My mom always told me that people would judge me by the way I dressed. So if I wanted to be taken seriously in the work place, I better dress the part. Little did she (or I) know that my work place would be in front of a keyboard, computer, and large cup of coffee in my own apartment, comfy in sweats, PJ's, or whatever I feet like wearing but that advice was not lost on me when it came to written music. There is no quicker way to be instantly judged for the worse than by handing musicians messy, hard to read or confusing to follow sheet music. I don't care how great your original music is, how inventive, how clever, or how beautiful, if the musicians playing that music can't read it, it's going to sound bad. Not only will you lose the respect of the musicians, but you'll most likely have a frustrating rehearsal with question after question and clarification after clarification. Time will be wasted, cross words will be had, and the overall experience will be demoralizing.
Clearly I am very opinionated when it comes to the way music looks. Rather than be annoyed by my OCD-like tendencies, allow them to work for you! Literally. Bottomless Cup Music has increased its office hours and is accepting new clients. We are available for just about any type of music preparation project be it a vocal transposition, orchestral reduction, or educational worksheets. But my favorite thing to do is to work with musicians who are looking to clean up their libraries or transfer their original music into professional sheet music. I love being able to help musicians realize their potential as composers and bandleaders simply by making their written music presentable.