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.
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.
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 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.
Music notes are the round or oval-shaped symbols that you find on the music staff. These music notes tell us what sound to play or sing.
Artists use a variety of materials to create a masterpiece. Musicians and composers do the same thing using tone color. Becoming aware of different types of tone color in music will help you understand what you are reading even deeper.
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Isn’t it fun to have all these fancy musical terms to keep track of? Okay, no not really. Diatonic intervals are one of those complicated-sounding musical ideas with a very simple meaning.
So what exactly are perfect intervals? What makes them so special to be called “perfect”? An interval is an interval, right?