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The richest person in the world is poor without music. Basic Music Theory is the best, easiest and least expensive book you can have with music. This text is absolutely necessary to understand what things mean in music. It answers all your questions about chords, keys, scales, notes and intervals, etc. It also includes a special method developed only by the author to learn ALL your chords in ONE EASY EXERCISE. This unique exercise alone is worth more than the entire value of most music books. Basic Music Theory will complete your musical vocabulary, help you to become a fine musician and make your study of music enjoyable.
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Exercise

NOMENCLATURE:

SOME SIGNS AND SYMBOLS

Understanding the language of Music is based on learning a system of names ~ nomenclature.

The tone C shown here in the diagram below is the same tone in all 4 clefs:

Musical Notes or Tones

A Musical Tone is the sound of anything that vibrates with an even number or regular vibrations that can be measured. Noise, on the other hand, is generally defined as vibrations that are irregular and uneven.

raises the sound of a tone.

lowers the sound of a tone.

means the tone is neither sharp nor flat.

( also written as x) raises the sound of a tone twice.

lowers the sound of a tone twice

The Musical Alphabet: A B C D E F G

NAMING MUSICAL TONES

Musical tones have names that use only 7 letters of the alphabet - The Musical Alphabet:

A B C D E F G

In the Treble Clef the names of the musical tones are:

In the Bass Clef the names of the musical tones are:

In the Treble Clef the note A is on the 2nd space:

In the Bass Clef the note A is on the 1st space:

Since A is on the 2nd space in the Treble Clef, notes written above A are in alphabetical order:

Notes that are below the 2nd space are still alphabetical but in order to find them you have to think the alphabet in reverse or backwards:

Going up, think: A B C D E F G

Going down, think: G F E D C B A

Finding and naming notes in the Bass Clef is similar to the method used for the Treble Clef. The important difference is that the note A is found on the 1st space of the Bass Clef.

To find the notes above A, think the alphabet:

To find the notes below A, think the alphabet backwards:

Remember the Musical Alphabet has only 7 letters: A B C D E F G

In the Treble Clef, A is on the 2nd space.

In the Bass Clef, A is on the 1st space.

To find and name notes, first find and name the note A, then:

Going up, think: A B C D E F G

Going down, think: G F E D C B A

The fastest and easiest way to learn the names of all the notes is to take a page of music from a lesson book or something similar - such as the music on this page - and with a pencil write down the name of each note. At first you will go slowly but soon, as you near the end of the page, you will recognize the names of all notes instantly. Do this once and you will never have trouble naming a note again.

Use a pencil and write the names of the notes underneath each note:

The clef has changed:

* N.B. An accidental is a sharp, flat, or natural that is written in a measure that is NOT in the key signature. It