How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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Use good music paper. Cheap paper is never satisfac­tory; the ink dries through and shows on the reverse side. If it be necessary to scratch or erase any of your writing it is practically impossible to write on the erased portion of a cheap paper again without hopelessly blurring the whole thing.
In syllabling your words under the notes, the divisions are not always made according to Webster, but are very often ruled by the way the respective divisions sound when sung. The following examples of five words selected at ran­dom will show the difference in syllabling words in songs:
Webster ----------- Mus - ic        * Stor - y           Re - cord           Sail - or
/ 'ocal division — Mu - sic          Sto - ry          Rec - ord          Sai - lor
Prom - en - ade Prom - e - nade
Some composers in writing their manuscripts use repeat marks for measures which are exactly similar in either the treble or bass clef to the preceding measure or measures.
or, where two measures in both treble and bass clefs are ex­actly similar to the two preceding measures, the following form of repeat mark is used:
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