Lesson 1 – Introduction to Music
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
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
Some most important terms in music vocabulary
I’m a nobody in music… How can I learn or even understand music with all these complex and intricate terms?
- 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.
- 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 ?
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.