Category Archives: Theory

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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 in the key of D would be D E F# G A B. So I transcribe the notes and show you how its’ done with this post. Check it out!

The program I’m using is called Sibelius – check out Sibelius 6

Silence Is Golden

Silence is the most powerful and important part in conversation, presentations, and even music. Too many times I see people walking down the street with their iPods or mp3 players. I feel its important that people take a break from that.

As a result, I wanted to shoot this video, as a reminder to take a break and enjoy the silence. It’s powerful. And that, my friends, is your daily music lessons for today.

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 definition)

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 me to use my mouse to input the notes on the sheet music by clicking on the corresponding notes on the guitar or piano within the progrsam. These features alone save me hours every single week. Check it out below:

To learn more about SIbelius 6 go here

Reading Two Lines On One Staff (Stave)

Reading Two Lines On One Staff

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 left hand holds out the whole note while you’re other fingers play the remaining notes. This can go on for both hands – so you can actually play four lines at once! (Assuming, it physically possible and there are no cross voicings, etc)

Inversions Explained!

Inversions in music are the idea of ‘flipping’ two notes around. So in stead of the intervals from C to G (which is 5 notes away – C D E F G) you simply invert that creating an interval from G to C (which is 4 notes away G A B C)

Inversions follow the concept of “Rule of 9