Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Whole, half, and quarter rests, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] When notating music,…there needs to be a method of indicating places…where there is no sound just the way…that we indicate note values.…As a group, symbols that indicate…this space are referred to as rests.…So, for each of the note values…we've learned so far, the whole note,…half note, and quarter note,…there is a corresponding rest.…So a whole note rest is a rectangular shape…that hangs from the second line in a staff.…Let me draw one.…So there's a whole rest.…
A half rest is that same shape…but it sits on the middle line of the staff.…I should be able to draw two of these…since they're worth half the value of a whole note.…So, a quarter note rest is kind of hard to draw.…Looks something like this.…And, when I try and convert this,…my program probably isn't gonna like it.…Yeah, it turns orange, it tells me it doesn't like it.…So, instead it's gonna ask me to do more of an S shape.…
When I convert it, notice that it…gives us the quarter note shape.…So it's kind of that S curve at the top…with a little curve on the bottom,…
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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