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Rhythm, Meter, Dynamics, Tone

  • Rhythm: the movement within a beat
  • Meter: the actual beat itself
  • Dynamics: spectrum of volume
  • Tone: how and instrument sounds or what makes it different from another instrument

Rhythm, Meter, Dynamics, Tone

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Rhythm 0:19
    • Allows More Than One Person to Play at the Same Time
    • The Notes Tell You When to Play
    • Different Kinds of Notes
    • Developed Along With Music Notation
    • Notation Plays Important Role in Development of Western Music
  • Meter 2:44
    • Tied In With Rhythm
    • Time Signatures
    • The Larger Beats
    • Rhythmic Material Adds Up to the Numerator of the Time Signature
    • Example
  • Dynamics 5:12
    • How Loud or Soft You Play
    • Spectrum and Special Notation System
    • Can Change at Any Moment
    • Used to Affect Mood
  • Tone 7:20
    • Also Known as Timbre or Color of the Sound
    • Each Instrument has a Unique Sound
    • Important in Understanding Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • Review 9:06
    • Rhythm, Meter, Dynamics, Tone
    • Identifying Meter of Two Examples: 4/4 or 6/8?