Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video C clefs, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] The ranges of most pitched instruments…are able to fit around a single clef.…For example, music for violin or trumpet is notated…using the Treble Clef, and Bass Clef is used…for instruments that include bass or tuba.…But the ranges for instruments like the viola…do not easily fit around either Treble or Bass Clef,…and instead use a type of clef referred to…as a C Clef.…So here's an example of a C Clef,…and if we look at this carefully we'll notice…that there are two backwards C's joined by…an arrow, and where that all comes together,…it points to a line here that indicates middle C.…
Now, there are multiple C clefs…that we'll take a look at in a second.…So you've always got to look to find these…two backward C's and then the arrow…that's pointing at the line that indicates…where middle C is located.…So, if we look at this graphic here,…we'll see that in the first one, Alto Clef,…or Alto C Clef, is pointing at this line…in the middle of the staff.…We go to Tenor Clef and it's the second line from the top.…
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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