Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Tuplets: Triplets and more, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] So we've covered the most important…note durations, ties, and dotted values.…But rhythm is a very complex aspect of music,…and notating it is no less complex.…One important part of rhythm that we haven't discussed yet,…is tuplets.…So, any rhythm that divides the beat…into a number of equal subdivisions,…that's different from the normal subdivisions,…is a tuplet.…And triplet is the most common,…because it divides a duration into three equal parts.…So where a quarter note would normally be divided…by two eighth notes or four sixteenths,…you can actually divide it by three eighth notes.…
Or a half note, which is normally…divided by two quarter notes,…can be divided by three equal parts,…which would be three quarter notes.…So for example, if I draw a half note,…and normally where I would have in the place…of two quarters, for the second half of this bar,…I'll add three quarters.…And that would look like this.…Accompanied by a bracket, and a number,…that we're dividing that by in this tuplet,…which would be three.…
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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