Magic Henry’s Music Notes
Musical Terms For Reading Music
Have fun jamming along with the band and improving your ability to read music at the same time, using this introductory guide covering the basics – Henry
The stave (indicated by blue) is made up of 5 lines. Each line and space corresponds to a voice of the drum set
The neutral clef (red): This symbol is used for untuned percussive instruments, a drum set in this case.
Indicates the speed of music in beats per minute.
A short phrase of transition acting between sections.
Italian for ‘sign’ – is used as a navigation marker. The instructional ‘dal Segno’ or ‘D.S. al Coda’ signifies go back to the ‘Segno’ sign and when the ‘al Coda’ or to Coda, sign is reached, jump to the final ‘Coda’ sign.
Continue in a similar way but vary the patterns slightly.
‘Italian for tail’ – is used as a navigational marker and indicates the final part of the tune. The instruction ‘al Coda’ or ‘to Coda’ directs the performer straight to the ‘Coda’ sign. (See the definition of ‘Segno’ for more info)
Extend the part in a stylistically appropriate manner.
Mezzo piano: moderately soft
Mezzo forte: moderately loud
Dynamics or expression marks are written under the stave.