• Jingle Bells

    Jingle Bells

    Jingle Bells Piano This Jingle Bells piano version is a fun and lively arrangement of the song that has some challenging sections to learn, most notably in the fast moving bassline of the left hand part. It is suitable for piano players who are reasonably early on in their learning as it is in a…

  • 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

    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

    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

    Dynamics

    Dynamics in Music In music, dynamics are defined as the different volume levels of a piece of music at any given moment. Dynamics markings and symbols are written to show a performer how loud to play and when to change volume. Dynamics Markings Here is a video lesson on Dynamic markings to help you understand…

  • 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

    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…

  • Dotted Notes

    Dotted Notes

    Sometimes you will see a dot after a note (don’t confuse this with a dot above or below the note – that is something totally different and we’ll look at that in a different post). A dot placed after a note makes the note 50% longer than it is. It’s really that simple – all…