Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Key signatures and key changes, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] In order to reduce the amount of clutter…in a piece of music and to simplify how…musicians read scores and parts,…the accidentals that are in the key of the song…or composition are placed at the beginning of the music…in a group referred to as the key signature.…In essence, the key signature warns the musicians…that the accidentals are in effect for the entire piece.…Let's take a look at how to…correctly notate a key signature.…So first of all, the key signature follows…right after the clef sign and before the time signature.…
And in most music, we post the time signature…at the beginning of the staff on every staff of the piece.…So for example, when we look at this Mozart example,…we can see that at the very beginning we have the clef…sign followed by the key signature,…which is one flat in this case, key of F,…and we see the time signature.…We see that repeated on the base clef staff as well,…so we see the base clef sign,…we see the key signature, which is just one accidental,…and the time signature.…
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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