A Quick Guide To Tuplets

Being able to correctly notate or read rhythm is a huge part of music theory and being a good musician. To play or write simple rhythms is pretty easy but once you start getting into more complex rhythmic patterns you might hit a wall about knowing how to write them down. This is when you’ll …

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How To Play Musical Duplets

When playing or writing music, sometimes you’ll want to subdivide a beat into a rhythm that can be tricky to notate. It might not divide easily in half or in quarter like other types of musical notes. For these situations we need to use something called a tuplet. In this post, we’re going to take …

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Diatonic Scales: What Are They?

A diatonic scale is the name we give to a type of scale that has a very specific formula of intervals between each of the notes. They’re the foundation of western music but it can be confusing exactly what the definition of one is. In this post we’ll cover what they are, the different types …

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The Pentatonic Scale: A Complete Guide

The pentatonic scale is one of the most widely recognised and used scales probably of all time. You’ll commonly hear it used in all sorts of music genres in anything from classical, pop, jazz and even heavy metal. In this post, we’ll take a look at how you make a pentatonic scale and some of …

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A Guide To The Chromatic Scale

There are lots of different types of scales in music. Some have seven notes, some have five, some sound happy and some sound sad. But, there is one type of scale that uses all twelve pitches in western music called the chromatic scale. In this post, we’re going to take a look at what a …

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The Musical Modes: What Are They?

When learning music we tend to think of scales having either a happy, cheerful and bright sound (major scale) or sad, melancholic sound (minor). But, in reality there are a whole host of other scales each with their own unique mood. In this post we’re going to taking a look at these other scales which …

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40+ Resources To Learn Music Theory

Learning music theory can be pretty confusing and overwhelming. The sheer amount of information available can make it hard to know where to start. In this post, I’ve included links to 40+ of my my favourite resources to help you on your journey. Learning Music Theory Everybody learns in different ways. Some prefer books and …

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What Is The Musical Term For Fast?

In music, when describing how fast a piece of music should be played at we use a series of different Italian words. These tend to be a rough range rather than a fixed specific speed. Below I’ve added some of the different Italian terms we use to tell indicate fast tempos (more on what is …

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A Complete Guide To Orchestral Instruments

An orchestra in classical music is a large group of musicians all playing together. It’s made up of dozens of different instruments with some large symphony orchestras having more than 100 musicians! In this post I’m going to take a look at all the instruments that make up these different sections and what we call …

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