How to Learn the Math of Music

There is a basic degree of math that goes into all music. Music operates on a grid in which the horizontal line functions as time, and the vertical line functions as pitch. Knowing the "math" of music will allow a musician or listener to gain a better understanding of a piece of music. Whether it is the numerical relationships between intervals or the compounding overtone series. Music and math go hand in hand.

Steps to Learn Music Theory

Step 1 Find a textbook on music theory. Make sure it starts with basics, such as note values, scales, and key signatures.

Step 2 Study the material in the textbook. For each new concept, write out several examples on your own and then try to create some of your own. This will help you improve your understanding.

Step 3 Listen to the examples from the textbook by playing them on an instrument, or by using the CD that comes with most workbooks. This will help you begin to develop your ear. With continued listening, you will eventually be able to hear as well as understand musical scores.

Step 4 Practice music theory like you would an instrument. Try to spend at least 15-30 minutes every day studying music theory.

Step 5 Search for additional music scores and sheet music. Study the sheet music to gain additional exposure and analyze the chords in the music.

Find a private instructor if you discover that you have difficulty. Music theory is a skill that can be taught online. Try looking for instructors online. Go slowly -- music theory takes time to learn and is a process that shouldn't be rushed.

Studying with fellow musicians will allow for collaboration and an increase in understanding by allowing group members to quiz each other and share ideas.

Make sure you start from the beginning of the theory text. Music is additive and continues to build on elements previously learned. When you get to major and minor key signatures in the text, take the time to memorize them before moving on. It will make future study much easier.


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