Music is the expression of the soul. It has evolved long time ago since the beginning of mankind. The sweet blend of music lyrics, melody and rhythm can possibly bring back good and sad times in our memories. It soothes and makes our minds reflect on so many things.
It could be one time or more that we feel like writing our own music piece with the right notes. So let’s get started and learn the basics. Foremost, it is essential to define important terms. When it comes to music, we often hear about duration, pitch and range. All these refer to the elements of music.
When one speaks of duration in music
Duration refers to the length of note. It is used to describe the change of notes from slow to fast. To understand more, you should be able to note down time signature, tempo, beat and phrasing. The length of notes refers whether the notes are long or short.
The rise and fall of music tunes refer to the pitch. Looking into the music sheet, it will simply tell us how high notes can be placed on higher lines and vice versa. You are probably familiar of the note letters – C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C which is also translated as Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do. The universal expression or language of these notes can be written through the staff.
Melody is often associated to rhythm. Looking closely enough, these terms differ. Melody refers to tune while rhythm describes the beat.
The Music Structure
The music structure shows how the overall musical piece is arranged.
Texture is known in layman’s term as blend. It is how the melody and rhythm is combined in a specific musical piece.
The Significance Music Elements
A piece of music is defined with its elements. Technicalities can easily be described using elements of music. The elements differentiate one type of music to the other. People define products with specifications and music with elements. This serves as sort of composer’s kit. All the elements of music can be heard through the best noise cancelling headphones. Without enough knowledge about music elements, is like building a house without foundation.
It could be that you have decided to learn more about music. How about learning the basics on reading the music sheet?
The Staff Notation
Notes are written on the lines and spaces of the staff. Designated position and note represents varying musical pitches. Music notes require more than 5 lines of the staff. The imaginary lines above and below the staff is called the ledger lines. Since it would be difficult to identify the lines and spaces using a ledger lines this clef symbols are there. There are 2 common clefs: the treble clef and the bass clef. The treble clef or the G clef is the note on the second line from the bottom of the staff. From here, one can start writing notes backward – G, F, E, D, C, B, A. On the other hand, the bass clef or the C clef has 2 dots above the second line from the top.