is to know what the starting note is ? To help this we add what are called
note on the bottom line is the note of 'E' two notes above a note called
'middle C' which is the note at the bottom with the small 'pretend ledger
line' going through it.
Here you go :
The note of middle C (at the bottom in the picture above, with the pretend
ledger line going through it) is a really important note in music and
singing. It can normally be sung by most singers, male and female, and
it sits right in the middle of a piano or organ keyboard, or there abouts
More about middle C another time.
Yes, the notes you sing are called A B C D E F and G. They then repeat
as you get higher and lower.
So after G you go back to A.
Why we go from A to G and then start again is really interesting, rooted
in the physics of sound and for another time.
TIME - WHEN DO I SING THESE NOTES ?
Notation tells you when to sing by providing 'bars' of music. One bar
of music is five ledger lines with a vertical line at each end
of music can contain different numbers of 'beats'. The bar of music below
can contain four beats as indicated by the 'time signature' on the left.
You are interested in the top number, not the bottom one. We will come
to the meaning of that bottom number another time.
Here are two bars of music that can contain three beats each
are many different 'time signatures' and we will talk about them another
Here's one 'bar' of music with four notes in it. This is a piece of music
and you are reading it !!!
Can you name the notes ?
LONG SHOULD I HOLD THE NOTE
this is indicated by the colour of the note and the design of it's stem.
A note that should be sung for one beat has a simple line as a stem and
is coloured black. A note that should be held for longer has a white dot
and again a simple straignt line for a stem.
a note held for one beat is called a crotchet
a note held for two beats is called a minim.
There are lots of different note 'lengths' - more on that another time.
the reasons for these names is fascinating but not for now.
That's it !!!
More next time . . . .
ARE GO !!