Music Theory
What is a Breakdown in Music?

What is a Breakdown in Music?

A breakdown is a section of a song in which several instruments have solo parts. In music, breakdowns are used for slowing down a theme, building tension, adding variety, and returning to the main verse or chorus in a climactic way.All music genres can have breakdowns, but they're mostly associated with electronic ...

The Beginner’s Guide to Music Scales

The Beginner’s Guide to Music Scales

Scales are essential elements in music. Proper knowledge and understanding of scales are a must for musicians, and while they may seem daunting at first, they are learnable. What is a scale in music? A scale is a pattern of whole and half steps (tones and semitones) in the range of an octave. It also ...

Different Types of Musical form (Explained)

Different Types of Musical form (Explained)

Musical form is the construction needed for composing, then the structure necessary for analyzing or interpreting a musical work. In other words, the skeleton of a musical plan for the composer, and a guiding map for the interpreter. Musicians use alphabetic letters to label the musical sections, passages, pieces, ...

What Is An Accent In Music?

What Is An Accent In Music?

In music, an accent is an emphasis on a note or chord, placed to set it apart from its surrounding notes. This emphasis on specific notes or chords of a musical phrase gives the part a unique flavor and helps better convey its emotion.While most accents are already set in stone by the composer of the piece, they can ...

What are Dynamics in Music?

What are Dynamics in Music?

Dynamics refers to how quietly or loudly a song or piece of music is played. Dynamics is the variation of loudness in either a musical composition or even a specific note. When you are listening to a song, you will notice that certain parts are softer than others. Even the instruments played have a range and not ...

Four Types of Texture in Music

Four Types of Texture in Music

Texture in music is defined by the number of musical lines present in a piece, their density, and how all the lines interact with each other. A music piece consists of many different layers such as the tempo, rhythm, harmony, melody, and timbre. What is Texture in Music? The texture in music refers to the ...

Sheet Music vs Tabs vs Chord Charts – Which Should You Use?

Sheet Music vs Tabs vs Chord Charts – Which Should You Use?

Sheet music is a handwritten or printed representation of a piece of music. The notation form includes information such as pitch, chords, and even tempo. ‘Tab’ is short for ‘tablature’ and represents instrument fingering rather than pitch. Chord charts indicate the basic harmonic and rhythmic information for a ...

11 Elements of Music Explained

11 Elements of Music Explained

All the music we listen to is made up of some fundamental elements. In this article, we’ll explore 11 of these concepts that will help you understand and communicate your ideas and thoughts about music a little bit better. Understanding what some of the major musical elements are will help us not just write better ...

Why Is There No B Sharp Or E Sharp?

Why Is There No B Sharp Or E Sharp?

When we first start learning an instrument or music theory, one of the questions that come to our mind is why we jump from a ‘B’ note to a C and not a B sharp or a C flat instead. The same is also applicable when going from an E to an F. So why does this happen? Let us take a look: Notes In Western Music Theory ...

Bass vs. Treble – What’s the Difference?

Bass vs. Treble – What’s the Difference?

If you’re a fan of music, then you’ve probably heard the terms ‘bass’ and ‘treble’ pop up here and there.  But has it ever crossed your mind what each of these terms means? What's even the difference between bass and treble? Well, in short, bass represents low frequencies, while treble sounds fall in the higher ...

Key vs Scale vs Mode

Key vs Scale vs Mode

A scale is musical notes arranged in an order, whereas a key is determined by the tonic note from which we derive the chords of a scale. A mode is an elaboration of a scale. Music theory can be quite intimidating when you are a beginner. Notes, chords, keys, scales, modes… there are so many things to wrap your ...

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