~ start time ~

“Time is the final currency.”

wiki ~ David Crosby

In a nutshell / start ~ time. Landing here, good chance this'll be some new vocabulary. We all get to be new, just gotta get started. The nutshell here is to get you to think about musical time. About how we can understand, in theory and art, musical pitches in motion through measurable time and some of the ways in musical words that we describe this magic.

These next ideas are all 'time' vocabulary links to their discussion throughout the text. Find one and off you go, read, pic and click your curiosities. Write down your questions for your mentor. There's that perfect closure to all of our study topics, and in time and rhythms too.

Time or rhythm ... ? Time in music is what helps get everyone on the same page, for all share in the measure of time as the beats go by the same the globe on over. Rhythm, and especially the ones we each create, is the way we get our own timing to pulse and chime on in with the rest of the world :)

Just pick and click and off ya go !

~ swing ~

~ 100 bpm ~

~ count to 4 ~

~ find 2 and 4 ~

~ now count it off ~

~ and now 3's a charm ~

~ now we bring the swing ~

~ count measures into forms ~

~ syncopation ~

theory chapters

References. References for this page's information comes from school, books and the bandstand and made way easier by the folks along the way.

Find a mentor / e-book / academia Alaska. Always good to have a mentor when learning about things new to us. And with music and its magics, nice to have a friend or two ask questions and collaborate with. Seek and ye shall find. Local high schools, libraries, friends and family, musicians in your home town ... just ask around, someone will know someone who knows someone about music and can help you with your studies in the musical arts.

go to a public library and ask the librarian

Always keep in mind that all along life's journey there will be folks to help us and also folks we can help ... for we are not in this endeavor alone :) The now ancient natural truth is that we each are responsible for our own education. Positive answer this always 'to live by' question; 'who is responsible for your education ... ?

Intensive tutoring. Luckily for musical artists like us, the learning dip of the 'covid years' can vanish quickly with intensive tutoring. For all disciplines; including all the sciences and the 'hands on' trade schools, that with tutoring, learning blossoms to 'catch us up.' In music ? The 'theory' of making musical art is built with just the 12 unique pitches, so easy to master with mentorship. And in 'practice ?' Luckily old school, the foundation that 'all responsibility for self betterment is ours alone.' Which in music, and same for all the arts, means to do what we really love to do ... to make music :)


"These books, and your capacity to understand them, are just the same in all places. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing."

wiki ~ Abraham Lincoln

Academia references of Alaska. And when you need university level answers to your questions and musings, and especially if you are considering a career in music and looking to continue your formal studies, begin to e-reach out to the Alaska University Music Campus communities and begin a dialogue with some of Alaska's finest resident maestros !


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