Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Are You Playing This Piano Bar Tomorrow Night?

Welcome to The Queen's Meme #68.
It's called the Basic Music Theory Meme 101
It's simple! Answer the questions and/or identify the following very basic music symbols and tell us what you think they mean. You can answer correctly (don't peek in the dictionary!) or you can spoof 'em. I'm talking to you, Coopernicus. Can you snark something this academic?

I have a music degree which isn't a bit fair and caused me great angst trying to choose the correct answer or the funny ones. So I did both.  What fun!! Hope you enjoy. And please play along with us!

1. What is the symbol above called?
It is an eyechart. Apparently I am blind.
(It is the musical staff of five lines and four spaces upon which modern music is written.)
2. Imagine you are playing saxophone and suddenly see the symbol above in your music score. What do you do?
I would throw my sax across that tennis net to score 10 points. Wouldn't you?

(It means 10 measure of rest in the same meter. Notated to conserve space and simplify)
3. And this ornate object is???
A sideways beauty pageant crown. Duh. 
(C clef also known as the Alto clef)

4. Are these two rests equal or unequal in value?
They apparently aren't even speaking to each other! 
(Quarter rests equivalent to quarter notes in value)

5. Name at least 2 things missing from the Treble and Bass clef show below that would be seen in an actual piece of music.

So many things that would make this musical and lovely. Hugh Jackman comes to mind...
(Brackets, measure lines, measures, a time signature, double bar line, tempo markings, stems on the notes, a key signature, dynamic markings, and no musical alphabet letter names would be seen etc etc)

Oo la la! Scandalously French and out of place.
6. Why is the treble clef above always getting in trouble? What is wrong with it?
(It is a French violin clef from the 17th/18th century and is no longer used. Standard modern Treble clef signs are placed on the 2nd line of the staff up from the bottom, hence the alternate name G clef)
7. What is the name of this note?

(It is a 32nd note. Its value depends on the time signature placed at the beginning of the piece. Since there is no time signature (ie: 4/4  2/4  3/8  6/8  etc) we are going to assume the quarter note gets the beat. There are eight 32nd notes in one beat if the quarter note gets the beat. It would take 32 of these to equal 4 beats in 4/4 time (8 x 4 = 32)
A 32nd note is one/32th the length of a 4/4 bar.)

8. What is the key signature in the piece of music below?
A MAJOR problemo to answer when the score is all fuzzy, Mimi. BTW The English translation of this is the popular Christmas carol "O Come All Ye Faithful".  Look at it again and sing it to yourself. See? No. Not C. A. A is the key (the relative minor key is f#). Even majorly fuzzy.

BONUS! The correct answer will keep you out of the dungeon for awhile.

9.  What is the last note on a piano keyboard?
"I forgot to get your phone number. Are you playing this piano bar tomorrow night?"

(C. See?)


Xmichra said...

I can't beleive I will be in the dungeon for not being musically inclined.


Mimi Lenox said...

Xmichra - But I said you could spoof it! Your choice....you know it's really cold down there right now. Just sayin'...

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...


Barbara Shallue said...

I didn't get a single one - but I haven't had any type of musical instruction since 6th grade, so I don't really feel that bad about it!

Travis Cody said...

I am proud to say that I got them all wrong. But I think my spoof was funny, so I shall take the points.

And thank you for the correct answers...I learned something. I'll likely forget it as soon as I vector away from this page, but at least I learned it while I was hear.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

I done did this

Jamie said...

Who said you could decorate your meme with Hugh Jackman? You can't have both Johnny Depp in the basement and Huge singing serenades. Now I'm taking him back to my blog where he belongs.

David Tenant will be around to dry the tears from your eyes momentarily.

Mimi Lenox said...

Vinny - Would I kid about a meme?

Barbara - I think they must have been harder than I intended.

Travis - Your spoof WAS funny. The 4 wood. Ha ha ha ha!

Vinny - I knew you would cave.

Jamie - I should have know you wouldn't share Hugh or Johnny. Sigh.
I'm waiting....

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