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Basic Music Notation Lesson

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Transcript of Basic Music Notation Lesson

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli An Introduction to Reading
Notational Music Basic Lesson in Music Notation and its components- Main point #1 The musical staff is the skeleton of notational music, consisting of five lines and four spaces, a clef sign, a time signature, and repeat signs. Notes and Their Values Conclusion Notational Music - It's Importance and Relevance to You
Amazing human art
Allows more people's involvement and communication
Similarity to writing of books Music's Importance Relevance to You! Notational music is essential to learning instruments
Once understanding established, mastering other instruments comes with ease
Music is a lifelong skill
It's never too late to learn! 1. I began music lessons (piano) when I was 10 years old.
2. I can play piano, guitar, bass guitar, and the alto using notational music
3. I was a piano teacher for eight students- proficiency two. Credentials To describe the elements of the music staff in notational music
To describe the notes and their values in notational music
To describe the expressions in notational music Main Points Notational music can be understood through three different elements The Musical Staff The five lines and four spaces are each assigned a note name. (EGBDF and FACE) Lines and Spaces Measures Measures are the vertical lines that divide the music. Clef Signs There are two different clefs:
1. Treble Clef
2. Bass Clef
'The Two Clefs' at mymusictheory.com Time Signatures Located at the beginning of lines
Top number- counts in measure
Bottom number- designates 'beat' note
4/4 is the most common signature
3/4 is primarily used for ballads, waltzes, creates a 'dance feel'.
Britannica Encyclopedia- 'Time Signature' Repeat Signs Repeat signs signify to the musician to repeat to the beginning. There are several different notes with different values.
Describe most of the notes used in the Star Spangled Banner. Main Point #2 Wherever the note lands on the staff, that is the name of the note. Quarter Note Receives one count, or one quarter of the measure
Has the beat
Filled in and has a stem Half Note Receives two counts, or half of the measure
It is not filled in, but also has a stem Eighth note Receives 1/8th of a count, or 1/8th of the measure
Filled in, has a stem, often connected to another eighth note, or has a flag when it stands alone. Musical Expressions Main Point #3 Dynamic Markings Forte means to play loudly
Piano means to play softly Dynamic expressions Crescendo
Decrescendo Review of Main Points First, I described the parts of the musical staff.
Second, I described the notes and their values.
Third, I described expressions in music. Notational music can be understood through these three elements- the musical staff, the notes, and expressions ( #1 ) (#2) (#3) (#4) (#5) (#6) (#7) (#8) (#9) (#10) (#11) (#12) (#13)
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