Numbers As Intervals In Music

A lot of times, when referring to an interval, people will refer to it as a Number instead of the actual note. The example is that A B C# D E F# can be written as 1 2 3 4 5 6. This is effective because it easily allows you to change keys and transpose. […]

Sibelius 6 Unboxing

Sibelius 6 has a lot of cool updates. Unboxings are when you open up a product for the first time and video tape it for others to see. Here we have a number of Sibelius Music Programs… for YOU! That’s why there are more than one! Lots of cool features, so stay tuned for more […]

Sforzando, Crescendos, Tremolos, And More!

Sforzando = when an attack hits hard, diminuendos, and then crescendos… all in one attack Crescendos = making the music increasingly louder Tremolos = rapidly attacking the note Dynamics = mezzo forte, forte, piano, mezzo piano. Indicating how loud or soft the music is to be performed. Hairpins = another word for Crescendos (see above […]

Sibelius 6 Intro

Sibelius 6 is the latest installment of the best music engraver around. There are a bunch of new features in this one that my older version didn’t have. One of them is “Panoramic View”, which allows the sheet music to be read without page breaks, and the other is “Guitar and Piano input” which allows […]

Grace Notes Explained

Grace Notes in music represent a note that is played so fast that it doesn’t get a beat. Think of it as a blur. Some times they’re used in order to allow the sheet music to be more legible. Rather than seeing a bunch of 16th notes sliding into a downbeat (quarter note) its not […]

Understanding Repeats

Repeats in music allow you so not have to write the same section of music multiple times. It allows the musician to simply memorize one section and rather than turn a page or continue reading, simply follow the repeat. It looks like a bar line with two dots next to it. There are 2 repeats: […]

Understanding Ledger Lines

Ledger Lines allow you to extend the staff both upward and downward in an easy to read way. A ledger line on a Treble Clef can go as far down (even past the bass clef). In addition, Ledger Lines can extend up as far as you need them to go. A staff has 5 lines, […]

Reading Two Lines On One Staff (Stave)

The original is in the staff below. Above is where I circled where the two lines are that a piano player would play. There are two voices, as a result, one if for the left hand (red) and the other is for the right hand (blue).But it could also mean that your thumb on the […]

Eighth Notes Rests On Top Of A Note

Hi! I just had a question about Eighth Rests. I am trying to learn how to play The Portrait from the Titanic, and there are a lot of Eighth Rests directly above another note. What does that mean, and what am I supposed to do there? I attached a picture I attempted to draw on […]

Understanding 8va And 8vb In Music

What are Octaves? This video will help!. Essentially, Octaves are the idea of a same note being 12 semitones higher. What’s a semi-tone? A semi-tone is a half step. So a half step from A is A#, and a half-step from G is G#, etc. Likewise, a whole-tone is a whole step. So a whole […]