Learn how to read and write a melody line by learning how pitch is notated. Using a simple song, learn all the information you need to be able to sight sing a new piece of music from its notation. This is an extremely valuable tool for singers of all levels, as it allows them to access the music they want to learn, and also communicate with fellow musicians in a common language.
- Great work on notating rhythm. Now we're going to add the element of pitch. Notating an actual melody that has all the information we need as musicians in order to look at the page and be able to play or sing the melody with all the information intact. The rhythm, the duration of the notes, the pattern of the rhythm that we need to reproduce and the pitch of the notes that we need to include.
So, we're going to do that using what you've already learned about scales, the notes on the keyboard how they lay out and the relationship between the notes and what they look like when they're written on the stave. We're going to work with Frere Jacques again, you've already worked in the rhythm part, how to write out the rhythm of Frere Jacques. Now we're going to add the pitch, we're going to work in the key of C. Okay, here's Frere Jacques at 84 beats per minute.
One, two, three, four. ("Are You Sleeping?" By Frere Jacques) and big finish. Two, three, four.
So, on the keyboard, remembering our scales, starting at middle C, we will remember that these are the names of the notes. C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. The Frere Jacques melody starts on middle C, and these are the names of the notes. This is where they land, this where they're written on the treble clef stave.
You see that this, bottom note C is the line below the bottom line on the stave. The bottom line on the stave is E, and the implied line below that is, a space, D, which is right next to E and then the line below that is the C. Here's the Frere Jacques melody written on the stave.
♫ C D E C ♫ C D E C ♫ E F G ♫ E F G ♫ G A G F E C ♫ G A G F E C ♫ C G C ♫ C G C Big finish, ♫ C So here you can see, with this combination of quarter notes, half notes, whole notes and eighth notes.
You see the rhythm written out in this combination of rhythmic notation and the pitch information is right there. In the lines and spaces where the notes live, that give you the map of the melody. You now have all the information you need to be able to sight sing. Where you can be presented with a piece of paper, a sheet of music, that has the melody or the notes, on the page, having never heard or seen the music before, and with practice and your ability to identify these notes and move your voice to the corresponding interval, with the rhythm information that's contained in the notation, you will be able to sight sing any piece of music having never seen it or heard it before.
It's not magic, it's just acquiring a new vocabulary, understanding what these symbols mean and then practicing and playing with them.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- Understanding scales, chords, and intervals
- Range and register
- Ear training
- Warming up your voice and body
- Building a warm-up routine
- Using yoga for the practice and performance of singing
- Shaping your vocal sound