How to Understand Music

by Tutorial Doctor

Instructions

Step 1

Music is a harmonious combination of sounds that produce a euphony to your ears. (snap snap!)

Step 2

All music has a TEMPO/PACE, a KEY/TONE, and a TIME SIGNATURE/RHYTHM. All of these things combined create a BEAT and a MELODY for the song that make ONE harmonious composition.

Step 3

This composition of harmonious sounds is built up like a cake.

Step 4

At the BOTTOM of the cake are the BASS/LOW sounds. In the MIDDLE are TREBLE/HIGH sounds. My typical song starts with a base beat and melody and the treble sounds are layered on top.

Step 5

I also have a fill-in melody and a fill-in beat to make the song sound more full. And sometimes a little cherry on top.

Step 6

The HIGHNESS or LOWNESS of a sound is called the PITCH of the sound. Notes can have a LOW pitch (Bass), or a HIGH pitch (Treble).

Step 7

There are instruments that have LOW sounds, and there are instruments that have HIGH SOUNDS.

Step 8

A BASS DRUM has a very LOW sound, while a SNARE DRUM has a HIGH sound. These are called PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS. They can be used to make a BEAT.

Step 9

A TUBA has a very LOW sound. A Trumpet has a HIGH SOUND. These are called BRASS INSTRUMENTS. They can be used to create a BEAT or MELODY.

Step 10

The BASSOON has a LOW sound. The PICCOLO has a HIGH sound. These are called WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS. They too can make a BEAT or a MELODY.

Step 11

All of these instruments, when played IN SYNC (correct tempo, key, and rhythm) produce a HARMONY.

Step 12

And we do need a bit of harmony, no?

Step 13

Tocas la musica!