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Elements of Music (2) - Chapter 1 Elements of Music Chapter...

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Chapter 1: Elements of Music Chapter one describes the fundamentals of music. The definition of music is the art of organized sound in organized time. With this music is enhanced with four elements, pitch, dynamics, tone color, and duration. The pitch is the range of each note or sound. Dynamics create different textures to a song or piece with how soft or loud each pitch is played. Tone color involves the musician’s unique timbre in which creates a feeling toward a piece such as being bright, dark, or mellow. The last element of music is duration, in simple terms this is the rhythm, whether the notes are whole, half, quarter, etc. Taking this to account, reading music begins with knowing the notes and rhythm. For a music piece it is written in a certain meter, the meter is also known as a time signature. The time signature is like a mom, it tells you exactly how many beats are per measure. In 4/4 there are four beats per measure. The notes to fill that measure is up to the composer.
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