How to read music notes
How to read music notes is an easy skill to learn. Don't be afraid of it and let it hold you back from becoming a fine musician.
Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano don't read music either, but they have a good excuse.
I hear what you're saying, though. Those guys don't know how to read sheet music, but it hasn't held their careers back! True. But unless you're planning to become the next Billy Joel, learning to read musical notation might be a good skill to nail down.
There are many ways to learn how to read sheet music. Music notation is designed to represent two things...
For example, in the treble clef, the bottom space is an F, the next space is an A, the third space from the bottom is a C, and the top space is an E.
The lines, starting from the bottom, are E-G-B-D-F
So if you go space, line, space, line, etc., you have the notes in alphabetical order: E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F
For the lines, we use an acronym - Every Good Boy Does Fine.
If these tricks help you learn how to read music notes, great!
There is also a bass clef. This clef is used for male voices and low-pitched instruments, including trombone and tube.
The spaces for the bass clef, from top to bottom, are A-C-E-G. Notice something about the spaces? They would spell FACE (like the treble clef) if the F was added at the beginning. But you can add it by including the note that is placed just under the bottom line of the bass clef. Then you can spell FACE.
The lines of the bass clef are G-B-D-F-A. You guessed it, there's a correlation with the treble clef saying, but let's make it: Good Boys Do Fine Always.
The basic note values are...
These cover most of the notes you'll see, but it's possible to add another flag or bar for 32nd notes or even 64th notes.
In addition, a dot can be placed next to the note head. This adds half the value of the note to it.
For example, a dotted half note gets an additional count so that it is worth 3 beats in total.
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