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Learning to read music


Learning to read music

Learning to play with skill can be very rewarding, however is impossible if you do not first learn to read music.

How to read music notation



The Musical Staff

In musical notation, normally the musical staff or stave is a structure of 5 horizontal lines on which musical note symbols are situated to indicate pitch and time.

Staffs can either be treble clef staff or bass clef staff, if these are combined it is called a grand staff.

The 2 main kinds of musical clefs are shown below & the notes for each clef are shown on it, Middle C has been underlined with a green mark.
Learning to read music - Treble Clef
Treble Clef
Learning to read music - Bass Clef
Bass Clef


Musical Scales

In the musical language, a level is an ascending or descending series of pitches or notes. Each note in a musical level is referred to as a level degree. Though there are several different kinds of musical scales from chromatic, modal and complete note scale to minor, arabic and Pentatonic scales.

For demonstration purposes the scale of C is outlined below.
The Scale of C in the treble clef
The Scale of C in the treble clef

The Scale of C in the bass clef
The Scale of C in the bass clef



How to read music notation

Playing Musical Scales on Piano
Key Signatures
 Playing Musical Scales on Piano
Playing a scale on piano requires a fingering skill. There are two main types of musical clefs: the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef.
 Key Signatures
Is a series of sharp symbols or flat symbols situated on the staff, is helpts to specify notes that are going to be frequently played.
Time Signatures
Types of Notes
 Time Signatures
A Time Signature mark how many beats there are in each bar and which note is to be used as a beat.
 Types of Notes
Generally there are several types of musical notes, each with a different continuance measured in beats.