Note values



I have copies of the above sheet music in the music studio, if anyone wants to play this!


Having trouble counting various note values?

In music notation, a note value indicates the relative duration of a note, using the color or shape of the note head, the presence or absence of a stem, and the presence or absence of flags/beams/hooks/tails.

A rest indicates a silence of an equivalent duration.


Read the article at  Note values.

J.S. Bach’s Ornament Table

The following ornament table is a transcription of the one appearing in the Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, written by Johann Sebastian Bach for the keyboard instruction of his eldest son.

A scan of the original manuscript appears at Dave’s J.S. Bach Page.

The German title translates as “Explanation of various signs, showing how to play certain ornaments correctly.”{1} Bach gives the sign for each ornament on the upper of the paired staves, while the lower shows its execution directly beneath.

(This blog has) simply modernized the clefs in my transcription, since Bach’s manuscript uses soprano clefs, as several composers continued to do throughout the 18th century in place of the treble clef now used in all keyboard music.

After the transcription graphic showing the table, there appear clickable buttons which are keyed to AU sound files; you can click on any of the ornaments and hear a sound file play its execution.



Read the original blog post with the ornament table and listening files at J.S. Bach’s Ornament Table.

The Studio Painting is Done!

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Now, it’s time to start putting the furniture back where it goes, although I think I’m leaving the piano more in the center of the room for now.  It shows the piano off better and I’ll have a place to put the digital keyboard against the wall and closer to the piano.

After a lot of thought, the organs will stay in their respective places next to each other but the music for them will be moving nearer to them.

Then putting all the other books away.  I have an iPad app which is a database that adds items by taking pictures of their barcodes.  Hopefully, this will help organize some of my books.

It won’t be done by Monday but it will be done enough for teaching purposes!



Practising the Piano – The Myth of the Instant Fix

When they make a mistake they hack away at it until it finally yields, and simply move on. What they have actually practised is getting it wrong three or four times in a row and right on the fifth attempt. What, then, are the chances of getting it right the first time in the context of the flow of the piece?

via Practising the Piano – The Myth of the Instant Fix.

NO Piano Lessons Monday July 14!

The studio is just about cleared out and most things moved to the center of the room so that the painters can start painting Tuesday morning.

I had planned on teaching Monday, but with everything moved, it is far too difficult (but not impossible!) to get to the piano.

Painting is supposed to take only two days so it should be done on Wednesday (or Thursday!) and completely dry before the next lessons.

Thanks for your understanding and keep practicing! Next lesson, the studio will be a pretty blue color 🙂




Happy Fourth of July!




Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.


A bit of audio for your listening pleasure, as played by Vladimir Horowitz…