Tipbook Music on Paper: The Complete Guide

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(Book). Music on Paper is a handy, accessible guide to reading music and the basics of music theory, for musicians in any style, playing any instrument, at any level. Tipbook Music on Paper teaches you how to read music, covering pitch, staffs, clefs, time signatures, accidentals, dynamics, tempo, scales, form, transposition, solfege, chords, musical notation history, and much more.
• Interactive Tipcodes, audible examples of topics in the book, can be accessed at www.tipbook.com

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Overview

(Book). Music on Paper is a handy, accessible guide to reading music and the basics of music theory, for musicians in any style, playing any instrument, at any level. Tipbook Music on Paper teaches you how to read music, covering pitch, staffs, clefs, time signatures, accidentals, dynamics, tempo, scales, form, transposition, solfege, chords, musical notation history, and much more.
• Interactive Tipcodes, audible examples of topics in the book, can be accessed at www.tipbook.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423465294
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,490,740
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction X

See and Hear What You Read with Tipcodes XII

Tipcodes allow you to hear most of the musical examples in this book at tipbook.com.

Chapter 1 Music on Paper 1

An efficient guideline for the following chapters.

Chapter 2 High and Low 7

The basics on high and low notes, staffs, and clefs.

Chapter 3 Long and Short 21

Long notes, short notes, long and short rests, bars, bar lines, and time signatures.

Chapter 4 Sharps and Flats 39

A sharp (#) raises a note by a half step; a flat (b) lowers it by a half step.

Chapter 5 Loud and Soft 51

A chapter on the dynamic markings, from fortisissimo and pianissimo to sforzando and messa di voce.

Chapter 6 Fast and Slow 55

The tempo of a piece is indicated by the number of beats per minute, or by Italian words.

Chapter 7 Articulation 63

There are various symbols and words that tell you exactly how notes should be played.

Chapter 8 Ornaments 69

In music, ornaments are decorative notes that embellish the main notes.

Chapter 9 Repeat Signs and Navigation Markers 75

The signposts in a written piece of music.

Chapter 10 Major and Minor 85

A chapter on major and minor keys, and the scales they're based on.

Chapter 11 The Circle of Fifths 101

Explains how all the different keys are related.

Chapter 12 Intervals 107

Everything you need to know about intervals: the musical distances from note to note.

Chapter 13 More About Major and Minor 117

Variations on the minor scale, the circle of fifths, relative minor and major keys, and how to figure out which key a piece is in.

Chapter 14 Other Scales 127

More scales, from the traditional modes to the blues.

Chapter 15 Transposition 133

Why a C sounds a different pitch on some instruments, and how to change the key of a piece of music.

Chapter 16 Time, Meter, and Rhythm 141

The downbeat, triple meter, swing, and more.

Chapter 17 Do, Re, Mi - I, II, III 149

Notes can also be indicated by syllables and numbers.

Chapter 18 Chords 153

Chord construction, chord functions, and an introduction to harmony.

Chapter 19 Tabs, Chord Diagrams, Drum Notation 169

Chord diagrams and tabs allow (bass) guitarists to read music without notes, the Klavar system is said to make reading easier for pianists, and drummers use the staff in a different way.

Chapter 20 Putting Notes to Paper 177

Tips on scoring - the actual writing of notes.

Chapter 21 History 187

A quick look at the history of music notation.

Glossary 191

What is a coda, a fermata, or a ghost note? All is explained in this glossary.

Tipcode List 204

All Music on Paper Tipcodes listed.

Essential Reference 207

The major and minor scales, a do-it-yourself scale wheel, chord and scale pointers, chord symbols, memory joggers, and more.

Chord symbols 218

More than fifty chord symbols and their names, notes, intervals, and alternative symbols.

Index 222

The Tipbook Series 227

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