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How to Read Sheet Music: Notes

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In order to play an instrument, most of the time you will need to be able to read sheet music. What do those mystical lines and dots mean, and how do they correspond to musical notes? Here I will go over how to read notes on sheet music, with examples based on the piano.

Feel free to go back to How to Read Sheet Music: The Basics or forwards to How to Read Sheet Music: Note Types.

Musical Notes From A to A

Musical Notes From A to A

What Are the Musical Notes?

Musical notes go from A to G and then start over with A.

There are also sharps and flats of each note. Sharps are a half-step up, and flats are a half-step down.

Treble Clef

Now let's take a look at how to differentiate the notes on sheet music, starting with treble clef.

First we will look at the notes in the spaces. These are typically taught as FACE, reading from bottom to top. You can also make up a saying to remember this, such as Forget About Crazy Eyes.

Notes in the spaces of the treble clef: F, A, C, E

Notes in the spaces of the treble clef: F, A, C, E

Next we will look at the notes on the lines: E, G, B, D, and F. These are often taught as Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, but you can make up your own saying. How about Entertaining Gerbils Bring Dave Fun?

Notes on the lines of the treble clef: E, G, B, D, F

Notes on the lines of the treble clef: E, G, B, D, F

Bass Clef

The notes are in different places in the bass clef.

The spaces are A, C, E, G. A way to remember this would be Anyone Can Eat Grubs.

Notes in the spaces of the bass clef: ACEG

Notes in the spaces of the bass clef: ACEG

The lines are G, B, D, F, A. A potential saying for this could be Good Boys Don't Forget Algebra.

Notes on the lines of the bass clef: G, B, D, F, A

Notes on the lines of the bass clef: G, B, D, F, A

Here are all of the notes in one place:

Treble Clef Notes

Treble Clef Notes

Bass Clef Notes

Bass Clef Notes

Where Are These Notes on the Piano?

Now that we've identified all the notes, where are they located on the piano? This diagram should help:

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Next - How to Read Sheet Music: Note Types

Comments

Vybralk on March 28, 2014:

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