Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Which clefs should I know?, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] In this chapter about notating pitch,…we've discussed several clefs that indicate…the general pitch range of a staff,…and specify a point of reference…that identifies how pitches are assigned…to a staff's lines and spaces.…If you're new to reading and notating music,…you may be overwhelmed with this information,…and not sure which is the most important…information for you and where you should start,…so let's discuss this problem…and come up with a plan that will allow you…to effectively read and notate music.…So first, what instrument do you play?…What types of musical groups or ensembles…are you likely to play in?…What clefs and staves are you most likely…to see in the music that you perform?…The two most common clefs are treble and bass clef.…
If music for your instrument is typically…notated on a single treble or bass clef staff,…then your first and foremost goal…should be to become skilled and confident…at reading and notating music in that clef.…But it would be a mistake to not be proficient…
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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