Articulation markings add character and variation to a piece. Here are some definitions and tips on how to play the most common types.
If you are new to composing, you’ve probably had a few questions like, “which direction should this stem go?” or “what notes do I need to beam together?” Here are some answers to these and other common notation questions.
The different scale degrees of notes can give you an idea of how that note will function within a piece of music written in the scale’s key.
While key signatures will let us know which notes are supposed to be sharp or flat in a song, composers will also frequently add in notes with accidentals.
Check out this quick guide on transposition to learn about the relationships between instruments in different keys and how the relate to one another.
Rests and pauses in music allow the composer to add some musical texture and also give musicians a chance to take a breather.