Music Theory

The tempo in music

The musical tempo - all about BPMs and tempo indications

Along with time and beat, tempo is one of the most important rhythmic concepts in music. Here you will find all the music theory basics about tempo.
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Melody simply explained

What is a melody? Explanation, examples and composition tips

When we think of a song that we particularly like, the first thing that comes to mind is the melody. After all, it is the main element of the song and makes it unmistakable - you could also say ...
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Different rhythms in one song

Rhythm (music) - all about time, meter and tempo

Rhythm is the centrepiece of every piece of music, the thing that makes us dance and sets our bodies in motion. From the regular beats of a march to the complex, irregular patterns of jazz and ...
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Note values easily explained: an overview

The magic of music lies in its ability to convey emotions and images through sound. Behind this art, however, lies a complex language of notes, beats and rhythms. A key to understanding this language ...
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What are scales?

Musical scales: structure, mode, uses and audio examples

Scales are one of the basics of music theory, they enable us to interpret pieces of music correctly and open up many possibilities when composing. Those who have mastered the scales will never run out of musical ideas. Read on ...
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Bars and time signatures explained simply

The time signature: understanding beat & rhythm

Bars and time signatures structure the rhythm of a song and help divide the whole song into small parts. Read on to learn more.
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Counterpoint in music simply explained

Counterpoint (Music Theory): Definition, Classification and Use

Counterpoint is one of those musical techniques that can take your own compositions to a new level if you know how to use it properly. Read on to learn more.
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Bass clef simply explained

Bass clef (F clef): Explanation, notes and instruments

Not every musician has to deal with the bass clef - only those who play low instruments such as double bass or cello, and of course pianists. If this applies to you, then this article is just the thing to ...
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Triplet simply explained

The triplet explained in simple terms

Have you ever seen a 3 on a sheet of music? That's the sign for triplets, a special rhythmic unit in music. Read on to learn all about it.
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Musical intervals explained simply

Musical intervals explained (with audio examples)

Musical intervals are the basic building blocks of melodies and chords - they are therefore part of the foundations of harmony. With the help of intervals, the composer can convey his feelings and emotions in his songs and thus ...
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Diminished chords simply explained

Using diminished chords to bring more tension into your compositions

Every musician knows the major or minor chords - the "beautiful" chords - but have you ever heard of diminished chords? Because they sound so unfamiliar and are a little more difficult to play, they are often ...
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Major chords simply explained

Major chords: How to build and use them

Immerse yourself with us in the fascinating world of music theory, in which major chords play a central role. They are the key to the bright, cheerful melodies that fill our hearts with joy and make us want to ...
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