Most of us have fallen in love with a piece of music in a minor key. No matter what the genre, most of us feel that the minor mode is particularly expressive and even a little pessimistic or emotional. Music theorists, musicians and music enthusiasts ask this question often but it has no definitive answer. I will not answer the question, but I can explain why we hear a minor key differently than a major key culturally and theoretically.
By: Lucas Horvath
A lot of songwriters go through what many call a “writer’s block;” where you can’t think of anything good to write. And many think that there is no way out of it. Well guess what, there is! Overcoming a slump is not as hard as you think. Believe me, once you read this blog, you’ll be hammering out hit song after hit song!
I’m sure you know that person who picked up an instrument three months ago and can already play three dozen songs; all without taking any lessons. They may inspire you to start playing an instrument too; that is until you realize it’s not as easy as they made it seem. As you get farther and farther into playing, it’ll become clear to you that you’re simply not a natural. That’s normal. Most musicians didn’t even try to teach themselves their instrument when they started, instead they started taking lessons.
If you are a person who is in high school, you probably go to math class thinking, “When am I ever going to use this?” Truth is, Math is essential no matter what you want to do in life, whether it’s being an engineer for NASA, or a doctor at a hospital, or even some thing as little as being a musician. Music involves Math. That’s right, I’ll say it again. Music involves math. Sometimes you may realize it, like when you are counting beats in a measure, and other times it’s without consciousness like when you are writing a melody.
Reading Guide Notes on the Grand Staff
All Cows Eat Grass
Good Boys Do Fine Always
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
F A C E
If you’re new to reading music, your teacher may have used these devices to show you the names of the notes as they lie on the staff. As musicians and teachers, we’ve all heard these mnemonic devices when it comes to reading on the staff. We may have even repeated them ourselves. They have been a device in elementary music lessons for so long that they often lose meaning to the student and to the teacher.