Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Real-time dynamic change, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] Dynamic symbols are an effective way…to communicate a specific dynamic.…But, other symbols, or text markings are necessary…when the goal is to show a gradual increase…or decrease of amplitude.…Let's take a look at crescendo and decrescendo markings.…So, when the change in dynamics occurs over a shorter span,…say one or two measures, symbols referred to as hairpins…are used for crescendos and decrescendos.…So, here we see a crescendo mark, which starts…on the left side of the hairpin and then opens up.…
And that symbol, again, is called a crescendo.…And means, to gradually get louder.…The reverse of that, is where the hairpin…is open at the beginning and then closes.…That's referred to as a decrescendo, or a diminuendo.…And, both of those mean to gradually get softer.…So, here's a piece of music with a lot…of short crescendos and decrescendos.…And from experience, let me tell you that passage…like this could really look messy on the page,…if you're not careful about how you apply…the dynamic markings and the hairpins.…
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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