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Music 101 – Classical Terms and Definitions (Part 1)

Musical compositions have many forms in which concerto, sonata, symphony and partita are all included. These terms were well defined at a particular moment in time and the meaning of them might have changed from year to year; however they all serve one purpose which is to describe a musical composition. Centuries had passed, along with which came so many changes in the musical structure as well as the nature of composition types, making the genre and its term become indefinable. Because there is no specific rule made by the community, composers can just name their work however they want. Having a clear understanding of those terms will not only give you a sophisticated image, but it will also bring you more insights into the wonderful world of music.

Partita

Partita (meaning ‘piece’ or ‘divided off’) was a word that describe a lone brief movement musical instrumental fragment. Nowadays nobody plays partitas anymore so the one example I can give you is the partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach used the idea of ‘dance suites’ – a collection of dance-like movements which are both fast and slow – for a solo instrument presentation to define his partitas. Notice that people at that time did not actually dance to these partitas, what I’m trying to say here is that those Bach’s partitas were made to represent the actual dances such as Courante, Minuet, Bouree, Gigue, Sarabande and Allemande. You can find Bach’s work on YouTube with the keyword “Bach’s partitas”. The great thing that separates Bach’ partitas from the rest is that each of his works was written for a solo instrument performance. Even so, Bach had made it so that the one instrument was able to create a perfect harmonic structure and melody without the need of other instruments. The secret behind those partitas was Bach’s perfect usage of rhythmic figuration.

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Music 101 – 10 Instruments for Beginners (Part 2)

6/ Saxophone

Charles Joseph and his father Antoine Joseph gave birth to the saxophone after they had perfected the clarinet. Saxophone have many types and sizes such as the alto sax (this saxophone may come in a curved or a straight shape. Alto saxophone is recommended to begin with and it is the most popular and widely used.), the soprano saxophone (this type also comes in a straight or curved shape. Soprano saxophone is played with the B flat key so it could be hard for beginner to get familiar.), the tenor sax (it is bigger than the alto sax and it mouthpiece is also bigger. The tenor also starts with the B flat key so it is never considered to be beginner-friendly) or the baritone sax (The baritone is the biggest among the saxophone category).

Saxophone can be taught to 12 years old kids and higher. The alto saxophone is usually recommended to beginners. You can find saxophone in almost every school orchestras; therefore it is not very difficult for a saxophonist to find a place to perform his skills.

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Music 101 – 10 Instruments for Beginners (Part 1)

Music has been and will always be an elegant art that we human have worked endlessly in order to seek for its perfection. Being a newcomer in this huge and beautiful world of music may be a tough work, but do not let that discourage you from getting immersed. You can start with learning to play an instrument as it will provide you with some basic knowledge of music. However if you end up with an instrument which is too hard for you to play every day, you may quickly become bored of it. In this article, I will give you a list of the 10 easiest and beginner-friendly musical instruments. Notice that all of the items mentioned below do not follow any specific order; therefore you can choose to learn anything you like.

1/ Violin

The violin can be thought of as the better version of Lira da braccio and Rebec. Moreover they are believed to have been used in the first part of the century by the European. Violin are considered to be a fair deal to begin with and they perfect for 6-year-old or higher kids. From full size to the 1/16 types, violin have a lot of sizes in order to fit the age of the learner. Violin are a popular musical instrument and violinists are in demand nowadays. With that being said, if you invest enough hard work to learn to become a professional violinist, it will be easy for you to find and join a musical group or even an orchestra. I recommend you to try out the non-electric violin first as, to me, they are better than the electric ones.

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