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Counting Slurs

Counting Slurs

Theory Exercises often ask Students to count the number of slurs in an excerpt. Learn the rules to counting slurs (and the difference between slurs & ties).

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Repeat Sign Dots

Repeat Sign Dots

Repeat Sign Dots can be confusing. Are there rules for the placement of Repeat Sign Dots? Are there different types of Repeat Signs? Find out now!

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Volta Brackets

Volta Brackets

Volta Brackets, or "first and second ending brackets", are used to indicated specific directions when repeating the music. So, how do you use them?

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Analysis Square Bracket

Analysis Square Bracket

The Analysis Square Bracket is an analytical tool used to define a part or phrase. Discover when it is easier to use a Square Bracket instead of a Slur.

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Writing Time Signatures

Writing Time Signatures

When writing Time Signatures, it is important to not write Fractions!  Discover the difference between writing Time Signatures and writing fractions.

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Writing Accidentals

Writing Accidentals

Let's Make Writing Accidentals Easy using the KISS Method! Learn the proper way of writing (drawing) accidentals using paper & pencil (and not a computer)!

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Music Note Stem Length

Music Note Stem Length

When adding a stem to a notehead, the stem is usually approximately one octave in length. Did you know that there is an exception to the Stem Length Rule?

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Draw C Clef Signs

Draw C Clef Signs

The C Clef Sign is a symbol to Landmark Middle C in 5 different locations on 5 different staves. Learn how to Draw C Clef Signs easily to properly pitch C.

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Cadence Bass Notes

Cadence Bass Notes

Cadence Bass Notes - What are the Rules? Do the Bass Notes ascend or descend? What about the Treble Triads? Learn 3 Rules to make writing a Cadence easy.

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No Diminished First

No Diminished First

Ever wonder why there is no Diminished First? Learn why the smallest interval is a Perfect 1 & why a Perfect 1 always changes a semitone to an Augmented 1.

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