Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Dots and ties, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] The note values that we discussed…to this point will enable you to notate most of the music…that you'll want to create.…The only issue here is how to notate the in-between…note lengths, such as a duration of three beats…or one and a half beats.…You might also want to note's duration to extend…from a measure into the next measure.…For these notation issues, we just need to extend…the duration of the note values that we've already learned.…So one method of extending the value of a note or a rest…is to add a dot.…
The dot added after a note increases its duration…by half its value.…So here we see a graphic in three four,…we don't have any staff lines or anything,…and this is just to demonstrate the value of these notes…when we add the dots.…So, for example, we're looking at a half note here.…If a dot follows that, the dot is going to add…one half the value, so that's gonna be two beats…for the half note plus one beat for the dot,…for a total length of a dotted half note being three beats.…
If we do the same thing with a quarter note,…
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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