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April 20, 2007 at 2:41 pm
(1) Gabriel Ignetti says:

I would like to submit a page 2 to your Music Basics Crossword Puzzle to make it easier. As an elementary Music Teacher I found it too hard.
Here it is:

We learned about the whole note ( O ) which has four beats or counts. Half of four is two so the half note in music which has two beats. We clap it as a Ta-a. A dot adds half of the value of a note to it’s original value. Half of two is one. Therefore when the half note is dotted it has three beats. If a note with four beats is a whole note and half of that makes is a half note with two beats then what would we call a note that is one half of a half note? (Hint: On half of a quarter is an eight. One half of an eight is a sixteenth.) When we play and count these notes in music we use a metronome, which is a device used to set the tempo that we play in music to help us keep the beat even and steady. After we set the exact tempo for the music we want to play on the metronome and when we start it we hear a click for each beat. We then use the metronome on our musical instruments by following that click very carefully. If we play the beat to the metronome we listen to ourselves play the beat at the same time that we listen to the click. It is important that our playing of the beat matches the click exactly. The same principle applies to playing a rhythm to the metronome except that there must be no sound when we count a rest. There are different terms in music to help us know how fast our tempo is. “Lento” means our tempo is very slow. “Moderato” means moderate tempo and “Presto” is the word for a very fast tempo in music.

The musical staff has five lines and four spaces. In the beginning of the staff we find the clef. We learned about the treble clef in music which is the most common clef in music and marks below middle C. The lines in the treble clef are E-G-B-D-F ( Every Good Boy Does Fine)from bottom to top. Do you remember what the name of the spaces are? After the Treble Clef the next most common clef is the Bass Clef which is used to write low notes. After the clef sign we find the time signature which tells us how many beats are in each measure. The time signature is followed by the key, which defines how high or low we either sing or play. The Key is set with sharps (#) or flats ( b ). The sharp raises the note a half step and the flat lowers it a half step.

The range is the distance from the bottom note to the top note. The sounds that each note makes whether high or low is known as the pitch. The vocal ranges from bottom to top are: Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Alto, and Soprano. If we need to extend the range of notes in the staff either higher or lower then we need to put in short lines called
Ledger Lines.

Now turn to the other side and show how smart you are by figuring out the answers which are contained on this page to complete the crossword puzzle.

October 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm
(2) Frank DiPietro says:

I think you are Gabe from Brooklyn?Remember me? Shack,John Muraco,Sutara,Rosmondo.Nice article.

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