So you may be thinking to yourself, “I know how to read and play notes and rhythms, but how do I make it sound more interesting?” That’s where dynamics, articulations and tempo come in. Dynamics tell you how soft or loud the music should be played; articulations tell you how short, long or strong a note should be played, and tempo tells you how slow or fast to play the music. Most sheet music will have more than just the notes and rhythms; it will have symbols and terms for dynamics, articulations and tempo as well. It is like learning a whole new language. We’ve outlined the basics to help get you started.
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Rhythm is one of the most important elements of the musical language, arguably even more so than melody and harmony. Try this: without singing, clap the rhythm of “Happy Birthday.” I bet you could ask someone what you are clapping and they would be able to guess “Happy Birthday.” Now try singing “Happy Birthday” without rhythm. I don’t mean with the wrong rhythm; I mean completely without any duration or strong and weak beats. You can’t do it. That is why rhythm is so essential to the musical language.
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Do you want to learn how to play hundreds of your favorite songs? Try Fake Books! They are compilations of hundreds of songs in lead sheet notation. Lead sheet notation provides the melody, lyrics and chords for each song. Learn more about Fake Books with this great resource, “How to Read a Fake Book.”
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Sheet music, the written form of music notes, may appear very complex to the untrained eye. While reading music is like learning a whole new language, it is actually much less complicated than you may think. This article will discuss how to read music notes. Check out our article “Learn How to Read Sheet Music: Rhythms” for information on music note values, time signatures, counting rhythm and more. Continue reading ‘Learn How to Read Sheet Music: Notes’
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You’ll love shopping at choralsheetmusic.com because:
- It is designed specifically for choral musicians. The search tools and category navigation bar will help you quickly find your choral products.
- Your Sheet Music Plus account will work on choralsheetmusic.com. No need to create another login or password.
- All Digital music purchased from Sheet Music Plus or choralsheetmusic.com is accessible through your Digital Library.
- Discounts are the same! You can still take 8% off whenever you buy 2 or more copies of the same titles.
- Items are returnable for up to a whole year!
And now, you can save big during our Annual Choral Sale!
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In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize five important historical female composers who did not receive the recognition of their more famous male family members, although it was deserved. Prior to 1900, it was not uncommon to see women performing music. In fact, it was a requirement of all accomplished young ladies to play the keyboard. While performing music was encouraged, creating music was not, which is why we hear so little music by female composers before the twentieth century.
Anna Magdalena Bach (1701-1760) was the second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach. She was a professional vocalist, although not much is documented of her career. We know that she met her husband when he was the Capellmeister (a music director) in the German city of Cöthen and that she continued to sing professionally after they were married. Anna Magdalena Bach played an important role in her husband’s work, transcribing much of her husband’s music. Recent research by musicologists has suggested that several of J.S. Bach’s compositions were actually composed by his wife, including the famous Six Cello Suites.
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If you’re like me, the most stressful part of the holidays is finding the perfect gift for all my friends and loved ones. As so many of us here are musicians, we thought we’d share some gift ideas for musicians we’d love to see under our Christmas trees this year! We hope they’ll help you find just the right gift for the musicians in your life.
If you’re familiar with the sounds of jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, JJ Johnson or Miles Davis, it’s likely that you were spellbound by their amazing improvisational solos. This book contains a very thorough method with which to acquire a solid foundation for growing your improvisational skills. The best part about this book that it contains a play along CD to practice improvisation over a wide variety of chord changes. This is a perfect gift for the budding jazz musician.
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Circle of Fifths Watch – $49.95
Grappling for gift ideas for your musically inclined loved ones? Your family and friends will be impressed by the thoughtfulness of this creative gift that represents their musical side. This watch is the perfect gift for the enthusiastic musician. Also available for men and with a chromatic face. Plus, every musician needs to be on time and know their scales!
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Today we’re celebrating Sheet Music Plus’ 15th birthday! First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the parents, teachers and musicians that have made the last 15 years exceptionally great.
We thought it would be fun to give everyone the inside scoop about Sheet Music Plus by interviewing the founder of the company, Nick Babchuck.
Nick was always fascinated with the way mail order business worked due to the fact that it was conceptually, statistically and mathematically intriguing. By the age of 15, he had already read an entire book on the subject! The mid to late 90’s marked the beginning of the dotcom boom. At this point in time, Amazon.com had been around for roughly a year. It was Amazon’s melding of mail order and online catalog which sparked the idea of creating Sheet Music Plus! In late 1996, the idea of starting Sheet Music Plus was beginning to become a reality.
Many people don’t know this, but Continue reading ‘Happy 15th Birthday Sheet Music Plus!’
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By Brendan Lai-Tong
Today we had the opportunity to interview Professor Dennis Alexander, a prolific composer on staff at Alfred Music Publishing. In addition to his compositional duties at Alfred, Dennis is also an active soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and clinician. Keep reading to learn more about Dennis and how he approaches his compositional process.
You may know his compositions from some of the books below:
- Alfred’s Premier Piano Course
- Just for You – Bks. 1-4
- Finger Paintings – Bks. 1-3
- The Magic of Music – Bks. 1-3
- A Splash of Color – Bks. 1-3, Especially for Boys
- 24 Character Preludes
- Especially in Romantic Style – Bks. 1-3
- Especially in Jazzy Style – Bks. 1-3
- Especially for Adults – Bks. 1-3
- Planet Earth
What inspired you to start a career in music?