“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception. … I see my life in terms of music.” —Albert Einstein Einstein considered playing […]
To confidently identify intervals, you’ll first need to master your understanding whole-steps and half-steps—also known as tones and semi-tones. A half-step (semi-tone) is two different notes with the smallest possible distance between them—for example, B up to C, or E down to Eb. Think of two frets right next to each other on a guitar, or two keys (including the black keys) right next to each other on the piano. A whole-step (tone) is made up of two half-steps—for example, B up to C#, or E down to D…
Cadences are chord progressions that either break up or conclude a particular section or piece of music. Here are a few different types of cadences.
Understanding less common time signatures can be tricky. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help you count them out and make sense of them.
Musical ornaments, such as grace notes, trills, and turns, are a great way to add color and variation to a melodic line of music.
When playing in cut time, notes are played at half the duration they would normally be played at. A whole note is two beats, a half note is one beat, etc.