How to read musical notes
Learning how to read music is a very important skill to develop. I know most of you must think it´s very difficult, and I´m not going to say it´s easy, but with a little mindset and determination we can do it.
Remember You´ve already learned to read letters, this is not much different.
We have to learn the notes on the staff ( or stave ), that is the same as the letters on the alphabet.
There are 7 types of clefs. For the purpose of this lesson we are going to learn the notes on the G clef or Treble clef. On future articles we learn the F clef or Bass clef and others that less used like C clef or Alto clef.
Notes on the G Clef or Treble Clef
The G clef is called like this because the note G is on hte second line of the pentagram starting from the bottom line.
So we count the notes over it and below.
The First line is the note E
The First space is the note F
The Second line is the note G
The Second space is the note A
The Third line is the note B
The Third space is the note C
The Fourth line is the note D
The Fourth space is the note E
And the Fifth line is the note F
How to memorize the notes
There are several exercises to memorize al the notes
- One is to memorize al the lines on the pentagram. E, G, B, D and F
- Then memorize the spaces. F, A, C and E
Then we can do three notes grouping and read the up and down
- E, F, G, F and back to E
- F, G, A, G and back to A
- G, A, B, A and back to G
- A, B, C, B and back to A
- B, C, D, C and back to B
- C, D, E, D and back to C
- And Finally D, E, F, E and back to D
Now we can do the same thing but starting on a high note, read them back and up again
- G, F, E, F and up to G
- A, G, F, G and up to A
- B, A, G, A and up to B
- C, B, A, B and up to C
- D, C, B, C and up to D
- E, D, C, D and up to E
- F, E, D, E and up to F
That´s it for today, learning how to read music is exhausting at the beginning.
Please practice all these exercises and mix them too, do them in order one time and then the second time go jumping between all the exercises
I´m going to give you a music sheet with staffs so you can write notes too.
On the next lesson we are going to keep learning how to read music with more exercises like these.