Piano/Reading Music

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Music originated a long time ago. The first notations were random dots on a page. We cannot tell the pitch of them. Slowly, it developed into one line, then the grand staff we see today.

Reading Music[edit | edit source]

Music Notation is needed for the player to indentify what key to play at what time. Learning how to read music is an essential part of playing the piano. If you don't know how to read music, you may be stuck trying to learn a difficult song by ear, which can be made much easier by reading the sheet music. Music is read by lines. There are 5 lines on a clef, with 2 sets of these for the piano.

88-key piano and its notes

The upper clef is known as the treble clef or G clef, and the lower clef is the bass clef or F clef. There are a lot of notes to associate with their particular piano keys, and that can seem overwhelming when first learning to read sheet music.

Mnemonics[edit | edit source]

Notes are considered in 3 parts: the notehead, the stem, and optionally the flag.

In the treble clef the first line from the bottom is E, the second line is G, then B, D, and F. Different mnemonics exist, one is Every Good Boy Does Fine, a second is Every Girl Buys Designer Fashions, a genderless version is Elephants Get Big Dirty Feet.[1] You may also make your own. The spaces are F, A, C, E, which spells the word FACE.

Grand staff labeled notes.svg

In the bass clef the first line from the bottom is G, the second is B, D, F, and A. One mnemonic is Good Burritos Don't Fall Apart.[2] The spaces are A, C, E, G. One mnemonic is All Cows Eat Grass.

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