Boogie Woogie Alligator

Nicole Rumman
January 31, 2013
Period 2
Word Count:236
Pages Read: 60
Reading Inventory
Music Notation and Terminology
Karl Wilson Gehrken
How does this connect with what the author told us before?
The technicalities of music is not for everyone. Some people, like my dad for example,
has no understanding whatsoever of music in any way, shape or form. As for me, I have a 'knack'
for music, (as my father says! )The author began to explain key signatures, and sharps and flats.
A sharp is when a note's pitch goes up and a flat goes down a half step. Then he began to explain
the different types of notes, such as whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, sixteenth notes and
eighth notes, etc. These connect because, in music the basics are to make sure that your note is in
tune and you have the right ear for intonation and you ear must also be trained for rhythm. As
you have a series of eigth notes, your intonation could become a little flat or sharp, then you have
to be able to multitask. You have to listen, read and play at the same time! If you are a true
muscician it's easy. If you are going to enter the field of music, it takes some practice. As my
violin teacher says, "Never say you 'can't' do something, you can do anything if you do your best
and work really hard- kind of like playing slurred eighth notes with quarter and dotted whole
notes in six eight time signature!" (Only a true muscician would know how challenging it is!)