"Music Theory Notes" Basic Notes in
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 information.
Music Theory Note Name:
There are 7 base note names, A - B - C - D - E - F - G.
Here's a sample of one octave of notes on a keyboard.
The pitch of a music note is a frequency of that
note a tone generated
cycles per second or hertz - "Hz". Different frequencies are defined
When notes sound the same but have higher or lower
tone that is
known as a pitch class. Therefore, you use the same name to define the
note but you have a different frequency.
This is not an easy concept to explain in just a
sentence or two, so
a complete definition of pitch go to wikipedia.com Pitch.
Symbols and Time Value:
Notes will have a time value associated with them. A quarter note,
shown here. is the value assigned or the beat count is
dependent upon the time signature. If that time is a quarter note = 1
beat, then it is easy to see that it gets a time value of 1 beat.
The time values and names are more fully explored in our
So there is just a quick introduction to basic music theory notes. To
explore in detail the music notes values and names visit these
pages in the rhythm section:
is important to point out intervals for music notes. That is
the relationship between two notes. Commonly these might be referred to
as a third, a fifth, or eleventh. You can can more insight to intervals
and relationships on the interval
There are other rules
we will explore in detail in other lessons associated with music theory