Learning The Musical Alphabet Backwards

Posted by Mike Schuck

Music is such an integral part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine life without it. It has inspired many artistic forms- from painting, sculpture, and dance to filmmaking, writing, and storytelling.

Music can be described as a system of sounds or notes organized into patterns and sequences (rhythm). These sequences are structured according to rules which describe when each note should be played and for how long.

When people use this music theory to make their own songs, they refer to these rules as melodies and rhythms. A melody is defined as a sequence of notes separated by silence whereas a rhythm is just the order in which those notes are performed.

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This article will go more in depth about how to back up your song lyrics using musical theory.

Musical notes and their letter symbols

musical alphabet backwards

Let’s look at some quick examples of musical notes and how to write them out!
You probably learned this in elementary school, but it is very helpful to know again.

The easiest way to remember the note names and their corresponding letters is by looking at a chart that shows all the notes and what key they are in. For example, the note A is actually G sharp in the A major scale, so you would just put “A” next to the G sharp sign along with the A major key symbol.

Another common type of music notation is rhythm or meter notations. These describe which part of the song each note should be for and what number of beats per minute (bpm) it should have.

There are many ways to learn how to play guitar, but one of the first things most people do is practice playing songs. Luckily, there are lots of free resources available online and books you can get to help you progress your skills.

Song symbols and their corresponding notes

The first step in learning how to play music is knowing what note each song symbol represents. These song symbols are called chord names or music notation. Each of these chords has a name because they are made up of different letters that make up a word.

For example, the first chord you will learn about is the Major Chord. This chord contains the same three notes as the letter “M” (the middle note). Because it starts with an “m,” this chord is also referred to as the Minor Third Chord.

The next chord you will learn about is the Suspended Fifth Chord. It begins with the note “mi.” Therefore, its full name is the Half-Minor Sixth Chord.

And lastly, the First Inversion Triad begins with the note "do." That makes it the Dorian Mode.

It is very common for songs to feature more than one of these chords at a time. For instance, a verse might contain only a half-minor sixth chord while the chorus features both a major third and a suspended fifth chord simultaneously!

Knowing which chords go into what songs can be tricky though since some songs use all three chords together and other songs may mix and match parts. There are many resources available to help you identify which chords are in which songs. You can find them by looking YouTube videos up on guitar techniques or listening to lots of music to determine patterns.

Song letter names and their corresponding note symbols

musical alphabet backwards

The next step in learning how to play music is figuring out what notes are!

In this section, we will learn the song alphabet or Morse code style song notation for bassists. This includes knowing the name of each major chord as well as the root note of every key. For instance, if you wanted to know the name of the first chord of the song “Happy Birthday” then the root would be G.

The other important thing about chords is that they must always be made up of at least one full tone (no half tones) and have an equal number of beats per measure. That means that when counting down from the tonic, there should be three beats before moving onto the sub-tonic, and so forth.

This article will focus only on using natural notes for songs. Natural notes are those that belong to no particular scale but can be used to create a sound. They include notes such as middle C, A sharp, E flat, and many more.

Song letter names and their corresponding note symbols

musical alphabet backwards

The next step in learning how to play guitar is figuring out what notes make up each song! This is called song structure, or music theory for those that study it.

Song letter names are one of the most important concepts when it comes to song structure. These are the parts of a song that tell you where a new chord will be, which notes in a melody line will be played, and what key the song is in.

Song letter names and their corresponding note symbols

musical alphabet backwards

The next step in exploring your musical language is learning how to name all of the notes in music. These are sometimes called song letters or scale notes. For example, the first scale we learned was the major scale, which has three notes that make up its range. The third note is a raised tone (or sharp), so it gets a special name – bimma! That is why this interval is also known as a bimma.

The second note in the major scale is a natural (or un-sharped) tonic, which means it is the root of the whole scale. This note gets a shorter nickname – tonic!

So, what do you get when you put these two notes together? A test of whether you have mastered the basics of music! The answer is a very common chord — the dominant seventh. It is often referred to as the “dominant” chord because it typically follows another chord with an upbeat feeling (the sub-mediant).

Song letter names and their corresponding note symbols

musical alphabet backwards

The next step in learning how to play guitar is figuring out what notes make up each song! These are called song letters or music alphabet songs. A beginner might be overwhelmed by the number of notes that need to be known at this stage, so you can choose to start with only one or two sets of song letters.

There are several ways to learn your first few song letters. You can either learn them through an organized method like grade school teaching strategies or you can just pick ones you know off-the-beaten-path and apply any sense of rhythm to them. Either way, starting with the same set of song letters will give you the same result!

We’ll go over some easy tips here for choosing which song letter sets to begin with, but if you want more advanced lessons, check our article about chord structure for more information.

Song letter names and their corresponding note symbols

musical alphabet backwards

The next step in learning to play the guitar is figuring out how to read music! This means knowing what notes make up each song, as well as the lyrics. You can begin by looking into song letter names and their corresponding note symbols.

A song letter name is an important part of a song that tells you where a particular note starts and/or ends. These are typically preceded by a word or phrase suchasthe first bass lineis counted as a one-beat rest, so it has a “rest” valueofone. After this comes the second measure, which also hasa one-beat rest, making two rests in all.

The chord at the beginning of this paragraph is called a G major chord, and its songsymbol is g. To play this chord, use your index finger to hit the middle fretboard string (string number three) at the third space between the pincer and pointer fingers(known as the root), then press down with your ring finger while lifting your other hand. Then hold this for a couple of beats before lowering your hands back down.

Song letter names and their corresponding note symbols

musical alphabet backwards

The next step in learning how to play piano is figuring out what notes make up each song! These are called song letters, or sometimes referred to as chord shapes. A song letter is one of the main chords that makes up a song.

Each song has at least one song letter, which you can find by looking at the lyrics. For example, if the song was about horses, then the word horse would be the song letter for the F major chord. You would have to figure out what other notes go with F before you could start playing the music!

The second part of determining a song’s melody is knowing the order in which those notes should be played. This is where rhythm comes into place! By timing when a particular note is supposed to be pressed down on the keyboard, you create a pulse that matches the tempo of the song.

There are several ways to learn this basic concept, but the easiest way to remember is using the standard musical alphabet.

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