• Jun 14, 2021 - 10:08

Homophony music is treble clef one melody and one bass clef?
Is Polophony the orchestral which uses many instruments?
So is homophony as one voice for just the drums to use one voice same as my treble clef and bass clef score.
Another word for voice would be good so I can cement it into my brain.
Does polophony use many voices meaning many instruments on a different level such as Bb instruments.?
I need a link to read it simply.


Most of these terms have different meanings depending on the context, but I'll answer according to the big picture here.

A "voice" is a single melodic line, whether played or sung.

Homophony in this context probably refers to multiple voices at once but with the same rhythm, as in a typical hymn. In this case, it's possible to notate multiple voices on a single staff using chords instead of needing separate stems (and so, not needing the actual voices feature of MuseScore).

Polyphony in this context means the multiple voices have different rhythms, which means they must be notated on different staves, or with different voices on a single staff.

Whether any of these voices are actually Bb instruments has nothing to do with anything here.

In reply to by mpvick

Example of what, exactly> Could you explain in more detail why you are asking about these musical terms - the actual problem you are trying to solve that made you curious?

If it's just to learn more about the musical concept of counterpoint, I happen to be developing an online course on that subject, but it's still a work in progress. But those are pretty much the subjects of the very first few lessons in the course, which will actually be among the last I create, so it may be a few weeks yet. Meanwhile, I don't have any particularly good resources to point you to. There are tons of counterpoint resources, but they usually get too complex too quickly, I think.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi Marc
I was looking at how to put drums into a piano score and had studied up a drum book, then I found some basic measures, then I couldn't copy some examples into musescore and found some input was on a different voice. So I did change the voice and it was entered as per the example i found. Then I was confused as to what voice meant in terms of score. I think it's a consistent drum beat voice 1 and over top is a C instrument voice 2 (perhaps) playing another rhythm that suits.
My curiosity set in as it confused me.
Cheers Michelle

In reply to by mpvick

@mpvick... You wrote:
I was looking at how to put drums into a piano score

Here's a drum styles file:
which was downloaded from here:
(You can search for more if desired.)

Here's an example of adding drums to piano...
Piano only:
Song plain.mscz

Same score with drums added:
Song drums.mscz
In this one a drum staff was added to the piano score and the "Slow Rock" style was copied from that drum styles file.
(Hint: Once you paste the 2 measures of drum notes into the piano+drum score, pressing R repeatedly will continue to fill the drum staff.)

You also wrote:
...I was confused as to what voice meant in terms of score.

Voice should be regarded in terms of a single staff, not score.
Voices in the drum staff have nothing to do with voices in any piano stave(s).
If you press Ctrl+A all measures in any of the score examples will be highlighted and the notes will turn one of 4 colors to denote voice 1,2,3, or 4. Notice that no more than 2 voices are used in any single staff.

In reply to by mpvick

I would say that for your situation, you don't need to concern with yourself with theory terms like homophony or polyphony. You just need to understand what multiple voices are in music notation. I would summarize by saying, it's the idea of showing two independent rhythms on the same staff - normally, one rhythm with stems up, one stems down. Drum notation normally shows the drums and cymbals played with the hands using voice 1 (stems up), drums and cymbals played with the feet using voice 2 (stems down). There can be exceptions that people who are expert in such matters might recognize and know when breaking that rule makes sense. but if you're not already an expert, best to just stick with that basic rule - which MuseScore does for you. So enter the "hands" notes first, then enter the "feet" notes, and MuseScore handles also the voices and stems for you.

I'm covering drum notation in my weekly "MuseScore Café" coming up in a few hours (Wednesday, 12:30 PM Eastern) - see https://community.masteringmusescore.com/c/cafe-watch. If you can attend live, you can ask questions in the chat, but you can watch later too.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi Marc.
Thank you so much. there is so much to learn in music. I often don't know where is best. I will take your advice.
You're very kind. Michelle I am watching the video and it is so 'how' to do it. I'm chuffed. I'm not a drummer but I wanted to add to some music just for fun. As you know I do like to play with this program. MUCH THANKS

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