Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Minor scales, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] While we're brushing up on scales and keys,…let's review minor keys and scales as well.…This will be useful later, when determining the correct…key signature to add to music in a minor key.…Just as in a major key, there was a key, C,…that didn't have any sharps or flats,…there is a minor key, A minor,…that has no sharps or flats.…Let's use A minor to derive a formula…for building minor scales.…And let's start by viewing a keyboard.…So again we see the white keys of the keyboard,…and we've got the letter names of the notes there,…and we can see, we're starting this on A below middle C,…and going up to the A above.…
And let's use our knowledge of intervals…to determine what the distance is…between each note as we go up the scale.…And from that, we can develop a formula…for a minor scale.…So from A to B, there's a black key in between there…so we know that that's a whole step.…From B to C, there's no black key,…so we know that that's a half step.…C to D, through a black key,…D to E, there's a black key,…
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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