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Basic Guide to How to Read Music

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Even if you have never read a note of music before. The Basic Guide to How to Read Music will teach you quickly and painlessly! A few hours with this book will teach you the principles of reading music in staff notation. After a few more hours, you can easily learn how to read almost any melody and play it on a piano. If you could once read music but have forgotten how, this book will refresh your memory. It contains all the terms and symbols you are likely to come across when studying music, and explains them ...
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Overview

Even if you have never read a note of music before. The Basic Guide to How to Read Music will teach you quickly and painlessly! A few hours with this book will teach you the principles of reading music in staff notation. After a few more hours, you can easily learn how to read almost any melody and play it on a piano. If you could once read music but have forgotten how, this book will refresh your memory. It contains all the terms and symbols you are likely to come across when studying music, and explains them fully. If you are learning to play an instrument or learning to sing, this book becomes absolutely essential. Few teachers have sufficient time in an instrumental or voice lesson to explain the written language of music in any depth, and The Basic Guide to How to Read Music fills the need most students have for such information in greater detail. That makes this book ideal for the classroom or private lessons, or for you at home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399511226
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1985
  • Series: Perigee Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 257,158
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

The Basic Guide To How To Read Music Introduction

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

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