Review of the theoretical elements of music including sound and pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation.
Melodic and Harmonic Intervals Scales Understanding intervals begins with an understanding of scales. Benjamin Hollis defines a scale as a group of pitches (scale degrees) arranged in either ascending or descending order. These pitches span an octave (1). In Western music a major scale (heptatonic scale) consists of seven different pitches. There are half steps… Read More ›
Comparing Western Music With Non-Western Music One of the first things you will probably note when researching Non-Western Music is the scarcity of information. Unlike Western music, Non-Western music grew out of environments or cultures that did not require the development of commonly accepted standards for tuning. The Western tuning agreements developed over time… Read More ›
Reading Music Using Clefs Have you ever wondered how a musician knows what notes to play? While it isn’t necessary to read music it helps if you want to play a composition written by someone else. If you take a look at a piece of sheet music you will see the notes are notated… Read More ›
First Violinists and Second Violinists In an orchestra violinists are divided into two sections. Does “playing second” mean the violinist is not good enough to play first violin? Let’s explore their differences. In symphony orchestras there are two sections of violins. The first violin section is always on the conductor’s left. Seating of second violins… Read More ›
Part 2 in this series describes Western music created in the Renaissance period (15th to 16th Centuries), Baroque period (1700 to 1750), and Classical period (1750 to 1820). Take time to listen to one of the great pieces of music from this period. The version below is of Pachelbel-Canon in D available at https://www.wonderofsound.com/product/dreams-beyond-the-twilight-mp3/ Buy… Read More ›