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Name: Pitch Notation
ID: col11353
Language: English (en)
Summary: This collection brings together modules that explain how pitch, the highness or lowness of a musical tone, is represented by notes on the lines and spaces of a staff in common Western notation. It is appropriate for those with little or no prior musical training. Topics progress from the rudimentary logic of pitch notation to the more advanced ideas of octaves and intervals that are necessary for understanding a natural harmonic series as it might be represented in musical notation.
Subject: Arts
Keywords: music, notation, pitch, staff, theory
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Mark A. Lackey (
Copyright Holders: Mark A. Lackey (
Maintainers: Mark A. Lackey (

Latest version: 1.3 (history)
First publication date: Aug 20, 2011 2:50 pm GMT-5
Last revision to collection: Aug 20, 2011 5:35 pm GMT-5


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Version History

Version: 1.3 Aug 20, 2011 5:35 pm GMT-5 by Mark A. Lackey
Replaced Ewell "Octave Designations in Music" with Smith-Jones "Octaves and the Major-Minor Tonal System" because it includes Helmholtz labels). 

Version: 1.2 Aug 20, 2011 4:06 pm GMT-5 by Mark A. Lackey
Minor corrections in summary, minor changes in module titles.

Version: 1.1 Aug 20, 2011 3:28 pm GMT-5 by Mark A. Lackey
NEW COLLECTION - brings together modules created by other authors.

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