15. Adding Up To Equal One

Read and Play Music Rhythms Part 2 – 8th Note Clichés
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Hello, guys, welcome to adding up to equal one. Today we're going to be doing a little bit of math. Music is math, whether you like it or not. So we're going to break up some of these note values into their decimal version to make our point. So we've learned so far, that here, measure here. Okay, so we've talked about time signatures already and having four beats in the measure.

We've always seen our diagram like this and we got our downbeat here. Okay, so this would sound like Sally would count this. So one, two, or that's what we're working with. Okay? So let's look at a whole note. A whole note, we know is going to receive four beats.

So because it's a whole note, we call it a whole note because it takes up the whole measure, measure. So technically, this measure is already complete. We can't add any more into this measure because we already have one. That's what we're referring to is the one is the measure complete? Is every single space inside that measure, is it fulfilled? So right here, we would say yes, we would give that a check.

If I were to, let's say write, half note, and a quarter. So this right here, we've got half which is like point five or It percent. Take a look at these two boxes, then we have this quarter here, like point two, five or 25%. We add those up together, we only have 75%. So we still have some missing information. So this measure would not be considered complete.

Right now our options that we have here, we could possibly add another 25% here, and then you would have 100%. Or we could even add two eighth notes, which would create 25%, which would complete the measure. I'll just give you a couple more examples. This isn't too hard to understand, but it is very useful when you are writing your own music. Because you need to go back and check your work and make sure that you didn't leave out a 16th note or leave out an eighth note or maybe you haven't too much information. It's always good to go back and check your work and almost just add up your your fractions and decimals.

Yeah. So here good. So we got a quarter note. Be like 25% we got a half note. That's gonna give you 75%. We've got this guy here.

You think this makes one does a quarter plus the eight plus a half. does that equal one? Yes, there's no. So you either have to add another eighth note here. Or we could have even added it's pause or rest, like an eighth note rest. Now this would be complete.

Alright, so we just looked at an example. of not putting enough information. So if you remember, we had an eighth note missing. Now let's try and put too much information in the manager and see what that looks like. So for example, things that cannot happen, half know what a half no and a quarter, that will give me like 1.25. So here we've got a half and a half note, this already completes our measure, then we've got this extra information here can't happen.

So that's how we correct this. Look at another one. So here we have a whole note, this already equals up to one. So this guy here that's can be extra. So to solve this, we need to erase that. Let's see here.

A quarter Quarter, a quarter, four eighth notes. So here we've got a quarter, quarter quarter that equals up 75%. And then we've got two eights, which equal to a quarter. So right there, we already have enough information. We've got these extra eights here, that can't happen. So to solve this, we need to erase that.

The point is when you're writing music, you want to always be sure that the amount of information that you put inside the measure equals up to one. That's just the rule. And this is going to get harder and harder as we start breaking the notes down into smaller values. So when you're dealing with 16th notes, or even 32nd notes, you could have 32 notes here. It's actually pretty easy to lose track and put an extra 30 seconds or to not have that 32nd. So you just always need to keep this in your mind like all the cliches and the notes that I'm writing at the end of my manager.

Is it creating one? are you adding up to equal one? Thank you

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