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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Minor Intervals

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Expanding Major Interval Music Theory to Minors The names of intervals are stated in such terms as a second, third, fourth, fifth, and continue up to fifteenths as was stated in the Music Theory of Intervals. Take a quick review of the Major Intervals Making the Interval Minor The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th can all be made minors by stepping down a half step. Therefore you can get a minor 2nd, a minor 3rd, and a minor 6th. However, the 5th...

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Blues Scales

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Playing and Signing the Blues Many questions surround the notion of the “blues”; from style, attitude, emotion, sound, structure, type of note, mood, and type of scale.  It is all of this, but the scale is the starting point is for the blues. It is a minor scale. Thus a 3rd down from the major scale but using 6 notes instead of 7. Or in the case of a full scale 7 instead of 8. It is closely related to the minor pentatonic scale...

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Chord Inversions

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How to Play Basic Chords in Different Positions You’ve learned that music chords are the structures that are the words of music. Chord Inversions give you new inflection to the words so that you can create a different but similar sound.   Inversions of chords are simply taking notes that would normally be played in one position and changing them to a new position. For three note chords there are two inversions, a 1st inversion and a 2nd...

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Chord Progressions

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How to Move Around the Basic Chords of Music Chord Progressions are one of the most asked about music topics around.  A sequence of chords is what makes music flow from one place to another. A composer of music may use one chord over many measures to add melody and flavor to their music. Eventually they will move to another chord to keep the song or music piece interesting. In other cases the music may change chords on every beat. What seems to...

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Music Theory Chords

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Basic Chords the Musicians Words Let’s explore the element of music theory chords. Music chords are the structures that are the words of music and are constructed with the notes of the scale and in all the key signatures.  A lot of things to consider? It is, however, by taking a step through the process of how various chords are built you will have the fundamental knowledge necessary to work with any key signature and any scale you want...

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Circle of Fifths

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How to Easily Learn Key Signatures Using the Circle of Fifths The Circle of Fifths has been developed as a way for the music student to remember how key signatures are related. It is a great visual aid that show the math we have talked about previously.  This section provides you with steps on how to create your own tool for this basic theory. Using the principals learned in key signature math you can create your own circle to show the fifths....

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Close Chord Progression

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Make Chord Changes with Very Little Movement Close Chord Progression is the ability to make dramatic chord changes with slight movement in notes.  As can be seen in the graphic to  the right the chord movement of a series of fifth changes is accomplished by changing two notes for each chord. There is so much to discuss here, there is just no way to cover it all in such a short page of information. Therefore, we will focus on the concept of...

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Seventh Chords

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7 Kinds of Sevenths That Add Character to Songs Seventh Chords are used to to create hip sounds with the music. The four chords  discussed  at Music Theory Chords can all have a 7th interval added to create a new sound. There are 7 kinds of sevenths when you can create by adding major and minor 3rds.  Why only seven and not eight? It seems like Karma to have seven kinds of sevens. Types of Seventh Chords Going back to the original chords we...

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