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Theory Made Easy

Joseph Moreland (24) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 360
Pages: 1 2

Musical Notation and Pitch:

Music is written on a STAFF that has five lines and four spaces.

The CLEF is what determines the letter names of the lines and

spaces. The musical alphabet uses seven letters they are A-B-C-D-E-F-G.

The name of the LINES in the Treble Clef from bottom to

top are E-G-B-D-F and can be remembered in the sentence Every

Good Boy Does Fine. The letter names of the SPACES in the

treble clef from bottom to top spell the word FACE.

Notice that the letter names of all the lines and spaces put together are E-F-G-A-B-C-D-E-F; it just starts on E and goes up the musical alphabet.

Many people

also call the Treble Clef the G clef because it circles around

the G line. All other letter names are figured from this line.

The name of the lines in the Bass Clef from bottom to top are G-B-D-F-A and can be remembered in the sentence Great Big Dogs Fight Animals. The name of the space in the Bass Clef from bottom to top spell ACE-G. Many people also call the Bass Clef the F clef because the two dots are placed on each side of the F line. All the other letter names are figured from this line.

Leger lines are short lines placed above and below the staff. Just think of them as additional lines to the staff. When both treble and bass clefs are combined with an intervening leger line know as middle C (one ledger line below the treble clef and one leger line above the bass clef. It is called this because it is the same note written differently in each clef and it's positioned in the middle of the trebele and bass clef.) it is known as the grand staff. The line and the bracket that joins the two different staves is called a brace. Now stop and take time to do this review.

Review:

  1. The music staff consists of __________ lines and __________ spaces.
  2. The _________ staff consists of the __________ and __________ clefs along with middle C.
  3. The ____________ determines the letter names of the lines and spaces.


TONE:

Music is composed of sounds pleasant to the ear. Sound may be made from NOISE or a TONE. NOISE is an irregular vibration like shooting a shot gun for example. TONE is made by regular vibrations like blowing on a saxophone or strumming a guitar. A tone a four characteristics, they are TIMBRE, DURATION, PITCH and DYNAMICS.

TIMBRE: Quality of the tone

DURATION: Length of the tone

PITCH: How high or low the tone is

DYNAMICS: How loud or soft the tone is