By Jonathan Harnum

What do all these traces and squiggles and dots suggest? simple track conception takes you thru the occasionally complicated international of written song with a transparent, concise type that's now and then humorous and regularly pleasant. The ebook is written by means of an skilled track instructor utilizing tools sophisticated over greater than 20 years in colleges and in his deepest educating studio. classes are enjoyable, well-paced, and relaxing. no matter if you’re a newbie of any age, no matter if you’re an skilled participant who desires to bone up in your idea, or even if you train song and wish a enjoyable approach to do it, you’ll locate this e-book useful and may consult with it repeatedly.

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It’s pretty common to review this information many times until it sticks. Keep at it! Chapter 5 Study Guide 1. What does a rest show? silence 2. What three rests did you learn? whole rest, half rest, quarter rest 3. How many beats does a quarter rest get? one 4. How many beats does a half rest get? two 5. How many beats does a whole rest get? four 6. What line does the whole rest hang from? fourth line 7. What line does the half rest sit on? third line Practical Use Exercises 1. Fill up a single staff line with alternating whole, half, and quarter rests.

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Putting the stem on the wrong side of the note head is one of the most common mistakes beginners make, so be sure your notes look like the following examples. Here are some half notes and quarter notes on the staff. Notice the stem direction. Notes above the staff use leger lines, which you’ll learn about soon. If the notes are on the third line or above, the stems go down on the left side, as in these examples. Notice the first three notes above the staff in this example. You’ll learn about the small lines when you get to “Learning Leger Lines” on page 85.

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