What are all those parts?
Depending on the type of project, there are several different parts that may
|Single Line||The most basic part. A single line of music, for an instrument
such as flute or violin. If this part is to be photocopied and used by several
players, it is called a duplicate or "dup" part, and is charged
at a higher rate (usually double).
|Single Transposed||Same as Single line, but for a transposing instrument, such
as B-flat trumpet or Horn in F.
|Divisi||Same as Single line, except that multiple players' parts
are on the same part. Most often this occurs when a string section is marked
divisi, or when multiple percussion parts are printed on the same
|Keyboard||Any 2 line bracketed part, such as piano or harp.
Any of the above with chord symbols added.
|Master Rhythm||Generally, a single part that reflects everything the rhythm
section (piano, drums, bass, guitar, etc.) is doing. Typically Master Rhythm
parts include chord symbols, lyric cues, drum indications and pushes.
|Piano/Conductor||Similar to Master Rhythm, but with the addition of any lyrics,
and all important instrumental parts (strings, horns, etc.) are cued into
|Conductor Score||Usually just called "the score", this is the one
that goes on large paper and includes every instrument in the ensemble.
When the composer/arranger has only provided a midi file or a sketch instead
of a score, a score must be created.
Vocal part with keyboard accompaniment. Usually a 3 staff part.
|Lead sheet||Single line part with vocal or lead line and chord symbols.
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