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How To Read Sheet Music Pitch

pitch

How to read music – Getting Started In this beginner lesson we’re going to look at some of the basics of sheet music. The only background knowledge you need when learning how to read music is a basic understanding of the fact that some notes sound higher than others – this difference is called pitch. […]

Music Theory Sharps and Flats

Sharps and Flats

Reading Sharps and flats If you’ve looked at the lesson on Getting Started then you will now know how to read sheet music for the white notes (otherwise known as the naturals) on a piano/keyboard. However, we need to also know when to play the black notes. The black notes are known as sharps and […]

Bass Clef

Bass Clef

Bass Clef Made Easy Why do we need a Bass Clef? The Bass Clef always poses problems for people trying to learn how to read music. I often get asked what the point of the Bass Clef is because its existence just seems to make life harder for no good reason!! Well, the reason we […]

Key Signatures

Key Signatures

Key Signatures Music is often described as the universal language. However, there are variations within this language. Key signatures tell us what dialect/variation of this universal language we are speaking at any one time. In order to understand key signatures when learning how to read sheet music we need to learn about scales and keys. […]

Tempo

Tempo

The choice of tempo (speed) of a piece of music has a crucial bearing on its feel and the genre it sits in. There are some styles of music which have specific tempos – e.g. romantic ballads tend to have a fairly slow tempo, whilst disco music tends to have a fast tempo. When you’re […]

Cadences

Cadences

Cadences A cadence is a chord progression of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or section of a piece of music. The easiest way to understand cadences in music is to think of the punctuation you find at pauses and breaks in spoken speech. Take the following spoken rhyme: Notice how there are […]

Rubato

Rubato

Rubato The definition of rubato is a flexibility/freedom in the performance of a rhythm. Basically, rubato is when a performer doesn’t stick to the strict rhythms written by the composer, but alters them to give more expression to the performance. Rubato is one of the most controversial performing techniques in music. It divides opinion like […]

How To Read Piano Sheet Music

How To Read Sheet Music For Piano

Learning how to read sheet music for piano can be quite daunting at first because it looks like a series of lots of lines and dots with several random symbols thrown in for good measure. The key thing to remember is that piano music simply uses the basic elements of sheet music – it just has a lot […]

the elements of music

The Elements of Music The elements of music can be seen as being the building blocks of music. Without them, music (of any style/age) would not exist because sound itself would not exist! Think of the elements of music like the crucial elements of a car. A car needs wheels, an engine, brakes, doors, a […]

Reading Straight Rhythms

Today we’re going to start to learn how to read and play on-beat (straight) rhythms. The only way to learn rhythms is to have a go at playing them. Rhythm must be felt and played, not just read so, as we go through this session make sure you try out the examples. Feel The Pulse […]

Making it Easy

Learning To Read Music The Easy Way Many people are daunted by the prospect of learning how to read music. They know it is going to help make them a better musician, but it seems like such a massive task. They also think that it’s going to be terribly boring! Let me dispel the myth. […]

Reading Complex Rhythms

In the previous lesson of how to read sheet music we looked at simple rhythms involving whole notes, half notes and quarter notes). However, most of the music you are going to want to play is going to contain shorter notes (eighth notes and sixteenth notes). Some people feel intimidated by these smaller divisions (there […]

How To Read Guitar Sheet Music

How To Read Guitar Sheet Music Learning how to read standard guitar notation is very similar to learning how to read music for any instrument. The basic features of a stave, notes and other notation markings are all found. There are also similar features to piano notation such as fingering suggestions. It is more simple […]

How To Read Chords

So you’ve decided that you want to learn how to read sheet music – that’s excellent news! Learning to read music is definitely going to take your musicianship onto a whole new level. I want to help you achieve 3 aims with the videos, lessons and other resources on this site. To help you to […]

Getting Started

So you’ve decided that you want to learn how to read sheet music – that’s excellent news! Learning to read music is definitely going to take your musicianship onto a whole new level. I want to help you achieve 3 aims with the videos, lessons and other resources on this site. To help you to […]

Transposing Instruments

When you are playing an instrument like a piano or a flute, if you read a “C” and play a “C” then the note will sound as a “C” – seems logical really! These instruments are said to be at concert pitch. However, there are some instruments you will come across when learning how to […]

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