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
- Hi. I'm Rick Schmunk and I'm very happy to present to you Music Notation: The Basics. In this course, we'll start from the beginning and learn how notes and rests are written, and how cleft signs unlock the meaning of a staff. I'll show you how to understand and correctly notate key signatures in both major and minor. Next, I'll show you how to use symbols, text, and articulations to communicate dynamics, tempo, mood, and other aspects of musical expression. We'll learn how to notate form and use chord symbols and rhythmic notation to create effective rhythm section parts.
And finally, we'll look at the spacing and formatting in several examples of musical parts and scores to pull together all the information we've learned and see how it's used to create effective scores and parts. So let's get started with Music Notation: The Basics.
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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