Understanding Time Signatures: Common Time Signatures in Music

Understanding time signatures is yet another important part of reading music. Regardless of your skill level or instrument time signatures are key to determining how the rhythm should be read. Although the time signature is simply two numbers at the beginning of a piece of music, it is one of the most important pieces of information you will need to decipher in order to play the music properly.

Todays post will cover:

  • The purpose of the time signature
  • What the numbers means
  • Most common Time signatures and how to apply them to the music

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Children’s Percussion Instruments: A Simple Musical Experience

Once again todays post is dedicated to providing musical experiences for children. This time I would like to focus on Children’s percussion instruments. Now you may be thinking that I will provide another list of children’s musical toys but that is not the case this time around. This time I will be providing examples of actual percussion instruments that children of all ages can enjoy and gain musical experiences in the process.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of providing musical experiences for children at a very young age. I truly believe this is the key to getting children interested in music as early as possible. There is no harm in allowing our children to explore all the wonderful sounds that the world has to offer them. Percussion instruments provides a variety of different sounds that your child can create and manipulate.

In todays post I would like to revisit why providing musical experiences can be helpful to children, the many things they learn when manipulating sound and finally a list of some simple percussion instruments that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

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A pTrumpet Review: Plastic Brass Instruments Revisited!

I’m finally ready to share my pTrumpet review. In a previous post I introduced plastic brass instruments. More specifically I discuss the pTrumpet and pBone. At that time I had already tried the pBone but was patiently awaiting my chance to get my hands on a pTrumpet.

Please click here if you would like to read my initial review before continuing.

The pTrumpet
My Daughters first time holding her pTrumpet on Christmas morning (She hasn’t even finished opening her gift yet).

I am happy to say that my daughter is now the new owner of a green pTrumpet. While the sounds that currently come from its bell are not always that entertaining, I can say that we are extremely pleased with our newest addition to our musical instrument collection. It has an extraordinary sound and plays with ease. I have been a trumpet player for over 15 years so I can say that I have played a lot of bad instruments. The pTrumpet is certainly not one of them.

In today’s post I would like to share my thoughts regarding the pTrumpet. I will begin with a little background as to why we decided to get a pTrumpet followed by the answers to the most common questions that I have been asked about this instrument by fellow musicians.

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How To Read Rhythm in Music For Beginners: Basic Rhythm and Time Signatures

Todays post will discuss the basics of how to read rhythm in music. If you have not read my previous post, which discussed how to read notes, I encourage you to click here to read it now.

Knowing how to read the rhythm in music is  just as important as knowing the note names. Without rhythm music would be pretty bland. If you sit quietly and listen for a moment you will notice that almost everything in everyday life has some sort or rhythm.

 In todays post the following concepts will be introduced and discussed:

  • Beat
  • Rhythm
    • Note Values
    • Rest Values

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Learning How To Read Music Notes For Beginners: Getting The Basics

Learning how to read music notes for beginners can seem like an impossible task. If you have never read any type of music it will seem like a foreign language. It is important to learn how to read music in bite size pieces.

In todays post I will show you the the basics of music notation. After reading this post you should have a better understanding of how music is organized. The following concepts will be discussed:

  • The Staff
  • The clefs
  • The notes and note names

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