Making Music with Marshall Part Two
Notes, Keys, and Scales
Posted: 3 December 2019
You’ve nailed beats and tempo , now it’s time for Notes, Keys and Scales.
To properly understand what keys are, we first need to look at pitch. The pitch of a sound is how high or low the sound is. Particular pitches are associated with letters and we use these pitches to determine notes.
Notes are the minimum element of a musical sound. When a string is played on a guitar, it vibrates and produces a sound at a certain frequency. The frequency, or pitch, of this sound corresponds to a musical note. For example, the frequency of 261.62Hz equates to the note of C. It is important to note (get it?) that this is not the only frequency that equates to a C. When that frequency doubles/ halves, it also plays a C note but in a lower or higher octave.