Music Notation

  1. Module 5: Notation 1

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    In this short video, Simon explains why the majority of music notation needed to complete this Module is already covered in Module 1. We do introduce you to 16th note Triplets for the first time, but have chosen to cover the notation within the video examples of Lesson 10.

  2. Module 4: Notation 1

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    In this short video, Simon explains why all of the music notation needed to complete this Module is actually covered in Module 1. Simon also explains what other music notation you may experience on your musical journey, and why working with a teacher could be a great next move.

  3. Module 3: Notation 1

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    Everything you need to complete Module 3 has previously been covered in Module 1 – Music Notation Videos 1-10. In this short video, Simon explains why investing time in learning the language of music leads to a successful learning experience, a better understanding of the instrument, more control, and a lot of fun. View Music Notation Videos

  4. Module 2: Notation 1

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    Everything you need to complete Module 2 has previously been covered in Module 1 – Music Notation Videos 1-10. In this short video, Simon explains why investing time in learning the language of music leads to a successful learning experience, a better understanding of the instrument, more control, and a lot of fun. View Music Notation Videos

  5. Module 1: Notation 1

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    This first Music Notation lesson is your first step in understanding the language of music. We discuss what each basic note means, how to count the notes, and where all of this information will fit into the bigger picture! Our Notation videos are 10 minutes or less, and thoughtfully layered so you don’t get overwhelmed. One step at a time! Why is reading music important? Getting Started FAQs

  6. Module 1: Notation 10

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    Congratulations! You have broken the back of a large chunk of music theory. We round off the notation section on module one with an introduction to 8th note triplets. These will supplement some of the triplet based grooves and fills from the drum set video instructional videos 18 and 19. Simon talks about the need for a different sticking approach when playing these triplets – something you’ll get used to using a lot in Module 2!

  7. Module 1: Notation 9

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    Now you are comfortable with note value rests, physical rests and dotted notes (which effectively create a rest) it’s time to look into the fourth and final rest scenario – the tied note. There are some challenges ahead, but nothing you can’t handle if you play slow, count out loud, and make use of your “training motion”. If you are jumping in at this point, you might find this a little difficult – but if you have been following the… Read More

  8. Module 1: Notation 8

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    By now you should be happy counting basic 16th note groupings. That means you’re ready to dive deeper! In lesson 8, we introduce the 16th note rest and talk about some common phrases that occur when we split 16th note groupings. This will challenge both your sticking and counting, but if you have followed the tutorials so far, you will be ready for the challenge!

  9. Module 1: Notation 7

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    OK – so a little bit of math is needed here, but we promise to make it as pain-free and straight forward as possible. A dot increases a note value (or rest value for that matter) by 50% – don’t worry, we’ll show you some practical examples. It’s just another form of rest, and another tool in the box for understanding music notation.

  10. Module 1: Notation 6

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    In this lesson, you’ll discover some interesting musical phrasing when you remove just one 16th note from the grouping. These can also form very popular and versatile drum fills, so this is a great point to get to! We’ll also mix the new notes with previous lessons, and walk you step by step through the counting and sticking.