Sheet music is very easy and simple to read. You just have to know the tricks. In this series I will teach you the basics of sheet music. This series can be best followed with a piano. You should know the names of the notes and where they are located on the piano in order to do this series. The most important part in sheet music is obviously the notes. […]

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 […]

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 […]