I. Pitch // FEB 17th

Welcome, fellow tonebase Academists! ♪♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

In this thread, we will be talking about the first lesson of our music reading course. Please use this thread if you have any questions concerning the workbook (coming soon!) or general questions concerning pitch in standard music notation!

 

Click here to access Session 1: Pitch // Feb 17th (11am PST, 2pm EST, 8pm CET)

Find the other sessions here: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Download the first workbook here


I will post the answers to the questionnaire on Feb 24th! 

After the livestream, submit your assignments by replying to this thread!

 

See the pinned reply below to learn about various ways to write down your weekly assignments!

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  • To complete the weekly assignments and get feedback in this thread, you will need to scribble down certain symbols that don’t exist in regular text editors like Microsoft Word or Pages. Therefore, make sure to have on hand either one of the following:

    • Option 1: A piece of staff paper and a pencil
    • Option 2: A tablet with an app you can handwrite in
    • Option 3: Notation software (a good free option is MuseScore)

    On the last page of the workbook below, you can find our tonebase staff paper template. Feel free to print out a couple of copies to use throughout the course!

    Alternatively, you can draw staff paper on a blank piece of paper with a ruler. Make sure you draw 5 parallel lines at equal distance and not too far from each other (see screenshot above).

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    • Mircea Hello Mircea! Very excited about this course, specially about the Fingering chapter, such a headache in terms of choosing what sonority is best for a determined passage :S See you tomorrow!

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      Diego Arboleda Thank you Diego! Hope you enjoyed today's livestream! 😁

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    • Mircea 

      Here is my recording of the notes of Ex 1e. Please provide feedback.

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      BHASKAR this is great! You played all the notes perfectly and everything looked and sounded great! Congratulations on a job beautifully done!!! 🎉


      Your second and third string are a bit out of tune, but that's beyond the scope of this course. You did nothing wrong there, all guitars go out of tune over time.

      If you want to fix that in the future, you can always download a free tuner (there are many apps for both iOS and Android) or even use your a free web tuner.

      Alternatively, I taught a lesson on tuning by ear on tonebase - it was actually my first ever collaboration with the platform! 😀 Click this link to watch it.

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  • I am very excited! Will it also include details regarding music theory in general?

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      😎BHASKAR Thank you, Bhaskar! Hope you've enjoyed today's session!

      I know I've already answered this in-stream, but just for the benefit of those who weren't there:

      Yes, there will be some music theory in this course! I've tried to keep the general level of theory nerdiness manageable, since every topic can be a huge rabbit hole you can spend years in. But throughout this course, we will learn about all the basic music theory concepts that are required for you to read music correctly and fluently as a guitarist. 😎

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  • @Mircea, very energetic workshop. Gracias.

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    • Mircea

      Attaching the Session 1 exercises

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      Jose Luis Ochoa Thanks a lot, Jose!!! Glad you enjoyed it - and congratulations on submitting the first-ever assignment of this course! 😀🎉

      It was almost perfect - just a couple of things in the first few exercises. Great job overall, hope to see you around the forums and in the future sessions! 😎

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    • Mircea Thanks for the feedback. That tricky A versus C note with ledger lines. 

      Mircea 

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      Jose Luis Ochoa yes! These are the trickiest ones.

      Now, when it comes to the video, I don't seem to be able to open it. Can you make sure its privacy settings on YouTube are set to "unlisted", rather than private? If it's unlisted, it won't show up on your profile or on any searches, but you can still embed it here on the forums. I'm currently getting an error message ("This video is private"), so I can't comment on it.

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    • Mircea I changed to unlisted. Let me know. Thanks.

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      Jose Luis Ochoa perfect! That worked.

      And great job!!! Not a single note mistake in your video. (Beautiful tone and hand posture too, although we won't be talking much about technique in this course!) Congratulations on a job very well done! 🤩🎉

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  • It was a wonderful review of the basic concepts of music theory and sheet notation. I had some knowledge of it in the past and I needed a thorough review. So glad that you refreshed my knowledge! Multumesc! E foarte drăgut din partea dumitale!

