Introduction to Music Theory
For starters, musicians need to interpretate a bit more than just notes. The picture shows how much more can be written besides the small dots that are called notes on a sheet music. This is a very nice example of it, and it is a bit from an awesome symphony.
The information given on the page tells us when to play, when not to play, how fast, how loud, how short, with what attitude each not should be played, besides that ideas like whereabouts in the bow must the note be played, in which direction of the bow should the note be played and many other details like these are also indicated.
Still, all this information leaves space for the musician to make it her or his “own”. That is the magic of the classical music.
Music theory is like a tale that helps us to understand how this magic works. It starts from what are the names of the notes, makes you rediscover the time that surrounds every one of us, teaches you some tricks to control time as much as a mortal being can, reaches to why that melody awakens this emotion, passes that, finds out how can you produce that feeling, and goes even beyond.
Let the tale of magic begin.
How To Read Musical Notes
Do to Do
Memorize the order, backwards as well.
Re to Re
As you see, the starting note changed, but the order stayed the same.
Open Strings on Violin
First position up to 3rd finger notes on violin
Start by reading each note name and associating the name to the note above it in your mind. The most effective way is to grab a pen and a music sheet, and write down what you see.
Step by step you will get used to what you see and the name will come naturally in your mind.
At every first lesson with a fresh starter, I start the exercise below with my students to introduce the note names and give the rest as homework. There is no wrong way of doing it. You can decide to write down the name of one specific note throughout the whole page or you can go note by note. At the end of the page, you will gain enough familiarity with each note and how to name it.
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Basic Aspects of Time in Music
Information below is taken from Wikipedia
(Go there to learn more, and donate to them for the hardwork)
In 4/4 “common time” a quarter note equals to a beat.
The image is presenting in each line the amount of notes
you can fit in one bar.
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