We’re continuing today with last time’s Chord Progression. I have provided the entire Bass Line this time so you can just focus on the melody. It would be best if you started a new project to work with this and I’ll have to do a little bit of explaining to show you how to add the sustain pedal effect.
First things first. Here’s the eight-Measure piano piece with only the bass provided. If you did something different yesterday, which you pretty much must have, be happy with what you made and now we are going to do something different with the same chords:
It isn’t necessary to add the “Ped” and “*” which represent pushing the sustain pedal down and then raising it, but it will make things sound better.
What I suggest you do is to first enter the first measure’s bass notes and pedaling and then copy and paste that measure so that measures 1,2,4,5, and 6 are all the same. Then input measure three manually including the pedaling and then paste that measure into measure 7, the second to the last. Finally enter the last measure by hand.
To insert the “Ped” and “*” symbols below the bass notes, first input the notes for the measure in question. Select the Articulation Tool from NotePad’s tool palette and then click below the note where you want the “Ped” symbol to appear (the cursor will have a little up arrow when it is positioned properly) and click the “Ped” symbol in the pop-up window and then click “Select” in that same window. Then go to the note where you want the sustain pedal released and do the same thing again except select “*”.
Doing all the notes and pedaling for one measure allows you to then copy and paste without doing any of that again for the measures involved.
Now for the creative part of the assignment.
Add notes to the treble clef. I would suggest half notes and quarter notes. Stick to the notes of the chord for that measure and lean toward the upper part of the treble clef to sing high above what is going on below. If you want to get adventurous, use any notes of the C Major Scale. If you are a novice, and this is for beginners, first populate the measures with notes from the appropriate chord and then edit with connecting notes to smooth things out.
Next time, I will provide notes in the treble clef for you to work between. So what you do today, save so you don’t have to reenter those bass notes and pedaling. You can clear a measure of a staff simply by clicking in it with the Selection Tool (the arrow) and then hitting back space (delete) on your computer keyboard.
See you soon.