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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Featured Content and Articles by Don Rath Jr

Artist Reviews by Don Rath Jr

Artist Reviews by Don Rath Jr

Artist Reviews by Don Rath JrArtist Reviews Artist reviews is an area of the Music Theory and Composition website where artists, composers, performers, luthiers and others will be reviewed for their contributions and their works. Also included in the artist review section of this site will be products which offer significant benefits to those in the music industry. With that said, I have been fortunate... [Full Article]


The Components of Musicality

The Components of Musicality

Musicality and Its Components by Don Rath JrMusicality is made up of parts or components which are relatively easy to learn. The components of musicality teaches us how we can answer this question, is my composition musical or not musical? After all, that is the question. How is being musical or having musicality achieved? What tools within the principals of music theory are available to a composer... [Full Article]


Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments and Their ClassificationsMusical Instruments Used to Produce MusicMusical Instruments are found on every continent of the world. They play an important role in every culture of the world. They are in fact part of what defines a culture. This has been true since the beginning of recorded time. Whether a cave man beat a fallen tree in a rhythmic fashion or an early Native American... [Full Article]


Luthier – The Master Instrument Makers

Luthier – The Master Instrument Makers

Master hand-crafted musical instrument makers, better known as luthiers, perform the magic of transforming select pieces of wood into the most incredible musical instruments known to mankind. World famous Italian luthiers such as Andrea Amati (1520-1611), Guiseppe Guarneri (1579-1630) and of course Antonio Stradivarius (1644-1737) are widely recognized as having produced absolutely amazing instruments... [Full Article]


Music and Mental Health

Music and Mental Health

Music Mental Health and EducationMusic and Mental Health Music and mental health go hand in hand. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the 21st century is as challenging if not more so than in years past. Diet, exercise, good sleep habits and excellent hygiene all play a vital role in living a life full of energy, vim and vigor. An area which is often overlooked is the overall state of one’s mental... [Full Article]


Time Signatures – Music Theory – Part 22a

Time Signatures – Music Theory – Part 22a

Scales in Music – A Tonal System Music Theory Section – Level 2 Time Signatures – Music Theory and Time – Part 22a Welcome to our new article series about the topic of Time Signatures as used in music. What is presented here includes several articles covering such specific subjects as; time itself, what time signatures are, how to use time signatures and the differences between the different... [Full Article]


Acoustics of Music – Part 1 – Series Introduction

Acoustics of Music – Part 1 – Series Introduction

Acoustics of Music – Part 1 – Series IntroductionScales in Music – a Tonal System Acoustics of Music Introduction Welcome to the opening article in the series titled “Acoustics of Music Introduction”. It is my hope that those of you who reach to this series can invest enough of your time to review the entire collection of articles presented here. I sincerely hope that you... [Full Article]


Introduction to Violin Articulations

Introduction to Violin Articulations

Introduction to Violin Articulations Introduction to Violin Articulations Although this article is titled Introduction to Violin Articulations it is more of a basic introduction to demonstrate the concept so you can more easily continue your study and review the various types of articulations available not only for the violin but for each instrument you may be employing when creating your next masterpiece. The... [Full Article]


Composers – An Overview of Music History

Composers – An Overview of Music History

Composers – An Overview of Music History Origins of music – One can only guess when composers first came on the scene or when music was first developed. Was it the voice that started it all or was it the beating of rocks together in some basic rhythm by our prehistoric ancestors? Maybe it was simply the clapping of hands as some rhythmic means to satisfy the urge to express one’s self... [Full Article]


Seven Keys to Creation

Seven Keys to Creation

Seven Keys to Creation – Learning How To Create AnythingThe seven keys to creation were developed over the past 35 years of writing music, poetry and other works. I believe I have come to know through self inflection and study just exactly what it takes for anyone to create something. What is it that enables you to move an idea into a physical expression rather than keeping these creative ideas... [Full Article]


Basic Characteristics of Sound

Basic Characteristics of Sound

Basic Characteristics of Sound In this information Age, the quest and journey for knowledge is something we all spend a lot of time doing. Well, I  don’t know about you but sometimes I simply do not understand something when it is presented in only one way and so I search for other means to gain the  understanding and knowledge I seek. As a result, I wander around scratching my head pondering and... [Full Article]