By William Duckworth
The world over popular composer William Duckworth covers tune basics in 14 concise major chapters supplemented by way of eleven enrichment appendices, delivering prolonged insurance should you wish extra guideline.
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Whole steps usually involve pitches of adjacent letter names, as in the following cases: For additional work with whole steps and half steps, see Practice Materials 1-9. Accidentals In written music, the following signs, called accidentals, are used to alter the pitch of a note chromatically: When pitches are written as words, the accidentals follow the note (as when spoken); for example Cs is read C sharp. When pitches are notated on a staff, however, 19 Accidentals 20 CHAPTER 1 all accidentals are placed to the left of the pitches they affect and on the same line or space as the note.
When conducting a piece that begins with an anacrusis, give the beat before it (whatever it is) as the silent preparatory beat. Image not available due to copyright restrictions 37 Conducting Simple Meters 38 CHAPTER 2 Rhythm I: Simple Meter Common Time and Alla Breve In addition to the time signatures in simple meter that we have seen so far, you will encounter two others. These are called common time and alla breve, and both have been in use since the Middle Ages. In common time, the symbol c is used to indicate a Y meter.
With either of them, you will be able to both hear and see concepts of musical sound such as intervals, scales, and triads. Although it is possible to do this to some 16 CHAPTER 1 The Basics of Music extent on other instruments, such as the fingerboard of the guitar, it is far easiest to work with these concepts at the piano keyboard. This section will introduce the keyboard and help you begin to understand it. Future chapters will frequently refer to the keyboard when clarifying particular points.