Lesson 4: Music Fundamentals 2

There is no music without time. Just think about it and you’ll see why that’s true. In classic musical notation, time is expressed in musical units of measures and bars. Also known as meter, time signatures such as 4/4, 6/8, and 5/4, greatly influence the character, feel, and mood of a piece of music. Different notes have different values which communicate how long to hold or play each note. The speed of a piece of music is determined by the tempo. The tempo determines how fast the beats move in a measure. These elements work together to create not only music, but rhythm.

From the fundamentals of musical notation in classical score format, we’ll delve into MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and notation in numerical values through the playback counter of the DAW. Such fundamentals are at the core of your knowledgebase as a music producer, so dig in an absorb all you can.


Be able to define terms used to describe music.
Be able to explain how music works.
Be able to demonstrate his knowledge of music.
Be able to analyze music by the end of the course.
Be able to explain music formats.