INNOVATIVE MUSIC THEORY LESSONS (AND MORE) FOR EVERYONE

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Reading Music Lessons

How loud or soft you play music is represented with dynamic signs. These a symbols that appear as 1 or 2 letters combined together in your music. Each sign represents a musical term in Italian.
You know you’ve found a dotted quarter note when you see a quarter note with a dot beside it. Just as you might suspect, the name itself describes exactly what it looks like. A dotted quarter note is worth 1 1/2 beats total. Let’s go figure it out.
In 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.
When we place the C Clef on the 3rd line of the music staff, we have the alto clef. This means that when we put the center of the C Clef (where the 2 C’s meet) on the third line, that is indicating the note middle C.
The C Clef is a symbol on the music staff that looks like the letter “C”. In fact, that is exactly what it used to be before it turned into a more elaborate design.
The musical sounds you hear when a music note is played is called pitch. The location of a note on the staff determines how high or low it will be in pitch when you read it.