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      BHASKAR Thank you so much, Bhaskar! Very happy to hear you've enjoyed it. Hope to see you in the next sessions too! And wow - cu placere! That's some awesome Romanian you got there 😀

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  • Hello Mircea: 

    I can read but i'm not as fluent to read a score from top to bottom without having to stop here and there so I'm here to "refresh and fill in the gaps".  Can't join the livestreams because of time differences but will watch them and stay connected through the forum.

     

    Thanks Mircea! 

     

    Here is the first assignment.

     

    PD: You have a beautiful sound, by the way!

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      Phil Meissner Ding ding ding, we have a winner! This is perfect - no errors here at all! Very happy to hear you'll be joining us asynchronously. Hope to help refresh those gaps over the next few weeks, as you say! 😀

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  • Could not make the live session unfortunately. But I have since watched it. Man you tire me out , so much energy!   Anyway really enjoyed it. Will do the exercises later, wife wants me to to build a garden shed first!!  Should be able to make the next live session, looking forward to it. Thank you.  John A.

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      JOHN ANDERSON Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it!

      Hahah you're right - I've been told this about my energy levels for many years now 😂 During my undergraduate studies, my teacher used to sometimes jokingly introduce me as "this is Mircea, my highest-energy student" 😄

      Looking forward to seeing you here and perhaps in the livestreams in the next couple of weeks! Whatever you do, remember the wife comes first! 😁 hope the garden shed is turning out well!

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  • Hi Mircea,

     

    Nicely paced session, it was many years since I originally learned music notation. I attach the photos and playing. My cat joined in so apoliges for the incidentals :)

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      Bill Dodd Great job!!! Congratulations on the recording - that was perfect! No mistakes at all anywhere.

      For the written exercises, you almost managed the same thing! Just one little detail I noticed in the first exercise - that single note marked below was wrong. Keep it up! This is a great start.

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    • Mircea ‘fraid my G’s can look like f’s I will be neater in the future 🙃

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      Bill Dodd Ohh was this a case of me not reading the handwriting right? I'm so sorry about that, I've always been pretty horrible at handwriting recognition! I do apologize and offer this virtual cookie as a token of goodwill: 🍪

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  • Here is my reply to the thread with the completed assignments. Will soon follow it up with a vid of the Ex 1e.

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      BHASKAR Great job, Bhaskar! You got almost everything right! Here are some comments from my part:

      • on page 1, some of the accidentals indicated by the key signature haven't been written in. I've circled the notes where this happens.
      • on page 2, you are using one too many ledger lines for the low E. We want to use the least amount of ledger lines possible - therefore, if you can write a note below a ledger line (the third one, in this case), there is no need to draw an additional ledger line below the note. In fact, drawing the additional line is technically considered "wrong".
      • also on page 2, your symbol for the flat is rotated by 180 degrees. It should look something like this: ♭
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  • Hi Mircea

    Thanks a lot. The live was great and the workbook was very well structured. Here are my assignment files. 

     

    All the best

    José

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      José Espírito Santo Great job!

      You got almost everything correct on the written assignment! Here are a couple of quick comments:

      • although we call notes "d sharp", "b flat", etc., the sharp and flat symbols should be written before the note, not after. This is just a convention, but it is a universal rule. I've "penciled them in" next to where you drew them. The noteheads and everything else was perfect though!
      • one little note mistake on the IIIrd fret assignment- check that one.

      When it comes to the video - perfect!!! You got everything right. Hope to see you in the upcoming livestreams!

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    • Mircea 

       

      Thanks for the kind and effective feedback. As someone says, the devil is in the details :-). Looking forward to attend the next live.

       

      All the best, geetings from Lisbon

      José

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  • Just worked through the first assignment.  Although I can read simple music, very slowly there are times when I get confused, so often refer to tab. Anyway this course is great.  Start off simple and onto more complex.

     

    https://youtu.be/uJ859hLFYg4

     

    (first assignment). Still working best way to upload exercises but anyway here is my vid. Like the other people encourage you to at least tape yourself.  Weird how putting a camera  in front suddenly makes you nervous, important to get used to this to later on to can evaluate yourself.

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      JOHN ANDERSON great job breaking through that initial nervousness and going ahead with the recording! We all get nervous when the camera is turned on - even the most seasoned professionals. The trick is to just go ahead and do it, just like you have!

