Learn to Read Piano Music

Learning a chord-based approach to playing the piano might have you rockin’ and rollin’ in not time, but many people want to know and understand what they are playing by learning how to read piano music. This could take time, a few months or even years, but those who learn to read piano music don’t have to hear a song before they play it. They simply look over the piece of sheet music and are able to ‘hear’ the score before them. Understanding the notes is like being able to read another language.

The first steps to learning how to read piano or keyboard sheet music involve learning the notes and clefs that a piece of music is composed of. This will let you know whether you need to play in a treble clef, or high tone, or if the piece is written for deeper or lower tones, called a bass clef. Next, you must be able to designate which notes are what, where they are located, and why they are there.

Notes are broken down and depicted individually on what is called a stave, the five parallel lines music is written on. Depending on where the note is on the stave, on the lines or in the spaces, this will formulate how a song should be played. Different parts of the musical score will detail each section’s notes all at once to help the conductor lead an entire symphony.

The next step to reading piano sheet music is a bit more complicated. The time signature is another important feature to focus on because it tells you at what pace the song should be played. These are often made up of vertical bar lines, which indicate when and where a song begins and stops. On this time signature there are numbers that indicate how many beats exist per measure. You’ll learn to recognize the time signature, what it means, and how it controls the rhythm of a song as you continue learning how to read piano music.

The final step to understanding a piano score involves understanding the next type of signature. This is called the key signature. The key signature tells you in what key the piece should be played. This can vary from sharp, to flat, to natural. Sharp keys are the black keys found just above the white keys on a piano or keyboard. The notations on the key signature indicate what part or parts of a song need to be emphasized or not. By learning to read piano music, you will not only be able to understand the piece before you, but you will also gain a deeper appreciation for the music.

Beat Maker Software – The Next Step in Music

Music as we know it has had a rapid evolution over the years, from tribal drums to entire orchestras, from the piano to the electric guitar. In order to understand the evolution of music you need to take a look at its history and how the instruments we now consider classical have been developed. The latest breakthrough in nowadays music is the beat maker, and it has never been easier for anyone with a decent musical ear to create his own music.

The invention of the beat maker software has revolutionized the concept of composing music. It has practically eliminated the need for an ample ensemble of instruments in order to be able to create a song. Common music maker software online is now able to reproduce any sound and it also comes with pre-recorded beats from various genres of music. Until recent years, even if you had such software, you would still have to record the sounds you wanted on your loops in order to play them in your song.

Beat maker software online creators are targeting a larger segment of population now that the user interface has become extremely friendly and easy to use with just minimal software and music know-how. You can even use this software online without having to bother downloading it on your computer or laptop, which is a great advantage if you are short on hard drive space or just do not like to install many programs on your machine.

First, when you are trying to make music as a beginner, try to think of what style you would like to create. What is that genre of music that you feel closest to? Even though you may feel anxious to get your hands on that beat maker software, take a few minutes to decide on this matter. After having done so, use the software to create a baseline. This step is vital to your song because everything you will add afterward has to match the baseline you have created. It is like the foundation of your song, so to speak. The next step is to add the loops and the midi drums, either recorded by you or provided by your software, and your song is complete.

One of the best applications for this purpose available to the public is Sonic Producer. This software was created in flash, therefore it works with most of the existing browsers, even the ones that work for Mac only. It has a large number of very good sounds recorded in its library and a lot more you can download every day. One of the great things about the beat maker is that you can export your files to an mp3 format after you are done composing the song. The community of Sonic Producer is very friendly and is quick to offer advice on any problem you may have.

Another professional application of this type is Music Maker, something that every professional or amateur should probably have. It has the options that can help newcomers get into music creation but also it has a wide array of options for the professional musician. Music maker allows you to easily publish your creation on the internet once you are done with them, so you can get feedback from other enthusiasts.

Who would not want to get in to the music business, now that it has become so easy? All you need is a computer, laptop or even a handheld device that has compatible software in order to let your musical imagination run wild.

Goal Setting and How it Helps Your Music Career

If you were planning a trip to Africa, how would you get there? You can’t just say, “I’m going to go to Africa.” You actually have to make plans in order to reach your final goal of landing in Africa. Which will include: packing, finding the best route to the nearest airport, buying tickets, figuring out where you would stay, etc. With that being said planning a successful music career takes steps also. In this article we will cover the importance of goals and how we can use them to achieve our ultimate goal.

