Archive | January, 2013

The Major Scale

The Major scale The major scale is the scale which sounds positive – it is used when a composer wants to depict happiness, hope, joy or even a party atmosphere. In order to be able to recognise and play a major scale you need to understand semitones (half tones) and tones. Semitones Look at the […]

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 […]

Rests

In looking at how to read music we’ve talked about duration and how rhythm is built upon knowing what notes to play and for how long; but what about knowing when not to play? It is vital to be able to know when not to play. Thankfully, this is pretty straightforward. Note Rests In the […]

Triplets Made Easy

You may have noticed that the divisions of beats you normally come across are in factors of 2 (½, ¼, ⅛, etc..) (the technical term for these rhythms is duplets). However, if a beat is to be divided into 3 then it will be shown as a triplet. What does a Triplet in Music Look Like […]

Dynamics Part 2

Dynamic Changes In the last post on dynamics we looked at how I can work out what volume to play at when learning how to read sheet music. In this post we’re going to look at the other two crucial questions with regards to dynamics. Should I get Louder or Quieter? The next question to […]

Dynamics

Music Dynamics Playing changes in volume (or dynamics) in a performance is one of the techniques that separates basic musicians from more advanced players. When you are learning how to read sheet music it is really important to be able to work out how loud to play at any given moment. If you can do […]

Vocal Music

I know that many of you are singers and want to learn how to read music either as soloists or in a group/choir. It can be quite daunting when you first look at a piece of vocal music, but do not fear as it is actually quite easy to grasp. There are 2 main types […]

Tied Notes

Sometimes you will see a curved line joining 2 notes together. If the 2 notes are the SAME pitch then these 2 notes are joined together rhythmically. Note: If they’re not the same pitch then ignore this line for the moment – it is something different and I’ll cover this in a later post. Let’s […]

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