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5 Tips for Better Music Proofreading

tips for better music proofreading
Proofreading is an essential part of music preparation. Here are five tips for better music proofreading.

1. Find a quiet environment.
Music proofreading requires a tremendous amount of concentration. Find a quiet place like a home office or a library to help you avoid distractions. A better focus will also improve the quality of your work and save you time.

2. Proofread backwards.
This is another helpful tip used by some proofreaders. Start at the end and work your way back through the score. Like the previous tip, this improves your focus and the overall work result.

3. Take care of your eyes.
Spending too much time in front of a computer screen can cause eye strain. To avoid this, print a hard copy of the score, and work with this instead. Some proofreaders find working with a hard copy helps them notice mistakes easier.

4. Take breaks.
This simple tip improves your concentration and keeps your mind fresh. Instead of working long hours without breaks, try proofreading in blocks of 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break.

5. Ask someone for help.
Getting some distance from the music (especially if you wrote it) is always a good idea. Put the score aside and ask a friend or professional proofreader to go through it. Getting a second pair of eyes can give you a completely fresh perspective.