Have you ever wondered what the names of musical symbols are called? Well, this is your day . . . . Let’s begin!
This is a whole note. This is a half note. Quarter note.
Thirty-Second Note Sixty-Fourth Note
This is a musical staff. It has 5 lines and 4 space in between.
This is a treble clef, it sits on the staff:
This a bass clef, it also sits on the staff:
This is a dotted quarter note. When a dot is placed to the right of a note it increases the value of the note by one-half. For example, if the note gets one beat (count) it increases to a beat and a half with the dot beside it.
Don’t worry, we will get into beats later.
This symbol indicates the number of measures no music is played . . . the person “rests.” The 10 indicates he rests for 10 measures.
This is a breath mark. It is exactly what it says, “take a breath” when you see it!
The symbol that looks like a “b” is called a flat. It lowers the pitch of a note by a half of a step.
This “tic-tac-toe” looking symbol is called a sharp. It raises the note by a half of a step.
A natural sitting beside a note cancels a sharp or flat previously listed.
These numbers are called a time or meter signature. The bottom number represents the value of a basic beat. In this case, the 4 represents a quarter note have one beat. The top number tells how many beats are in each measure.
Measures are sections of a staff separated by bar lines: In the example below, there are 2 measures and 3 bar lines.