I want to score parts to for two trumpets, but have only a little experience in music notation. Fairly simple parts I can edit in Cubase Score editor, but how do I indicate different places where the trumpets enter? Do I write out the parts and simply indicate a bar number at the start of each, leaving out all other sections, or - since it is simple parts and can be recorded in separate takes - just score each section and refer to each during the recording session? I'd like to make it as easy as possible for the player.
While some cue notes are useful, as suggested by commenters, they require advanced type setting (smaller notes and transposition, possibly also a different clef).
Actually the standard solution is, to write a complete score with multi-bar rests, indicating how many bars are to be skipped, but containing everything else, like general pauses, fermatas, rehearsal marks and performance instructions.
This is, what most instrumentalist are used to, so it requires the least explanation.
The metronome approach works for simple pieces, which don't have any of:
- tempo changes
- time signature changes
or for pieces, which are understood after first listening, so the respective entry is obvious.
Traditional practice is to score the whole thing, including rest passages. But in this special case, which I take to be a one-off recording session under your guidence, scoring just the passages to be played is fine. You can play the track in the trumpet player's (just one player, recording both parts?) headphones from just before the entry, indicate where he comes in and rehearse it as many times as necessary.
If any particular 'feel' or 'groove' is involved, it will help a lot if he's hearing a rhythm section rather than just a click. And, if it has to meld in with a vocal, give him at least a guide vocal to work with. Much better to give him the resources to balance musically than to have to fix it later in the mix. And if you have a synthesised trumpet track already recorded, play it to him. It's quite possible that it contains more information than your 'little experience in music notation' knows how to convey!