Music Theory Notes

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Basic Notes in Music Theory The Musicians Alphabet Let’s explore the element of music theory notes. Music notes are the symbol used to convey several pieces of information to the musician. Without music notes you would not be able to get every one on the same page when you wanted to play music with someone else. This section touches on some overall basic information for  notes. The Notes: The note symbol is used to convey the following...

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Music Theory Rhythm

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Your Journey in Music Rhythm Introduction: Your journey to learn and master the music theory  rhythm begins in this section of the Music Learning Workshop. The music  rhythm workshop provides us with the basics needed to get rhythm down cold. below we  link to the beginner series of lessons. We start with the essential building blocks of how to fundamentally know rhythm and then expand our knowledge of rhythm music theory and know how until we...

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Key Signature Table

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Quick Reference Table for Major and Minor Keys Constructing a Music Theory Key Signature The starting point for Key Signatures is with the key of C. It has no flats or sharps in the major scale. Refer to the music scales page for definitions of major scale. The table below shows the development of keys by going up a fifth. The minor key signatures are a minor 3rd down from the major key. There are three types of minors which are shown here to...

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Music Theory Instruments

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Your Instrument and Applying Music Theory With each Musical Instrument there are several factors that are associated with learning music theory.   Each instrument has it own unique way of addressing how notes will be played, what the configuration of fingering for a scale will look like, playing a broken chord staccato or legato, and other such nuances. But what usually controls the vast majority of learning an instrument is the specific...

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Music Theory Key Signatures

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Basic Key Signatures – Where Music Theory becomes the Musicians Playground Let’s explore the element of music theory key signatures.  Music Key Signatures (Keys for short) are the playground used by chords and scales.  They provide the structure for moving around the harmonic system with chords and scales. Thus giving definition to the movement of music.  The key signature defines and places sharp and flat notes with in a system...

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Music Note Symbol Practice

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Practice and Answer Sheets The symbol practice sheet is not a test; it is an aid that you can complete as many times as necessary to practice note symbol recognition. Click on this link to bring up the sheet that asks you in words what the symbol should be and you can fill in with the right symbol. A pdf file that you can print and complete. Music Note Symbol Practice Once you have tried to complete it you can then access this pdf file for the...

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Rhythm Definitions

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Terms Used to Define Rhythm How to Give Meaning to Rhythm w/ Definitions To explore music we have to define rhythm with characteristics and terms that we can recognize with sight and convey meaning to others. Several items and descriptions are used for our rhythm definitions. As we encounter them, don’t be intimidated by these definitions they will become clear as we progress through our efforts to learn music. As we encounter them, don’t be...

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Music Note Symbols

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Learn to Recognize and Use the Symbols of Music Notes Symbols: The music note symbols are similar in shape and easy to recognize. We need to start with some basic symbols to be able to work with rhythm. We start with only showing symbols for music notes here. We will further define relationships in Music Math Theory. If you are familiar with notes, rests, beams, and ties you can skip to the next section. But review the symbols so you know what...

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Rhythm Duple Pattern

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Rhythm Subdividing in Two Part Beats Here we will move into dividing beats into parts. We start with Defining how we divide beats How to count a divided beat.  Start with subdividing the beat by two. One beat gets two counts. Previously you’ve probably become familiar with rhythm for straight beats. Then you explored what happens when we use notes which take up more than one beat. We also added rests to allow for silence as part of the...

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Music Note Time Value

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Beat and Time for Note Symbols So let’s explore the music theory math next and give all these symbols some meaning. Music Theory and Music Math: Music is mathematical and is in the rhythm we learn here and the sound pitches we will learn about in the music staff. Here we start with the concept of note time value. Our basic understanding starts with the symbols used above where we can assign time to the note. First let’s look at the relationship...

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Rhythm Note Relationships

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Getting Notes Down Cold The examples below show equal durations of lengths of time for Notes. The “ties” make the other notes combined to be of the same time count. Let’s do the math. Quarter note math: One Quarter note = Two 8th notes = one 8th note and two 16th notes = 4 sixteenth notes. Quarter note time – shown tied, each gets one beat and one clap: More “tie” relationships.  Fill in the blanks.  Counting Quarter...

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Rhythm Quadruple Pattern

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Rhythm Four Part Beats Here we will move into dividing beats into four parts. We will call it a quadruple rhythm pattern. We work with Reviewing duple patterns Add new terms for counting the rhythm quadruple pattern.  Easily seeing the different applications of using the quadruple pattern. So what happens when we use sixteenth notes on a quarter beat pattern? OK, another great question. Let’s investigate using sixteenth notes on our 4/4 time...

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