Beat Stop for a minute and feel your pulse. If you are sitting in one place, your heart will probably be beating very regularly. In music we also have a pulse or beat which occurs regularly. Listento the following melody for the woodblock which is keeping the pulse or beat while the flute plays the melody.
Note Values In that last sound clip you heard some notes that were longer than others. The length of time a note sounds is called its note value. In the sound clip some notes lasted for one beat. • They are called crotchets. Some notes are called minims. • They sound for two beats.
Time signature Notes are organized into groups of two, three, or four beats. We use a time signature to indicate which grouping of beats is being used. A bar lineseparates the groupings of beats. We count the groupings by saying 1-2-3-4.
Semi breveslast for4 beats. These note values are called quavers. These notes last for half a beat. Sometimes they are joined by beams. Sometimes they have stemswith flags.
Getting Ready To Compose The distance between two bar lines is called a baror a measure. A double bar indicates the end of a melody The melody above uses all the note-valueswe have learned so far and it is four measures long.
Creating a melody using Noteworthy Composer Double click on the program icon. Close the “Did you know?” window Go to File – select “new” Select “blank score” from the Song Templates Window. Click “OK”. Type in a name for your composition Type in your name as “author-composer”. Click “OK”. YOU ARE NOW READY TO BEGIN
My First Composition You are now ready to write your first composition. Make it 4 measures long Use a time signature of 4/4 Begin and end on middle “C”. Use quavers, crotchets, minims, and semi-breves. Have the notes in your melody move in step-wise motion, repeated notes or small skips.