So do songs like have volume dials now?
In this tutorial, we will be discussing the various volume indicators you will encounter in music. So, let's have some fun.
The beauty of music lies in its interpretation. By interpretation, I am referring to the fact that certain sections of a song will be played at different volumes in order to induce certain emotions. For example, silent sections can be used to induce a state of calm or sadness, depending on the notes played of course, while loud sections can be used to induce anger, enthusiasm and other emotions.
But how does one know how loud a certain section of a song is to be played? And how loud is too loud for it? Well, let's start with the first question. When using music sheets, you will encounter certain notations that indicate how loud or how soft a section needs to be played. There's a total of 8 markers and we will go through each one, from softest to loudest. So, let's see how volumes are notated on a music sheet:
During a song, you will encounter many markers such as the ones above that will tell you how loud you have to play that section. And now that we know how to read these, it's time to figure out how to apply them to your singing style.
Volume indicators are cool and all but there is a small problem. They are very abstract. I mean sure, they're to the point with what they mean. But what does as soft as possible or as loud as possible mean?
This is relative to each and every musician out there. And I say this because what you might feel is as loud as possible may be different to what I feel is as loud as possible. Let's take the piano as an example. a fortissimo possibile volume would usually mean that you hit they piano keys as hard as possible without playing extra notes and you know, not hurting yourself.
So, how should you go about it? Well, there are two things you can do in order to understand how loud or soft each volume indicator should be:
That about covers it for this tutorial. In the next one, we will be looking at two more volume indicators, that tell you you need to gradually change the volume. See you then.