Key Signatures

Key Signatures

 

Key Signatures are defined by the accidentals that naturally occur in the Major Scale. When writing sheet music, it would become very cluttered to write a Flat or Sharp in front of every note that needed it, so a standard was set to write them at the beginning of every line or anyplace where the Key Signature changes. Below is a list of Key Signatures.

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Why Reading Music is So Important

Why Reading Music is So Important?

Why Reading Music is So Important?

Author: Teresa Rose

Reading music is an important part of being a good musician, yet many musicians still do not know how. Most people who can read music learned to do so through music lessons. Not everyone is able to take music lessons and this is not always a guarantee that you will learn how to read music well. There are a lot of music teachers out there that teach mostly by rote where students still do not have to know how to read music.

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What is Music Theory

What is Music Theory?

Author: John Classick

What is music theory? I had thought it reasonable to begin this explanation with a definition from a reputable dictionary. However, a quick glance in three different dictionaries did not, for me, reveal an entry or a definition for the term “music theory.” Dictionary.com, an online resource gives the following definition:

“The study of the theoretical elements of music including sound and pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation.”

 

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List of Musical Terminology

List of Musical Terminology

Author: Shine Music

8eva – an octave higher

A tempo – resume the normal speed after a diversion
Accelerando (accel.) – gradually becoming faster
Adagio – slowly, leisurely
Ad libitum – at pleasure, quite freely
Agitato – with agitation
Allargando – broadening out, often with an increase of tone
Allegretto – moderately fast; slightly slower than allegro
Allegro – lively and reasonably fast
Andante – at an easy walking pace
Andantino – a little slower (or a little faster than Andante)
Animato – with animation
Arco – (for string players) with the bow
Attacca – go on at once

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Scales

Lesson 7

 

Scales

The Major Scale:

A scale is a set sequence of steps in ascending or descending order. Usually within one octave. You could make up your own scale, but most scales that are possible have already been named and you can use those for now. One common scale is the Major Scale. The Major Scale uses the steps as follows: Whole step, Whole step, Half step, Whole step, Whole step, Whole step, Half step. In the picture above you can see what a whole and half step is on a piano (or keyboard), and on a guitar (or bass).  Now, because I already know the answer, I am going to choose the Key of “C” for our first example. It’s not cheating, I just know which one is better to start out on.

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