Note and rest lengths..HW task for Mon 24th Sep 2012

This is a great video explanation of note lengths using both US and UK terminology. Please have a careful look through, just to ensure that we are all confident in the use and application of both UK and US terminology when referring to note lengths..

Please watch this in full before our lesson on Monday 24th September. Thank you.


7th chords – what are they and how they are created…

Here is an overview of what seventh chords are, how they are named and created. This is of particular use for those looking at extending their harmonic palette in relation to the Task 3c composition. You are expected at A2 level to be using harmony that is more advanced than basic triads, power chords and purely diatonic sequences..

Once you have tried playing through some of these options, the next thing to consider is chord voicing: the order the notes are played in. This makes a huge difference to the way the chord “feels” when played in a real setting. The next post will cover some ideas for chord voicing for seventh chords on guitar and keyboard.

Diatonic chords in C major and A minor – homework

If in need of a brief reminder as to what the four basic chord types are then click HERE. If you’ve got that but would like a refresher on DIATONIC HARMONY, then click HERE.

Here are a couple of sheets with diatonic (within the key) chords in the keys of C major and it’s relative minor key A minor. Use these for today’s task (to be completed as homework) to create two contrasting chord sequences for a verse and chorus of a song. The song can be in any style/genre.

  • create a simple drum groove – one or two bars – this can then be looped as a backing and to create a feel for the song
  • now create a chord sequence in either C major or A minor – use any harmony instrument or guitar
  • add a bassline for the sequence
  • repeat the above chord process to create a contrasting chorus section




Music TheoryThere are some really excellent web based resources to help with understanding music theory. My current favourites include:

SIMON BALLE MUSIC THEORY – This link is to our own Simon Balle Music Theory blog which contains lots of links to videos covering all introductory aspects of music theory up to around Grade 5 standard. A good place to start.

TEORIA – this site includes well considered tutorials which will walk you through a topic at your own speed and exercises to test your knowledge.

MUSIC THEORY MINUTE – Dr Jack’s one minute tutorials, useful and concise music theory tutorials.