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Music theory, a good way to learn music

Welcome to DaCapoAlCoda.com, this website is about music theory. There are different ways to learn music, but learning music theory is necessary when you play and learn music with paper music. If you want to play music by reading music, you had to understand all symbols and how is made the music, that's why music theory is needed.

Music theory games

Music theory games

I've created those music theory games because it is important for me to have fun while learning music theory. Music theory is often too much boring, that's why I've created these funny music theory games. I hope you will learn music with fun !

Music theory lessons

Music theory lessons

The section named Music theory lessons is divided into 2 parts: Pitch of sounds for all lessons and articles that refer to the pitch of a sound (note names, scales, key signature, ...), and Duration of sounds for all lessons that refer to the duration, like rhythm, notes and rests values, time signatures...

Musical terms in British and American in music theory

Musical terms in British and American in music theory

Musical terms in British and American in music theory are not always identical, that's why you can learn these differences in the article named British and American Musical Terms. On this website, I will notice British and American Musical Terms with the flags British and American, for example:
whole note (semibreve) is a whole note united states of america (semibreve united kingdom)

Frequently Asked Questions about music theory


why learn music theory?

Learning music theory is always needed to play music, even for guitarists, but it is not necessary to have a doctorate in musicology to play the piano. You can learn only what do you need to play or to sing. If you are a guitarist and if you want to play pop music, you had to be able to read tabs and chord diagrams. But if you are a pianist you had to read music in G-clef and in F-clef. But in all cases, music theory helps you understand what you’re playing and to better communicate with other musicians.
On this website, you can learn music theory on your own and online. Anyone can learn music theory.


where to start learning music theory?

It depends on what do you need, in most cases you had to learn to read music notes and to read rhythms. To read music you can start to learn by playing my Notes reading games. I will as soon as possible some articles like music theory for pianist, music theory for guitarist or music theory for beginners.

Pitch of sounds

All these articles are about the pitches of sounds, here are all main articles:

Note names

Note names

Learn notes names and learn how to recognize them on the staff (stave). Learn how to read music notes and to recognize them on a piano keyboard.

The staff (stave)

The staff (stave)

Article about the staff (stave), learn how to use staff to read music. The staff (stave) is composed by 5 horizontal lines and by 4 spaces.

Clefs

Clefs

Article about clefs in music. How to recognize them and how to use clefs in music. Learn the Treble clef, the F-clefs and the C-clefs

Reading music notes

Reading music notes

Learn how to read music notes with the conjunct motion order, the succession of third and tricks to recognize music note positions with a treble or a bass clef

Whole steps & half steps (Tones & semitones)

Whole steps & half steps (Tones & semitones)

Learn notions of whole steps & half steps (tones & semitones) and learn how to recognize and use these intervals.

Accidentals

Accidentals

Music theory about accidentals. Learn all about different kinds of accidentals (flat, sharp, natural) and all the rules about accidentals in music scores.

Key signature

Key signature

A key signature is a set of flats or sharps and is used to notify which notes that will be altered with flats or sharps.

Intervals

Intervals

Learn all bout melodic and harmonic intervals in music. Learn how to find the name and the quality of an interval and learn the notion of enharmonic.

Modes

Modes

Learn the definition of music mode notion. Let's see and hear some example of modes like the Ionian mode, the pentatonic mode or the whole-tone mode.

Scales

Scales

major scales, natural minor scale, harmonic minor scale, ascending melodic minor scale, descending melodic minor scale. Learn to recognize degrees

Enharmony

Enharmony

Enharmony notion in music. Learn the definition of enharmonic and look at some examples.

Chords

Chords

Learn about the notion of chord in music and the notions of triad, root, root position, first position, second position. Look at some example.

Circle of fifths

Circle of fifths

Circle of fifths, learn how to use and to read the circle of fifths. Learn how to find key names, key signatures and closely related keys.

Arpeggio

Arpeggio

Definition of Arpeggio: An arpeggio is a succession of notes issued from a chord. In an arpeggio notes are played independently.

Cadences

Cadences

Learn about Authentic cadence, Perfect Authentic cadence, Imperfect authentic cadence, Half-cadence, Plagal cadence, and Deceptive cadence.

Tonicization & Modulation

Tonicization & Modulation

Learn about tonicization & modulation concepts and learn the difference between tonicization & modulation with some music examples.

Transposition

Transposition

Transposition: Learn how to transpose a melody by hand and learn how to Transpose Music at Sight. Learn the method with some transposition examples.

Tritone

Tritone

Tritone. Learn all about the interval called tritone: Tritone is an interval composed of three tones (a augmented fourth or a diminished fifth).

Duration of sounds

All these articles are about the duration of sounds, here are all main articles:

Tempo

Tempo

Tempo and beat definitions: Tempo refers to the speed at which a piece of music will be played. Beat is a regular pulse which may be dictated by a metronome.

Note values

Note values

Learn about note values: Double-whole note (Breve), Whole note (Semibreve), Half note (Minim), Quarter note (Crotchet), Eighth note (Quaver), ...

Rest values

Rest values

Learn about rest values: double-whole rest (breve rest), whole rest (semibreve rest), half rest (minim rest), quarter rest (crotchet rest), ...

Relations between note and rest values

Relations between note and rest values

Learn about relations between note and rest values. All note values have their equivalent in rest values.

Dots and ties

Dots and Ties

Learn about dots, double dots and ties. Dots, double dots ties and fermata are used to increase the value of a note or of a rest. Look at some of examples.

Measure (Bar)

Measure (Bar)

Measure (Bar). Learn all about Measure (Bar) and Bars (Barlines): Repeat bars (Repeat barlines), final bars (final barlines) and double bars (double barlines)

Time signature

Time signature

All about the time signature in music: The top number refer to the number of beats in one measure (bar) and the bottom number determine the value of one beat

Triplets

Triplets

Learn all about triplets: A triplet is a tuplet that permits to divide the beat (or more than 1 beat) by 3 in simple meters. Learn how to play triplets.

Duplets

Duplets

Learn all about duplets: A duplet is a tuplet that permits to divide the beat (or more than 1 beat) by 2 in compound meters. Learn how to play duplets.

Tuplets

Tuplets

Learn all about tuplets in this article, and how to read most common tuplets like triplets and duplets.

Repeat signs

Repeat signs

Repeat signs on score and in music theory: Learn how to read repeat signs, Dal Segno and Da Capo symbols.

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