      One thing though - due to how the permissions were set on YouTube, I can't watch the video. It's currently set to "private", meaning that only you can see it when logged into your account.

      If you could change it to "unlisted" instead, that would mean it would still not show up on your profile or in any searches, but it could be watched here on the forums.

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    • Mircea OK just picked this up today, sorry avbout that.

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      JOHN ANDERSON No worries - thanks for changing it! Your submission was perfect! No errors at all. Congratulations!!! 🎉

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  • Mircea , These lessons came at the best time. I literally just purchased my first guitar and played my first song 😉.  I really liked how you explained the notes and where they are on the staff compared to the fret board. I have to admit, I was singing each note (GGDD etc) as I played. I'm looking forward to the remaining sessions.

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      Julia this is great! Wonderful job here. 

      On the written part, there was just a little mistake in one of the exercises (the key signature we're in means that note would be a D sharp). Apart from that, everything was perfect!

      On the recorded part, that was just perfect! No mistakes there at all.

      Congratulations for this and hope to see you in future livestreams and on the forums!

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  • Hi Mircea.

    Here we go!!!

    Thanks a lot.

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      Joao Franco This is perfect - congratulations!!! No errors here at all. Such a good job! 🎉

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  • Hi Mircea could we get a short lesson on how to use MuseScore?

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      Vilio Celli That might be a good idea as an add on - we might not have time to handle it during this course, but I might be able to squeeze a short livestream about it one of these weeks!

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  • Here’s my homework.  I’ll try to attach my video from YouTube if I can figure how.  😜

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      Desi Husband Great job, Desi! Almost perfect 😀 Just a little mistake in exercise 1c, measure three: The first note was not a C sharp. It would have required another ledger line to make it a C sharp. Otherwise, you did everything perfectly!

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      Desi Husband Perfect! You got it all! Wonderful, congratulations and keep it up! 😀🎉

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    • Mircea Thanks!

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  • And, Mircea, I really enjoyed your lesson even though I couldn’t watch it live.  My husband even watched.  He’s hoping Tonebase will start teaching cello.  😁

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      Desi Husband so wonderful to hear! You never know - there is some talk of expanding into different instruments soon 😉 it might take a while, but who knows!

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  • OK! Last minute submission. Notice the use of pen and not overly amazing handwriting 😂

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      Barry van de Graaf This is perfect! Congratulations, Barry - wonderful job! 😁🎉

      One comment: this is not a mistake, but when you write the low E, below the 3rd ledger line, given that it is the lowest note on the guitar, you would almost always give it a downward stem, rather than an upward stem. The upward stem is not wrong though!

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    • Thanks Mircea , I'll try to remember that for next time. 

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  • Further to last weeks assignment over the past couple of days I have set my guitar to one side,  picked up  a really really simple music pieces (grade 1), and just read through a the piece, reading the notes out loud. I do this with a metronome set slow.  Only 5 or 6 minutes.  It makes me think and concentrate. I think the ticks of the metronome help too.  Of course there are mistakes but as soon as I do it I recognise it.  Occasionally double checking things.  I don't know if anyone else does this but it's helping me. Looking forward to tonights class I will be able to make it!!

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      JOHN ANDERSON This is wonderful! So happy to hear this method has been working for you - I encourage everyone else to give it a go, too! 

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  • Hi, Paul Sierak dropping off my Home Work #1.

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      Paul Great job, Paul!

      Couple of details:

      • Exercise 1f, measure 1: The first one of these was not an F, but an E. The higher note was correct though.
      • Exercise 1f, measure 2: The low D requires its own sharp.
      • Exercise 1g, measure 1: The 4th string is wrong.
      • Exercise 1g, measure 2: The 4th string is wrong, and the third string requires a flat (the note is not a B, but a B flat - or A sharp)

      Really good job all around though, hope to see you in future livestreams!

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  • Hello everyone,

     

    I'm several months late. I'm enthusiastic about this course as my low music reading skills have been an impairment for some time.

     

    I don't know if the assignments can be reviewed at this point. I've gone ahead and checked the answers of my peers after completing the exercises myself.

     

    Also, here's my video playing exercise 1e.

     

    Cheers!

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