Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video 8th and 16th notes, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Now that we have a basic understanding…of time signatures, as well as note and rest lengths,…it's time to take a look at shorter note values.…So just like a half note is worth half the value…of a whole note, and a quarter note is worth half…the value of a half note, we can further…divide a quarter note into two eighth notes.…So here we're seeing a graphic of an eighth note,…and we can see that it differentiates…from the quarter note in that it has the same note head…and a stem, but it has this other curved shape…attached to the end of the stem, which is called a flag.…
So now we've filled two measures all with eighth notes,…so there's eight eighth notes in a measure of four four.…Now when we count time, we only put the number on the beat…and we use the syllable and on the and of the beat.…So we'd count these eight eighth notes…one and two and three and four and.…Now, you'll notice that when you put a bunch of these…in a measure, it's really hard to tell where the beat is.…If I hadn't written in this information…
It starts with notating pitch (clefs) and duration, including note lengths and rests. He moves into discussing flats, sharps, naturals, and key signatures, and the unique symbols for musical expression, including dynamics and articulations. He goes over notating chords and chord progressions, and the addition of vocals and lyrics. The course wraps with some score formatting tips and notation examples for piano, guitar, and drums, which pull together all the information into complete, publication-worthy pieces of sheet music.
- Notating pitch with clefs
- Notating duration
- Adding time signature and bars
- Using dots and ties
- Modifying pitch
- Notating scales
- Communicating expressions such as tempo and performance
- Notating chord progressions
- Notating vocals and lyrics
- Formatting a score
Skill Level Beginner
1. Notating Pitch
2. Notating Duration and Rhythm
3. Modifying Pitch and Scales
4. Communicating Expression
5. Notating Form
6. Notating Chords and Chord Progressions
7. Slash and Rhythmic Notation
8. Vocal Music and Lyrics
9. Score and Part Formatting
10. Notation Examples
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