The Basic Guide to How to Read Music

The Basic Guide to How to Read Music

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By (author) Helen Cooper

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  • Publisher: Time Warner International
  • Format: Paperback | 78 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 249mm x 8mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0399511229
  • ISBN 13: 9780399511226
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: line drawings
  • Sales rank: 312,469

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Even if you have never read a note of music before, this book will teach you how - easily and quickly. If you could once read music but have forgotten how, this book will quickly refresh your memory. Reading music will come easy to you once again. Contains every term and sign you are likely to come across when studying music. Ideal for classroom and private teaching of the rudiments of music. Essential if you are learning an instrument or learning to sing.

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Helen M. Cooper is associate professor of English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Even if you have never read a note of music before, this book will teach you how--easily and quickly. If you could once read music but have forgotten how, this book will quickly refresh your memory. Reading music will come easy to you once again. Contains every term and sign you are likely to come across when studying music.

Table of contents

The Basic Guide To How To Read MusicIntroduction 1. Pitch The concept of pitch The Staff The clef Notes Leger Lines Other clefs Naming notes Following the shape of a melody 2. Rhythm The concept of rhythm Rhythm values Simple rhythm values Compound rhythm values Note stems Flags and beams Rests Bars (measures) and barlines Stresses in music Time signatures Simple time signatures Compound time signatures The organization of rhythm values Learning to read rhythm patterns Tied notes Syncopation Triplets and duplets 3. The formal organization of pitch: the structure and notation of intervals, scales and keys. Section A$#151;The piano keyboard Introduction Intervals The octave The piano keyboard Steps and half-steps Sharps, flats and naturals Section B$#151;The structure of the major scale The structure of the major scale The construction of subsequent sharp major scales Flat major scales Technical names for the degrees of the scale Intervals of the major scale Key signatures Enharmonic keys Key circles Double sharps and double flats Accidentals Section C$#151;The structure of the minor scale The structure of the minor scale Harmonic form Melodic ascending form Melodic descending form Comparison of major and minor forms The construction of subsequent sharp minor scales Flat minor scales The minor key circle The intervals of the minor scale Relative keys Section D$#151;The chromatic scale The chromatic scale The intervals of the chromatic scale 4. Transposition and score reading Transposition Transposing instruments The transposing instruments of the orchestra 5. Glossary of terms Tempo Dynamics Mood, feeling and style General terms Articulation Signs on the staff