Another chapter devoured. It is getting harder. More thinking involved. Deep thinking. Thinking requiring a well exercised memory. While I am still not sure it will make me a better guitar player. It will make me a better guitar teacher. One thing for sure, lots of folks read these posts. Musical notation has yet to show me emotion. Emotion is why I play guitar. Mr Hendrix played off of pure emotion. He never had a guitar lesson ever. How do you explain that one? The greatest ever, never had a lesson. He is a guitar lesson. Here is guitar lesson review of chapter four:
The system of note and rest values is the method used in modern musical notation showing the timing values assigned to each note and or rest. The system is well conceived, with good accuracy to convey the duration of the notes and the corresponding rest stops in writing. Rest stops equal a predetermined period of silence. This system is the least exacting area of written music in my opinion. The human element of timing cannot be duplicated exactly in symbols.
With lots of symbols and some creativity it becomes a lesson in memorization of the small symbols that represent each note and the feature which differentiates it from the others in exactness. For instance, a whole note has no stem.
Notes come in whole, half, quarter, eight, sixteenth and thirty-second note durations. There are more complex durations we are not discussing today. Starting with putting notes correctly on the staff, it becomes necessary to understand a few things or it won’t make sense. Notes use a stem, or straight line. The length of which is one octave. Except for the whole note, every note has a stem of said length.
We have already learned where the notes are placed on the staff from the lesson on clefs. Exactly where to place the stem and subsequent flag if used, is entirely different and has to be well understood. Any note above the 3rd staff line had a stem that goes on the left side and points down. Any note below the 3rd staff line has a stem on the right side and points up. Any note on the third line can have the staff pointing either way. Generally we point it in the direction of the preponderance of other notes.
We also use symbols called rests. Rests show areas that are of silence. Rests have to be of certain exacting duration values also. Because notes have durational values, a rest must have a value which is useable with the corresponding notes value.
Rests come in: whole rests, half rests, quarter rests, eight rests, sixteenth rests and thirty-second rests. Although several more rests exits, these are the ones we are dealing with.
Rests and notes can easily be adjusted in duration value. The dot (.) means to increase the length of the duration of the note or rest by one half of its original value. Therefore a quarter note with a dot on the right means the timing calls for a quarter note tied to an eight note.
Rests work similarly. In effect they have to work together since this is mathematical. Rests also come with symbols to easily identify an increase or change in the timing of a rest. As with a note, a dot on the right side of a rest indicates an increase in the rest of one half of its original value. So, a dotted quarter rest equals a quarter rest and an eight rest.
A second dot may be added to a note or rest. If a second dot is added to any note or rest, the value is again increased by one half of the original notes or rests value. Thus making this a three part equation. Therefore a un-dotted note can be divided naturally into 2 parts. And a dotted note is naturally divided into three parts.
The lesson above may be of great interest to you. Though, it is not generally taught by most guitar teachers. The point is this. Reading music won’t necessarily make you a better guitar player. It is handy to know on an elementary basis, the sight reading of music, not the theory part. That said, take plenty of time to read my 100 Percent Unbiased Guitar Lesson Reviews. You will find the right online guitar lessons to suit your interests. It’s my job to provide solid education to my readers. Educated readers make better decisions. I guarantee it.