You can do about every track in 4/4 and get away with it. No shame in that.
Finding the old 4/4 a bit of a bore? Why not try some other time signatures just for gits and shiggles? 7/8 does it for me every time. It takes a bit of getting used to but lots of musical fun to be had when you break out of the 4/4 box and fly!
Skill #3: Know & Use Notes
1. A pitched sound itself.
2. A sign used in musical notation to represent the relative duration and pitch of a sound (♪, ♫);
You probably know by now that Western music uses 12 notes:
C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B
Each note has a pitch and a duration.
duration, which is also called the note value or note length,
determines or describes how long a note lasts. These are usually
expressed in DAWs as:
1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 and 1/128 notes.
A note length of 1 will last the entire bar.
A note length of 1/2 will last half a bar.
1/4 note - lasts a fourth or quarter of the bar.
is important to grasp since it's the basic syllables of music. It
helps you set your grid, when you work with quantize functions, when you
write chords, sections, phrases, melodies and drum parts.
fundamental frequency at which the note vibrates determines the note
pitch. This frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). In DAW-based music
production you will mostly deal with notes when you work in your MIDI
Double or halve the fundamental frequency of a note
and you have the Octave of that note. In Western music we use 12 musical
notes within each Octave. We label these notes with letters of the
alphabet in the following way...
A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G# (when you move up the scale from low to high notes)
A, B♭, B, C, D♭, D, E♭, E, F, G♭, G, A♭ (when you move down the scale from high to low)
(B-flat) is exactly the same note as A# (A-sharp). We refer to it as B♭
when we move down the scale and we refer to the same note as A# when we
move up the scale. The same goes for all the other sharps and flats.
At this point very basic music theory becomes a little bit less basic. Only a little...