Music Notation

Notation is a system of writing music to represent and communicate specific pitches and rhythms.

Notating Rhythm

Music notation indicates the length of tone in relation to other tones in the piece.

Duration is indicated by how the note looks-

Note head & stem


Dotted note


Rests indicate notated silence.

Dotted Values

Tied Note Values

Understanding rhythm and duration is extremely important when recording your sequences.

Each part or track needs to be "Quantized" so that it is in time.

Quantizing in sequencing programs is represented as notes or fractions.

Non-Quantized Drum Beat

Quantized Drum Beat

Notating Meter

Time Signatures In Garage Band

Time Signatures In Reason

On most sequencing programs, the time signature is located in the transport section of the program as pictured above.

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