Reading Music Lesson #37: The 2/4 Time Signature

Reading Music LessonThis time signature is very similar to the 3/4 time signature and the 4/4 time signature.

The main difference is having only two beats in a measure instead of three or four.

The 2/4 Time Signature

Here are the two most important things to remember:

1) The top number “2″ tells us the notes and rests are organized in such a way between the bar lines that only two beats can be found in each measure.

2) The bottom number indicates that a quarter note will receive one beat.

Let’s take a look at the example below to learn how to assign the counting.

The 2/4 Time Signature

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Major Scales For Beginner 5-Finger Piano (Ebook)

Major Scales For Beginner 5-Finger PianoThis little Ebook is designed to help you get started playing the first 5 notes of all major scales quickly and easily.

It’s really a collection of easy-to-read piano charts that can be used in any order.

On each page, you will find…

  • The name of each major scale.
  • A keyboard showing you how to find the keys you need.
  • The scale written on the music staff with the letter names of notes and finger numbers.

Why Is It Called 5-Finger?

Because you only need 5 fingers to play each scale!  In other words, the scales are only 5 notes long.  It’s great for any beginner learning how to play the piano and read music. [Read more...]

How To Practice Using The 3 Good Ones In-A-Row Method

how to practiceHave you ever read the book, The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle?

If you haven’t, I highly recommend you pick up a copy.

It’s a short, easy read full of powerful ideas.

I combined a few of these great tips together and came up with the 3 Good Ones In-A-Row method that I use for myself and my students.

It’s simple, time efficient, fun, and it produces incredible results.

The 3 Good Ones In-A-Row Method

Step 1: Find one small chunk to practice. (one measure, one line of music, one scale, etc.) [Read more...]

13 Musician Jokes That Will Make You Chuckle

musician jokesNeed a stress relief?

Here’s a fun list of 13 musician jokes that will surely put a smile on your face.

(NOTE: You can substitute the instrument listed for a different kind…but I didn’t tell you that.)

1) Banjo players spend half their lives tuning and the other half playing out of tune.

2) Did you hear about the bassist who was so out of tune the bass section noticed?

3) What’s the definition of a quarter tone?  A harpist tuning unison strings. [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #36: The 3/4 Time Signature

reading music lessonHave you noticed how the time signature organizes the notes and rests?

According to the top number, only a certain number of beats can exist in each measure.

There cannot be any more or any less.

So now you hopefully understand why an entire piece of music is divided into smaller sections called “measures” that contain the same amount of beats.

What are we measuring between the bar lines?  The total number of beats represented by notes and rests.

3/4 Time Signature

The 3/4 time signature uses all of the same principles discussed in the 4/4 time signature lesson. [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #35: The 4/4 Time Signature

Reading Music LessonIn the last lesson, we introduced the time signature and what each number means.

This time, we’re going to look specifically at the 4/4 time signature and put it into action.

4/4 Time

If you scroll down and look at the example below, you can see there are four beats in each measure.

This meets the guidelines we talked about earlier when the top number of the time signature is “4″.

The bottom number (also 4) represents a quarter note.  This tells us that every quarter note (or quarter rest) will receive one beat. [Read more...]

Reading Music Lesson #33: Double Bar Lines

reading music lessonDouble bar lines are found at the end of a section of music or at the very end of a song.

Just as bar lines divide the music staff into smaller sections, double bar lines organize the music into larger sections.

NOTE: The correct terminology for this in music theory is simply “double bar.”  However, the rest of the world calls them “double bar lines.”

I think this is because it more accurately describes what you are looking at making it easier to remember.

End of Section

A double bar line telling us it is the end of a section or movement will have 2 thin lines like this:

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Reading Music #31: Quarter Rests

reading music lessonQuarter rests are those crazy little squiggly-looking symbols that are worth 1 beat of silence.

quarter rests

They are the quiet counterpart to quarter notes.

In fact, do you remember the conversation we had in an earlier lesson about the importance of both sound and silence in music?

Well, let’s review it again now that you have learned a few notes and rests. [Read more...]