I'm fairly new to music and have been transcribing melodies in the name of ear training and becoming more fluent with standard notation. I'm presently creating a lead sheet for this song:
I've transcribed the melody for the first verse and intend to add chord symbols down the line:
I have a few queries about this. In decreasing order of specificity:
- About measure 11. Is the D note in measure 11 (highlighted with the red arrow) correctly tied?
- Corollary question. If I were to instead have a half note spanning beats 3 and 4 and tied to the dotted eighth on beat 5, would it violate convention by stretching across the middle of the measure of 6/4? (For much the same reasoning that you can't have a quarter note across the middle of a measure of 6/8.) If so, does the lack of a clear triple pulse exempt it from having to follow a 3+3 subdivision? I ask because it's an isolated measure of 6/4 in a piece that's otherwise in 7/4.
- Second verse. When I transcribe the second verse, should I a) use a repeat and add the second verse's lyrics to the existing notes, or b) create new measures specifically for it? I've seen some lead sheets for other songs that do the former, but I find that it doesn't accommodate subtle melodic and rhythmic alterations between verses. As such, an awkward "middle ground" is notated instead. What's the best practice here, or is it a case-by-case choice?
- Any other matters. Are there any glaring errors/other things or best practices I should take note of? Anything and everything would be appreciated.
Many thanks for your help!