Category: Music Basics Series

Music Basics – Dynamic Markings

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Music Basics Series – Part 7

By Jan Durrant

The vehicle for expression in music comes through the context of dynamic markings. Since the Italians were the ones to first write marks of expression in their music as well as print the first music manuscripts on paper, all of the marks of expression or dynamics are from Italian words.

Please look over the list of dynamic markings below and familiarize yourself with them. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Only those basic symbols that are commonly used are included here.Continue reading Music Basics – Dynamic Markings

Music Basics – Musical Intervals

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Music Basics Series – Part 6

By Jan Durrant

An Interval is defined as the distance between two notes.

The first interval to consider is the interval of a Second, notated as ‘2nd’. Continue reading Music Basics – Musical Intervals

Music Basics – Rhythm and Chords

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Music Basics Series – Part 5

By Jan Durrant

BASICS OF RHYTHM

Both the Quarter Note and the Quarter Rest get one beat. Continue reading Music Basics – Rhythm and Chords

Music Basics – Treble Clef and Bass Clef Note Names

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Music Basics Series – Part 4

By Jan Durrant

TREBLE CLEF and BASS CLEF NOTE NAMES

Both the Treble and Bass clefs each have five lines and four spaces. Learning the actual note names of each line and space(the spaces between each line) is very simple. Continue reading Music Basics – Treble Clef and Bass Clef Note Names

Music Basics – Introduction to the White Keys

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Music Basics Series – Part 3

By Jan Durrant

There are only seven (7) letter names used on the piano:

A B C D E F GContinue reading Music Basics – Introduction to the White Keys