Chapter 7: Taking Notes

The notes I handle no better than many…. But the pauses between the notes–ah, that is where the Art resides!  ~Arthur Schnabel

Sound the Trumpet chapter 7: Taking Notes

This Chapter Covers:

  • Basic note-reading skills,
  • finding your starting note(s)
  • C and G
  • The 1st 5 notes of the C Major scale,
  • C scale variations,
  • the C blues scale.

Terms to Know:

  • staff: The five lines and four spaces on which some music is written.
  • ledger lines: Small lines used above and below the staff to extend its range.
  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G: The letters used to name musical pitches.
  • treble clef: A symbol at the beginning of the staff that indicates letter names for the lines and spaces
  • open: No valves pressed down.
  • fermata: A musical symbol (also called a bird’s eye, or hold) telling the performer to hold out the sound of a note.
  • stepwise: Moving from one note to the next available note up or down. Also known as diatonic.

Chapter Resources:

  • Sound Clips for This Chapter

Chapter Images (click for larger image):

  • 7.1 and 7.2: Musical staff

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  • 7.3: Note names

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  • 7.4: Leger line notes

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  • Note Lengths/Rhythms

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  • Whole and Half rest disambiguation 🙂

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  • 7.5: First notes C and G

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  • 7.6: More notes, D, E & F

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  • 7.7: Long tone exercise

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  • Find more exercises  and simple note-reading examples and duets in the book:
  • 7.11: New low notes: C, B, A, G

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Other Resources:


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