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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

by Toby W. Rush NEW (8 April 2016): Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People is now available in three new languages: Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian! Sparky the Music Theory Dog is on Twitter and Facebook! This page includes links to each of the individual Music Theory pages I've created in PDF form. This is a work in progress; I am writing new ones regularly and fixing errors and omissions on existing ones as I find them. These pages are available for free under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. This collection is a work in progress, but if you would prefer, you can download all the current pages as a single PDF. Each and every one of these pages is available is an 18" x 24" poster. These pages are available in multiple translations and localizations! Interested in helping translate these pages to your own language? Music Theory Fundamentals What is Music Theory? Notation: PitchOr how five little lines came to rule the world. Notation: MeterFeel the beat!

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Bach's Invention No. 1: Analysis copyright © 2002 by Larry Solomon J S Bach's first two-part invention in C major is a keyboard work in which the music is "invented" by means of thematic transformations of a short, simple figure, called the subject, S. This subject is divided into two motives, a and b. The a motive consists of a rising 4-note scale beginning off the beat and ending on the next beat, a ubiquitous figure in Bach's music. The b motive, also 4-notes and rhythmically identical to a, turns with every note.

Some Interesting Keyboards Some books about music refer to a persistent "myth" that it is possible, using only two keyboards, to construct an instrument on which it is possible to play music in any key using just intonation. Indeed, it is true that it is not possible, with only 24 keys to the octave, to construct an instrument that will play in perfect just intonation in every key. However, it is possible to exhibit an example of the type of keyboard that has given rise to this "myth", so that its capabilities, as well as its limitations, can be seen. Thus, what may be constructed with 24 keys to the octave is a keyboard which allows playing diatonic music in just intonation in any of the twelve conventionally designated keys, even if nothing can be ensured concerning the pitch of accidentals, and with the provision that one has to make a jump in pitch when one transposes around the far end of the circle of fifths. This will be shown explicitly below.

Making a Convincing Melody with Sampled Orchestral Strings When it comes to MIDI orchestration, the string section is probably the most difficult to emulate. That is because it, even though the strings are probably one of the most homogenous sections of the orchestra, it has some characteristics that are extremely hard to produce via samples. First of all, the strings are bowed instruments. This means that the musicians use a bow to produce the tones. The bow can be moved either up or down and this creates different aspect of the sound. 30 Medieval Texts Translated in 2016 From biographies of the leading warriors to the grumbling of a government official, here are thirty medieval texts that have been translated in 2016. Chronicles, law books, letter collections, religious and literary works were among those edited and translated this year, many for the first time. 1. The Chivalric Biography of Boucicaut, Jean II le Meingre Translated by Craig Taylor, Jane H.M. Taylor (Boyell)

How to Study the Two-Voiced Inventions of Bach - Music Of Yesterday By Ernest Hutcheson Probably no single work known to teachers and students of the piano is more constantly used than the inventions of Bach. The lapse of time since they were written has served but to enhance our recognition of their musical and technical value; no substitute for them has been found or even suggested. The beginner may sometimes, in his haste, deny Bach and heatedly call them “Inventions of the Devil”; on the other hand, the teacher is abidingly grateful for a work which he can hear endlessly and often execrably repeated without loss of the interest and admiration it inspires. Yet few persons thoroughly understand the Inventions. To do so is to have made a significant step toward real musicianship, and no student should be content to rattle through these masterly miniatures without seriously trying to grasp their meaning and appreciate the beauty of their workmanship.

A different way to visualize rhythm - John Varney To learn more on circular perceptions of rhythm with specific reference to African music, read this paper and then watch this Five(ish) Minute Drum Lesson on African Drumming. How has drumming played an essential role in African culture? What do specific rhythms represent? The 10 best lectures on electronic music ever; watch them now Thanks to the wonders of the internet, one’s quest for knowledge really has no limitations. Between the plethora of digitized articles, documentaries, and—on the technical side of things—instructional videos and guides around, there is no shortage of information accessible to those who seek to learn more about the ever-expanding world of electronic music. The lecture, however, makes for a unique form of information sharing as it not only provides the necessary facts and details, but also allows for attendees (and, eventually, viewers) to get a sense of the person behind these facets of knowledge. With that in mind, Beatport News has compiled what we believe are 10 amazing lectures on electronic music, gathering videos from modern innovators, dance music originators, technical wizards, and a few that simply capture a time and place in electronic music too perfectly to overlook. Below are our 10 picks guaranteed to teach every electronic music enthusiast and music maker something new.

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Music Text Composition Generator ( A free online music utility) The P22 Music Text Composition Generator allows any text to be converted into a musical composition. This composition is displayed in musical notation and simultaneously generated as a midi file. 1. Usage Type or copy any text into the Text Field. Give the file a unique name. Barry Harris: Exploring the Diminished by Vera Marijt How can the transcriptions I made of Barry Harris' workshops and recordings be incorporated in my playing, in order to develop myself in a bebop style? I transcribed two DVD boxes containing 8 discs of over 8 hours of workshops by pianist Barry Harris that were recorded and published by Howard Rees. Furthermore, I transcribed about 54 video's of Barry Harris that were published on the website,, and several solo's of him.

Music theory Music theory considers the practices and possibilities of music. It is generally derived from observation of how musicians and composers actually make music, but includes hypothetical speculation. Most commonly, the term describes the academic study and analysis of fundamental elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, harmony, and form, but also refers to descriptions, concepts, or beliefs related to music. Because of the ever-expanding conception of what constitutes music (see Definition of music), a more inclusive definition could be that music theory is the consideration of any sonic phenomena, including silence, as it relates to music.

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