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Three Important Ingredients To Make Music Tone, Harmony, Rhythm

June 1st, 2013 by

Make Music - Tone, Harmony, Rhythm
There is a universal love for music built into the soul of mankind.  From the very day we are born to the day we die, music surrounds our lives.  Music is a universal language that affects the way we act or feel.  As a music composer, it is important to understand the fundamental elements that make music.  To get understanding, there are three key elements that make music what it is.  These elements include: (more…)

Basic Guide You Need For Understanding Music Notation

February 11th, 2013 by

In order to properly compose or play music it is a valuable skill. Here you will find the elements that make up music.  You can use the basic guide for understanding music notation.

A staff is a collection of parallel lines, together with the spaces belonging to them. The modern staff has five lines and six spaces,

Staff

When necessary to play above or below the staff, notes are written on and between short lines, called “ledger lines”

Ledger Lines

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Chord Progression for Songwriters

December 11th, 2012 by

Chord Progression for SongwritersChord progressions are a vital part of song writing. Let’s learn how to construct a chord progression for songwriters.

Start with the musical scale

To start out here is a C major scale…

C major Scale

In the illustration each note of the scale is assigned a number form 1 to 7.  With the C note being “1”.  This is the starting place for creating chords.

Here is the list of names for the other degrees of the scale:

Note Position Technical name
1 TONIC
2 SUPERTONIC
3 MEDIANT
4 SUBDOMINANT
5 DOMINANT
6 SUBMEDIANT
7 LEADING TONE

To create a chord, use the basic scale using the numbers to build the chord.  The first chord is C.  To make a C chord all that is need is to use this simple formula 1-3-5.  With each number representing the number in the scale.  The C chord is C-E-G. That is the C = 1, E = 3, G = 5. Basically the chord is made up of three note at ever other note interval

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