Category Archives: Music Rudiments

Rubato

Rubato is Italian for stolen or robbed and refers to timing the notes, specifically not hitting the beats in strict time. Rubato is playing around the beat: sometimes coming a little before it, or a bit late, or slightly speeding … Continue reading

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Melody

Melodies are a succession of notes moving through time, one at a time. Melody is the proper term for what some some call the “tune”. Melodic shape and melodic rhythm are two factors every melody uses in some way. Melodic … Continue reading

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Melody: Its Rhythm, Part I (A Rhythmic Exercise)

This post is the second in a series on elements of , this time focusing on melodic rhythm. The first post covered some aspects of melodic shape, using Section B of Canaro’s song, “Quiero verte una vez más”, as an … Continue reading

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Notes: Pitch, the Harmonic Series, Tuning, and Timbre

Contents: (1. Pitch Recognition) (2. Pitch and Vibrating Strings) (3. The Harmonic Series) (4. Octaves) (5. The Harmonic Series and Scales) (6. Chromatic Scales) (7. Seven Note Scales) (8. Equal Temperament) (9. Timbre) This post has little to do with tango … Continue reading

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Octave

The word octave describes two things. Most importantly, an octave is the same note 8 notes above or below a given note; in terms of a major or minor scale. In terms of the smallest distance between two notes – … Continue reading

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Arpeggio

Your browser does not support the audio element.An arpeggio is a chord (a harmony) that is broken up into individual notes, that is, the notes are heard one at a time in succession, not simultaneously. (Read Harmony for a tutorial … Continue reading

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Sequence

Your browser does not support the audio element.A sequence occurs when a melodic pattern is repeated, starting on different notes each time. Each repetition has the same melodic shape and melodic rhythm as the original statement. The starting notes may … Continue reading

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Dynamics

Dynamics is the volume factor in music. There are two broad categories: a relative volume level which does not change until some marking specifies it does; and a volume that changes gradually or suddenly. There are dozens of symbols and … Continue reading

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Melody: The Shape, Canaro’s “Quiero verte una vez más”

Your browser does not support the audio element. Melodic Aspects This post is the first in a planned series on aspects of . Although the subject is vast, there are a two broad categories, melodic shape and melodic rhythm, which … Continue reading

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Tango Time Signatures and The Beat

(There are many music and audio clips on this page. It might take a moment to completely load on your platform. And if that platform is iOS then some won’t load at all. My apologies but that’s an unfortunate problem … Continue reading

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Notes and Rests: Their Duration

Recall or pop-up the definition of . This post describes the temporal aspect, called time value or note value. Rests have a time element too, so they are included in the discussion. A rest is a period of silence, there … Continue reading

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Harmony

Harmony is a huge topic. There is no way, and fortunately no need, for me to explain anything other than basic concepts. Tango uses harmony in a simple way. Until Piazzolla… A basic knowledge of scales is helpful in understanding … Continue reading

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Notes: Naming Them

Definition A note is a sound or tone having two aspects: the primary, auditory one, is pitch; the secondary, temporal one, is duration called time value or note value. Each note has a unique pitch, with a sound wave frequency … Continue reading

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Scales, Keys, and Key Signatures

Anyone not familiar with what a is or how they are named should read Notes: Naming Them first. Scales There are only 12 different notes in Western Art and popular music. Scales are a succession of notes. When played or … Continue reading

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