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Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths

Like time signatures, key signatures tell you important information about a piece of music. The key signature tells the musician what key the music is played in. This means what pitch range the entire song will take place in and it also tells the musician what notes sound good and what notes sound not so […]

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Advanced Sheet Music Symbols

Sheet music doesn’t stop at notes, rests and repeats…there is much more to a piece of music than that. Music needs emotion and character, a collection of bland notes won’t particularly sound great unless there is some dynamic change to it. Quiet parts building into loud parts, accent, exciting musical tricks and techniques make a […]

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How to Read Music – Rests

Despite how interesting it would sound, music does not consist of non-stop music notes. There need to be rests mixed into the song in order for the song to sound the way the composer intended it to sound. Every song needs rests, otherwise, like I mentioned before, it would sound like a bunch of notes […]

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How to Read Music – Note Durations

These are the building blocks of great music; no composition would exist if it weren’t for music notes. They tell the musician what note to play and how long to play it for. As you may have guess there are several different types of notes, some are short, some are long. Some are louder and […]

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How to Read Music – Measures and Repeats

This is a continuation of “How to Read Sheet Music.” It is suggested that you read that and the article on “Pitch” before you move on to this one. Measures or Bars Music needs a way to meter itself and keep on the right track. This is done two ways, first with the Tempo, which […]

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How to Read Music – Staves and Clefs

There are some people who can listen to a song, sound out the notes and figure out all on their own how to play that song (whether it be on piano, or any other instrument for that matter). That is a skill that is either (luckily) born onto people or they acquire it after years […]

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How to Read Sheet Music

Learning to play piano is a difficult task…tack on learning how to read sheet music and you might start to feel slightly overwhelmed! Learning to read music sounds very daunting to someone who hasn’t ever read sheet music before but do not be afraid! Reading music is not as hard as you think and with […]

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