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The Art Of Communication

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Music has been communicated in written language using a variety of scripts.Imagine trying to evolve knowledge wise, where you have to learn totally new language as well as getting accustomed to a totally new sound. NOT EASY!

The numerical script in this book uses numbers (1 to 7) tagged with colors to signify various octaves and sounds associated with each octave. So communicating sound has become a very easy task. As an added language of expression, the speed of the sound is communicated in the form of beats.

The concept of communicating the rate of speed at which you play your sound takes the format of beat classification. If you set a particular time length, say one second to play a single sound, and define it as say one beat then you play a half beat for half a second, and two beats for two seconds.

An extensive coverage of this concept is give below.

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The Language Of Beats In Music

The concept of beats adds a definite structure to the music. The concept of tala or beats and the tempo/speed of the beats are important to give definition to the song.

In many songs we will find scripts where notes are composed of different beats, like half beat, three beats etc. In the numerical script given in this book, each box represents one beat. Irrespective of the size of box, each box under the same column is referred as a box for a single beat.

For easy understanding of the beats used in the script of this book, the following examples are given:

First example:

6

Each box represents a single beat. Hence key six shown in this box has to be pressed for one beat.

Second example:

33

Each box, which contains two keys, has to be pressed within one beat. Which makes each key half a beat. So here key three represents half beat each. And both keys have to be pressed within one beat. You should press each key one after the other and not together. It can alternatively also be shown by sub dividing the beat box vertically the following way:

3

3

But since both the keys belong to the same octave its easy to bunch them together under a single box.

Third example:

5

3

 

Here you see key five in a separate box, which should be pressed for one beat. And key three in half of a box, which should be pressed for half a beat.

Fourth example:

5

 

Where the key 5 has to be pressed for two beats. If there is an empty box after the key, then you need to continue to press the same key for another beat. Do not press the key twice, but press the key once for two beats

Fifth example:

4

     

5

Here key 4 needs to be played for one fourth of a beat. While key five has to be pressed for a full beat.

The concept of eighth beat and sixteenth beat is not dealt for beginners to avoid confusion.

Again there is no need to mug up all these details, just remember what you read and leave the rest when you start playing the song. Every song given here has the necessary pointers that will remind you of what you read here.

There is no end to types of beat which can range from three fourth beat, half beat, four fifth beat or any mathematical quantity you can imagine that you want to assign to beats. This book introduces you to variety of beats as and when the song requires such introduction. And the quantity of beat is visually represented by dividing the box in to sub columns and hence easy to understand.

The reader should understand that he sets his own speed for playing the various songs (songs are in turn composed of a variety of beats as mentioned above). He has to have an open mind and experiment with various speeds. You can generally conclude that if you set a particular speed for one beat then you need to relatively set you time frame for two beats, half beat and so on. Itís very important to listen to the song and not be caught up to setting beat timings, which can kill the joy of playing the song. First the reader needs to enjoy the song and then remember the song well enough. Then he tries to play the song in a rough manner without overly concentrating on beat timings. Once the player gets accustomed with the script, he/she can slowly concentrate on the accuracy of beat timings.

There are so many music books which puts forward all quantities of beats you can imagine and teach a variety of technical definitions to explain chords, staccato, legato and so on. That is not the goal of this book. This book is simple; you just listen to the song first, enjoy it and try to remember the song after listening to it. And play the song directly without engaging yourself in to technicalities or spending time to learn a new script

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METRONOME

Metronome is timer that is used by musicians to analyze the speed of sound. Each click of the metronome can be considered as a beat.

WORKOUT FOR THE SESSION

Pick your favorite song cd, and listen to it. Take out the song you like the most and start analyzing the sound of the song, instead of just feeling it. Do not concentrate on the background score, just concentrate on the main song.

Break the song line by line and try to distinguish how the speed of the song varies as the song proceeds, Try to pick a single song line and examine it. Try to set beat structure for that song line.

You can arrive at a conclusion as the song is played faster the lesser the time required to play the beat. If you play a full beat for one second, then you can play two half beats for the same one second, and hence half beats are faster. If you play four one fourth beats in one second, the song is even faster.