Friday, November 27, 2009

How to Read Sheet Music

This tutorial will only teach you the basics you need for reading sheet music. Try to learn at your own pace, stop whenever you want and continue the next time because there is definitely too much to absorb and remember in a short time. Whenever you feel like giving up, just head over here to get some motivation and inspiration! ^^

NOTE: For those who can read sheet music, please do not try to pick out anything that I have omitted as I have done that on purpose so as to not confuse new learners. This information should be sufficient for reading Kpop, Jpop, Cpop, and Canto pop sheet music. Otherwise, if there is something terribly wrong, please leave a message and I will fix it. ^^


First, know your notes.

White keys are named C D E F G A B (repeats from C).

Black keys are named using sharps (#) and flats (♭).

#: one step above specified note e.g. F# is the black key immediately after F.

♭: one step before specified note e.g. B♭ is the black key immediately before B.

Therefore some of the keys can be named in two ways e.g. A# = B♭, C# = D♭, D# = E♭ etc.

These two videos would be helpful 1 & 2

Sheet music is written on staves consisting of 5 lines.

Staves are populated with notes and/or rests. Notes are to be played, whereas rests designate pauses/intervals of silence (nothing is to be played).

The type of notes determine its duration i.e. how long the note is held for.

Similarly, the type of rests determine its duration i.e. how long the pause is held for.

The clefs used and position of the notes on the staves determine its pitch i.e. which piano key to play.

There are two clefs:

treble clef - usually indicates notes for right hand

bass clef - usually indicates notes for left hand


Post a Comment

Powered by Blogger.


free counters
hit counters