Tonality

Tonality is a common hierarchical framework in use in western music from approximately 1600 CE or so. For some of western music history, tonality is the best way to describe pitch relationships in music. Starting toward the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th, tonality became less straightforward, and eventually multiple…

Consonance and Dissonance

Reading through Intervals 1 & 2 earlier made me realize that I left out a very important part of learning intervals: consonance and dissonance. These are loosely defined at the most basic level as “sweet” sounding or “harsh” sounding. I also like to use analogies like blending vs. clashing or restful vs. tense or stable…

Note reading worksheets

Here’s the first two: note reading worksheets note reading worksheets2 These includes practice reading treble and bass clef, and can be used to practice reading melodic intervals between notes, as well as harmonic intervals between the bass and treble staves. Time yourself to see how fast you can do it! Another good way to practice…

blog updates

I’ve been lazy this summer and not written as often. However, now school started again, and I’m trying to get back in the habit. Today I updated several of the Music Fundamentals posts, some just missing commas, but most substantially Intervals 1 and 2. I’m planning to make some further practice/worksheets for treble and bass…