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I've rearranged your questions below into an order that allows me to answer them sequentially. What's music? Very loosely speaking, music can be seen as a collection of notes distributed over a period time. Basically, I want to understand why we call things musical notes... What is a note? ...Different materials can produce same notes, so the ...


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Hm. What is music .. I see three aspects : Notes (pitch): As a note is a frequency, there are an infinte number of notes. In western music we divide an octave into 12 semitones (equally spaced musical steps) although other cultures may do things differently. Ely Beau Eastman's excellent video describes how we have come to see things this way, and that ...


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On some theoretical level the notes could be seen as infinite just as the numbers. But there are two important reasons why they are not normally conceived that way: Our hearing is limited to a certain range of frequencies. Given a certain frequency there are only a limited amount of other frequencies that sound good together with this frequency. The ...


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I don't believe you need any musical training to be able to teach your child to play a musical instrument. Most children I know have a natural affinity for music. As long as you expose them to different varieties of music from the start, they will start to appreciate music. This is the first step in a very long and persistent journey...That being said, there ...


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In simplest terms, the system of ABCDEFG notes and their variants is a simplification developed over many centuries, designed to create a manageable set of tones (only 12 unique steps per 'octave') while maintaining a good approximation of low integer ratios between the tones' respective frequencies. Modern "Western" music (or, I believe, human music ...


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On your exploration of why we have certain notes, the ear is only so sensitive to frequency differences. In theory, G# and Ab are different notes; however, the modern equal temperament system makes them into the same. I suggest you start exploring different tuning systems, and the system of cents and commas. Here is somewhere to start. ...


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In general, you should find out what the student wants from the lessons and tailor your teaching to what they want from lessons. Teaching all students the exact same way tends to be counterproductive. If they are very serious about creating their own music, encourage improvisation as much as possible and reinforce it by showing the theory behind what they ...



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