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    Lesson 23 - dynamic marks

    The lesson advises against placing different dynamic marks in different parts, at least as a beginner. Is there, then, another way of indicating that one part should be heard as prevailing slightly over other apparently equal parts? This issue tends to arise when parts are distributed among the same instrument group, especially strings, or among voice parts choral writing.

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    Re: Lesson 23 - dynamic marks

    Quote Originally Posted by dermod
    The lesson advises against placing different dynamic marks in different parts, at least as a beginner. Is there, then, another way of indicating that one part should be heard as prevailing slightly over other apparently equal parts? This issue tends to arise when parts are distributed among the same instrument group, especially strings, or among voice parts choral writing.
    The reason for this is to teach you how to get proper balance by using the instruments' natural characteristics.

    For example, if you want a flute part to prevail, instead of writing the part forte and the rest of the ensemble mp-mf, put the flute in it's upper register. This will naturally stand out from the ensemble. Likewise, if you want it to blend better, put it in the lower register.

    Dynamics are a more artificial (and sometimes necessary) way to create the same effect. But to learn how to best utilize each instrument, begin by learning how it fits into the ensemble without this crutch.

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