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Time Signature 4/4 Explained

The most popular meter (or time signature) in modern music is 4/4. Each measure (or bar) of 4/4 has 4 quarter note beats in it. This time signature is so widely used the we sometimes call it common time. We’re going to dive straight into 4/4 time, but you can find more info on what … Read more

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Time Signatures and Meters Explained: A Complete Guide

Time signatures set out the rhythmic pattern that a piece of music is played within. Whether it’s a waltz in 3/4, a sonata in 4/4, or Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ in 7/4, everyone can hear these differences. However, it’s one thing to tap along to your favourite tune, and another to understand how time signatures actually … Read more

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Grade 5 Music Theory Notes you need to Know

ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory requires pupils to know a variety of different note and rest types. These are mostly covered in grade 1-4 but I have found that my students like to revise them to make sure they know what they all are. Check out out complete list of Grade 5 Music Theory Notes … Read more

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Grade 5 Music Theory Chords

In the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam students need to know chords created from the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th degrees of the scale. Scales can have up to six sharps and flats and chords using minor scales are included too. Students also need to be able to recognise the root position, 1st inversion and 2nd … Read more

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The Six Grade 5 Music Theory Intervals You need to know!

For ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory you will need to understanding 6 types of intervals: major, minor, perfect, augmented, diminished and compound. Only compound intervals are specific to grade 5, the others are part of the grade 1-4 curriculum. Below are example of all of the Grade 5 music theory intervals that you need to … Read more