Dots and ties

Ties and dots both serve a similar purpose, and a fairly straightforward one at that, so hopefully this should be an easy section for you!

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Dots, lines and squiggles

 

There are several ways to write music. Guitarists will probably be familiar with tab notation and chord charts. Contemporary composers will often use graphic scores. Though some of these notation systems will be discussed in the intermediate or advanced sections, the one we’ll be using throughout is modern stave notation. Continue reading

Time signatures

Time signatures (not to be confused with key signatures!) are the two numbers at the beginning of a piece of music. The time signature describes the pulse of the music, giving strong and weak beats. These strong and weak are separated into groups by bar lines in written music. Each bar can only contain a specific number of beats, and we find this number by looking at the time signature.

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