What's your favorite pencil for marking your scores?
I'm wondering what your favorite pencils for marking scores are. What lead hardness do you recommend? Any brand recommendations? Thanks.
I like 4B Graphite pencils. Pentalic makes some really nice woodless ones that I enjoy using.
As soft (B) as possible, easily erasible, because last week's mark may be unnecessary next week, and you want as clean a page as possible.
Faber-Castell 9000 B, of course.
Whatever is the graphite that comes in those Bic mechanical pencils in bags of 10. ;)
There is indeed a type of pencil that I like a lot: the brand is called STAEDTLER and I found them at a STAPLES. They are black with a very light grey eraser. (The colors don't matter. It's just to help you identify them if you are looking for them.) Though marked HB #2 like so many others, they are softer and work like #1's. Even the erasers work well and continue to after a good amount of use. They come in a plastic box of 36. They are more expensive than other pencils but worth it!
Steadtler Mars 4B with Faber Castell white erasers that you insert on the pencil.I put them in magnetic pencil holders from LeeValley tools.It's a good set up but I'm open to any better ideas.
Recently bought a box of Ticonderoga #1 pencils. They leave a dark mark that erases cleanly (which I do a lot!) and doesn't leave a physical indentation on the page. Agree with the point about having a separate large eraser rather than relying one the ones on pencils -- I've got a soft, pink parallelogram one that works like a charm. There are times when I find I want to throw out everything I've written in on a piece and start fresh, and a big eraser is definitely called for!
I've always used an automatic pencil, because I've always had one with me - at least since I went to college.
My favorite eraser is the Staedtler white mars plastic eraser. I typically use a cheapo Bic mechanical pencil - it never needs sharpening!
I use ink because I am never wrong.
Ticonderoga No. 1, or my more recent favorite--Palomino Blackwings. Big, replaceable eraser. Dark, and sooo smooth.
If I'm marking on a photocopy, I use colored pens. If I'm on an original, whatever pencil I have available is good.l
My First Ticonderoga. Useful hardness (I.e., soft enough at #2), good eraser, and the large diameter makes it easy to pick up and hold.
The reason I asked this question is because my experience with too hard pencils is that they can make permanent impressions in the page, and they're often hard to erase. Sheet music's expensive and need to be treated with care.
Damn. Can I borrow someone's White Out?
Scott - I have plenty of that whiteout tape, I'll send you some ;)
Librarians like softer pencils too.
The best I've found are the Lee Valley 4B. Made of Cedar and with an excellent eraser.
Scott don't use white-out. Just write over the top of your other markings even darker and heavier, for example, with a Sharpie.
Paul, as long as you don't suck it thoughtfully when you're considering what to write!
2B for my own wimpy tentative fingerings and bowings on pieces that I work with my my teacher. 4B for everything taken from lessons. 6B for last bit of marking prior to a performance. Also, the Faber-Castell Eraser Cap that Peter Carter is my latest favorite. They can be used to protect the pencil tip when carrying the pencil around, and as far as I know, they are the only long-lasting pencil cap eraser that won't break in the market.
I love the Blackwing (the softest one)...so nice!
Wooden 6B from Faber-Castell. I glue a small neodymium magnet to it so it will attach under a music stand.
Where do you get those magnets Bo?
I use one of those spring things to hold my pencils during rehearsal. The issue with those is that they do not connect well to Peak stands which have the thick plastic music desk. Peak needs to solve that for us ...
I switched from a Peak to one of these eazy-fold K&M stands ( http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/km-10040.000.55-ez-fold-music-stand ) just because it was easier to dismantle in chamber orchestra. With a black folder on the stand it looks as good as a Peak during performance - but Peak is very nice for the money and has a great case that also holds stand light and even a small seat cushion.
I agree Paul.
I get the magnets from a local hardware store, but they are available on eBay for next to nothing.
Years ago, when I was young and was into reading The Paris Review ( a literary magazine). In almost every interview featured in that magazine with well known writers who still wrote in long hand, the question of what kind of pen was used for writing was asked.
It's related because writing instruments that require excessive hand pressure/tension ruin the relaxed hand condition needed to write expertly. I'm old enough to remember being required to get a fountain pen in elementary school to learn cursive writing. The invention of the ballpoint pen is commonly considered to mark the end of beautiful handwriting.
When your old Da passes on and leaves you the tools of a 50 year mechanical drafting / engineering career... you're set for the rest of eternity without having to look for a new pencil or lead....
4B - and I try to take a supply along to orchestra rehearsals for sale at a discount pour encourager les autres! I feel obliged as librarian
Whatever happened to the Mirado Black Warrior #1? They seem to not exist any more.
Yeah David - my oldest granddaughter is a writer (published author, 3 books (4th on the way) and many magazine articles) and she writes everything first with a fountain pen. Has always "composed" with a writing instrument before keyboarding. She tells me the perfect one for her is the A.G. Spalding her fiancé gave her 6 years ago, before that she used whatever came to hand.
"Pen is now her muse". Couldn't have said it better! Writing directly onto paper with pen or pencil is a direct connection between brain and paper. Similarly with composing music using manuscript paper; in either case, if you don't have the thoughts (words or notes) already in your head before applying pen to paper then progress will be inhibited. This, for me, is an important reason not to use a music editing program on a computer - it presents an unnecessary barrier. However, I can see the point of using a music editor to transfer a hand-written score and parts to a neat print-out - you may wish to do this yourself or get someone else to do it; this is no different in principle to an author handing his hand-written work to a secretary to type up. I did this thousands of times during my working life, and was my preference even though I could have used a word processor during the latter years.
Forgive the diversion but what about favourite pencil sharpeners to go along with these pencils.I'm looking for a small electric one to carry in my gig bag.Any ideas?
I keep one of these in my case:
I keep KUM Automatic Long Point handy.
Thanks Bo and Yixi.
I love the Kum sharpener! The two-stage process gets a ridiculous point. :)
I find it practical too that with a 6B or 8B you can also use it for lubricating the bridge and saddle when changing strings.
Wow, I could get a Kum pencil sharpener to go with my Kun shoulder rest.
You could. Those who play restless have to sharpen a piece of charcoal against a rock....
But you get much more of the natural feel of the pencil kicking it old school against a rock - a better tone and posture, too! ;-)
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