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Learn Music Note Symbols

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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...

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

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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...

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Music Theory Rudiments

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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...

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How to Identify Key Signatures

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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...

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List of Music Keys

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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...

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Music Theory Intervals

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Music Theory Intervals

What are music theory intervals? Well learning individual music notes is just the beginning. By stacking notes you can create intervals, which are nothing more than patterns which represent the space or distance between notes. Music Theory Interval Sounds These two pair note combinations have distinctive sounds from dissonance to harmony. When two notes are played close together the sound is tense or dissonant, meaning they clash to some degree. This close note interval is neither good nor...

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