Region I AGO Convention
Massachusetts June 27-30, 1999
This Music may be (Scotch) taped
for training or quality purposes.
scores for different pipe organ instruments
If you play the same literature
for weddings, funerals, or recitals on multiple instruments, youíre probably
frustrated with marking and re-marking your scores for registration and manual
changes for each instrument. If itís a complicated piece, older marks may confuse
you in the heat of the performance moment. I use several techniques to help
organize the markings and keep my scores from suffering from eraser burn.
- For points in the music
where you always need a marking, place "magic" scotch tape (the
kind that is invisible but has a slightly matte finish that you can write
on) over a clean part of the score where you need to mark. The tape is erasable,
and it erases cleanly. If there is already an unsightly accumulated erasure
smear, use white-out, and then place the tape over that and you have a fresh
surface to write on.
- An alternative to tape
to write on, use cut-up portions of "yellow stickies" (post-it notes).
These are attention-getters for your eyes, and are removable, and color-code-able.
- For literature that you
routinely play at several given instruments, use a color coding system either
a larger dot symbol (in color) or the entire marking in color (one color for
each venue: the Baptist church markings could be blue, Episcopal red, etc.).
- For the case where you
have registration duties split between yourself and one or more page turners
(or a duet partner), color code the instructions (one color per person).
- Another way I use color
coding is in "reminder" markings for performance: the closer I get
(time-wise) to the concert, the louder the color. For instance, I use black
pencil until the week of the concert, green several days before, and RED the
- In choral and orchestral
full scores, color coding helps me quickly identify the type of marks: entrances
in red (the voice or instrument name followed by a slash), dynamics/phraing
in green, etc.