Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Time signatures and bar lines, part of Learning Music Notation.
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- [Instructor] Now that we've got a good start…with note values, it's time to begin discussing…how musical time is organized and notated.…It should be stressed that time is notated…in a manner directly related to the recurring…rhythmic accents and patterns…inherent in a song or composition.…In simpler terms, notated music…is or should be derived from the rhythmic feel or groove.…So to make music easier to read,…musical time is divided in to equal segments…or chunks called measures.…So as we look at this graphic here,…we can see that what looks like…equal amounts of time are separated by these vertical lines.…
Now these vertical lines are called bar lines,…and the area between each bar line is called a measure.…Sometimes measures are referred as bars as well,…but the more appropriate word is measures,…so we've got a bar line on the left hand side…to indicate the beginning of a new…staff, and then we've got one here…that indicates the end of the first measure,…another that indicates the end of the second measure,…
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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