Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Piano Music Notes

Need To Learn A Little More

About Piano Music Notes?

It’s all about learning the patterns! This page on
piano music notes will go beyond the basics. For an
overview of just the basics go to,
to read piano notes.

On this page, we’ll be talking about:

1. How to read notes that are not on the lines and spaces

2. Sharps and Flats

3. The types of notes and how many beats or counts they get.

Here's a quick refresher of
the lines and spaces.

Ledger Lines

First, we’ll start with reading the
notes that are not on the staff. The staff is the group of 5 lines. (To
see the notes on the lines and spaces, look at the note


First a reminder: notes
on the piano alternate from line to space
or space to line. When going up the musical alphabet, you are going
from line to space or space to line. This is critical to playing piano
music notes!

In order to read the piano
music notes that are not on the staff, this is what you need to do. Keep
counting up from line to space through the musical alphabet until you
reach the note you want to know
example, the very highest note on the treble clef staff is an F. The
next one in the musical alphabet is G. G sits on top of the staff.

To make a note even higher than that
one, you need to draw a line. It’s called
a ledger line
To learn the notes above or below the staffs, just count up or down the
musical alphabet. Remember to alternate line - space - line -space.

Sharps and Flats

You will also see sharps and flats in front of notes. The sharp-tells you that you must play the note one semi-tone higher
than the note written. If you see a sharp before an A, you play the
black note directly above the A - A#.

A flat -
is the opposite. It means play the note one semi-tone below
the note you see written. For example, instead of playing A, you play
the black note right below A, Ab.

In playing music, you will
come across key signatures.They tell you that
certain piano music notes will need to be sharp or flat all the time.
You will see a natural sign -
if it’s not supposed to be sharp or flat. The main thing is to remember
that those notes are sharp or flat always while you’re playing in that
key. For more information on key signature’s, click

Notes and Beats

Now to read piano music notes, you need to know more than where they
are on the keyboard. You also need to know how long to hold
. It has to do with counting.

When you are playing
something, think of a drum beat in the background.
You have to keep in time with that beat. Now picture the drum beat
going. A whole note will stay held down for 4 of
the beats. A whole note gets 4 counts.

A half note will stay held down for 2 of the beats.
A half note gets 2 counts.

A quarter note is the drum beat. It plays at the
same time.

A quarter note gets 1 beat.

An 8th note will play 2 times for every one drum
beat. Two 8th notes get one count. One 8th note gets half a beat.

And finally, 16th notes. They play 4 times for every drum beat. Four
16th notes get one count. One 16th note gets a quarter of a count.

To learn all of these parts of
music at once is a little overwhelming. It can be good to take
things slowly
and learn and practice, learn and
. I always recommend taking a
course in order to really get things down. It will really speed up your
learning and playing in the long run.

this area of things, I especially recommend an online course. Most of
what you need to know is a matter of practice. Plus, the online courses
are cheaper than piano lessons. You have now learned a great deal about
piano music notes!


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