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Country Vocals Lessons: Ear Training - Notating Pitch

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Great work on
notating rhythm.
Now we're going to add
the element of pitch notating
an actual melody that has
all the information we
need as musicians in order
to look at the page and
be able to play or sing the melody
with all the information intact.
The rhythm, the duration of the notes,
the pattern of the rhythm that we need to
reproduce and the pitch of
the notes that we need to include.
So, we're gonna do that using what
you've already learned about the scales,
the notes on the keyboard, where and
how they layout and the relationship
between the notes and what they look
like when they're written on the staff.
So, we're gonna work
with Frere Jacques again.
You've already worked in the rhythm part,
how to write out the rhythm of Frere
Jacques, now we're gonna add the pitch.
We're gonna work in the key of C.
Okay, so here's Frere Jacques
at 84 beats per minute.
two, three,
and big finish.
Two, three, four.
So, on the keyboard, remembering
our scales starting at middle C,
[SOUND], we'll remember that
these are the names of the notes,
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.
The Frere Jacques melody
starts on middle C.
And these are the names of the notes.
And this is where they land, this is where
they're written on the treble clef staff.
You see that this [SOUND] bottom note C is
the line below the bottom
line on the staff.
The bottom line on the staff is E,
[SOUND] and
the implied line below that is a space, D,
which is right next to E, and
then the line below that is the C.
So here is the Frere Jacques
melody written on the staff.
C, D, E, C.
C, D, E, C.
E, F, G.
E, F, G.
G, A, G, F, E, C.
G, A, G, F, E, C.
C, G, C.
C, G, C
Big finish.
So here you can see with this
combination of quarter notes,
half notes, whole notes, and eighth notes,
you see the rhythm written out in this
combination of rhythmic notation.
And the pitch information is right there,
in the lines and spaces where the notes
live, that give you the map of the melody.
You now have all the information
you need to be able to sight sing.
Where you can be presented
with a piece of paper,
a sheet of music that has the melody or
the notes
on the page having never heard or
seen the music before.
And with practice, and
your ability to identify these notes and
move your voice to
the corresponding interval
with the rhythm information that's
contained in the notation, you will
be able to sight sing any piece of music
having never seen it or heard it before.
It's not magic,
it's just acquiring a new vocabulary,
understanding what these symbols mean and
then practicing and playing with them.