In this lesson we’ll explore the alphabet of music with the help of the keyboard. Let’s begin by looking at the diagram here. Do you notice a pattern for how the keys are laid out? The pattern consists of 12 different keys and it repeats itself up and down. Here is one instance of it. …

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how to read music - day 2: the musical pulse/the beat

In this lesson we’re going to see how rhythm is put together in real music. There are four basic components to rhythm: Pulse, Tempo, Meter and Subdivisions – we’ll go over them one by one. What's in this Lesson 1. Pulse2. Tempo3. AccentTime Signature4. Subdivisions 1. Pulse This is the constant, underlying beat that people …

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how to read music: Note Values Tree

Music is made up of two fundamental aspects: sounds and silences. In the first two lessons of this course, we learn how to accurately measure these sounds and silences. This is essential because the exact duration of musical notes determines the character of the music. (For an example, sing a melody you know and change …

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