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How to read written music?

Asked by Demi , Last updated: Jul 25, 2021

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D. Smith

D. Smith

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D. Smith
D. Smith, Musician, MA, Nottingham

Answered Sep 30, 2020

Western written music is a language that has been developing for thousands of years. Music notation is the representation of sound with symbols from basic notation for pitch, duration, and timing. To be able to read music, one has to learn the basics.

Here are tips that will guide you to read music

1. Get a handle on the staff

2. You will start to encounter treble clef when reading music. This sign is a big, fancy cursive symbol at the left end of the clef.

3. You have to understand the bass clef, the bass clef is also known as F clef. It is used for instruments in the lower register.

4. Learn the parts of the note. Note symbols are a combination of the three-element which include note head, stem, and flags.

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N. Jarah

N. Jarah

N. Jarah
N. Jarah

Answered Aug 26, 2020

You may have always dreamed of reading written music, but you do not know where to begin. Everyone would need to start from somewhere.

You may have always dreamed of reading written music, but you do not know where to begin. Everyone
• The first step is to always label the white spaces with FACE. If you are using the treble clef, you would need to use EGBDF.

• The second step is to write the note letter names.

• Third step is to memorize the different names. Once you are done doing this, you can move on to the bass clef.

• Fourth step is to name the different spaces as ACEBG and GBDFA.

• The fifth step is to find a hand diagram. You can label your fingers from 1 to 5, and it will make a huge difference that way to remember everything.

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W. Kaye

W. Kaye

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W. Kaye
W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Aug 13, 2020


1. Learn the basic symbols: There are so many symbols that are used in music, most especially when
1. Learn the basic symbols: There are so many symbols that are used in music, most especially when writing it. The knowledge of each symbol, as well as their components and applications, will help you to read written music without any difficulty. These symbols include Treble Clef, The Staff, Notes, Bass Clef

2. Understand the beat: This is also an important area of music that must be mastered. The knowledge of the term beat and how it is measured is so important when reading written music. To understand the beat, you will need to understand the term "time signature." It is usually in the form of a symbol or numerical sign placed on the stave to show the meter.

3. Understand the term melody: Learn things like scales, octave, tones, keys, etc.

4. Practice regularly: This is also important if you really want to master and improve more on how to read written music.

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