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
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 the computer to describe my problem better. Thanks! – Aubrey
Hi Aubrey! OK – notice how the rest is on top of the note. This is because there are two parts to the music, the left hand and right hand.
Both hands don’t have to be playing at the same time – so as a result when there is a rest it means don’t play on that particular hand. Since the eighth note rest is on top then its’ referring to the right hand :)
Let’s take a look here:
Notice how some notes are not playing while other one’s are. So now you should be good to go!
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 or down 2 half steps (Also known as a “Whole Tone” or “Whole Note“)
Why use Double Sharps and Double Flats?
Accidentals (sharps and flats) are a pain to write out, and read! So using these allow you to keep the music less cluttered and easier to interpret!
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)
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 have now created a triplet. A good example of a song that uses triplets is Humpty Dumpty ;)
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.
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 wrote a great song. Maybe its not your best, but just know that it all gets better!