Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video The circle of 5ths, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Learning and memorizing…the key signatures for all of the major…and minor keys is quite a daunting task.…It wasn't until someone explained to me the Circle of 5ths…that I was able to organize my thoughts and get to the point…where I just knew what the key signature was for each key.…So this is mostly about theory,…but once you master The Circle of 5ths,…you'll know how to correctly notate key signatures.…So the diagram we're looking at here,…is organized using the interval of a perfect 5th,…and that would be, for example, C up to G.…
So if we go from C to D, that's one,…D to E, that's two, E to F is a half, two and a half,…and F to G would be another whole,…that would be three and a half total steps,…and that interval is called a perfect 5th.…You'll notice as we look at the diagram,…as we go around clockwise, we're adding sharps,…and as we go to the counter clockwise, we're adding flats.…So let me give you a key to understanding this.…So as we go clockwise, we're going to go up a 5th,…to the next key, and we're going to add one sharp.…
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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