Note Reading Puzzles - Music Theory

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17 Oct 201908:06
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TLDRThis script describes a musical code quiz to test one's ability to decode musical notes representing words in English. It provides ten short excerpts of notes across treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs. The challenge is identifying each musical word code and its meaning. The notes spell common words like 'bed', 'cabbage', 'age', among others. The script encourages learning to read notes in different clefs, testing musical decoding skills. It inspires creating more complex musical cryptograms and secret coded compositions, sparking interest in musical cryptography.

  • πŸ˜€ The video introduces a musical code quiz with 10 snippets of notes that spell out words
  • 😎 Viewers are challenged to decode the musical notes to guess the words
  • 🎡 The notes use treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs across the musical snippets
  • 🎼 The revealed words include common words like "bed", "cabbage" and "age"
  • 🎹 The notes can be played as little tunes corresponding to the spelled out words
  • ♾️ Some words like "baggage" and "cabbage" have similar musical note patterns
  • 🎢 Viewers learned how ledger lines above the treble clef work by decoding the last word "fade"
  • πŸ”’ Suggesting viewers can grade themselves out of 10 or 6 based on clefs decoded
  • 🧩 The video sets a challenge to create more coded words or music in secret code
  • πŸ€“ Learning new clefs and musical patterns provides good musicianship practice
Q & A
  • What is the main topic of the video?

    -The main topic is using musical notes to spell out words and crack secret codes.

  • How many musical code snippets are provided in the video?

    -There are 10 different snippets of musical notes provided.

  • What clefs are used in the musical code snippets?

    -The treble clef, bass clef, alto clef, and tenor clef are used.

  • What is the first code word spelled out?

    -The first code word spelled out is "bed" using the notes B, E, D.

  • What vegetable has its own tune?

    -Cabbage has its own tune, spelled C-A-B-B-A-G-E.

  • What does the alto clef show?

    -The alto clef shows where middle C is located, with the middle line of the clef indicating middle C.

  • What instruments might use the tenor clef?

    -Instruments like the cello, bassoon, or trombone may use the tenor clef.

  • What's the tune for the word "ace"?

    -The tune for "ace" is the notes A, C, E.

  • What's the last code word in the lyrics?

    -The last code word is "fade", spelled F-A-D-E.

  • What challenge is provided at the end?

    -The challenge is to write your own piece of music with words spelled out in secret code.

πŸ˜€ Introducing a musical code quiz

The first paragraph introduces a musical code quiz, where musical notes spell out words in English. There are 10 musical code snippets to decode. The notes use four clefs - treble, bass, alto, and tenor. Listeners are encouraged to pause the video, decode the words themselves, then resume to check the answers.

😊 Revealing the musical code answers

The second paragraph reveals the answers to the musical code quiz. Each coded word is spelled out note-by-note, along with the corresponding musical pattern. A range of everyday words were encoded, like "bed", "cabbage", "age", "bag", "ace", "baggage", "beg", "fad", "bad", and "fade". Listeners are invited to create their own musical codes and give themselves a score based on their decoding accuracy.

πŸ’‘code breaker
A code breaker is someone who cracks or deciphers codes. In the context of the video, viewers are challenged to take on the role of a code breaker to decipher the musical notes that spell out words.
πŸ’‘musical notes
Musical notes refer to the symbols used to represent sounds in music. The video uses musical notes in the treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs to spell out words and form a quiz for viewers to solve.
A clef is a symbol at the beginning of the staff in musical notation that determines the pitch of the notes. The common clefs used are treble and bass, while alto and tenor clefs are less widely used. Understanding clefs is key to decoding the musical quiz.
πŸ’‘ledger lines
Ledger lines are short horizontal lines added above or below the musical staff to extend the range of the notation. In the final musical code example, ledger lines are used above the treble clef staff.
An octave refers to the interval between one musical pitch and another pitch that has double its frequency. Playing notes in different octaves can create more tuneful or interesting musical patterns, as demonstrated in the "baggage" example.
πŸ’‘ chord
A chord is made up of three or more musical notes played together harmoniously. Some of the decoded "words" in the examples form simple chords, such as "ace" and "bad".
A tune is a short, simple melody or succession of musical notes. Many of the decoded word examples in the video double as fun little tunes, especially when certain notes are played across different octaves.
The tempo indicates the speed or pace of a piece of music. Though not directly referenced, tempo could be varied in playing the different decoded words-as-tunes to create different feels.
πŸ’‘ rhythm
Rhythm refers to the pattern or placement of long and short sounds and silences within a piece of music. Rhythm plays a key role in making the decoded words musical and tuneful.
Harmony refers to how musical notes and chords blend pleasingly when played together. Certain decoded words like "ace" and "cabbage" have an harmonic chord-like musicality.

Musical code quiz to decode words spelled out in musical notes

Number one is the word "bed" spelled out in treble clef notes B, E, D

Number two spells out "cabbage" in bass clef notes

Number three uses the alto clef to spell out the word "age"

Number four uses the tenor clef to spell "bag"

Number five in bass clef spells the word "ace"

Number six is the word "baggage" in treble clef

Number seven goes back to the alto clef to spell "beg"

Number eight uses bass clef again for the word "fad"

Number nine spells out "bad" in the tenor clef

Number ten uses ledger lines above treble clef for "fade"

Challenge to create your own musical code pieces

Assessing your musical code breaking performance

Focus on treble and bass clefs if alto/tenor are new

Hopefully learned some new musical notes/clefs from this

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