Music Theory and Composition : Music Theory and Composition

Monday, December 10th, 2018

…reviewing the symbols used to repeat measures, notes and rests. These tools assist the composer when creating repeatable pieces of music without having to write them out in full. As a reference point, they are sort of like what shorthand is to words.

It is through the grace and elegance of your compositional skills and your ability to use those tools of music notation, in a unique and exquisite fashion, that you can become an excellent composer creating great and excellent music that will stand the test…

The measure or measures under the first ending bracket are not played the second time through as we did in the previous repeat set-up example using only start …

The performer always plays the music in a linear fashion from start to finish. The use of the repeat symbols changes only the sequence of what is being played not the …

Barlines are not the measure themselves rather they are the dividing line between adjacent measures within the composition.

Since all note shapes and their equivalent rest shapes are of equal value or duration then they are influenced equally when adding a dot to their shape and hence they remain equal in duration under this…

Rests allow us the ability to add depth and additional emotions to music through the use of silence. The musical rests also their use helps to support other tools when creating…

Note Identification – Music Theory – Part 11 Scales in Music – A Tonal System Music Theory Section – Level 1 Note Identification – Music Theory – Part 11 Overview Note identification is one of the very basic practices for creating and writing music. It is fundamental to composition and to performance. Note identification is […]

…nine part article series Acoustics of Music takes a different and slightly more advanced approach than my original article titled Characteristics of Sound. It will broaden your understanding of the key and relevant knowledge that is vital and useful…

As we age the overall perceivable range of sound decreases especially in the higher frequencies. Just in case you are wondering, hearing loss begins at around the age of …

…two of the most important and fundamental aspects of music. Since there are certain relationships between frequencies, there are by default certain relationships to the pitches a composer selects…

The frequency table shown in this article provides the pitch name and its’ associated frequency for all notes spanning eight full octaves.

It becomes even more useful when you want to see how the frequency spectrum is represented in a recorded mix. Here you can make the necessary adjustments to remove or repair improper frequencies, for example. Further it allows you to visually know where to boost a portion of the…

…you will see not only how engineers do their work when mastering recorded sound but the value and importance in learning more about sound and the tools available …

…there exists more than one frequency or multiple harmonic divisions, when playing music an instrument. This concept is important…