Lesson 1 – Introduction to Music

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Joy of learning music 

Music is a series of pitches we hear in a steady manner in time. It containsin it several aspects of physics, which are: pitch, harmony, texture, form, rhythm, timbre, dynamics and style. Some of these words may not be found in your physics text book but they are more or less a part of it in essence.

Science of music

Science of Music

For example, when you pluck a guitar string, it vibrates fast at a certain frequency which is called PITCH. In fact there are so many frequencies that are available and so to even pick and choose the pitches we see on a piano keyboard takes a science of learning physics. It isn’t a surprise that the father of mathematics and music is the same person. Can you guess who? It’s PYTHAGORAS! It took his knowledge of the planets in the solar system and a bunch of mathematical calculations to discover the frequencies of each pitch and then to come up with the 7 note scale, which we often hear as: Do Re Mi Fa … Or in our Indian tradition as Sa Re Ga Ma….

Benefits of learning music

The Piano

A piano keyboard has 88 keys and these keys are arranged in an order of 2 black keys and 3 black keys.
Diverting from this for a bit I’d like to show you…

Some most important terms in music vocabulary

  • Note
  • Pitch
  • Time
  • Melody
  • Rhythm
  • Harmony
  • Interval
  • Chord
  • Dynamics
wow.. there’s so much to music learning.. its almost intimidating right??
what if your question was this…

I’m a nobody in music… How can I learn or even understand music with all these complex and intricate terms?

The answer would be: To understand this, let us imagine that you’re standing on a road, and in front of you is a landscape. Look at the picture below and read the definitions I give. (Note: click at the audio track below to hear what it sounds like.)_absolutely_free_photos_original_photos_landscape-1920x712_13152
  • Imagine the height from the bottom to the top to be the PITCH which moves from low to high.
  • Then imagine the width to be TIME or RHYTHM (as time takesTIME so does walking through that landscape take time).
  •  The distance we travel from one point to the other is INTERVAL.
  • MELODY by sight looks like you’re watching a butterfly creating a trail behind it as it flies.
  • HARMONY is several butterflies creating a trail behind it. Wow now that’s an awesome view. You can also see this in an air show. If you have been to any air show where you have these solo jet planes flying and then there comes a time when they have many more planes coming in and creating what we know to be as harmony.
 Okay now we move on to some QUICK and SERIOUS definitions of musicalterms:
  •  Note – is any single sound is considered a note.
  •  Chord –   is 2 or more notes played together
  •  Interval – is the distance between 2 notes
  •  Dynamics – tell us how soft or loud you need to play your instrument.

How did writing music begin ?

Music in the past, and the present, has always been the means for man to express himself. One of the greatest things, that challenged man in regards to music, is the MEANS to record a piece of music, so as to be able to replay it, at a given point in time later. In other words some way to write down music so as to replay it sometime in the future… With the modern technology in picture, it's not too hard, to record music digitally… But in principle of learning, we know that if you can say I know a subject and not be able to communicate it by writing, reading and communicate by speech… It’s possible that we don't know it fully…

This brings us to how do we effectually study music??

  • The answer is… Music should be seen as a language, which sure it is… Now, let me tell you music as what it is as a language.
  • Music as a language has alphabets in it which forms musical words, and in turn produce musical phrase.

Now what are the musical alphabets??

These musical alphabets are written on a special 5 lines called staff lines. There are 5 lines and 4 spaces in the staff lines… Each line and space represents a musical alphabet, and the white keys on the piano.
Thanks for joining me to the INTRODUCTION OF MUSIC 
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