The first step, and the most important step, is to figure out what your ultimate goal is. Without an endpoint, there is no point to begin. Let’s say, for example, your ultimate goal is to get a record deal with a major label, well you take that goal and move backwards. In order to get a record deal you need to find a major label. To find a major label that will be interested in you, you have to build a buzz. To build a buzz, you need plenty of shows, at least one successful release, and a fan base. So, now you know what you need to work towards.

By setting goals, you are making small steps to achieve a larger goal, which is what you need to do next. Set goals to achieve your ultimate goal. Let’s do another example. Let’s say all you want is to play your music at the next MTV music awards. Once again you should work backwards. You should find out when the awards are, then find out who is in charge of booking, but neither of these should be done until you have a fan base and a solid press kit. You see how knowing your ultimate goal can help you plan to achieve it? The more clearly your ultimate goal, the easier it is for you to make steps to achieve it. This can be done in any aspect of life, not only in your music career. You can’t travel on roads not knowing where you are going because you will never get anywhere.

Here is something you can do today that can help you achieve something and will also show you how powerful goal setting is. Book a show. Now that you have your ultimate goal, work backwards. Find an appropriate venue for your music. Find out who is in charge of entertainment.

Look through your catalog and find the best songs for the venue. From their contact who is in charge of booking entertainment and get information to where to send your press kit with the songs you have chosen. Simple as that. As long as your contact information is included, you should be hearing from them shortly, and you’ve booked a show. Do this about seven more times and you know what you’ve done? Put together your first tour. You got to love goal setting.

The Perfect Music Press Kit Part One – Preparing the Perfect Demo

One of the toughest things to do, as far as getting signed goes, is to earn the chance to present your stuff to an A&R. Once you finally get that chance, the last thing you’d want to do is blow it by not having the best of the best materials you have to offer presented to him or her. When opportunities knock, they won’t repeatedly ring the doorbell. They’ll just proceed to the next potential resident. Nor will they wait as you get dressed. You need to be ready at all times. In this first installment of this “The Perfect Music Press Kit” article mini series, I’ll be showing you how to have music that will blow ANY industry executive away.

First and the most important step, do you have great music? Do you have your music theory together? What about your song writing? Making great songs involves a lot of creativity especially to stand out, but it must be good creativity. If you have clashing notes or chord progressions that suck, no one would make it past your intro. Start from the theory and your songwriting will improve also. In my own words, songwriting is divided into two parts. The notes and rhythms(the theory mainly) and the lyrics. If your notes are sounding amazingly and your rhythms are very catchy, you can get away with mediocre lyrics 80 percent of the time believe or not. Just listen to the songs that you hear on the radio that have you thinking “I could do that so much better.” The verses are simple and so is the hook, but by the end of the song most people, even you, remember it. Now listen to a song that you truly love. One that you consider to be the best as far as you’re concerned. I bet it has the elements I’ve mentioned. Not only are there great melodies and theory period, it has lyrics to match. Theory is 80 percent and the lyrics are 20 percent. Not the rule just my opinion.

Secondly, you must make sure you have a great recording. Now for a demo, you should definitely get the music mastered but here’s the key. What I’m about to tell you will be the most important thing you’ll learn as far as making a demo goes. Never choose quickly. If you can afford it, and many people can, put together your own personal studio so that you can make songs and mix them well. Not master but mix them well. I say this for two reasons. One, with your own studio, you can record and test out as many songs as you want on your own time. Two, the better the mix, the less you spend on mastering. Now this is how the two work together. Record at least 20 songs. If you can’t come up with at least 20, you’re not ready for a career in music I’m sorry. Make sure you have them all mixed well and copy written. Now take a week and let as many people as possible listen to them. Why? Well these are your kids so you love everyone of them. Strangers and 3rd parties have no problems calling your babies ugly because they don’t belong to them. That harsh truth is what you need. The top six should be taken out and then you and your band should sit down and choose three or four for your demo. Those songs should be mastered. You save because the best are taken care of and the other 16 will be screened by the label if they’re interested in your act. If they’re any good, they’ll master them not you. Actually, anyone music they like will be re-recorded. The point is, no one writes a great song every time. Good but not great so the more ears to critique them the better.

The next step to staying prepared for that A&R? Reading the next installment of “The Perfect Music Press Kit.” In that article we’ll cover pictures and how to have the best with minimal money required.