Believe it or not, everyone can read music and it is really easy. The fact that you’re able to read this right now yet feeling overwhelmed about reading music is like a surgeon that is nervous to give an inoculation. You already have everything you need to be successful – let me show you how.
As you already know, music is a language that organizes itself on something called a “staff”. A staff has 5 lines and 4 spaces but it is this combination that allows musicians to play every note needed.
The musical alphabet is beautiful in its simplicity – A B C D E F G. Since the musical alphabet is the same as ours (with less letters) we can apply these steps to learn music. Here we go:
The Clef is a symbol that tells you how high or low the notes will be on the piano. For our purposes, we will only use the Treble or Bass clef. The Treble clef means that you’ll be using your right hand and the bass clef means you’ll be using your left hand.
Here’s what they look like:
If I told you that Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge you’d probably think that a lot of boys would be quite hyper at this moment. However I’m telling you that Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge to help you remember the lines for the treble clef.
The bass clef rephrases the expression to Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always. See below:
It is by sheer luck that when you stack the letters for the notes of spaces, in the Treble Clef, you get the word FACE. This makes it quite easy to remember. See below:
If you already knew that All Cows Eat Grass than you already know how to read space notes in the bass clef! See below:
In a nutshell, you just have to memorize a couple sayings and you’re done! That’s really all there is to note reading – you just have to get quick at it. You will notice that as you practice, you won’t rely on the sayings any more – you will adapt to recognizing the note/position and just knowing the name.
You can practice below:
Tip: Customize the exercise in the top right hand corner so you only get lines and spaces in treble clef. As you get comfortable with this clef, move to bass clef only - then both. Make sure accidentals are turned off.
If you practiced for 5 minutes a day, you would feel like a pro in one week. Good luck and have fun!