More Percussion

• Apr 25, 2013 - 02:47

In Musescore 2.0, I'd like to see more percussion. This mainly refers to Unpitched. However, I'd like to see bells in the pitched percussion. I'm talking about the Bells that is on the treble clef, seen mainly in a marching band. In unpitched, I'd like to see four things. I'd like to see Marching Snare, Tenor, Basses (5 line, 5 drums), and Cymbals. I do know there is a plug-in. However, I'd like for it to become a main part of Musescore, being that many people are writing pep band music made for all band, including drums. I hope you take these decisions in to consideration. Thanks. -Vern_Dog


Hi there Vern_Dog :)

I just thought you'd like to know that I have taken on the task of updating the Instruments.xml file for 2.0

I have recently done some work on both tuned and untuned percussion, so you might like to download a nightly build to see the changes that have been made, and comment on what you think is missing.

Marching Percussion isn't in there yet, but I'm planning to implement that as a separate section once I have completed making all the current sections XML 3.0 compatible.

You may also like to know that there are plans afoot to completely revamp the Instrument List seen in the Score Creation dialogue.

In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Thanks for letting me know. I think everything is mostly great so far, you are doing an amazing job. However, besides marching percussion, I am missing one thing in pitched percussion. I am looking for bells for marching music (a picture here:…). Other than those two things everything is good so far. Thanks for your hard work! -Vern

In reply to by Ryan Bredeson

Keep in mind that the main purpose of MuseScore is noation, not playback. There is already a plugin you can install to make cresendos playback. For 2.0, there will be some more support for markings like this, but it's still primarily a notation progam. Not a sequencer, so don't be expecting perfect playback - that's jist not the purpose of the program.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

the glockenspeil has thin keys made of aluminum and less of a range. Might also be called a bell lyre because the frame is sometimes shaped like a lyre and supported vertically in front of the player while marching like this:
Orchestral bells are thicker, made of steel, and mounted in a box that acts as a sound board to make the sound more substantial.
I have seen scores that call for both instruments, each having its own part with interesting tonal effects.

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In reply to by MDMilford

Let's just be clear here.

The defined rage of the modern orchestral glockenspiel is MIDI 79 to 108 - that was given to me by a French professional percussionist, and is the defined range in the MuseScore 2.0 Instruments.xml file.

It looks to me as though these instruments are the same, but the bell lyre having two less notes at the bottom giving a range of MIDI 81 to 108.

There is also this article in Wikipedia which suggests the nomenclature for the instruments is no different from standard orchestral use.

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