Well, I have put it off as long as I can.
The orchestrations are like 95% done for my musical - will tweak for a few more weeks. I think are sounding OK and will work just fine for the show.
I am at a total loss notating for the drummer. I know what I want it to sound like - the rhythms will not be all that tricky to figure out. Basically a lot of Boom chick with a little cymbals a lot of the time. But understanding how to make it look on the score is all new to me.
I use Finale 2008 (own 2009 but not installed) and have been trying to figure it out on my own. I have looked at a few scores, but it did not seem always to be one standard format. I want any drummer to see it and understand it. I know in many scores they do not write out every measure. I right now want to write out every measure so it will playback for me.
I am not sure which percussion map to use - working with GM Drum Kit GJBB at the moment. I hear the sounds I need by clicking notes. Do I trust that a drummer will know what each note is or do I label them or what?
I know it can't be that hard, but I have never needed to do this before. I just played the drums on my keyboard when making a sound track for a children's musical. Now I am forced to do this - which IS a good thing for me.
Maybe too big of a question, but I know I am not the only person that has been in this position. I am meeting with our church worship arts director this week - she teaches band to homeschoolers - so she knows all of this. But I want to try to get going.
Any tips or suggestions for a percussion newbie?
I know I will end up doing it just fine, just at a loss at the moment.
Have a Finale file you could send me as an example?
Thanks in advance if anyone can help.
I would LOVE to just hand some of these over to someone who is experienced, but I am not sure I could afford it. How expensive would it be?
Maybe if I could just pay someone to do one song, then I could use that as my master to follow for the rest of the show. Hmm . . . anyone? I just need help starting and then I think I would be fine. It would have to be Finale though.