ...having read both your comments gave me the insight that the words tonic, subdominant, or dominant will not alter the sound of any what a but I must admit that they make the score look really complicated, and scary! So thankyou both for your comments..quite helpful indeed.

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