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Not only can any number of 8ths/quavers be beamed together in 3/4 (Elaine Gould, Behind Bars, pg. 153), it is an expected engraving practice to beam all three beats together, such as in the first 8 bars of Detention Center:

"The rule is: group together as many notes as make one beat EXCEPT .... if a bar of 3/4 ... consists entirely of quavers, then all the notes should be grouped together".
(The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Rudiments and Theory of Music,

Finale's default setting to separately beam consecutive quavers/8ths in 3/4 into individual beats really is lamentable, as that should really only be done if the utmost clarity is required, or to indicate a change of pitch pattern (Elaine Gould, Behind Bars, pg. 154).

Franz Liszt's Liebestraum uses a 6/4 meter (essentially a double 3/4), and beams each 3/4 subgroup in groups of 6 quavers/8ths. Just as it would be absurd to to assume that the contours of the right hand arpeggios in the beginning of Liebestraum imply a compound sub-division, it is equally absurd to assume that the contours of the right hard arpeggios in the beginning of "Detention Center" imply a 6/8 meter.

Just a few of the gems I've gathered during my inactivity, hehe.

Technically, in a two-page spread where the first page of written music is on the left-hand page (the verso), that would be page 2, and the second page of written music (the recto) would be page 3. This is due to printing/publishing tradition to always have the right-hand page be odd-numbered, and also assumes a cover page (which would be page 1). Frankly, I haven't figured out how to make these principles fit with existing NSM standards, so you can ignore the bit about changing the page number's position. I'm only speaking from a position of interest, not authority, so please do take what I say with several cups of salt.

I thought the ending was dispensable because what we gain from deleting it (a perfect measure count for a consistent cast-off) far outweighs its compositional value (minimal, as its just a tonic chord that most people could improvise). As for the Dal Segno, what you've just proposed would be in line with what I've observed of recent NSM sheets, so do that. My guess is that that approach seems to be "softer" in terms of what it says about the original composition, as opposed to repeat bars, so that's why it may have gained traction in the last year. Again, just stating an observation, not making an authoritative claim.

As for stave levels between facing pages, it's mostly an art of taste, but there are some practical and aesthetic considerations you can make. Ideally, one should aim to "match the levels of top and bottom staves across facing pages, regardless of whether the pages have the same number of staves" (Gould, Behind Bars, pg. 487), and have consistent top and bottom stave levels throughout a piece. It's granted that you will need to lower the height of the top stave to allow space for headings on an opening page, however, so a good balance in this situation would be to have the top of a heading level with the top stave-line of the following pages. This however is not possible since we have a running header on each page (as now explicitly required by NSM standards since 2016), so for NSM pieces, I like to move the top stave a "system space" (sorry for the made-up terminology) from the running header, so as to make the layout vertically consistent in terms of whitespace. Here's a quick mock-up of the idea:

Use 0.75" margins on all sides (see MOLA Guidelines, page 5).

Use a minimum of at least 6mm staff size for piano music, and no more than 7.4 mm (see Elaine Gould's Behind Bars, page 483). This disqualifies Firearrow's 1-page layout as it requires approximately 5.7mm staff size (80% of 7.2mm) in order to fit without collisions. A 7mm staff size would be ideal for this piece.

Cast-off the music as a two-page spread: 3 systems on verso, and 4 systems on recto. This would require removing the coda you wrote in. Ample white-space has both an aesthetic and functional purpose, so be sure to always prepare your scores with this principle in mind, which is, to ensure that the amount of music to be read per system for any instrument is consistent. This helps to ensure a similarly consistent speed of “travel” for the reader's eye.

Off-Topic / Re: Official "I'm Away Topic"
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:15:57 AM »
heraldry often does depart from NSM in this way

see you on MET/MES my dude

Just did some basic typesetting. Reset staff size to 6.5 millimeters to be in accordance with historical rastral sizes for solo piano music (6.0 to 7.4 are the limits, with 6.5 to 7.0 being the norm). Did alot of "un-XML"-ing since there are usually a lot of artifacts it generates. Standard printing margins are 0.5, with sides allowable up 0.75 -- this I set to 0.625 to offset the ungainly width of the US Letter paper while still giving a decent amount of horizontal width to each system of music. Gave a small 0.05" increase in height in the grand staff (some more and some less depending on whitespace) to give more breathing room for articulations and dynamics -- always avoid collisions like the plague. Finally, I condensed your self-made ending to 1 measure by starting a volta-style repeat mid-measure -- this eliminated the problem of having to have either 1 system of 4 measures (too tight) versus 2 systems of 2 measures (too wide).


Thus sayeth the Gould

(Also, fyi, Yoshihiro Maeda was only in the credits for Explorers of Sky, so since Beach Cave was already composed for Time/Darkness 2 years prior to Sky, I removed his name from the composer credits)

Music / Re: The Best of SiIvaGunner
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:58:22 AM »

Well it's either this or "Page Intentionally Blank for the Facilitation of Page Turns" ((In bold, centered vertically and horizontally, & 16-20pt absolute size)). Pick your poison.
Or even better, ignore centuries of printing practices for the sake of "consistency", demand the removal of the cover page, and thereby tacitly admit NSM's engraving standards are shit.

Music / Re: BDS Presents You With Unsolicited Musical Opinions!
« on: August 13, 2017, 09:29:27 AM »
I'm not David Bowie

Archive / Re: [NES] Yoshi's Cookie - "1P Music Type C" by Jacopo Tore
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:57:11 AM »
Have a cookie.

Archive / Re: [PC] Hollow Knight - "Hollow Knight" by Zunawe
« on: July 22, 2017, 05:39:45 AM »
Ottava alta (i.e. 8va) over long distances in the lower staff in bass clef is unidiomatic for piano notation. You'd be much better served by using a treble clef, then switching back to bass clef at m. 9, beat 3:

Also, is the omission of the cello doubling in m. 10-17 intentional?

Feedback / Re: fix this
« on: July 22, 2017, 04:56:59 AM »
It's... ALIIIIVE!!

Feedback / Re: fix this
« on: July 22, 2017, 04:41:11 AM »
Working on resizing, please hold...

EDIT: Is good, yes, yes.

Feedback / Re: fix this
« on: July 22, 2017, 04:29:16 AM »
Definitely the Secret one - just deleted now. Had to delete puppet miyamoto and friends shortly after Dropbox stopped supporting Public folders, sadly.

Site News / Re: Update, Wednesday 12th of July 2017
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:56:19 PM »
Revenge of the Updaters

Coming to theaters next Fall.

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