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Need To Learn Music Quickly

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in Music Theory by Level | Comments Off on Need To Learn Music Quickly

Need To Learn Music Quickly

I recently had an email exchange with a student and they were in a real pickle to learn so much music in such a short period of time to be able to participate in a school band. He wanted to know how they could possibility achieve such a goal with the music course we offered. To help you them out, I offered some suggestions. The full course is offered as a full onetime download (fundamentals music course) and covers what he was looking to learn and more. Scales and Modes We talked about scales and more specifically about scale modes, our...

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Best Beginner Piano Course

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in Music Theory by Level, Reviewed Music Courses | Comments Off on Best Beginner Piano Course

Best Beginner Piano Course

Finding the best beginner piano course for home study that really works can be a little daunting if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be looking for in a course. You have to rely on others that have gone before you and hope the reviews are helpful enough to make an appropriate decision. On top of that you don’t know if the particular course is right for you. Today I hope to help you with information that will help you make that decision when it comes to getting the best beginner piano course. Imagine if you could start to learn piano and...

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Names of Music Notes

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Music Theory Rudiments | Comments Off on Names of Music Notes

Names of Music Notes

The names of music notes will be one of the first things that those new to music begin to question. Stating the notes as letters from A to G is easy and straight forward. There you have it you’ve learned music note names by understanding that they are given the names of the first seven letters of the English alphabet. Names of Music Notes but No Symbolic System Here’s the problem, you haven’t related them to a symbolic system yet. That’s really what the underlining question is about, not the names of music notes, but how do I learn to read...

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Music Learning Process to Get to Performance

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Music Theory by Level | Comments Off on Music Learning Process to Get to Performance

Music Learning Process to Get to Performance

The Music Learning Process is explained in a 3 or 4 step process. In a simple 3 step, that process is learn it, work it, own it, which is reviewed in the music learning methods summary. In a 4 step process there is an ability to further subdivide the own it concept. A New Music Learning Process? I just attended my daughter’s concert where she is so privileged to study with my original mentor and teacher.  The music study still progresses along the same steps for music theory as outlined in our music lessons and courses. However, she has...

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Learn Music Note Symbols

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Music Theory Rudiments | Comments Off on Learn Music Note Symbols

What does it take to learn music note symbols? In its simplest form all it takes is an open mind and a willingness to follow an easy structure of instruction. The music note symbol is nothing more than a way to communicate information about tone and time.  Therefore music is a language and the notes are the alphabet to convey the words of the language. Notes combine in sequences to form scales and chords, and in the music language these are building blocks for the words. Why It’s Hard To Figure Out Music Note Symbol Meaning So you may ask...

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Easiest Way to Learn Music Theory

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Understanding Music Theory | Comments Off on Easiest Way to Learn Music Theory

Easiest Way to Learn Music Theory

“What is the easiest way to learn music?” Or more directly, “How do I learn music theory easily?” is often asked by folks just beginning to learn music or at least thinking about it. And it’s a wonder because learning music can be either a chore or an exciting journey. Understanding an approach to teaching music or learning it could make a difference in your experience. Poor Music Teaching Methods Many music students struggle with what is perceived to be a difficult task. The reality is that the methods of teaching music theory are at fault....

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Why Reading Music Notes is Not Going to Make You a Musician

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Music Theory Rudiments | Comments Off on Why Reading Music Notes is Not Going to Make You a Musician

Why Reading Music Notes is Not Going to Make You a Musician

Reading music notes will not make you a musician. It’s really simple, to read music notes is to only learn to recognize a note on a staff and know what name and tone to play and for how long. Many want to be musicians start out asking about how to sight read music; thinking that they can take a little time to sight reading music and they will be able to play an instrument. The Fallacy of Musical Notes Reading The misconception is that you are trying to play music as if it were a point by point endeavor. That’s just like trying to read a...

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Music Theory Rudiments

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Music Theory Rudiments | Comments Off on Music Theory Rudiments

Music Theory Rudiments

Music Theory Rudiments are simply the fundamental music elements such as notes or musical notation, the use of these notes as pitch as used in a master staff, application of rhythm or time, note intervals, key signatures, music scales and music chords. The rudiments of music are the definitions used in the structure of music to allow you to create then communicate that song to others. In the classical sense they are the parts of music theory used to define melody and harmony. Here at the Music Theory Workshop we call these the music...

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How to Identify Key Signatures

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Music Theory Rudiments | Comments Off on How to Identify Key Signatures

How to Identify Key Signatures

Can you identify key signatures easily? Or do you struggle every time you look at a mass of sharp or flat symbols on a piece of music? Identifying key signatures requires learning the relationships and rules of how the key signatures are formed. The major keys are closely related to the mathematical sequences and interval relationships. They have a specific mathematical relationship with the minor keys as well. Identify Key Signature Name and Number Relationships Identifying a key signature is as easy as knowing the relationship between the...

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List of Music Keys

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Music Theory Rudiments | Comments Off on List of Music Keys

List of Music Keys

A List of Music Keys: Just How Many Key Signatures Are There? Often, new music students will say there are 12 keys of music, but what they are referring to is the twelve keys they can identify on a keyboard or piano. So it would make sense to believe there are only 12 key signatures (also known as keys). However, since you have the ability to have keys with double names this opinion falls apart quickly. Key Signatures in Music Major Key Signatures There are fifteen (15) name labels for basic major key signatures. They can be grouped into the...

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