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Music basics

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Lesson 1: Note values, duration, and time signaturesLesson 2: Rhythm, dotted notes, ties, and restsLesson 3: Meters in double and triple time, upbeatsLesson 4: Meters in 6, 9, and 12Lesson 5: Review of time signatures – Simple, compound, and complexLesson 6: Constant versus changing time, adding triplets, and dupletsGlossary of musical terms
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Lesson 1: Staff, names of notes, treble clefLesson 2: Ledger lines and the octaveLesson 3: Bass clef, grand staff and the octaveLesson 4: Reading music in treble clef and the C Major scaleLesson 5: C Major scale in bass clef and reading in bass clefLesson 6: Alto and tenor clefs.Lesson 7: AccidentalsLesson 8: Natural sign, more on accidentals and key signatureLesson 9: More on sharps and flatsLesson 10: Chromatic scales and the half stepGlossary of musical terms

About this unit

The basic principles of music are explained in plain language with helpful graphics and live video demonstrations. If you have ever wondered “How does music work?” then you’ll find answers here. Presented by the All-Star Orchestra music director Gerard Schwarz.