When it comes to reading music - especially in the beginning - we need to have a really solid grasp of exactly what we need to look at on our sheet music in order to understand what is written and how to play it.
Notes aren’t the only thing we have to learn how to “read” when playing music. There are many symbols, numbers, lines, and other things that we need to look for and be able to interpret, just like a spoken language.
We will discuss everything that you as a beginning pianist need to learn when it comes to reading music here, and the video at the end will show you examples of all of what is covered here so you can see what it looks like in your own sheet music.
The first things we will learn about are not actual music notes, but symbols that you’ll find at the beginning of your piece. We always read music from left to right…including symbols.
Learning the names of all these lines and spaces is the most important thing to learn before you start reading sheet music. Remember that you have to learn how to read the notes in the music as well as know where those notes are on the piano keyboard.
Memorize these, don’t just familiarize yourself with them. Practice saying them even if you aren’t sitting at your keyboard. There are words that you can put with each of the line and space sequences to help you memorize them!
For the Treble Clef:
Notice how the first letter of each word corresponds with the note name of the line or space? Try coming up with your own sayings just to help you learn these faster!
Don’t forget to memorize too what each clef sign looks like. Sometimes in more advanced music you will find that the composer switches up the clef signs and can change it in the middle of a piece.
Any questions you may have at this point should be covered in the following video that contains visual examples of the treble and bass clef lines, spaces, and even the notes in between.
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12/28/2020 09:24:43 pm
Love your lessons, Tim! Big question I have about reading/sight-reading is the best way to learn how to know how to play without looking down. I practice sight-reading new pieces every day, but primarily ones that don’t require me to change my hand position because if I look down I lose my place so easily. I feel like always knowing your finger position without looking is a separate skill from instantly being able to read notes, intervals, triads etc. but I can’t find any lessons or advice. Does it just come with time and daily sight-reading? Thanks!
7/4/2021 11:20:10 pm
Learning to read music is hard! It takes a long time to master. Thank you for your tips.
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