The Queen's Meme #68

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by Travis Cody in

It's been a long time since I made space for a meme.  I guess I have lots of dungeon time coming up.  Let's see what our Dear Mimi has come up with this week.

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.  

1. What is the symbol above called?
Gosh.  I'm already stumped.  I like music.  But I'm a writer, not a musician.  So I say that those are the lines of a sheet of fresh paper, college ruled and blank, symbolizing the fact that I haven't written a single line of poetry in much too long.

2. Imagine you are playing saxophone and suddenly see the symbol above in your music score. What do you do?
It would truly be miraculous if I were suddenly playing the saxophone and reading a music score.  Now if I were editing one of my stories, I'd probably use such a symbol to denote that a section of what I'd written was crap and needed to be excised.
3. And this ornate object is???
 Well, if you turn it one quarter turn clockwise, it looks like a fancy mustache.

4. Are these two rests equal or unequal in value?
If I jam them together, does that mean I get a longer nap?  Or should I only use one and go for quality over length?

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

I couldn't say.  I'm not being coy.  I really couldn't say because I have no idea.

6. Why is the treble clef above always getting in trouble? What is wrong with it?

I've heard that treble clefs are quite mischievous.
7. What is the name of this note?

It looks like a 4 wood with streamers.

8. What is the key signature in the piece of music below?
 This one should have been easy!  If only Mr Wade had signed the piece, I would have said his was the key signature. 

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

9.  What is the last note on a piano keyboard?
// = the end
I hope Mimi forgives me!  I don't know anything about reading music, so I played silly with my answers.  But then my answers fell short of real silliness.
Ah well.  Maybe it will still keep me out of the dungeon.
Happy Tuesday! 


  1. ... a four wood with streamer.... bwahahahahahahahahhaha! Funny! I have no clue and I took music lessons as a kid.

    Thanks for the smile, Travis!

  1. These symbols look suspiciously like math to me.

  1. HA HA HA! That was the not-making-fun-of-Travis-way...but it was a properly funny spoof.
    4 wood.
    I should have known.

    But I did especially like your 1st answer about the staff lines. We are all awaiting another poem from you.
    You may use the staff to begin.

    **putting red pen down now**

  1. P.S. Charles - Music is extremely mathematical. Structured. Ordered chaos of organized sound. Music theory is quite extraordinary really in its complexity and history.

  1. Travis, what authenic answers you gave today. I am ashamed to say that I have forgot most of my musicality through the years.

  1. Linda says:

    The only one of these that I knew the right answer to is the one that you had me really cracking up over and that's your 4 wood with streamers! Perfect!

    The Queen is right, though, we could use a nice new poem from you when you get the opportunity!

  1. Mags says:

    Trav-I've been away too long and not come by to say hi. I'm sorry for that. I'm going to be better at clicking over to comment.

    Thank you, as always, for your lovely comments. They always brighten my day and help me put things into perspective.

  1. Kate says:

    Oh funny! Thanks for the laugh! I played the clarinet for 8+ years and it's so true...if you don't use it, you lose it. I think I would fail this test!

  1. Debra says:

    Trav...your answers are so funny! I know nothing about music at all! Thanks for the laugh!

  1. Trav: I had a double major ins college - one of them was music. I knew the answers, but yours are more day-brightening! thanks for the humor.

  1. jennifer says:

    Funny mustache? Miraculously playing the sax? You crack me up Trav. I think I'm going to post this one later with the help of Oldest Daughter. I know she'll enjoy it.

    funny mustache... hahahaha....

  1. Lois: I wish I had taken music, but alas and alack...I was a jock and there just wasn't time to do both as well as I wanted.

    Charles: Indeed.

    Mimi: I'm glad you like. And I shall endeavor to produce poetry again. Oh...I read that somewhere about music being based in math. I still like music anyway. Just don't make me do fractions.

    Pam: It was fun!

    Linda: LOL! That was the first one I answered too! And thanks for the encouragement about the poetry. Words will flow again at some point.

    Mags: You are most welcome. I hope your back is feeling better after the fall.

    Kate: Sometimes a guy just has to be silly.

    Debra: Then we're on the same page!

    GGG: I have to check in with Mimi and see if she has the real answers on her post.

    Jennifer: I'll bet OD gets them all correct too!