Electric guitars are found in most modern music today. But may seem like a bit of a mystery. After all, they don’t exactly make much sound. And why do they sound the way they do? It’s a good question, and one that I would like to try to answer as best as I possibly can in this post. The chain of sound in an electric guitar generally goes something like […]

If you are unfamiliar with how musical intervals work, please go read How Music Works: Harmony Chords are, quite arguably, the most important piece of modern music. Everything you hear is built around chords. But exactly the way they work may not be as clear. In a major or minor chord, there will be three notes. Your root note, your third, and your fifth. Whether the third is a major […]

In a Justin Bieber-filled pop world, we guys are ALWAYS looking for someone new to criticize. And it seems we have found someone in the form of Rebecca Black. And there’s even a bonus. Girls can criticize her just as easily! This may be, quite possibly, old news to you, but I think that I will share it anyway. 13 year-old Rebbecca Black exploded crashed onto the pop scene recently […]

Key signatures are one of those things in sheet music that many people have difficulty understanding. But really key signatures are very simple to understand, you just have to know a few tricks. But this begs a question first, what exactly is a key signature for? The Purpose of Key Signatures Key signatures, as you may have guessed, are used to indicate the key of a piece. When you are […]

Rhythm is arguably the most important part of music. It’s what drives the music, keeps it going, and keeps musicians playing together like musicians. Without rhythm, there is no music. You may say that notes are required to make music music, but this is not true. All you need is a rhythm and something to make sound with. The most basic forms of music have no tune at all, just […]

Harmony is an integral part of music as we know it. In the dictionary, harmony is defined in this way: “The simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.” In other words, whenever two tones are played or sung together, harmony results. Now note, this does not mean it sounds nice. Playing a C and a C# […]

You know, first I thought I would write a blog about music and math. Then I changed my mind. I couldn’t get started on the topic, I didn’t know what to write. And when you don’t know what to write about something, then you shouldn’t force yourself. So I decided I would try to answer the question about what music really is. This is the part that I decide that […]