Reading Music

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Introduction

Beats and Measures

Time Signature

Note Value

Dotted Notes and the Tie

Rests

Values Shorter Than a Beat

Eighth and Sixteenth Notes

Eighth-Note and Sixteenth-Note Rests

Triplets

Beat Unit

Simple and Compound Meters

Reading Musical Notes

An Example

Accidentals

Key Signatures

Keyboard Notes

Other Tutorials:

Intervals

Scales

Chords

Harmonic Functions

Musical Forms

Related Exercises:

Rhythmic Dictation

Clef Reading

Time Signature

Key Signature Construction

Key Signature Identification

Introduction

Reading Music was peer reviewed by MERLOT

The system of music notation allows us to specify two of the main characteristics of music: the note to be played, and its duration.

The following pages will show the basic aspects of music reading. We will begin by learning how to specify durations of sound. For this, let’s take a look at two important concepts: beats (pulsations) and measures.

Translated by Dan Román, English version revised by Sue Talley

© 2011 J. Rodríguez Alvira

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