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 […]

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 […]

Class 20: Alto Clef And The Great Staff Explained!

This video is from my weekly Revision3 Show The Alto Clef falls in between the Bass and Treble Clef. So if you think of Treble as being High in pitch, and Bass as low in pitch, then think of Alto as falling in the middle. The line in the middle of the Alto Clef represents […]

Double Sharps And Double Flats Explained!

We know what Sharps and Flats are – not let’s decode Double Sharps and Double Flats. Look at the picture below: The Double Sharp is the “X” symbol next to the quarter note. The “bb” symbol is the double flat. Basically, instead of going up or down one half step – you simply go up […]

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 […]

More Triplets (1 Of 2)

Triplets are the concept of fitting “3 notes in the space of two”. So in a measure of 4/4, we all know that quarter notes get the beat. As a result, there would be 2 eighth notes for every beat. But now if I fit 3 eighth notes in a beat rather than 2, I […]

I Can’t Sightread!

If you were learning a new language (like Spanish, French, etc.) it would take you a few months to be able to speak it. The thing is that reading music is ALSO a language. So don’t expect to understand it over night. Truth is that you get out of it what you put into it.

Writing Crap Music

One of my students claimed that she constantly wrote ‘Crap’ music. The trick is to never give up. Also, that music isn’t ‘crap’ – if it came from your heart than nothing could be further from crap. Your emotion, passion, and talent is concealed in that piece of music you wrote. Be proud that you […]