Image via WikipediaNotes move on the staff in three ways:
Notes on or above the middle line have down stems.
Notes below the middle line have up stems.
The distance between two notes is called an interval. Another way to say it; the distance from the pitch of one note to the pitch of another.
On the keys a 2nd is like a step: from one key to the next key.
On the staff a 2nd is like a step: from line to space or space to line.
On the keys a 3rd is like a skip: from line to line or space to space. One skipped key is a 3rd.
Two skipped keys is a 4th. On the staff a 4th is either line to space or space to line. On the keys a 4th is a larger skip.
Three skipped keys is a 5th. On the staff a 5th is either line to line or space to space.
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Melodic and Harmonic Intervals:
A melodic interval has single notes, like notes in a melody that are played one at a time. If you sing a note and then another then this is a melodic interval.
A harmonic interval has two notes played together to make harmony in music. If two people each sing a different note at the same time then this is called a harmonic interval.
List of Songs with Intervals
Now that you know what intervals are why do you suppose we need to learn them?
Learning to recognize intervals, whether by sound, on paper, or an instrument, is extremely helpful for many reasons. Among them are chord building, improvisation, sight singing, composition, understanding and remembering keys and their related accidentals, and figure out music by ear. If you’re trying to play a melody that is in your head or on the radio, knowing your intervals eliminates most of the time spent searching for the right notes.
One of the coolest ways to add feeling and expression while playing those piano notes is to observe road map signs or what musician’s call Dynamics or dynamic markings.
Basically there are symbols that indicate varying degrees of volume. So we have degrees of loudness or softness.
Music has loud and soft signs called dynamics.
mf means medium loud.
Its Italian name is Mezzo Forte.
f means loud.
Its Italian name is forte.
ff means very loud
Its Italian name is Fortissimo.
fff means very, very loud.
Its Italian name is Fortississimo.
ppp means very, very soft.
Its Italian name is Pianississimo.
pp means very soft.
Its Italian name is Pianissimo.
P means soft.
Its Italian name is Piano.
With this understanding of how notes move while playing quietly or loudly, you’ll enjoy hearing yourself play with more feeling in addition to technically playing the notes correctly. Have fun!
I've Always Loved You: Third Day
(Intro: D D/C# D/B D/A D/B D/A A x2) Verse I D D/C# D/B D/A I don’t know how to explain it, but I know that words will hard--- D/B D/A A ly do D D/C# D/B D/A Miracles with signs and wonders aren’t enough for me to prove D/B D/A A to you Chorus Bm G D D D/C# Don’t you know I’ve always loved you Bm G D D D/C# Even before there was time Bm G D A Bm Though you turn away, I tell you still G D/A A Don’t you know I’ve always loved you D (D/C# D/B D/A D/B D/A A...) And I always will Verse II D D/C# D/B Greater love has not a man D/A D/B D/A A than the one who gives his life to prove D D/C# D/B That he would do anything D/A D/B D/A A And that’s what I’m going to do for you (Chorus)
|Artist: Third Day|
Copyright Credits: Copyright 1999 New Spring Publishing, Inc
Still Listening-Third Day
Intro: B B4 B(3x) B B4 B There was time when I thought that I had You B4 B Figured out B B4 B I told You before and I'll say once more B4 B Now and then I have my doubts E B B4 B I'll never pretend to know what You are doing F# E B B4 B It's true that You move in mysterious ways CHORUS E I looked for You in G#m The fire and the wind F# E B B4 B But You weren't there as far as I could see E I thought I'd hear You shout G#m But then I figured it out F# E B B4 B That all along You're whispering to me B B4 B And I'm still listening B Just when I thought that I had caught a glimpse of B4 B who You are B B4 B You taught me a lesson I needed to learn B B4 B Right from the very start E B B4 B I never will be the man that I quite need to be F# E B B4 B But that's alright 'cause You're enough for meDo you have a favorite Third Day song? I sure like God of Wonders.
Charlie Parker once said "Learn the changes and then forget them."