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Introduction to Basic Music Notation (Sample)

Introduction to Basic Music Notation (Sample)

Author: Jay Wollin

In this tutorial, we explore the very basics of reading and writing music notation. This is meant for high school students entering into an audio production class who have limited, to no knowledge of music theory.

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01 - Staffs, Clefs, and Ledger Lines

In this lesson, we will explore staffs, clefs, and ledger lines as well as their purposes and uses in music notation.

02 - Note Durations

In this lessons, we will discuss the various note and rest values. These will serve as the basis for our understanding of meters and time signatures in future lessons.