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The first thing to learn about reading music is that you can ignore most of the information
that's written on the page. The only part you really need to learn is called the "treble
clef." This is the symbol for treble clef:
The bass clef is for classical
pianists only. It is totally useless for our purposes. At least for now.
placed within the treble clef represent the melody of the song. You will
only need to play one note at a time when you read music. On the piano you play the
melody with the right hand.
The notes written on the lines and spaces of the treble clef tell you two things about them:
1) Their pitch (how high or low)
2) Their duration (how long theyï¿½re held)
Facing the keyboard, as you go left the notes become lower in pitch, and to the right
they become higher. We'll learn the specifics of how the note symbols reveal pitch and
2. THE PIANO
A typical piano has 88 keys total (including all white keys and black keys). Most electronic
keyboards and organ manuals have fewer. However, there are only twelvedifferent
notes seven white and five black on the keyboard. This twelve note pattern repeats several times up and down the piano keyboard.
In our culture the white notes are named after the first seven letters of the alphabet:
A B C D E F G
You can learn to recognize all the notes by sight by looking at their patterns relative to the
black keys. Notice the black keys are arranged in patterns of two and three. The piano universe
tends to revolve around the C note which you can identify as the white key found just to the left of a grouping of two black notes. A full-sized piano keyboard has eight C's. The C closest to
the center of the keyboard is called middle C. Learn to identify this note quickly.
Once you find C you can easily figure out the names of the other white notes, because they
follow alphabetically. The white key to the immediate right of any C is called D. The one to
its left is called B. However, since there are only seven different white notes in music, after G the
next note is A again. This patternï¿½A through Gï¿½repeats several times the entire length of
Memorize these seven different white notes by name, and learn to identify them on the
keyboard without hesitation.
3. THE STAFF
This is called the treble clef staff:
Written on it are the notes of a
song's melody. Notice this staff has five lines and thus four spaces. The lines and spaces
all have letter names, corresponding to the notes on the keyboard. From bottom to top
the five lines are named EGBDF and the four spaces are named FACE. Thus, by alternating
and combining the lines and the spaces, youï¿½ll get EFGABCDEF. A note (dot) on the
staff takes on the name of the line or space upon which it is placed and represents the
corresponding musical note on the keyboard. Thus, these notes on the staff.
correspond to these keys on the keyboard:
Memorize the names of the lines and spaces of the written staff. Learn to correlate
these notes with the keys on the piano.
Sometimes we need to add little lines above or below the staff to indicate notes that fall above
or below the notes of the staff. This is middle C, for example:
4. SHARPS AND
Sooner or later you will need to learn the black keys (sharps and flats) on the keyboard.
Every black key has both a sharp (#) name and a flat (b ). You must learn them both
ways. This is what they look like on the keyboard:
AS SHARPS:C# D# F# G# A#
AS FLATS:Db Eb Gb Ab Bb
And this is what they look like on paper:
Notice that every black key is named after one of the seven white keys A through G. An
easy way to learn the sharps and flats is to remembersharp means higher and flat
meanslower. Thus, F# is the black key that is immediately higher than the white key F. This
same note could be calledGb because it is at the same time immediately lower than the
Memorize the sharps and flats both as they
appear on the keyboard and as they appear
in music notation.
5. NOTE DURATION
There is more to a melody than the pitch of the notes involved. Each note, in addition to
having a certain pitch, has a specific duration. Learning the system of counting note values
(duration) is traditionally a tedious and time consuming task. But it's a task you can avoid
for the most part if you play melodies that are already familiar to you. If you can clap the
rhythm of a song, you donï¿½t need to count it. In
terms of note duration in popular music, being
approximate is usually sufficient. But just for the record, these are the note values (dura-tion)
of the most common notes.
This is a whole note .
It usually gets four beats (foot taps). It is held twice as long as a half note .
is twice as long as a quarter note ,
which in turn is held twice as long as an eighth note
, which in turn is held twice as long as a sixteenth note .
Groups of eighth notes can look like this .
A group of four sixteenth notes can look like this.
Thus, in terms of time values
The stems of the notes can go up or down; it makes little difference.
One more thing. A dot after a note increases its value by half again.
Practice the following melodies, observing how this note value system works.
Here's your chance to take what you've learned so far and try playing a couple of familiar melodies. Use only your right hand.
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