Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Accidentals, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] As we discussed…in the beginning of the course,…there are 12 possible notes in Western music.…Notes are named using the first seven letters…of the alphabet, A through G.…Those seven pitches then can be modified…using sharps and flat signs…to create the remaining five notes.…These total of 12 notes then repeat…as we go higher and lower.…Let's take a look at the piano keyboard to get started.…So the notes A through G correspond to…the white keys on the piano.…
The black keys are then named…by modifying one of the white keys.…For example, if we take a note and raise it to a black key,…it's called a sharp.…So for example, if we take C and raise it…with the sharp sign,…we get the black key C-sharp.…Conversely, if we take one of the white-key notes…and lower it using a flat sign, we get a D-flat.…So these black keys can be named…with either a sharp or a flat sign.…
Now I want you to notice that…when we actually write it in script,…we would say D-flat, or we would say C-sharp,…but when we notate this in music,…
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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