Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Time signatures II, part of Learning Music Notation.
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- [Narrator] In our first conversation…about time signatures,…we focused on the most common,…all of which featured the quarter note as the primary beat.…Let's take a look at some other common time signatures…and discuss the difference simple and compound time.…So in our discussion of 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4,…we saw that they're so commonplace…and that they're found in all musical styles…from classical to heavy metal music.…And there are several other common time signatures…that instead use the eighth note as the beat.…For example, 3/8.…We get three beats per measure…and the eighth note equals one beat.…
So if there's a quarter note in 3/8,…it would be worth two beats.…In 6/8, we have six beats per measure…and the eighth note gets the beat.…And in 12/8, we get 12 beats per measure…and the eighth note gets the beat.…So in this example, I've notated something…in 2/4 and 6/8 to make a comparison.…So if you were to count this top example,…we would be thinking of an eighth note…as a subdivision,…so we would be counting one and two and three and…
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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