Category: Music Theory

Rhythm Bank 17

A syncopated musical rhythm, where a very short note is followed by a long one, is called a scotch snap. Here are some rhythms featuring the scotch snap for you to practise!

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Body Signing

Learn notes quickly by tapping different parts of your body with both hands. Each part of the body represents a different note!

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Musical Sums 6

Check these 'musical sums' carefully ... there’s a mixture of plus and minus symbols!

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The Balloon Trip

An Adventure in the Air! Can you fill in the note names to discover what happens to the hot air balloon? Only those who know where the notes go can […]

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Does Your Metronome Hate You?

Here's a clapping game that will help you to stop rushing when using a metronome by 'subdividing' the notes ... follow along with Simon from ViolinSchool as you clap and play the notes ... exactly in time with the beat!

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Violin Key Signatures

What is a key signature? It's the group of sharp or flat signs written at the beginning of each stave. Read on to discover what that means, how it works, and why it matters...

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Note Values

We've just added a couple of useful new resources to Online Course 1A. Check out this guide to types of note values - and how to say them in British *and* American English!

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Musical Note Values: Basic 'Rhythm Names'

When you're first starting to read music, you'll quickly come across different types of notes. The rhythm of each note is represented by the SHAPE of the note-head and the stem. This PDF shows some […]

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The Circle of Fifths

The circle of fifths is a mathematical musical theory tool. It explores the relationships between musical intervals, based on discoveries made by the mathematician Pythagoras two and a half thousand years ago.

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Violin Notes for Beginners

  When you first start learning the violin, you will also start learning to read music. To a musician, written music is like an actor’s script. It tells you what […]

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An Introduction to Harmony

  For at least the last two thousand years, the majority of composed art music in the Western world has been made up of two or more simultaneous musical sounds […]

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