Notation when melody is not at top of chords?
This is more of a general music notation question than it is about MuseScore per se, but MuseScore is the tool that I'm using, and my initial input creates overlapped notes between the two voices.
I'm doing an arrangement of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" wherein the melody winds up sometimes being in the middle of the inverted chords. Long story short of the reason is in order to match my vocal range, without the chords being so low on the piano that the song sounds like mud.
This presents a number of notational challenges, as explained below and in the attached JPEG files. (NOTE: the song is played an octave below the notation):
Starting with the very 1st note (measure #3), obviously the A & B can't be together on top of one another. But, if I flip the A note head to the right, it looks backwards to me. The A should be on the left and the B to the right, correct? The stem of the 1/16 note though doesn't cooperate, and even when I do get them aligned (flipping everything upside down), the result is ambiguity re: whether the A and B are 1/16ths vs. 1/4s.
The next 1/4 note works out nicely, no issues there.
The 3rd 1/4 note has the ambiguity problem... the C is the melody and the only 1/16th in that chord, but I can't see how someone could tell that by reading it. On my 2nd file I remove the 16th note, which I find very hard to read in terms of understanding the musical flow of the melody within the chord -- which is of course important in order to bring out the melody properly when playing.
On the 2nd 1/4 note of measure #4, I have the overlapping note issue again. I can flip the F (1/4 note) note head to the left, but the result is very hard to read. As with the 3rd 1/4 note of measure #3, I could delete the 1/16 E and just add it as a 1/4 to the chord, but musically that's not what I want there... it should (based on what sounds good to me when adding in the melody, not based on the original score) be a 1/16th.
I knew it would be challenging to put the melody in the middle of the harmony, but this is more complicated than I had expected. I'm definitely a fish out of water on this one, because I don't know what is "correct", aside from that the overlaps that occur by default in MuseScore definitely won't work.
I've Googled this extensively (to find what it should look like when a melodic voice is in the middle of multiple notes from a harmonic voice) and have not found anything on the topic. Perhaps there is a technical term for this phenomenon that I don't know?
Anything I'm trying either looks confusing or doesn't properly convey the melody. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
|Melody & Chords Notation Conundrum -- default result.jpg||105.05 KB|
|Melody & Chords Notation Conundrum -- fiddling #1.jpg||102.81 KB|
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