Tips For Writing an Arrangement for Piano and Looping Station

• Oct 25, 2021 - 23:34

Lately some ideas have been brewing in my head for an arrangement of Coldplay's Viva la Vida for piano and looping station, but I've never used a looping station in my life. I would love to, and this song might be good practice.

However, that's not the point of this post. When I get around to it, what's the best way to actually transcribe something like this with MuseScore. The last time I took a look at the sheet music for a song written for piano and looping station, it was Peter Bence's Thunderstruck, and it looked insane!

Just wondering what some general tips would be. Thanks!


It's not clear what your asking, but generally, to "transcribe" something in this context means to listen to it and figure out the notes by ear. I wouldn't normally use a notation program for that, I'd rely on my own voice more, and perhaps a piano or other keyboard instrument. Only after the song is transcribed - both notes and rhythms - would I recommend trying to enter it into MuseScore.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I figured as much, but I'm more asking about what the best layout of how the sheet music should look, while still being able to play back all the parts.
I've attached how Peter Bence notates his arrangement Thunderstruck (in two different ways) just to give a rough idea of how crazy it seems to get, and with the ideas flowing through my head right now for Viva La Vida, it's going to have close to this many tracks going at once. Not quite as many, but pretty close. Is there a better layout than these, because these layouts both use an absurd amount of pages?

In reply to by 2142Kitch

OK, I see the score, but still don't understand the question. If you've got that many different things going on, you'll need separate staves for the separate things, and that takes space. but if not all of them are happening at once, you may be able to save space by enable "Hide empty staves" in Format / Style / Score.

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